The summer season of the film maltings programme is our busiest yet, with 27 films for all ages and tastes to enjoy. This season continues on with some of this year’s awards season favourites as well as a collection of feel-good films perfect for this time of year. The kids’ films return in May half-term and every Thursday in August, kids can go free to the children’s film programme (more details below). Find out more about the upcoming season below – there’s a lot to choose from!
awards season favourites
The 2018 awards season favoured films with strong and diverse female leads and saw a whole host of British talent up for nomination. Lady Bird opens the season on Wednesday 02 May, starring Saoirse Ronan who was nominated for her role as frustrated teenager Christine ‘Lady Bird’ McPherson, who fights against her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mum. I, Tonya (11 July) saw Margot Robbie receive her first nomination for Best Actress at the Oscar’s, in the true story of the infamous figure skater, Tonya Harding. A Fantastic Woman (06 June) won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film with a groundbreaking and deeply humane drama about a trans woman’s fight for acceptance. Daniel Day-Lewis and Lesley Manville give stunning performances in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread (27 June), about renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock.
stories of their time
If your film tastes see you time travelling from era to era, summer will find you venturing from the front-line trenches in France 1918 to the Coney Island Theme Park in the 1950s. Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, Journey’s End (16 May) sees a group of British officers, led by the mentally-disintegrating young officer Stanhope, await their fate. In Woody Allen’s new film Wonder Wheel (18 July), Justin Timberlake stars as a lifeguard who tells the story of a middle aged carousel operator, his beleaguered wife (Kate Winslet), and the visitor who turns their lives upside-down set in 1950s Coney Island. For moments that will you make laugh and cry, Maxine Peake stars in Funny Cow (08 August) which charts the rise to stardom of a female comedienne in an all-male world through the 1970s and 1980s.
for something a little different
Now for something completely different… Loving Vincent (09 May) is the world’s first fully oil-painted feature film, bringing the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh to life in an exploration of his complicated career and controversial death. Wes Anderson’s new futuristic stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs (01 August), features a star-studded cast including Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton voicing banished dogs after an illness outbreak. A knife-sharp satire on art, culture and communication in the digital age, The Square (25 July) was the winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Oscars.
A film season is not complete without literary adaptations. Winning the prize for the longest film title ever, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (20 June) by Mary Ann Shaffer, is brought to life with Lily James in the leading role as charismatic and free-spirited writer Juliet, who receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in Nazi-occupied Guernsey. Based on the New York Times Bestseller by R.J. Palacio, Wonder (22 August) tells the inspiring story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters a mainstream elementary school for the first time, starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. Ian McEwan’s bestselling novel On Chesil Beach (15 August) gets its cinematic debut starring Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as the newlyweds who find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure.
feel good fun
If you missed out on the greatest show the first time around, here’s your chance to catch it again on the big screen as The Greatest Showman rolls in on Wed 30 May. Inspired by the story of P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), the film follows the visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerising spectacle. With an all-star cast featuring Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall and Joanna Lumley, Finding Your Feet (23 May) is a hilarious and heart-warming modern comedy proving that it’s never too late to start again. 10 years after the first film was released, Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again (29 August) shimmys onto our screens for one last hurrah of the summer. The original cast return for one more dance as well as an epic cameo from Cher!
With an extra half-term addition and films every Thursday in August, we’ve got the kids covered with a stellar line-up of stories to entertain all ages. Set at the dawn of time, Early Man (31 May) tells the story of how plucky caveman Dug, along with sidekick Hognob, unites his tribe against the mighty Bronze Age in a battle to beat them at their own game. Our August programme includes Box Office favourites including Coco (09 August) and A Wrinkle in Time (16 August), as well as moving, independent animation in My Life as a Courgette (02 August) and The Breadwinner (23 August). Rounding off the season from the makers of Peppa Pig, The Big Knights (30 August) revolves around the exploits of brothers Sir Boris (the finest swordsman in the world), Sir Morris (the most enthusiastic) and their noble pets, Sir Horace the Dog and Sir Doris the Hamster.
Best news of all, every Thursday in August a child can attend a film for free with a full paying adult. Subsequent children’s tickets are half price.
the power series
After taking a break in our Spring season, our miniseries of films returns with a new theme, power. Opening the season, I Am Not a Witch (04 June) by Zambian-born Welsh director Rungano Nyoni, offers spellbinding storytelling about the control of society on a young girl. The Oscar-winning thriller Get Out (25 June) sees a young couple uncovering a disturbing secret whilst spending a weekend with the in-laws. The Divine Order (09 July) is set in Switzerland in 1971 where, despite the worldwide social upheavals of the previous decade, women are still fighting for the right to vote. The season culminates with Terry Gilliam’s dystopian tale of mistaken identities and mindless bureaucracy, Brazil (30 July).
All films are now on sale on our film page. Please visit the event pages to find out more about each film and pre-show dining options.