Although it is now approaching the end of June, it is hard to believe that today is the first day of the summer solstice with the stormy rain-clouds shrouding the skies. Whilst we remain optimistic for a brighter turn, to fill those inevitable gloomy hours that are likely to appear in typical British-weather fashion, why not check out the upcoming film schedule for July. With a whole host of genres on offer including a light-hearted comedy and gripping thriller, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Touching the Void
Tue 05 Jul; 7.30pm
£7 (£6 conc., £4 members)
‘It is a breathtakingly beautiful film’ ★★★★★ The Guardian
First up in July is the fourth film in our summer cine club season ‘Survival: Against All Odds’, Touching the Void. In 1985, two young mountaineers set off to climb the perilous west face of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. Climbing ‘alpine-style’, without setting up ropes or base camps, the pair reached the summit on the third day. However, their return journey proved to be far more challenging and treacherous than expected. Based on a true story, the cross-genre film cleverly intercuts factual story-telling with edge-of-your-seat, dramatic reconstruction.
Florence Foster Jenkins
‘Light, jubilant, silly and celebratory as the woman herself’ ★★★ Empire Online
Showcasing further proof that Meryl Streep is a human chameleon, Florence Foster Jenkins is July’s second offering re-telling the true story of real-life American socialite Jenkins (Streep) and her passion for opera-singing… badly. However, her lack of any form of musical ability proves no obstacle for Jenkins as her heiress money can buy her pretty much anything she desires, from sell-out concerts to adoring fans. Her husband St. Clair (Hugh Grant), on the other hand, has the daunting task of deciding how long Florence’s delusion can go on for before the shine finally wears off.
‘An accomplished study of what it means to be young and female in Turkey’ ★★★★★ The Guardian
In her Oscar-nominated first feature, Deniz Gamze Ergüven gives a fascinating insight into the Turkish traditions surrounding women and sexuality, told through the fictional eyes of five teenage sisters. After innocently playing with boys at school, the sisters cause a scandal with unintended consequences. As the family home slowly turns into a prison, and the girls begin classes on housework and cooking, the marriages begin to be arranged. Driven by the desire for freedom, they fight back against the limits imposed on them.
A Bigger Splash
‘A feast for the eyes and mind’ ★★★★ The Telegraph
Set against the stunning backdrop of a remote Mediterranean isle, former lovers collide in a dramatic turn of events with an all-star cast including Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes. Rock legend Marianne (Swinton) jets off on a recuperation retreat with boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenarts) to rest her ailing voice. Cue her ex-lover and iconoclast record producer Harry’s arrival with long-lost daughter Penelope, bringing a blast of nostalgia and the inevitable drama ensues.
‘You will be thrilled — and repulsed — by this bold, faithful adaptation of Ballard’s ever-prescient picture of First World strife’ ★★★★ Empire Online
Rounding off July is the thrilling adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s forty-year-old visionary novel, High Rise. Starring The Night Manager’s Tom Hiddleston, the story prophesises a dystopian future set in the microcosm of a tower block of luxury flats. With the class system in full operation within the building (the working class on the lower floors and the more affluent living in the top apartments), the occupants gradually become isolated from the outside world and the class warfare rapidly begins.