The English Summer isn’t always 100% reliable, but something you can depend on is the summer season of films at the Maltings. Whether you are looking for a mind blowing epic, a real tear jerker, some belly laughs, or a guaranteed hit with the kids, these movies will deliver whatever the weather.
And if that wasn’t a succulent enough offering, you can now pre-order a delicious homemade pizza for just £8.50 in the Riverside Café ahead of the 8pm evening film screenings. Have a read below of the fabulous upcoming season of films we have this summer.
Taking heed from the lack of diversity in last year’s line-up, the Oscars of 2017 were packed with action from all walks of life. This red carpet is long, but there is a fabulous selection of stars.
We are delighted to bring Moonlight (28 June) to the Maltings, the Best Picture winner on the night, despite the best efforts of La La Land to muscle in. A coming of age film which is by turns lyrical and harsh, deeply complex yet light and soaring. A very worthy winner.
Set against a background of racial segregation in 1950s America are two films of family drama praised for their impeccable performances, and powerful storytelling. You’re just in time to catch Loving (03 May), the true story of an unassuming couple whose interracial marriage in 1950s Virginia forced them into a courageous battle to protect it. Ruth Negga was pipped to the post for Best Actress but Fences (09 August) star Viola Davis won in the Best Supporting Actress category to top off a deserved run of successes. Denzel Washington both directs and stars in this affecting adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize winning play.
The film community gave Mel Gibson a welcome back from the cold for directing the graphic but uplifting true life story of pacifist Desmond Doss in WWII war drama Hacksaw Ridge (12 July). Multiple nominations went to Jackie (24 May) starring ever watchable Natalie Portman portraying the public and private side of JFK’s widow following his assassination in 1963. Featuring Slumdog Millionaire and Skins star Dev Patel and ‘no need for introductions’ Nicole Kidman, Lion (17 May) follows a young boy’s journey to refind his past. Bring a pack of tissues for you, one for whoever you’re sitting next to, and another one just in case. Last but by no means least is a story that you can’t believe has been tucked away in the annals for so long. Hidden Figures (19 July) is the awe inspiring true story of three pioneering African-American mathematicians and their towering contribution to the NASA Space programme.
If you manage to watch all these, you’ll be a fountain of knowledge and feel ready to take on any odds to achieve your own dreams.
based on a true story
Films that have been inspired by real events are often the ones that seem to connect and resonate the most with it’s audience. Viceroy’s House (07 June) is based on the true story of Lord Mountbatten who is tasked as the final Viceroy of India, with overseeing the transition of British India to independence, starring Hugh Bonneville as the titular character. From 1940s India we travel back to 1930s Poland, where Dr. Jan and Antonia Żabiński are the keepers of Warsaw Zoo and attempt to protect hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion in The Zookeeper’s Wife (23 August).
As the summer months generally connote feelings of relaxation and calmness, why not truly wind down with some of the fabulous comedies we have on offer. Two British acting icons, Joan Collins and Pauline Collins, team up in The Time of Their Lives (21 June) where a former Hollywood siren escapes to France to gatecrash her ex-lover’s funeral. Ever gone to a wedding and been placed at table that quite frankly makes you regret attending the wedding in the first place? Relive and laugh at those awkward memories at the dreaded Table 19 (02 August), starring Anna Kendrick and Lisa Kudrow. Rounding off with the comedy duo to top all comedy duos, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star as mother and daughter on a holiday trip gone wrong, in the hilarious Snatched (16 August).
It’s time to shrug off the adults only selection temporarily and set your clock to ‘summer holiday’. Every Tuesday in August is kids film day at the Maltings and we have a bumper bundle to enjoy. Kicking off with seafaring Moana (01 August), the daring adventures continue with The Lego Batman Movie (08 August). It’s probably best to see this at 11am so you have time to go back to the 2pm and 6pm screenings if the kids get their way. Next up is Ballerina (15 August) about a young orphan fleeing to Paris to live her dream, and Oscar winner Sing (22 August). The audition process couldn’t be more fun than in this animal American idol all star showcase from the creators of Despicable Me. And who could fail to enjoy a film called Captain Underpants (29 August), even before you find out it’s about two best friends who transform their horrible school principal into their charismatic comic book creation.
In fact, forget the kids, Tuesdays in August were made for animation based me time. Take the afternoon off and rekindle your spirit with these sweet treats.
dramas & blockbusters
A dramatic film shows us human beings at their best, their worst, and everything in-between.
The films that fall under the description above in the summer promise to make gripping viewing. It begins early in the season with the moving sci-fi tale A Monster Calls (10 May), where a young boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother’s terminal illness. Boston-bred gangsters in Florida are the subject of Ben Affleck’s fifth venture into directing in Live by Night (05 July). Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy star in the period ‘dramedy’ Their Finest (26 July) about a former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, who joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.
Blockbusters are an essential to every film season and let’s face it, who doesn’t like to escape to another world now and again? Movie of the moment, Beauty and the Beast (31 May) waltzes into our building just in time for half term. Our film season concludes with the highly-anticipated fantasy epic King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (30 August), directed by Guy Ritchie.
outcasts & misfits
In a revamp of our former cine club season, this summer we will be showing the best of the British and Irish independent films of the last year. Kicking off with the hugely popular A Street Cat Named Bob, this true story of recovering drug addict James Bowen and his touching relationship with a stray cat, is a moving must-see. It is followed swiftly by the BAFTA winning I, Daniel Blake (26 June) following the story of a middle-aged carpenter and young single mother’s struggles with requiring state welfare. Irish film The Young Offenders (10 July) tells the astonishing tale of two boys who ride 160km of stolen bikes, chasing a 7 million euro drug haul, inspired by real events. The season concludes with the sequel to Danny Boyle’s iconic 1996 film, T2 Trainspotting (31 July) seeing Mark Renton return to Scotland 20 years after betraying his friends, Sick Boy, Spud & psychopathic Begbie.
And after seeing the collection of films, there’s no prizes for guessing why we named the series outcasts & misfits.
To see all of the upcoming films this season, visit the film webpage.