The Happy Prince (TBC)
Dir: Rupert Everett
(Germany/Belgium/UK/Italy, 2018, 105 Mins)
The Happy Prince tells the story of the last days of Oscar Wilde (Rupert Everett). This great man of letters, once one of the most famous authors in England, is now a superstar on the skids. As Oscar lies on his deathbed, the past comes flooding back to him, transporting him to other times and places.
Everett not only plays Oscar but wrote and directed the film himself. And he’s collected a calvacade of stars for his project, including Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson. This is a film not to be missed.
Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland.
The Bookshop (PG)
Dir: Isabel Coixet
(UK, 2018,113 Mins)
Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel, The Bookshop is set in 1959, and Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), is a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop – the first such shop ina sleepy seaside town in England. Fighting damp, cold and considerable local apathy she struggles to establish herself but soon her fortunes change for the better. By exposing the narrow-minded local townsfolk to the best literature of the day, she opens their eyes thereby causing a cultural awakening in a town which has not changed for centuries.
Her activities bring her a kindred spirit and ally in the figure of Mr. Brundish (Bill Nighy) who is himself sick of the town’s stale atmosphere. But this mini social revolution soon begins a struggle not just for the bookshop but for the very heart and soul of the town.
Mary Shelley (12A)
Dir: Haifaa Al-Mansour
(UK/Luxembourg/USA, 2017, 120 Mins)
She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real life story of Mary Shelley-and the creation of her immortal monster-is nearly as fantastical as her fiction. Raised by a renowned philosopher father (Stephen Dillane) in 18th-century London, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is a teenage dreamer determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth). So begins a torrid, bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. Imbued with the imaginative spirit of its heroine,Mary Shelley brings to life the world of a trailblazing woman who defied onvention and channeled her innermost demons into a legend for the ages.
Mamma Mia! Here We GoAgain (TBC)
Dir: Ol Parker
(USA,2018,Running Time TBC)
Ten years after the events of the original film, on the Greek island of Kalokairi, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) is pregnant with Sky's (Dominic Cooper) child while running her mother's villa. Self-conflicted because shec an't do it by herself, but with her mother's friends guidance, Sophie will find out more of Donna's (Meryl Streep) past and how she came to start up her villa, met each one of Sophie’s dads (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, andColin Firth), and raised a daughter, bravely all on her own, without a mother to guide her – with an unexpected visit from someone she had not invited or expected to see: her grandmother, Ruby Sheridan (Cher)
Cutting between Donna’s youth, where she is played by Lily James and the modern day, this second helping of sun, sangria and Swedish pop will have you singing and laughing all the way home.
Under the Tree (TBC)
Dir: Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson
Icelandic with English Subtitles
This dark surburban satire tells the story of a man who is accused of adultery by his ex-fiancée and forced to move in with his parents.While he fights for custody of his four-year-old daughter, he is gradually sucked into a bitter dispute between his parents and their neighbours regarding an old and beautiful tree that casts a shadow on the neighbours’ deck. As the dispute intensifies – property is damaged, pets mysteriously go missing, security cameras are being installed and there is a rumour that the neighbour was seen with a chainsaw. The cast is led by Steinthor Hroar Steinthorsson, Edda Björgvinsdóttir and Sigurdur Sigurjónsson (Rams).
National Theatre Live: Julie
by Polly Stenham
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner)feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.
Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen,Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends intoa savage fight for survival.
This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercelyr elevant in its new setting of contemporary London.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post (15)
Dir: Desiree Akhavan
(USA, 2018,91 Mins)
Cameron Post (Chloe Grace-Moretz), is a girl from Montana in 1993, whose parents die in a car crash just as she is begin to discover her own homosexuality. Her conservative Aunt Ruth and paternal grandmother come to live with her in Miles City, Montana. She develops a relationship with her friend, Coley Taylor, and is eventually outed.Cameron is then sent to Promise, a camp that practices "conversion therapy" and promises to teach her "appropriate gender roles". There Cameron makes new friends and continues in her defiance ofbeing "re-educated".
A Fantastic Woman(15)
Dir: Sebastián Lelio
(Chile/Germany/Spain/USA, 2017, 100 Mins)
Spanish with English Subtitles
Winner of Best Foreign Film at The Oscars 2018
Vega plays Marina Vidal, a young singer whose life is thrown into turmoil following the sudden death of her partner, Orlando. Met with suspicion from the police and contempt from her lover’s relatives, Marina finds herself placed under intense scrutiny, with no regard for her privacy, or her grief. As tensions rise between Marina and Orlando’s family, she is evicted from their shared home and banned from attending his funeral. But faced with the threat of losing everything, Marina finds the strength to fight back. From the producers of Jackie, Spotlight and Toni Erdmann, A Fantastic Woman is an outstanding, timely work that recalls the very best films of Pedro Almodóvar.Soaked in luminous visuals and elevated by elegant flights of surrealism, it is a courageous, audacious and defiant declaration of Marina’s status as a woman –and a fantastic one, at that.
Sebastián Lelio (Gloria) returns with a groundbreaking,deeply humane and Academy Award-winning story about a trans woman’s fight for acceptance. Anchored by a powerhouse central performance from rising star Daniela Vega, this Oscar-winning film is an urgent call for compassion towards a community that faces bigotry and hostility on a daily basis.
Its the summer of 1984 Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.
But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.
The Escape (TBC)
Dir: Dominic Savage
A woman sets out to reclaim her life in this stirring,emotionally rich look at what it means to start over. Tara (Gemma Arterton), a housewife in suburban London, is living a life that is no longer hers: it belongs to her overworked, self-absorbed husband (Dominic Cooper); her young son and daughter; and the numbing routine of housework and childcare. In desperate need of a change, Tara one day makes a bold decision. Armed with a one-way ticket to Paris, she leaves everything behind to rediscover herself in a new city - but walking out on your life isn't so simple... Built around a remarkable central performance from Gemma Arterton, The Escape is a perceptive,deeply compassionate portrait of a woman on the rocky road to becoming herself.
C’est La Vie (TBC)
Dir: Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano
(France, 2017,117 Mins)
French with English Subtitles
Pierre (Benjamin Lavernhe) is marrying Héléna (Judith Chemla) and he wants his wedding party to go off without a hitch. For that he has engaged the services of Max Angély (Jean-Pierre Bacri),a seasoned caterer, and his team. The reception is to take place in a sumptuous 17th century leisure castle and the rich arrogant bridegroom demands that everything go according to plan. Max assures him that will be the case but what he fails to tell him is that his team is not at full strength. For instance a second-rate entertainer, has replaced the top-level DJ; Max's short-tempered assistant, keeps causing issues ; the wedding photographer is a free-loading has been; Max's close collaborator and lover, is on the verge of breaking up with him; one of the waiters, once had a date with the bride. But this wedding will happen, for better or worse.
The Heiresses (TBC)
Dir: Marcelo Martinessi
Spanish and Guarani with English Subtitles
Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irun) are both descended from wealthy families in Asunción and have been together for over 30years. But recently, their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality.Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy (Ana Ivanova), forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.
The Children Act (12A)
Dir: Richard Eyre
As her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) flounders, eminent High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) has a life-changing decision to make at work - should she force a teenage boy, Adam (Fionn Whitehead), to have the blood transfusion that will save his life? Her unorthodox visit to his hospital bedside has a profound impact on them both, stirring strong new emotions in the boy and long-buried feelings in her.
The Madness of George III
by Alan Bennett
Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus)in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.
A Christmas treat for the whole family and a classic with a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world.
The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar PlumFairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. The many solo roles and ensembles put the world-class skills of the Company to the fore in this Christmas classic.
APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL