Im Westen Nichts Neues
This impassioned, visually arresting interpretation of the classic German anti-war novel makes the pacifist case to contemporary audiences through its depiction of the horrible madness of World War I and the tragedy of a doomed generation.
It’s 1917 and wartime in Germany, as Paul Bäumer (Felix Kammerer) lies about his age so that he can enlist alongside his friends - all of them very young men filled with romanticized, patriotic notions. The reality of war almost immediately dismantles their exuberance. Soon (too soon) Paul is thrown into a trench, with little equipment, minimal training, and the swiftly repaired uniform of another soldier on his back. Only the hardy advice of an older veteran prevents him from becoming another hapless statistic on his first day. Also starring Daniel Brühl, this is one of the most visceral, immersive WWI movies ever made. (Subtitles)
Germany/USA 2022 Edward Berger 147m
On a diplomatic visit to Rome, Anne escapes her royal retainers and scampers incognito through the Eternal City. She meets an American journalist (Gregory Peck), who, recognizing a hot news story, pretends that he doesn't recognize her and offers to give her a guided tour of Rome, while his photographer pal Irving (Eddie Albert) attempts to sneak a photo. And just as naturally, Joe falls in love with her. Filmed on location in Rome, with Oscars for Hepburn and the screenplay, this is the perfect film for Valentine's Day.
USA 1953 William Wyler 118m
In Georgia Oakley’s quiet and soulful drama, a closeted PE teacher reckons with her identity during the introduction of stigmatising law to Thatcherite Britain.
Rosy McEwen plays Jean, a gay woman who teaches PE at a secondary school, and has enthused a lot of the girls and even some of the boys about the school netball team. She has to make sure her employers don’t find out she is gay: homophobia has always been bad and the Section 28 row threatens to make it worse. Adept at keeping her two lives separate, Jean’s world is rocked with the arrival of a new student who could destroy the veneer that she has successfully maintained. Oakley has crafted a sad and shrewd film about the loneliness of hiding your true self. This is a quietly searing debut that puts the past in tacit dialogue with the present.
Michelle Yeoh’s Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.
Overwhelmed by a tax audit and difficulties with husband Waymond, Evelyn (Yeoh) is visited by another version of Waymond from what he calls the Alpha verse. Here humans have learned to “verse jump” and are threatened by an omniverse agent of chaos known as Jobu Tupaki. Soon, Evelyn is thrust into a universe-hopping adventure that has her questioning everything she thought she knew about her life, her failures, and her love for her family. As absurd as it is profound, deeply moving and wholly original. The film’s final act is contemplative and heart-bursting with substance and will monopolize your mind long after it ends.
USA 2022 Dan Kwan/Daniel Scheinert 139m
Winner of the audience award at last year’s Chichester International Film Festival. In this feel-good comedy drama, an aspiring singer living with his grandmother in the capital of Bhutan dreams of getting a visa to move to Australia.
A young teacher in modern Bhutan, Ugyen, shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, his superiors send him to the most remote school in the world, a glacial Himalayan village called Lunana, to complete his service. He finds himself exiled from his Westernized comforts after an arduous 8-day trek just to get there. There he finds no electricity, no textbooks, not even a blackboard. Donji’s screenplay finds an ideal balance of gentle humour and life-affirming drama. (Subtitles)
Paul Mescal and newcomer Frankie Corio give astonishing performances as a father and daughter on holiday, in this moving and reflective debut from Charlotte Wells. One of the best UK films of the year!
Sophie and her dad Calum are on holiday in Turkey in the late 1990s. Despite a rough start (such as Calum’s broken arm and a room with a double bed rather than twins), it should be bliss – the ‘Macarena’ is blaring, the warm air is filled with the smell of sunscreen and Sophie is capturing it all on her mini-DV cam. However, cracks begin to emerge in the façade Calum is trying to maintain to give Sophie a perfect holiday. ‘Aftersun’ is stunner, a heartbreaker on love, grief and the random moments in life that solidify into haunting memories. Lyrical without ever being obtuse, it's a film that flourishes when attention is paid to details.
UK/USA 2022 Charlotte Wells 102m
A young, gay Black man, rejected by his mother and with few options for his future, decides to join the Marines, doing whatever it takes to succeed in a system that would cast him aside.
But even as he battles deep-seated prejudice and the gruelling routines of basic training, he finds unexpected camaraderie, strength, and support in this new community, giving him a hard-earned sense of belonging that will shape his identity and forever change his life. Director Elegance Bratton's first film is captivating. An autobiography of his own struggles & testimony navigating through going into the military & working towards a relationship with his mother. Powerful scripting and performance from lead Jeremy Pope. A lean, mean, fighting machine of a movie.
USA 2022 Elegance Bratton 95m
Puccini’s score is rich in musical marvels - featuring ‘Nessun Dorma’. In the court of Princess Turandot, suitors who fail to solve her riddles are brutally killed. But when a mysterious Prince answers one correctly, suddenly he holds all the power – and a glorious secret.
Thu 23 Mar 19:30 (Delayed live)
Sun 26 Mar 12:30 (Encore)
Part memoir, part ode to the power of the movies, The Fabelmans finds Steven Spielberg digging at the family roots that helped make him a beloved filmmaker - and proves he hasn't lost his magic touch.
Young Sammy Fabelman falls in love with movies after his parents take him to see ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’. Armed with a camera, Sammy starts to make his own films at home, much to the delight of his supportive mother. ‘The Fabelmans’ never seems self-serving. It's a humble self-portrait, and the humility is most welcome. Viewers expecting a stirring childhood memoir about the power of cinema may be surprised at how bittersweet and raw the story actually is. But that vulnerability is what makes the film a triumph.
USA 2023 Steven Spielberg 151m
Tremendously shot and terrifically acted, this Neapolitan gangster drama from Mario Martone shatters the rose-tinted spectacles. A siren song to the past that confronts us with a violent, unromantic present.
Middle-aged Felice comes back to his hometown after 40 years away. Felice’s boyhood friend Oreste, with whom he indulged in petty crime back in the day, is now a much-feared dead-eyed local mobster, and clearly has something to do with Felice leaving his beloved Naples in the first place. Don Luigi, the local priest is a passionate critic of Oreste and with Felice hatches a plan to draw him out. A punishing story about the passage of time with immense depth and a lingering sensation of solitude that freezes the soul that we haven't seen since Leone's ‘Once Upon a Time in America’.
From Hirokazu Kore-eda, master of such bittersweet films as ‘Shoplifters’ comes a knotty and funny tale of black market adoption. A gentle, touching and satisfying cinematic experience.
New mothers can leave unwanted babies in a ‘baby box’ at a church. Don-soo is able to pinch the babies before they are taken in and put them up for adoption – for a fee that is. Their operation gets complicated when one baby box drop-off is observed by two police detectives and the mother in question has a change of heart. Cue a romantic road movie, as the two crooks, the mother, the cute baby boy and an adorably mischievous stowaway squeeze into a beat-up van, and set off in search of the child's ideal adoptive parents. (Subtitles)
South Korea/Japan 2022 Hirokazu Koreeda 129m
Cate Blanchette is utterly magnetic as an imperious maestro in this ultra-stylish drama with a shocking climax.
From writer-producer-director Todd Field comes TÁR, starring Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tár, the groundbreaking conductor of a major German Orchestra. We meet Tár at the height of her career, as she's preparing both a book launch and much-anticipated live performance of Mahler's Fifth Symphony. Over the ensuing weeks her life begins to unravel in a singularly modern way. The result is a searing examination of power, and its impact and durability in today's society. An engrossing piece of cinema, even thrilling, that keeps us wrapped around its finger for a two-and-a-half-hour-plus running time that feels far shorter than that.
USA 2022 Todd Field 158m
An Cailín Ciúin
A heartfelt, beautifully homespun tale of a lonely Irish childhood – one of the most soulful and moving films to grace cinemas for a long time.
Colm Bairéad's debut feature is an intricately exquisite coming-of-age drama that delves into the many layers of family relations through the eyes of a young girl. The film follows Cáit (Catherine Clinch) as she is sent to live with distant relatives for the summer. She is welcomed with open arms by Eibhlín (Carrie Crowley), but her husband (Andrew Bennett) keeps Cáit at arm’s length. Slowly but surely a warmth grows within this makeshift family and Cáit reaps the benefits. Until, that is, she discovers more than she anticipated. This is an unexpectedly beautiful assembly of narrative, image and sound which takes its cue from the title to build quietly to an emotional catharsis. (Subtitles)
Ireland 2021 Colm Bairéad 94m
Based on the true story of the Dutch born Antonia Brico, who in the late 1920’s was the world’s first woman successfully conduct a large symphony orchestra. Showing in conjunction with multi award nominee ‘Tár’.
United States 1926: The Dutch, 24-year-old Antonia Brico (Christanne de Bruijn) was a child when she and her parents (Annet Malherbe and Raymond Thiry) immigrate to the United States. She dreams of becoming a conductor, but nobody takes her ambition seriously. Her piano teacher advises her against taking the entrance exam for the conservatory. Because she has little to lose, she returns to her motherland, where she begs the famous conductor Mengelberg (Gijs Scholten van Aschat) to give her conducting lessons. Mengelberg is not comfortable with the idea and sends her to Berlin where she, against all expectations, has a better chance as a woman to make it. After a two-year study at the State Academy of Music she becomes the first woman to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. NB. For the first time in Dutch history, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra appointed a woman as its Chief Conductor Karina Canellakis and the film contains superb and enticing extracts of classical music especially performed for ‘The Conductor’. (Some subtitles)
Netherlands 2019 Maria Peters 137m
See ‘Tár’ and ‘The Conductor’ for only £15.50 (Friends £12.50)
Textile artist Allan Brown spends seven years making a dress by hand from foraged stinging nettles, all picked on the South Downs near Brighton.
Beautifully filmed by award-winning documentary maker Dylan Howitt, ‘The Nettle Dress’ follows Allan along the whole seven-year journey. This is 'hedgerow couture', the greenest of slow fashion. It's also his medicine, the way he survives the death of his wife, that left him and his four children bereft. The challenge of making near zero carbon clothing sourced within a few miles of his home means re-learning ancient crafts and recalls Hans Christian Anderson's fairy tale ‘Wild Swans'. From early experiments making nettle thread, through foraging, processing, spinning, weaving and cutting the cloth. Finally, a vision of the dress back in the woods where the nettles were picked, worn by one of his daughters.
If you haven’t been back to the cinema yet, Indian epic ‘RRR’ is the reason to go. Set during the British Raj in the 1920s this is an insane rocket-fuelled spectacle.
RRR isn't just one of the best films of the year – it's several of the best films of the year. SS Rajamouli's Telugu-language masterpiece is an inspiring historical drama about Indian citizens rebelling against the British Raj in the 1920s; it's a glitzy romantic musical worthy of Hollywood's golden age; it's a shadowy crime thriller about two double agents who become friends; it's a crazily over-the-top action movie, and it's a thunderous superhero epic. What's most amazing is that all these genres and tones fit so seamlessly together to tell one powerful story. (Subtitles)
India 2022 S.S. Rajamouli 193m (Inc Interval)
The Other Palace
‘Heathers’ is a musical that follows Veronica Sawyer, a high school “nobody” that dreams of becoming popular. Her call is finally answered when she’s accepted into the ‘Heathers’ clique, sitting at the top of the high school social pyramid.
Tue 28 Mar 20:45
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Puppetry, magic and storytelling combine in a unique, Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of the best-selling novel. After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, a 16-year-old boy named Pi is stranded on a lifeboat with four other survivors – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?
Thu 30 Mar 19:45
Starring Judi Dench, Jennifer Saunders and Derek Jacobi in this charming adaptation of Alan Bennett’s play about old age.
When the geriatric ward in a small Yorkshire hospital is threatened with closure, the hospital decides to fight back by galvanizing the local community: they invite a news crew to film their preparations for a concert in honour of the hospital's most distinguished nurse. What could go wrong? A warmhearted film that goes to show how devoted health care workers are and how hard they work. Alongside this is a true homage to senior citizens. How delightful, quirky and funny seniors can be. Here we get all kinds of varieties of seniors – the grumps, the uptight, the angry, the gregarious. Showing that they are just like all other age categories, the only difference is they are older.
UK 2022 Richard Eyre 99m
A bittersweet drama starring the inexorable and brilliant Florence Pugh. Tragedy, consequence and redemption are the signposts in this sophisticated journey back to a life worth living.
Daniel (Morgan Freeman) is brought together with Allison (Florence Pugh), the once thriving young woman with a bright future who was involved in an unimaginable tragedy that took his daughter's life. As grief-stricken Daniel navigates raising his teenage granddaughter and Allison emerges from recovery with an opioid addiction and unresolved grief. They discover that friendship, forgiveness, and hope can flourish in unlikely places.
USA 2022 Zach Braff 129m
An unbelievable true story of Hasna Ait Boulahcen, a woman who was falsely accused of being Europe's first female suicide bomber.
Cultural and intergenerational trauma erupt in this story about two sisters on the outskirts of Paris. After the siblings are torn apart, the eldest, Hasna (Sabrina Ouazani), struggles to find her identity, leading to a choice that shocks the world. Director Dina Amer takes on one of the darkest issues of our time and deconstructs it in an intimate story about family, love, sisterhood, and belonging. Cinema heavyweights Spike Lee, Spike Jonze and Riz Ahmed have put their combined weight behind this film, which has been raved about by critics. This is an extraordinary directorial debut in which form and content fuse to discover a new cinematic language.
The Cinema of Martin Scorsese
With a screening later this month of his period masterpiece ‘The Age of Innocence,’ we look back at the career of the illustrious American auteur, who recently turned 80. Do join our journey into darkest America, and much more besides!
Sat 1 Apr 10:30 – In the Auditorium
With his rousingly entertaining directorial debut, Sidney Poitier, alongside actor-producer Harry Belafonte, helped rewrite the history of the western.
Combining boisterous buddy comedy with blistering, Black Power–era political fury, Poitier and a marvellously mischievous Belafonte star as a tough and taciturn wagon master and an unscrupulous, pistol-packing “preacher,” who join forces in order to take on the white bounty hunters threatening a westward-bound caravan of people recently emancipated from slavery. A superbly crafted revisionist landmark, ‘Buck and the Preacher’ subverts Hollywood conventions at every turn and reclaims the western genre in the name of Black liberation. It is also to Poitier's credit both as director and star that he's willing to allow Belafonte to chew up the scenery and steal the acting honours with a hysterical, outrageous performance.
USA 1972 Sidney Poitier 102m
Baritone Michael Volle stars as the caddish knight Falstaff, gleefully tormented by a trio of clever women who deliver his comeuppance, in Verdi’s glorious Shakespearean comedy.
Maestro Daniele Rustioni takes the podium to oversee a brilliant ensemble cast that features sopranos Hera Hyesang Park, Ailyn Pérez, and Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano Marie-Nicole Lemieux, tenor Bogdan Volkov, and baritone Christopher Maltman. A deeply human comedy full of humour and genuine emotion, Verdi’s last opera is a splendid finale to an unparalleled career in the theatre.
Sun 2 Apr 14:45 (Delayed Live)
Everyone's favourite leche-loving, swashbuckling, fear-defying feline returns after an absence of ten years. Some franchises get better with age.
Puss in Boots discovers that his passion for peril and disregard for safety have taken their toll. Puss has burned through eight of his nine lives, though he lost count along the way. Getting those lives back will send Puss in Boots on his grandest quest yet. he embarks on an epic journey into the Black Forest to find the mythical Wishing Star and restore his lost lives. But with only one life left, Puss will have to humble himself and ask for help from his former partner and nemesis: the captivating Kitty Soft Paws. One of those split-level animated movies that serves up a fun story for the kids, and jokes that will sail over the children’s heads and land with the grown-ups.
USA 2022 Joel Crawford/Januel Mercado 102m
Marcel offers 90 minutes of poignant whimsy, all of it inducing genuine laughter and tears. If it doesn’t move you, then perhaps nothing will.
Marcel is an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colourful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan. Once part of a sprawling community of shells, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. But when a documentary filmmaker discovers them amongst the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and a new hope at finding his long-lost family. This hilarious and heart-warming story is about finding connection in the smallest corners. Wise, tender and touching.
USA 2021 Dean Fleischer-Camp 90m
International Panorama: France
Cannes Grand Prize winner of 2002, and nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar this year. Two teenage boys who have always been close, distance themselves after their relationship is questioned by schoolmates.
When tragedy strikes, one of them is forced to confront why he abandoned his friend. ‘Close’ proves a wonderful cinematographic balancing act, both incisive and thought-provoking, which combines realism, lyricism and melodrama with touching smoothness and without a hint of excess. Dhont’s feature debut ‘Girl’, about a transgender girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina, won the Cannes Camera d’Or and the Queer Palm in 2018. This, is an unmissable follow-up. Previewed at the French Film Festival at New Park ast year (Subtitles)
France/Belgium 2022 Lukas Dhont 105m
Fri 7 Apr 15:45
Mon 10 Apr 20:15
As her son returns home after years away, Eileen is asked to give him an alibi which sets in motion a terrible series of events.
One night Eileen (Emily Watson) is called down to the police station to give a statement. A charge of rape is to be laid against her son by a complainant whose identity she can easily guess. Can Watson give an alibi for her son, and swear, on oath, that he was at home with her? Her answer to this question sets in train a terrible series of events. Emily Watson breaks your heart conveying the guilt, doubt, and denial she goes through, and the directors work with her by slowly shifting to close-ups focused on her face, while things fall apart around her. Also starring Oscar nominated Paul Mescal.
Ireland/UK 2022 Saela Davis / Anna Rose Holmer 100m
Martin Scorsese’s exquisite and absorbing adaptation of Edith Wharton’s masterful portrait of desire and betrayal during the sumptuous Golden Age of Old New York.
Wealthy lawyer Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is engaged to sweet socialite May Welland (Winona Ryder) in 1870s New York. On the surface, it is a perfect match. But when May's beautiful cousin Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), who is estranged from her brutish husband, arrives in town, Newland begins to question the meaning of passion and love as he desperately pursues a relationship with Ellen, even though she has been made a social outcast by Archer's peers. This is a magical tribute to a long-gone world. And in the tradition of the great films of romantic heartbreak, it leaves us in an after- glow of yearning.
USA 1993 Martin Scorsese 139m
Les Enfants des Autres
This sweet, sad drama sees a teacher keen to be a mother bonding with her new boyfriend’s daughter, while dealing with the constant presence of his ex.
Rachel, a single woman in her late 30s who is a teacher, a demanding, rewarding job that she loves. Rachel has had a chequered dating history; she is worried about her ticking biological clock. She meets and falls for Ali whose young daughter Leila she must also win over if the relationship is to last. The presence of Ali’s ex and Leila’s mother strains the relationship further. Rather than generalising about childless women, this is a sensitively felt and deceptively nuanced exploration of one woman’s experience with motherhood. A gentle, heartfelt relationship drama about – and for – intelligent adults.
France 2022 Rebecca Zlotowski 103m
Pattie et la colère de Poséidon
Small heroes are in for a big adventure in Epic Tails, a new CG-animated family comedy imbued with mythological magic.
Epic Tails tells the story of super-smart mouse Pattie and her feline friend Sam, as they embark upon an exciting adventure of paw-some proportions through Ancient Greece. With a little help from ageing hero Jason, the animals’ quest brings them face to face with some the most bizarre and dangerous creatures from Greek mythology, as they race to halt the threat posed to their city by Poseidon himself. Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe provide voices.
France 2022 David Alaux/Eric TostiJean/François Tosti 95m
The Royal Ballet
A creative team steeped in the magic of theatre, film, dance and opera brings new atmosphere to Cinderella’s ethereal world of fairy godmothers and pumpkin carriages, handsome princes and finding true love. Royal Ballet Founder Choreographer Frederick Ashton’s ‘Cinderella’ celebrates its 75th anniversary this Season.
Thu 13 Apr 19:15 (Delayed live)
Sat 16 Apr 14:15 tbc (Encore)
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Sally Field star as a group of friends whose mission is to go to the Super Bowl and see NFL superstar Tom Brady.
Here, Tomlin’s Lou is stuck at home, recuperating from chemotherapy, and she and her girlfriends Trish (Fonda), Maura (Moreno) and Betty (Field) are frustrated that her TV is stuck on a channel showing football until they catch a glimpse of Brady. Instant fans, they start gathering at Lou’s house to watch New England Patriots games together. By 2017, Lou is in remission and their team is headed to the Super Bowl, which sparks the plan. it’s just a pleasure to watch these legends riff off one another in this heartfelt comedy.
USA 2023 Kyle Marvin 98m
A retired sea captain and his daughter must reassess their strained relationship after he begins a new romance with a widowed housekeeper.
Howard, a retired sailor and widower, lives in a house by the sea. His adult daughter Grace hires a caretaker for her father, a lady in her mature years, Annie. Recluse and stubborn, Howard rejects Annie's company, but eventually opens his heart and gives his final love a chance. Grace has her own crisis to unravel and finds her father's romance difficult. Her father's new love reminds her of the affection she missed, as a child and now again as an adult. Annie must face the complex father-daughter relationship, while Howard and Grace must realize their own imperfections. Honest and affecting with stellar performances.
Finland/Ireland 2022 Klaus Härö 103m
An astronaut and a child crash land on a mysterious planet only to discover they’re not alone. Man v dinosaurs has never been so thrilling.
After a catastrophic crash on an unknown planet, pilot Mills (Adam Driver) quickly discovers he’s actually stranded on Earth... 65 million years ago. Now, with only one chance at rescue, Mills and the only other survivor, Koa (Ariana Greenblatt), must make their way across an unknown terrain riddled with dangerous prehistoric creatures in an epic fight to survive. Produced by Sam Raimi, has Danny Elfman as a composer and is written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. Beck and Woods, you’ll remember, wrote ‘A Quiet Place’.
USA 2023 Scott Beck/Bryan Woods
‘The Beasts’ is a pulsating psychological thriller from Spanish director Rodrigo Sorogoyen, which explores tension between local farmers and two outsiders in a Galician village.
A middle-aged French couple moves to a local village, seeking closeness with nature where their presence inflames two locals to the point of outright hostility and shocking violence. Amidst the gorgeous, lush landscape of Galicia, Sorogoyen injects a pulsing, unnerving score that reflects the building hostility between the two households. The surrounding farmland may be Antoine and Olga’s joy, but the isolation is also a constant threat.Sorogoyen hits the bullseye in placing’ The Beasts’ in an intersection between a rural thriller and a Western in which all the weight of the story falls upon its characters. (Subtitles)
Spain/France 2022 Rodrigo Sorogoyen 137m
The art of the photographer, with still images rather than moving pictures, is a parallel but very different medium to the cinema. Sometimes they are a useful eye for the filmmaker to build a plot around, and in other cases they are the fascinating subjects of documentaries trying to get to the heart of the picture and the talents of the photographers.
Sat 15 Apr 10:30 – In the Auditorium
In a town plagued by disaster, one man has the job of breaking the worst news to its citizens, in director Bent Hamer’s wryly amusing absurdist drama.
The film opens with the long-unemployed Frank (Kon-Tiki’s Pål Sverre Hagen) getting his big break. He’s just been hired to be the new middle man, a prominent if rather difficult job: in a town that’s inexplicably plagued by accidents and disasters, Frank’s primary responsibility is informing people about the deaths of their loved ones. Almost noirish in its analysis of the simmering tensions among the town’s ferociously enigmatic denizens - no one answers a question directly, and even Frank is somewhat mysterious – ‘The Middle Man’ explores how we connect or fail to connect with others and find our own humanity in the most unlikely circumstances.
A dream cast assembles for Strauss’s grand Viennese comedy.
Soprano Lise Davidsen is the aging Marschallin, opposite mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as her lover Octavian and soprano Erin Morley as Sophie, the beautiful younger woman who steals his heart. Maestro Simone Young takes the Met podium to oversee Robert Carsen’s fin-de-siècle staging. The score of ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ is lush, rich, and romantic to an extraordinary degree.
Sun 16 Apr 12:30 (Delayed Live)
Two worlds collide - fine art and Big Pharma - in this compelling documentary about artist-activist Nan Goldin and her campaign which helped bring down the Sackler empire.
Directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is an epic, emotional and interconnected story about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin told through her slideshows, intimate interviews, ground-breaking photography, and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the overdose crisis. The battles fought by Nan Goldin as a professional artist, a woman and the corporate family represent the architects of the pain inflicted upon her mental and physical health. This is a heart-breaking journey into activism that packs quite the payoff.
USA 2022 Laura Poitras 122m
Exhibition on Screen
In the spring of 2023, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam will open its doors to the largest Vermeer exhibition in history. With loans from across the world, this major retrospective will bring together Vermeer’s most famous masterpieces including ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, ‘The Geographer’, ‘The Milkmaid’, ‘The Little Street’, ‘Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid’, and ‘Woman Holding a Balance’.
Tue 18 Apr 16:00
Sun 23 Apr 15:45
When a recently widowed mother becomes houseless, she convinces her 8-year-old daughter that they are only camping for fun while working to get them off of the streets.
Having lost her apartment during the COVID-19 crunch, Danny roller skates around a neighbourhood of housing projects, fast-food joints and quasi-suburban homes trying to rustle enough gig economy scraps to pay rent and security on a new apartment. A visit to her presumptive — and understanding — landlord leaves her until the end of the day to secure the $200 she’s short. As the film progresses, we see the frustrations and the continued resourcefulness in which Danny handles her situation. This is a vibrant and inspiring story to emerge from COVID. Poignant and realistic are words that best describe the film.
USA 2021 Kelley Kali/Angelique Molina 86m
David Tennant is riveting, witty and intensely human in this play by C.P. Taylor, and directed by Dominic Cooke.
Tennant ('Doctor Who') makes a much-anticipated return to the West End in a blistering reimagining of one of Britain’s most powerful, political plays.
As the world faces its Second World War, John Halder, a good, intelligent German professor, finds himself pulled into a movement with unthinkable consequences.
Olivier Award-winner Dominic Cooke ('Follies') directs C.P. Taylor’s timely tale, with a cast that also features Elliot Levey ('Coriolanus') and Sharon Small ('The Bay').
Filmed live at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London.
160m inc Interval
Thu 20 Apr 19:30
The Royal Opera
David McVicar’s glorious production of Mozart’s ever-popular comic opera conducted by Antonio Pappano with a truly international cast. Servants Figaro and Susanna are filled with excitement on their wedding day, but there’s a hitch: their employer, the Count Almaviva, has dishonourable intentions of his own towards the bride-to-be.
Thu 27 Apr 18:45 (Live)
Sun 30 Apr 15:30 (Encore)
Six-time Grammy Award–winning composer Terence Blanchard brings his first opera to the Met after his ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ triumphantly premiered with the company to universal acclaim in 2021–22.
Bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is the young boxer Emile Griffith, who rises from obscurity to become a world champion, and bass-baritone Eric Owens portrays Griffith’s older self, haunted by the ghosts of his past. Yannick Nézet-Séguin takes the podium for Blanchard’s second Met premiere, also reuniting the director-and-choreographer team of James Robinson and Camille A. Brown.
Sun 7 May 14:30 (Delayed Live)
Aided by his ingenious librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, Mozart approached his operatic retelling of the Don Juan myth from a point of view that is neither tragic nor entirely comic, but rather light-hearted, urbane, and ironic.
Tony Award–winning director Ivo van Hove makes a major Met debut with a new take on Mozart’s tragicomedy, re-setting the familiar tale of deceit and damnation in an abstract architectural landscape and shining a light into the dark corners of the story and its characters. Maestro Nathalie Stutzmann makes her Met debut conducting a star-studded cast led by baritone Peter Mattei, alongside bass-baritone Adam Plachetka. Sopranos Federica Lombardi, Ana María Martínez, and Ying Fang make a superlative trio as Giovanni’s conquests.
Sun 21 May 14:30 (Delayed Live)
The Magic Flute - Met Opera
The final presentation of this year’s outstanding Met season is one of opera’s most beloved works, receiving its first new Met staging in 19 years - a daring vision by renowned English director Simon McBurney that The Wall Street Journal declared “the best production I’ve ever witnessed of Mozart’s opera.”
Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the Met Orchestra, with the pit raised to make the musicians visible to the audience and allow interaction with the cast. In his Met-debut staging, McBurney lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and acrobatics to match the spectacle and drama of Mozart’s fable.
Sun 4 Jun 14:30 (Delayed Live)