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There’s a few special one-off screenings for film fans coming up…
Boy’s State (12A) plus a live satellite Q&A
Thursday 29 October, 6.15pm
★★★★★ – “An amazing spectacle” – The Guardian
★★★★★ – “Exhilerating” – Rolling Stone
Texan teens form a mock government in this Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner.
Boys State is a wildly entertaining and continually riveting immersion into a week-long annual program in which over a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government.
Filmmakers Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine closely track the escalating tensions that arise training their cameras on unforgettable teenagers like Ben, a Reagan-loving arch-conservative who brims with confidence despite personal setbacks, and Steven, a progressive-minded child of Mexican immigrants who stands by his convictions amidst the sea of red.
In the process, they have created a complex portrait of contemporary American masculinity, as well as a microcosm of our often dispiriting national political divisions that nevertheless manages to plant seeds of hope.
A live satellite Q&A with directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss will follow this screening.
Halloween Screening: Host (15) plus Q&A
Saturday 31 October, 8.30pm
★★★★★ – “An adrenaline-spiking fresh take on a well-worn horror format, Host transcends its high-concept premise to deliver original ideas — and scream-worthy surprises.” – Empire
Host (15) isn’t released until December, but we’ve got a special early screening for you – on Halloween night! A horror film for our times, created by British director Rob Savage during lockdown. Six friends decide to hold a séance via Zoom but get more than they bargained for as things quickly go wrong. An original, terrifying take on the poltergeist film for the pandemic age.
Followed by a Q&A featuring director Rob Savage, writers Jed Shepherd and Gemma Hurley plus members of the cast.
Pedro Almodóvar’s The Human Touch (15) plus Q&A
Saturday 7 November – Monday 9 November
★★★★★ – “Delicious, exquisitely dressed. Tilda Swinton sets the screen ablaze.” – Variety
The Human Voice was shot over nine days in Madrid in July and recently premiered to critical acclaim at the Venice Film Festival. It is Almodóvar’s first work in the English language.
Madness and melancholy intersect to thrilling effect as Almodóvar reimagines Jean Cocteau’s short play The Human Voice for an era in which isolation has become a way of life. Laws of desire become the rules of the game as Tilda Swinton’s unnamed woman paces and panics in a glorious Technicolor apartment where décor offers a window into her state of mind. A short, sharp shot of distilled Almodóvar: passion, emotion, heartbreak, wit, and melodrama exquisitely bound up in a tale for our times.
The critically-acclaimed 30 minute film will be followed by a 45 minute entertaining and insightful recorded Q&A.
Hosted by Mark Kermode, Pedro and Tilda discuss the inspirations they drew on for the film, how The Human Voice fits within the ‘Almodóvar oeuvre’, and what Pedro will be making next – including a great surprise for Tilda. Recorded under lockdown conditions, the discussion features visual references and clips to create a dynamic and interesting companion piece to the short film.
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