BFI Comedy Genius Tour
Wednesday 9 January
Harold Lloyd’s World of Comedy (1962) 96 min PG
A 1962 compilation of scenes from Harold Lloyd’s best known films. The clips were personally selected by Lloyd, who also wrote the voiceover narration. The film marked the return of Lloyd to cinemas after an absence of more than two decades, and it included extended excerpts from the classics Safety Last! and Feet First.
Wednesday 16 January
BLAZING SADDLES (1974) 93min 12A
Daring, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny, a gleefully vulgar spoof of Westerns that marks a high point in Mel Brooks’ career. Occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town.
Wednesday 23 January 7pm
COMING TO AMERICA (1988) 116min Cert 15
Eddie Murphy is pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride. Murphy’s father (James Earl Jones) allows the prince 40 days to roam the U.S., sending the prince’s faithful retainer Semmi (Arsenio Hall) along to make sure nothing untoward happens. Murphy and Hall play multiple roles, and there are innumerable celebrity cameos peppered throughout the proceedings.
Wednesday 30 January 7pm
The Flying Deuces (1939) USA 69 min
Oliver is heartbroken when he finds that Georgette, the inkeeper’s daughter he’s fallen in love with, is already married to dashing Foreign Legion officer Francois. To forget her, he joins the Legion, taking Stanley with him.
Pride LGBTQ+ Film Festival
Wednesday 6th February
Postcards from London ( UK 2018) (Cert TBC)
90 min English
Having hopped on a train to London Jim finds himself jobless, penniless and renting a cardboard box from a homeless man. Down on his luck, Jim catches the eyes of a troupe of high-class male escorts who specialise in cultural, post-coital conversation. Director: Steve McLean will be our guest for the festival opening.
Wednesday 13th Feb
Anchor and Hope
2017 | SPAIN | 113MINS
Anchor and Hope, directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet, is about Eva and Kat, a couple living on a London canal boat with their friend Roger. As Eva and Kat decide to take their relationship to the next level, they face a number of di cult decisions and con icting opinions. Anchor and Hope stays playful and funny, whilst painting a true picture of modern relationships and family life.
Tuesday 19th Wednesday-
A Moment in the Reed
2018 103 min Cert18 English; Finnish
Leevi returns to Finland for the summer to help renovate the family summer house, Tariq a Syrian asylum seeker is hired to help and the two young men develop a closer friendship that offers a summer of love. Viewing Finland from both the perspectives of an immigrant and an emigrant, the film is a story about the search for freedom, acceptance and a place to call home.
Wednesday 20th Feb 7 pm The Happy Prince 2017 (Cert 15) 105min
The last days of Oscar Wilde — and the ghosts that haunted them — are vividly evoked in Rupert Everett’s directorial debut. Everett gives a career defining performance as Wilde, physically and emotionally embodying the literary genius as he lives out his last days in exile in Europe.
Weds 27th Feb at 7pm The Bookshop 2018 (Cert PG) 113min
England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. As Florence’s obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.
Thursday 28th Feb at 7pm room 1.11 (TBC) Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) 120min
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound.
5th March 7pm Free Public screenings for International Women’s Day 7.15pm VOTE 100: BORN A REBEL 15min (2018)
Cinema For All’s newly-commissioned short film, Vote 100: Born a Rebel – made up of wonderful footage from the Yorkshire, North East and North West Film Archives – we were inspired by the words of Mrs Elizabeth Dean who, still a proud suffragette at 100 years old. This is our special treat free Screening for International Women’s Day.
7.30pm A Star Is Born 135min US (2018) Cert15
With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right — and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive.
6th March 7pm
The Wife (2017) Cert 15 100min
The Wife lies on the strength of Glenn Close’s performance to drive home the power of its story — and she proves thoroughly, grippingly up to the task. The film interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later–a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.
Wednesday 13th March 7pm They shall not grow old 2018 Cert 15 99min An impressive technical achievement with a walloping emotional impact, They Shall Not Grow Old pays brilliant cinematic tribute to the sacrifice of a generation. Academy Award winner Peter Jackson’s poignant WWI documentary is is an extraordinary look at the soldiers and events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time, now presented as the world has never seen it by utilizing state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies.
Tuesday 19th March 7pm Good Bye Lenin! (2004) 118min
Funny and poignant social critique of German reunification. A dedicated young German boy pulls off an elaborate scheme to keep his mother in good health in this comedy drama from director Wolfgang Becker. Suffering a heart attack and falling into a coma after seeing her son arrested during a protest.
Wednesday 20 March Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros 120min Cert 12A
“Crazy Rich Asians” follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors.
Wednesday 27 March Have A Nice Day Cert 15 China | 2017 | 77 mins
Animated neo-noir: in southern China, impoverished Xiao Zhang steals a million yuan from his shady uncle to repair his girlfriend’s botched plastic surgery. Uncle wants it back. Others want it too. Follow the money from one dodgy character to the next.
Wednesday 3rd April
12A 95min Documentary
WON’T YOU BE My NEIGHBOR? (TBC)
An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Mister Fred Rogers. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes a fittingly patient and honest look at the life and legacy of a television pioneer whose work has enriched generations. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.