A Happy New Year from everyone at Filmhouse! We're looking forward to another year of great films, a what better way to kick it off than with Hostiles, a violent, ferocious western starring Christian Bale as Army Captain Joseph J. Blocker, who is tasked with escorting a dying Cheyenne chief (Wes Studi) back to his family in Montana. We're also showing Aaron Sorkin's true-life thriller Molly's Game, an intriguing look into the secret world of underground poker, illegally ran for a decade by beautiful young Olympic-class skier Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) before she was arrested in the middle of the night by 17 armed FBI agents, whilst Rey takes us to 1860 where a French lawyer dreamed of becoming the King of Patagoni, and did that... or did he? What does time do to a story? The problems of history and memory are emphasised by the degradation of image and sound.
Showing on Monday and Tuesday only is Walk With Me, a contemplative documentary that goes deep inside a Zen Buddhist community who have given up all their possessions and signed up to a life of chastity for one common purpose - to transform their suffering, and practice the art of mindfulness with the world-famous teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. Another fascinating documentary showing later in the week is Unrest, a vital account of one person living with ME which turns its focus onto a hidden global community.
10 from 17
We've been looking back on the last 12 months of cinema and bringing you handpicked selection of 2017's best films, chosen by Rod White, Head of Programming at Filmhouse. We're continuing with Graduation, in which a Romanian doctor takes matters into his own hands when an attack on his daughter jeopardizes her scholarship to a prestigious British university, as well as Asghar Farhadi’s most recent film The Salesman, William Oldroyd's quiet yet audacious Lady Macbeth starring Florence Pugh, and the heavily-anticipated Dunkirk. It's also another chance for you to catch the strangely beautiful love story On Body and Soul, Edgar Wright's Baby Driver (which features a to-die-for soundtrack), and finally, Raoul Peck's powerful documentary I Am Not Your Negro.
Showing on Sunday as part of our Filmhouse Junior season is Paddington 2, which finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community. When something special is stolen, the adventure-loving bear and his adoptive family must solve the mystery and find the thief. Also on Sunday is a special Double Bill screening of the star-studded 1974 Murder on the Orient Express, directed by the great Sidney Lumet, followed by the 1978 adaptation of Death On The Nile.
This year, to celebrate 40 Years of Filmhouse, we've put together a programme of films, one chosen from the programmes of each of the years since 1978. Kicking things off is our pick from 2016 - Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a compassionate, engaging, laugh-out-loud favourite which will be showing on Thursday.