Included in this week’s message are important details about unfortunate changes to a couple of our upcoming screenings, but first here’s what’s on this week at the Film Group:
A humble orphan suddenly becomes a gentleman with the help of an unknown benefactor in GREAT EXPECTATIONS, the latest adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale, starring Jeremy Irvine, Ralph Fiennes and Helena Bonham Carter.
Then, in the heart-warming CHINESE TAKEAWAY, a lonely Argentinian storekeeper meets a Chinese immigrant in a chance encounter and sets out to help him look for his only living relative.
Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut in QUARTET, in which preparations for a concert at a home for retired musicians are disrupted by the arrival of an eternal diva (Maggie Smith) who just so happens to be the former wife of one of the residents.
Then, in FLIGHT, a commercial airline pilot (Denzel Washington) manages to save all of the passengers on board his plane after it malfunctions and crashes, but the subsequent investigation unveils troubling circumstances leading up to the crash. Directed by Robert Zemeckis.
SEMESTER ONE 2013 PROGRAMME CHANGES
Due to unexpected and last minute changes to their distributors’ release plans, five films on our Semester One 2013 programme will unfortunately no longer be screened as planned.
The five films that have fallen off the programme are INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (Sat 11 May), MAMA (Sat 25 May), BULLET TO THE HEAD (Sat 15 June), THE HEAT (Fri 19 July) and STOKER (Sat 20 July).
These second feature films will instead be replaced by the following five films, screening at the same dates and times, following their originally scheduled first features:
When her marine biologist husband (Ronan Keating) leaves home for work, a lonely housewife (Laura Michelle Kelly) installs a webcam in her kitchen to keep in touch with him. Much to her surprise, she takes the world by storm with her impromptu musical performances, which bring unexpected fame and fortune to the newly anointed internet goddess.
A mild-manner businessman (Jason Bateman) discovers that his identity has been stolen and embarks on a cross-country quest to bring the thief to justice. Little does he know that the deceptively harmless-looking woman (Melissa McCarthy) who has stolen his identity will stop at nothing to continue living it up at his expense.
It’s 1939 and US President Franklin Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and his wife are about to play host to the King and Queen of England, in the first-ever visit of a reigning English monarch to America. But international affairs soon take a back seat to the complexities of FDR’s domestic affairs -- including a relationship with his far removed cousin (Laura Linney) -- which all conspire to make the weekend an unforgettable one.
Go back to where it all began with our special 25th anniversary screening of the original DIE HARD following John McClane’s latest adventure. In this landmark action flick, a off-duty New York cop (Bruce Willis) finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time when a group of highly organised terrorists led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) take over the office building where McClane’s estranged wife works.
In director Danny Boyle’s latest film, an art auctioneer (James McAvoy) teams up with a criminal gang to steal a priceless painting. But after suffering a blow to the head during the heist, he awakens to discover he has no memory of where he hid the art. When physical threats fail to produce answers, the gang’s leader (Vincent Cassel) hires a hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) to delve into the darkest recesses of his psyche.