As followers of film will no doubt be aware, 16th May saw the opening of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Cinema fans and impresarios from all over the world flock to this prestigious event which, through screenings and awards, promotes accessible arthouse films by sharing them with wider, passionate audiences. This is all extremely laudable, of course – but what about those of us who are languishing on the wrong side of the channel?
Luckily, HugoFox.com is just the place to find local events that will satisfy your cinematic needs. As our Events listings show, it’s not necessary to travel all the way to Cannes when there are plenty of opportunities right on your doorstop. What’s more, in the spirit of Cannes, HugoFox.com can help you to sniff out the less commercial options. If you’re tired of the glare and blare of big-chain cinemas, HugoFox Events has a number of artsy alternatives.
The classic approach: film screenings
Movie lovers can help to support local arts venues by checking out their film programmes. There are some real cinematic gems to be found at fantastic locations in and around the South. For example…
Carnage (2011) – Farnham Maltings, Surrey (23rd May)
Directed by Roman Polanski, this modern comedy of manners has a simple premise: two sets of parents hold a civilised meeting after their sons are involved in a playground scuffle. But the façade of middle-class politeness soon breaks, as the couples’ behaviour soon escalates to truly juvenile levels! Starring Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, Jodie Foster, and John C. Reilly.
This mischievous movie is showing at Farnham Maltings, a venue in the heart of Farnham which, in their own words “provides a place in which people can imagine, create and discover.” Hosting craft workshops, theatre, and festivals besides films, the Maltings is a place for creative types to keep an eye on!
If you want a taster, why not also go along to the Future Shorts Festival, a pop-up film festival that the Maltings is hosting on 22nd May? Showcasing the most exciting short films from around the world, it will introduce you not only to the venue, but to the works of seven fantastic film-makers too!
Albert Nobbs (2011) – The Corn Exchange, Newbury (1st-7th June)
Earning an Oscar nomination for her role, Glenn Close co-directs, produces and stars in Rodrigo Garcia’s sophisticated film. The actress dazzles as Albert Nobbs, a character that has fascinated her for over 30 years, ever since she first played her in a 1982 stage show. The story of a woman’s struggle for independence in the strongly patriarchal society of 19th Century Ireland, the film tells how Close’s character is forced to disguise herself as a man in order to gain a job in a fancy Dublin hotel. For more details of the Corn Exchange’s showing, click here.
The Corn Exchange is Newbury’s premier arts venue. With a main house for theatre and films, a studio space, as well as a gallery and artist studios, it helps foster creativity of all kinds.
For quirky customers: cinema with a difference
For those looking to spice up their viewing experience, HugoFox.com has some further recommendations…
The Dark Knight (2010) – Forbury Gardens, Berkshire (8th June)
With better weather (hopefully) approaching, even the most ardent film fans may encounter a dilemma: you want to watch that movie, but you don’t want to be cooped up in a stuffy cinema for two hours. If this sounds familiar, then Summer Screens might be the solution for you! Bringing great films to unusual locations, this cinema events company is behind the screening of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight in Forbury Gardens. Watch this adrenaline-pumping blockbuster while lounging in a deckchair, or even from the comfort of a giant beanbag! This also means that you’ll be ready for the release of sequel The Dark Night Rises in July.
Rip-roaring blockbusters not your thing? That’s no problem, for Forbury Gardens is also hosting Summer Screens’s showing of the charming French film Amelie on Saturday 26th May.
Sing-a-Long Grease – Camberley Theatre, Surrey (13th July)
You all know who you are: when you sit down to watch Grease with your family, you’re the one who gets repeatedly told off for singing every number under your breath. However, with Camberley Theatre’s Sing-a-Long Grease this behaviour will be positively encouraged – in fact, you’ll be able to belt out ‘Greased Lightning’ and ‘Beauty School Dropout’ at the top of your lungs with no fear of reparation! Not only that, but you’ll be treated to a vocal warm-up and some lessons in hand-jiving before the movie begins. Repeat after me: “Summer lovin’, had me a bla-ast!”
Behind the screens: the making of…
Of course, there’s much more to movies than what viewers see in the finished product, and the stories of the stars are often just as fascinating as their on-screen roles…
‘And Furthermore’ with Judi Dench – Winchester Guild Hall, Hampshire (9th June)
As part of Winchester’s Best of British Festival, national treasure Dame Judi Dench will be speaking at the Guild Hall. In conversation with her biographer, John Miller, Judi will be discussing the projects she’s been involved in since her last visit to Winchester in 2009. These include J.Edgar directed by Clint Eastwood, and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel directed by John Madden, with whom she has previously worked when filming Mrs Brown and Shakespeare in Love. Book tickets for the talk through The Theatre Royal.
Information about all of these great events – and many more – can be found over in HugoFox.com’s Events pages. But make sure to keep checking back, for there are fabulous new local happenings being added every day!