Art & Film Highlights for December

As we head into the holiday season, we’ve got a whole range of films, special guests and events taking place – so take a break from your Christmas shopping and see what we have to offer…

We’re excited to welcome directors Steve McQueen (Hunger) and Nick Broomfield (Kurt and CourtneyBiggie and Tupac) this month when they will be hosting Q&As following screenings of their respective new films Shame , and Sarah Palin: You Betcha!  Both these events are likely to be popular so make sure you pre-book your tickets.

Our festive favourite screenings are filling up fast, with tickets for eighties classic Labyrinth and the heart-warming It’s a Wonderful Life, going like hot mince pies! We’ve added another classic Capra film to our December film programme – You Can’t Take It With You screens again on Wed 11 December as part of Matinee Classics (please note this screening replaces the previously advertised screenings of The Shop Around the Corner which now screens on Sun 11 and Wed 14 December).

There’s also the chance to see more recent favourites as we bring back some of our most popular films from the last few months in our Play it Again strand. The season kicks off on Fri 16 December with the immensely talented Ryan Gosling starring in Drive. This stylish crime thriller was a firm favourite amongst our audiences, and received great critical acclaim on its release. Other films to look forward to in the season include: Almodóvar’s hit of the summer The Skin I Live In; Lars von Trier’s stunningly shot apocalyptic film Melancholia, which features an award-winning performance from Kirsten Dunst; Woody Allen’s charming comedy Midnight in Paris – perfect light-hearted fare to enjoy between Christmas and New Year; Tyrannosaur, Paddy Considine’s impressive and powerful debut film; and finally Scorsese’s cult classic Taxi Driver, which returns to our screens by popular demand. If you didn’t catch them first time around, then make sure you don’t miss out again –  book your tickets today!

New releases to look out for this month include: British director Carol Morley’s Dreams of a Life, a powerful docu-drama about a thirty something women discovered dead in her London home – three year’s after she died; Raúl Ruiz’s Mysteries of Lisbon, a epic adaptation of the titular 19th Century Portuguese novel from one of cinema’s most lyrical filmmakers; and David Fincher’s eagerly anticipated adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo at the end of December.

In our galleries it’s your last chance to see our major exhibition Rashid Rana: Everything Is Happening At Once which is showing until Sun 18 December. If you’re popping into our café bar make sure you feast your eyes on the wonderful selection of art from Suite studios. This exhibition includes a range of reasonably priced original art works which would make perfect Christmas gifts for the art lover in your life. And a new Cornerhouse Project from Bethany Gray opens on Wed 21 December – join us in the downstairs bar from 18:00 on the day for an informal launch of the show.