November Highlights

This month we welcome a wide selection of classic films and new releases to our screens…

Kubrick fans will have spotted we’ve already started screening The Shining Extended Cut. Never released theatrically in the UK before this magnificent new digital print of Kubrick’s US version runs 24 minutes longer than the European cut previously seen. Alongside this you can watch Rodney Ascher’s documentary Room 237 this weekend which explores the numerous theories about the hidden meanings within The Shining.

The eagerly anticipated The Master (screening from Fri 16 November) looks set to be one of the most talked about films of the autumn, if not the year. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film stars Joaquin Phoenix as a navy veteran who is uncertain of his future in post-WWII America, until he meets the charismatic leader of The Cause, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Another highlight of the month, and the autumn is Amour, the latest film from Michael Haneke. Winner of the Palme d’or at this year’s Cannes film festival, this moving film chronicles the tender relationship between two elderly musicians.

This month also sees the return of two popular festivals to our screens. From Tue 13 November, The UK Jewish Film Festival will screen three films from its wide ranging programme: Touching comedy, The Day I Saw Your Heart; gripping documentary, The Price of Kings: Shimon Peres; and David a drama focusing on an eleven-year-old muslim’s boy’s struggle with his identity against the backdrop of a multi-cultural New York. Later in the month, from Sun 25 November, the French Film Festival UK 2012, presents three highlights of its programme: culture clash comedy My Worst Nightmare; tense family drama Declaration of War; and a timely look at love in a hard economic climate in A Better Life. The French Connection, our season of films from Francophone countries also continues this month with La Pirogue, the tale of a the Senegalese captain of a fishing boat; a preview of Our Children, a moving drama inspired by true life events in Belgium; and Sister the tale of a twelve your old boy who spends his days stealing ski equipment from an affluent resort in order to support himself and his older Sister.

Other highlights of our film programme this month, include a programme of British shorts – The Joy of Six, which presents a stunning selection of independent short films showcasing the best of up-and-coming British screen talent, and great classic films from two of cinema’s most acclaimed auteurs – Antonioni’s Red Desert, and Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

In our galleries HOW ARE YOU FEELING? continues. Showcasing new and recent work from artist David Shrigley, this highly interative exhibition has proved hugely popular with gallery visitors – if you haven’t yet seen it make sure you pop into the galleries for a look. Opening in our café bar this month is an exhibition of work from Manchester based artist Fraser Chapman. Chapman’s canvases will be up on our walls from Fri 16 November – all work is for sale so if you’re looking for a unique Christmas gift for an art lover in your life these could be the perfect thing!

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