New releases this week include the highly anticipated Darkest Hour, working from Anthony McCarten’s ingeniously structured script, this film draws on a bravura, award enticing performance from Gary Oldman as Churchill; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – the latest from Martin McDonagh – mixes a potent cocktail of grief, sexism, racism and resilience to startling effect. For music lovers Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars also opens, drawing on an extensive archive of performances and home movies to construct a an intimate film on the life and career of one of the most renowned musicians of our generation.
One-off screenings and events this week include documentary Bill Viola: The Road to St Paul’s followed by a special Q&A with director Gerald Fox. Our Jack Rosenthal on Jack Rosenthal Street season continues our tribute to a Manchester Icon on Sunday with Double Bill/At Work featuring Another Sunday and Sweet F.A and The Knowledge. Next Thursday is the moving Wide Eyed and Legless followed by a screening of The Bag Lady, a 30 min episode of the ITV series About Face, which showcases the talents of Maureen Lipman as the lady of the title.
On Monday evening, as part of PUSH 2018, we’ll be screening The Acting Class followed by a Q&A with actors Julie Hesmondhalgh and Andrew Ellis and Mike Wayne and Deirdre O’Neill. This insightful documentary deals with the lack of working class representation on our stages and our screens. Lastly don’t miss the second part of the British Animation Awards: Public Choice Programme on Wednesday a mix of animated shorts, music videos and commercials.