Opens Jul 8
At 76, writer/director Terence Davies is considered one of Britain’s national treasures, with acclaimed films including Distant Voices, Still Lives, The Long Day Closes; and The Deep Blue Sea. But equally important to us, Cinestudio audiences have been mesmerized by Davies’ movies on growing up Catholic in working-class Kent, a gay man when homosexuality was illegal in Britain. Benediction is about poet Siegfried Sassoon (Jack Lowery of Dunkirk) who, after serving on WW I’s Western Front, refuses to return to the “useless slaughter.” Sassoon is declared insane and sent to a military hospital where he finds a soulmate in poet Wilfred Owen. When released, Sassoon embraces the freedom of the high life and sexual affairs with men. But growing older, Sassoon chooses marriage and religion, wondering if his art ever had any meaning. In making this powerful film, Terence Davies gives us his answer
National Theatre Live: PRIMA FACIE
One Night Only Jul 24
Actor Jodie Comer makes her West End debut in the UK premiere of Suzie Miller’s award-winning play, live from London’s intimate Harold Pinter Theatre! National Theatre Live gives audiences in select cinemas the chance to see Jodie Comer give an extraordinary, solo tour-de-force performance as Tessa, a young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working-class origins to be at the top of her game; defending; cross-examining and winning. When she herself becomes a plaintiff in a sexual assault case, Tessa’s sense of justice and morality clash up against the patriarchal “rules of the game.” Fans of TV’s Killing Eve already know Jodie Comer, but her first appearance on the stage reveals an amazing new talent on the boards
Opens Jul 29
Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is absolutely funnier. An ordinary real-life crane operator named Flitcroft (Academy Award winner Mark Rylance) has a lightbulb moment. The 1976 British Open Golf Championship with a £100,000 prize is coming up, and the ever-optimistic Flitcroft reasons: “An open championship should be open to everyone.” Having never played the sport, Flitcroft shoots the worst round (121) in Open history and is treated with contempt by the golfing elite. But with a new passion for golf, he and his wife (Sally Hawkins, of Happy-Go-Lucky, The Shape of Water) try everything from fake accents to hilarious disguises, to get back in-game