The Chelmsford Picture House at the Cramphorn Studio Theatre has a wide variety of films showing throughout June, that will appeal to all lovers of film who enjoy watching cinematic masterpieces on the big screen.
‘Denial’ (Friday 2 June) is based on Deborah Lipstadt’s true story ‘History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier’. The film tells the story of how Lipstadt, an American, Jewish professor of Holocaust Studies, is sued for libel by David Irving, the British historian and Holocaust denier. The story unfolds in a British courtroom, where the legal system places the burden of proof on the defendant. The film stars Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall and is directed by Mick Jackson.
Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ comes to the Picture House on Tuesday 6 June. Adapted from Shusaku Endo’s most famous 1966 literary classic of the same name. Set in the 17th Century, it tells the tale of two Portuguese priests who travel to Japan to find their mentor, a Father who is rumoured to have abandoned his faith. What the two priests find is the shocking persecution of Christians in an unfamiliar land.
‘Paterson’ stars Adam Driver and is directed by cult film maker Jim Jarmusch. Paterson is a bus driver and aspiring poet whose life is stuck in a routine. The film follows a week in Paterson’s life and is a gentle, innocent movie. The film is screened on Tuesday 13 June.
‘Hacksaw Ridge’ (Friday 16 June) is the remarkable biography of Desmond Doss. Set in World War II, Doss (played by Andrew Garfield) was a pacifist combat medic who refused to carry or use a firearm or weapon and became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honour. This truly inspiring story was directed by Mel Gibson and won Oscars and Golden Globes for the direction, acting and screenplay.
Documentary ‘Cameraperson’ (Thursday 22 June) collects footage filmed over a 25-year period by documentary cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. The film examines the relationships between image makers and their subjects. The film is a hybrid that combines documentary, autobiography and ethical inquiry.
The multilayered, funny, heart-stirring celebration of the complexities of women, family, time and connections, ‘20th Century Women’ is screened on Tuesday 27 June. Set in Santa Barbara in the summer of 1979, the film follows a determined single mother as she raises an adolescent son during a time brimming with cultural change and rebellion. The Mike Mills directed film stars Annette Bening.
‘Snowden’ is Oliver Stone’s espionage thriller that tells the true story of US whistleblower, Edward Snowden. Joining the CIA, Snowden’s computer skills uncover sinister secrets about the extent of America’s global surveillance and leaks the documents. The film is screened on Friday 30 June.
Adding to the line-up are live screenings of drama, opera and ballet, The Royal Ballet celebrates 70 years at the Royal Opera House on Wednesday 7 June with ‘The Dream/Symphonic Variations/Margruerite and Varmand’ which is a mixed programme of ballet choreographed by the Opera House’s founder Frederick Ashton live from the ROH.
Opera lovers have some live and pre-recorded screenings to enjoy. ‘La traviata’ is showing, pre-recorded from Glyndebourne. Violetta gives up hope of happiness in this heart-wrenching love story. With its world-famous arias, La traviata is a fantastic introduction to Glyndebourne and is showing on Saturday 10 June. ‘Otello’ is screened live from The Royal Opera House on Wednesday 28 June. ‘Otello’ is Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Jonas Kaufmann stars as Otello, Maria Agresta as Desdemona, under the direction of Keith Warner and Antonio Pappano as the conductor. On Saturday 17 June ‘Raphael’, a documentary of one of the most famous artists in the world, Raphael Sanzio, will be showing. The film explores over 30 of Raphael’s works of art, set in 20 locations, including two major exclusives – the Batican Logge and Cardinal Bibbiena’s apartment in the Apolstolic Palace.
For full details and to book tickets visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or call the Box Office - Tel No: 01245 606505