July brings some cinematic gems to the Chelmsford Picture House’s state of the art screen this summer.
The long-awaited sequel to 1996’s iconic Trainspotting, ‘T2 Trainspotting’, was released in 2017 and revisits Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie 20 years after the first film. Once again directed by the masterful Danny Boyle with a screenplay by John Hodge, based on Irvine Welsh’s book, the film is another jolt of adrenaline to the system. Catch up with the gang when the film shows on Monday 3 July.
‘The Eagle Huntress’ (Wednesday 5 July) was shortlisted for the Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature, and follows 13-year-old girl, Aisholpan, as she trains to become an eagle hunter. Narrated by Daisy Ridley (‘Rey’ in The Force Awakens), the film explores Mongolian tradition and female empowerment.
Michael Keaton stars in ‘The Founder’ on Tuesday 18 July. Keaton plays Ray Kroc, a travelling salesman who turns two brother’s hamburger stand into McDonalds and becomes the biggest fast-food chain in the world, thanks to Kroc’s ambition, persistence and ruthlessness. Written by Robert D Siegel (The Wrestler) and directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks).
‘Miss Sloane’ (Friday 21 July) is a political thriller where a lobbyist, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, the American gun lobby. Expect lots of plot twists and double-crossings in John Madden’s smart thriller. Chastain’s performance as Sloane received a nomination for Best Actress at the Golden Globe Awards.
‘Loving’ (Monday 24 July) is based on the real-life story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple from Virginia, USA, where such relationships were against the law. Driving to Washington, to get married in 1958, the couple spend nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their home town. Their case goes to the Supreme Court in 1967, which finds that laws prohibiting interracial marriages are unconstitutional and their story becomes an inspiration to couples everywhere. ‘Loving’ stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, was directed by Jeff Nichols and was co-produced by Colin Firth.
There is an unmissable treat for Opera lovers on Thursday 6 July, when ‘Hamlet’ will be screened live from Glyndebourne. Hailed by the Sunday Times as “The operatic event of the year”, Allan Clayton stars as Hamlet and is rarely offstage in Brett Dean’s new opera. Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly plays Gertrude and Barbara Hannigan plays Ophelia in this colourful, energetic and witty opera adaptation of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedy.
These are just a few of the highlights of the Summer season, for full details and to book tickets visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or call the Box Office - Tel No: 01245 606505.