A closer look at… Ocean’s 8

The Scoop

Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) is fresh out of prison, and ready to do what she does best: run a con. What she has in mind is no ordinary crime. She’s been planning it from the inside for the last five years.

The heist involves persuading dim-witted actress Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway) to wear the Toussaint, a $150 million diamond necklace, to the Met Gala, the most glamorous event in the celebrity calendar.  Along with her partner Lou (Cate Blanchett), Debbie sets about assembling a crack team – hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna), fashion designer Rose (Helena Bonham Carter), jeweller Amit (Mindy Kaling), fence Tammy (Sarah Paulson) and pickpocket Constance (Awkwafina).

With the eyes of the world on the Gala, can Debbie’s team get their jewels, and vanish without a trace?

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‘Incredible. Incredible again!’: EDIE hits the spot

Sometimes, the right film can hit the perfect sweet spot for the right audience. That was our experience screening EDIE for the loveliest group of guests at The Hospital Club in Covent Garden this week.

Guests at the EDIE screening

Our invitees were influencers from Age UK, Mothers’ Union, Rotary, Central London Outdoor Group and the Ramblers’ Association. Director Simon Hunter introduced the film by praising his star Sheila Hancock, stating that the project simply wouldn’t have worked with anybody else.

Guests at the EDIE screening

Everything we see onscreen, he told the audience, Sheila actually did: there’s no bluescreen, no stunt doubles. Just a very determined actress who put in the hours at the gym, went to Nordic Walking training – and climbed a mountain.

A fantastic testament to the healing power of connecting with nature and pushing your boundaries. Stunning. – Head of Engagement, The Ramblers

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Community comment: The heartbeat of ‘BPM’

Think a two-and-a-half hour subtitled drama about the AIDS epidemic in 1990s France sounds like a drag? Think again.
BPM (Beats Per Minute) is electrifying cinema, bringing a moment in history vividly to life, and challenging us to live more urgently and truthfully ourselves.

The film revolves around the Paris chapter of ACT UP, a motley group of activists battling the apathy of government officials and the self-interest of pharmaceutical companies. New recruit Nathan (Arnaud Valois) is drawn into the drama of political protest – and into a romance with HIV-positive Sean (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart).

BPM is available to rent from Curzon Home Cinema. The film is rated 15 for strong sex, nudity, sex references, language.

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‘Edie’ companion booklet – church version

We’ve partnered with Mothers’ Union to create a special version of our EDIE companion booklet for church groups. This resource has background information about the making of the film, as well as discussion questions and reflections. EDIE is a moving story about regret and renewal, starring Sheila Hancock and Kevin Guthrie, in cinemas from May 25th.

You can download the booklet from the Mothers’ Union site.

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‘Edie’ companion booklet

EDIE is a moving and inspiring film in cinemas from 25th May.  Our companion booklet includes background information about the making of the film, and questions for discussion.

Download the Companion Booklet here

Edith Moore (Sheila Hancock) is a bitter, gruff woman in her eighties. In the months following her husband’s death, her daughter Nancy plans for her to move to a retirement home – and Edie feels like it is the beginning of the end. It seems she will die carrying all the regrets of her past.

One regret haunts her most of all. When Edie was younger, her father planned a climbing trip for them in the Scottish Highlands. She yearned to go, but her husband, a difficult and controlling man, made her stay at home. Now nearly thirty years later, Edie decides to make the trip herself alone.

As Mt Suilven looms ahead, she realises how daunting the climb will be. She hires Jonny (Kevin Guthrie), a local man, to help her prepare – sparking an unexpected friendship, and an adventure which will change her life.

More at ediefilm.co.uk 

A closer look at… ‘A Quiet Place’

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The world has fallen silent. A year after the arrival of an extraterrestrial threat, a few survivors cling on by adhering to a simple rule: don’t make a sound. The aliens hunt using their super-sensitive hearing, and even a whisper could be fatal.

On their remote farm, Lee (John Krasinski) and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) have adapted to this harsh existence, along with their two children – fearful Marcus (Noah Jupe), and teenaged Regan (Millicent Simmonds), whose deafness makes her even more vulnerable.

Haunted by the losses they’ve already faced, the family must prepare for an impending arrival which could bring hope or tragedy.

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Bringing ‘Mary’ to the masses

We could not be happier to have been brought on board by Universal Pictures for Mary Magdalene. Our team caught an early preview of the film and were completely knocked out by it: and we knew that our many contacts in the UK church community would find it captivating too.

In a way, the film is quite an unusual proposition. It’s a biblical drama which makes a serious engagement with the person of Jesus and the Gospel accounts – but it’s more concerned with the spirit than the letter. It’s not a ‘Christian’ film, but people of faith who come to it with an open mind will find a rich and rewarding experience. For those who don’t believe, it’s a reminder of the fertile ground that biblical stories can still offer for creative exploration.

The A-List talent behind the film and the care and respect with which it’s been crafted make Mary Magdalene unmissable cinema.

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Passion and Paradox: ‘Messiah’ at the cinema, part 4

We’re thrilled to be working with event cinema experts CinemaLive in bringing Handel’s Messiah from Bristol Old Vic to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. This dramatised production, in cinemas for one night only (Wednesday 28th March 2018), retells the Easter story in a striking new way.

Tom Morris OBE is the Tony Award-winning Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic and Associate Director of the UK’s National Theatre. His directing credits include War Horse and The Grinning Man.

We spoke to him about exploring the paradoxes of faith in this production of Messiah

Hi Tom, thanks for taking the time to chat. So obviously the music of Messiah is itself very dramatic, but you’ve chosen to also dramatise the action onstage. How did this decision develop?

TM: I think to a lot of people it isn’t obvious that the music is dramatic! Drama involves conflict and struggle – and one of the opportunities that excited me about this approach is that even though Handel was known to be a dramatist, people don’t tend to listen out for or think about the conflict which might exist in the music. Clearly what we’ve done isn’t the only way to do Messiah, but the decision to ask that question about what the struggle might be in the music – that got more and more exciting as we looked into it.

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‘Mary Magdalene’ Companion Booklet

According to the Gospels, Mary of Magdala was present at both Jesus’ death and burial; and is identified as the first witness to the resurrected Jesus.

In 591, Pope Gregory claimed that Mary of Magdala was a prostitute, a misconception which remains to this day.

In 2016, Mary of Magdala was formally identified by the Vatican as Apostle of the Apostles – their equal – and the first messenger of the resurrected Jesus.

Download the Companion Booklet here

Mary Magdalene (in cinemas 16th March) is a powerfully imagined portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history. The biblical biopic tells the story of Mary (Rooney Mara), a young woman in search of a new way of living. Constricted by the hierarchies and gender inequalities of the day, Mary defies her traditional family to join a new movement led by the charismatic Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix). She soon finds a place for herself alongside Jesus and at the heart of a journey that will lead to Jerusalem.

Written by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett, and directed by Garth Davis, Mary Magdalene also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tahar Rahim.

This companion booklet offers an insight into the making of the film, as well as questions and reflections for church groups wanting to engage with it more deeply.

More at marymagdalenefilm.co.uk

Passion and Paradox: ‘Messiah’ at the cinema, part 3

We’re thrilled to be working with event cinema experts CinemaLive in bringing Handel’s Messiah from Bristol Old Vic to cinemas across the UK and Ireland. This dramatised production, in cinemas for one night only (Wednesday 28th March 2018), retells the Easter story in a striking new way.

John Travers is Head of Distribution at CinemaLive. He has over 17 years experience in the cinema industry, working both as an exhibitor and distributor of films and events. He was a founding board member of the Event Cinema Association.

We spoke to him about bringing Messiah to a cinema screen near you.

Hi John, thanks for speaking with us! Event cinema is something that really seems to have taken off in recent years. Can you tell me a bit about CinemaLive’s vision for what you do, and what you’ve got to offer?

JT: Our goal is to provide audiences worldwide with access to premium events at their own local cinema. There are so many great events that for various reasons people can’t attend – some events sell out fast, like this production of Messiah. Sometimes people can’t make performance dates, or afford the cost of tickets or travel.

We feel there’s an audience out there that wants to experience these things, and we choose events – regardless of genre – that appeal beyond the confines of the venue.

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