Opening this Friday 13th is the fantastically rebellious, Misbehaviour (12A) starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keira Knightley, Keeley Hawes, Jessie Buckley, Suki Waterhouse and Rhys Ifans. Based on the true story of protest at the 1970 Miss World competition the film has been written by Rebecca Frayn and Gaby Chiappe and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe (The Crown Season 2).
In 1970, the Miss World competition took place in London, hosted by US comedy legend Bob Hope. At the time, Miss World was the most-watched TV show on the planet with over 100 million viewers. Claiming that beauty competitions demeaned women, the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement achieved overnight fame by invading the stage and disrupting the live broadcast of the competition. Not only that, when the show resumed, the result caused uproar: the winner was not the Swedish favourite but Miss Grenada, the first black woman to be crowned Miss World. In a matter of hours, a global audience had witnessed the patriarchy driven from the stage and the Western ideal of beauty turned on its head.
Following a group of women in England whose partners are away serving in Afghanistan, Military Wives (12A) continues at the Curzon from Friday 13th March. Faced with the men’s absences, they form a choir and quickly find themselves at the centre of a media sensation and global movement. Inspired by the worldwide phenomenon of military wives choirs, the story celebrates this band of misfit women as they come together through music on a military base.
“If you think singing with a pole up your a**e is what the women need then you’re more out of touch than I thought” – Lisa, played by Sharon Horgan. Also starring Kirstin Scott-Thomas as Kate, Military Wives promises to be the next great feel-good movie, with comedy and drama in equal measure. Bring your tissues but also be prepared for a jolly good time!
Beethoven’s only opera – Fidelio – is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph, screening at the Curzon on Tuesday 17th March at 7.15pm.
In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.
No Time to Die (TBC), the twenty-fifth installment in the James Bond film series has been rescheduled by the distributor for sometime in November.
MGM, Universal and James Bond franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have officially announced that the upcoming No Time to Die release will be postponed until later this year due to concerns surrounding the corona virus outbreak on the Chinese and South East Asian cinema markets.
Full details and timings of all screenings can be found on the Curzon website – www.curzon.org.uk.
About Curzon Cinema & Arts
Curzon Cinema & Arts has been at the centre of life in Clevedon, North Somerset, since 1912. A charity, run with support from volunteers, it is one of the UK’s few traditional, independent cinemas showing mainstream and art house films. The Grade 2 listed cinema has tremendous heritage value, locally, nationally and internationally