Less than three weeks until the Curzon reopens on 17th May and I for one can’t wait! Check out this blogpost to find out what’s showing, watch the trailers, read the reviews and book here: https://www.curzon.org.uk/book-now/whats-on/
The doors open with NOMADLAND – winner of Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress at this year’s Oscars.
NOMADLAND Run Time: 108 minutes Rating: 12A
Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.
‘Life on the road has never been so tenderly captured, politically alive and profoundly moving.’ Ian Freer – Empire Magazine
‘Not since Robert Redford in All Is Lost has a star performer carried an entire film through wordless looks and glances.’ Kevin Maher Times UK
‘Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland is an utterly inspired docu-fictional hybrid. It is a gentle, compassionate, questioning film about the American soul. With artistry and grace, Zhao folds nonprofessionals into an imagined story built around a cheerful, resourceful, middle-aged woman played by Frances McDormand. This quiet, self-effacing performance may be the best of her career so far.’ – The Guardian
THREE TENORS: VOICES FOR ETERNITY: Run Time: 110 minutes Rating: U
Event cinema is back, starting with a celebration of the most celebrated and well-loved operatic trio of all time.
It’s been 30 years since Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and Plácido Domingo made their historic debut as The Three Tenors at the ancient baths of Caracalla on the eve of the 1990 Football World Cup. Three Tenors: Voices for Eternity celebrates the emotional highlights of that first concert and the sequel in Los Angeles. With brand new interviews and never-before-seen backstage footage, this documentary offers a fascinating insight into the rivalries and friendships of the legendary opera stars from 1990 through to Pavarotti’s passing in 2007.
‘Part-celebration and part-dissection, if you need a night out and want to spend 90 minutes in the company of three of the greatest singers in the history or opera with their voices at their prime, then this will be for you and it is thoroughly recommended.’ Jim Pritchard – Seen and Heard International
MINIMARI: Run Time: 120 minutes Rating: 12
Minari, is a tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother (for which Youn Yuh-jung won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress). Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
‘Will be embraced by audiences everywhere’ ★★★★★ – BBC Culture
‘What makes this more than just another formulaic feelgood film is the grit with which Chung evokes the hardscrabble lives of his characters, balancing the dreamier elements of the drama with a naturalism that keeps it rooted in reality.’ Mark Kermode Observer
‘It is a work of extraordinary delicacy, poignancy and tenderness. Whatever else, teaching’s loss is entirely our gain.‘ Deborah Ross The Spectator
PETER RABBIT™ 2 – THE RUNAWAY: Run Time: 92 minutes Rating: U
The lovable rogue is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.
‘This 93-minute movie is a school holiday treat that also delivers a kick or two for older viewers.’ Stephen Romei The Australian
‘A good dose of harmless, fluffy nonsense that knows how to please its target market.’ Doug Jamieson The Jam Report
‘As beautifully animated as the first film, and with another scene-stealing performance from Domnhall Gleeson, Peter Rabbit 2 is not a bad little jaunt for a sequel. It’s sufficiently fast, funny and family-friendly.’ Jim Schembri
Curzon Comedy Fri 28 May 7.45pm
Bringing some much-needed laughter back to Clevedon, let me introduce you to 4 stand-up comedians of the highest pedigree, lined up and ready to take to the stage. Actually, you probably already know them!
Sally-Anne an accomplished radio presenter with stage and TV acting credentials (‘Absolutely Fabulous’ BBC, ‘Why the Long Faces’ Square Donkey Productions, and TV warm-up for ‘Deal or No Deal’ Channel 4), Sally-Anne’s confident persona and quick wit have rapidly made her a much sought-after comedian. She’s a regular compere at Glastonbury Festival, and a keenly anticipated turn on the UK comedy circuit.
“Sally-Anne Hayward is the funniest female entertainer I have ever seen. She is hilarious and deserves to be a superstar.” – Norman Wisdom.
Lou Conran Lou Conran is the winner of Best MC 2020 at the Comics Comic Awards. Bringing her work in progress to show your years. It’s stuff and nonsense but it will be funny.
“Masterful at owning a room” Edinburgh Guide
“Naturally funny” Sarah Millican
Raymond and Mr Timpkins
Lightning-fast choreography meets uber swift editing in a fantasmagorical collision of quality entertainment. An overload of velvet, sandals and multi-hued wool provides a startling accompaniment, the whole effect being that of a slim man and a fat man putting their bums in your face. Headlining at venues from the Falklands to Ashby De La Zouch, they’ve circumnavigated the planet, spurting amusement in concentrated bursts. If you like music and let’s face it, who doesn’t, you’ll like it. If you like silliness, middle aged men dancing and unsavoury acts, you’ll probably love it.
“Absolutely hilarious” Viz
“A mad, anarchic triumph of stupidity over style. Not to be missed” The Guardian
Tom Deacon has been an established act on the circuit for 14 years, performing solo
shows in Europe, New Zealand and Australia. He’s currently a host on F1 esports for Sky Sports and was the Eurofan on Youtube’s Copa 90 channel. You may have heard him on Radio 1 and Capital FM where he had his own show.
“A mighty fine comic” The Guardian
“With looks, confidence, charm and great material; expect other comics to lynch him” The Sunday Times
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.
We are all delighted the Curzon will be reopening on 17th May, but with Covid-19 social distancing and cleaning measures reducing audience capacity from 330 to just 90 people and the number of possible screenings to just two, there remains a very real risk to the charity as outgoings remain the same.
The 109 year old cinema has launched a fundraising campaign to urgently raise £70,000 to “bring back the balcony” which was revealed during the roof restoration when the false ceiling was removed for ventilation purposes. Revamping this beautiful space, which has been hidden from view since 1972, will increase its socially distanced capacity by 30% putting the charity in a stronger position to survive and recover. The recently awarded grant is ringfenced and is not able to be spent on general operating costs or the development of the balcony.
This artist’s impression has been created by Tim Stephens, self-employed artist, illustrator and graphic designer. Check out his work here: https://www.clevedonrocks.com
Donations can be made online at www.curzon.org.uk/fundraisingor by cheque payable to “Curzon Clevedon Community Centre for the Arts” and sent to Curzon Cinema & Arts, 46 Old Church Road, Clevedon BS216NN Ends
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