Once again a really packed programme from the Curzon team, plus details of their upcoming Heritage Open Day and their soon to be introduced ‘unrestricted screenings.
The Heritage Open Day is this Sunday 19th September between 11.00am – 1.00pm. It’s a FREE event, suitable for all ages and there’s no ticket or booking required – just turn up!
It’s your opportunity to see behind the scenes of our lovely cinema which opened in April 1912, with a matinee screening, to raise funds for the Lord Mayor of London’s Appeal for survivors and relatives of those lost on the Titanic.
Come and learn all about the Curzon’s rich history: find out what it would have been like coming to the cinema during World War II in the midst of the Dig For Victory drive, newsreels and rationing.
Plus – look out for a very special, exclusive, ‘mini cinema’, screening archive footage in the lead up to the event, which will also be open as part of the tour (for one day only).
You could finish off by treating yourself to tea and cake in the Edwardian tea room.
THE LAST BUS https://www.curzon.org.uk/film/the-last-bus/
Widower Tom, on the recent passing of his wife Mary, uses his free bus pass to travel the length of Britain from John O’Groats in Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall, their shared birthplace, using only local buses. It’s an incident-fuelled nostalgia trip and his encounters with local people make him a media phenomenon. Tom is totally unaware and to his surprise on arrival at Land’s End he’s greeted as a celebrity.
“Spall makes believable if not always generous company, and you’ll found yourself cheering him on to his destiny” Andrew Collins Radio Times
“The film’s faith in human nature is noble, but it’s comforting effect would have been greater if the dialogue hadn’t been so stiff.” Tom Shone Sunday Times (UK)
The remarkable true story of an indelible soul music icon, Respect delves deep into the extraordinary life of Aretha Franklin, going from her early days singing in her father’s church choir to her domination of the international stage.
Portrayed by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (who performs all the film’s songs and was hand-picked for the role by Franklin herself), Aretha’s story spans the turbulent 1960s and grapples with her struggles both personal and political, all in service of depicting her journey to find her voice.
With a cast rounded out by Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Mary J. Blige, Marlon Wayans and four-time Emmy nominee Tituss Burgess, Respect depicts a musical legend who demands exactly that – plenty of respect.
“Hudson is so good, in fact, so musically accomplished, that you wonder why we patted Renée Zellweger and Taron Egerton on the back for their endearing amateur imitations of Judy Garland and Elton John.” Kevin Maher Times UK
“Hudson… manages to make Respect sing.” Mark Kermode Observer UK
“This may not be a definitive account of Franklin’s life, but Hudson gives a definitive performance.” Charlotte O’Sullivan London Evening Standard
CONNI AND THE CAT https://www.curzon.org.uk/film/conni-and-the-cat/
Conni is a young child who has long been looking forward to her first school trip with her friends to an old countryside castle. When she discovers that her cat Mau has decided to hide in her belongings and come along for the ride, she is secretly overjoyed but must find a way to keep Mau a secret from her teachers and from the castle’s hostess, Ms. Weingartner, who is allergic to cats. Along with her best friends Anna and Simon, Conni also finds herself caught up in a mystery when things begin to disappear from the castle – will they be able to find the culprit in time? This sweet animated children’s tale contains a wealth of cute animals and speaks to the adventure and excitement of being a child and exploring a new place.
“This is a fab kidz adventure movie with beautiful animation. Bex really liked the film – although she was the older end of the demographic. Kidz aged 5 years up will really enjoy Conni and the Cat!!!” A parent’s view
LIMBO + RECORDED Q&A WITH BEN SHARROCK https://www.curzon.org.uk/film/limbo-recorded-q-a-with-ben-sharrock/
Nominated for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut at the 2021 BAFTA Film Awards, Ben Sharrock’s LIMBO is a wry, funny and poignant cross-cultural satire that subtly sews together the hardship and hope of the refugee experience. Set on a fictional remote Scottish island, it follows a group of new arrivals as they await the results of their asylum claims.
An offbeat observation of the refugee experience. On a fictional remote Scottish island, a group of new arrivals await the results of their asylum claims. Among them is Omar, a young Syrian musician burdened by the weight of his grandfather’s oud, which he has carried all the way from his homeland.
This screening will be followed by a recorded Q&A with Director Ben Sharrock and the cast.
“For a film that is so infused with sadness… Limbo is remarkably funny – a gentle, empathic kind of humour that is derived from the men’s bleak existences, without mocking them.” Wendy Ide Observer UK
“A film as sweet as it is sad, as pertinent as it is absurd, Limbo is an experience where not much seems to happen but where little things mean the world.” Alex Godfrey Empire Magazine
“A wonderful comedy that savours its remote environment while keeping its subjects at the centre of the story.” Donald Clarke Irish Times
OASIS KNEBWORTH 1996 https://www.curzon.org.uk/film/oasis-knebworth-1996-restricted/
On 10th and 11th August 1996, 250,000 young music fans converged on Knebworth Park to see Oasis play two record breaking, era defining shows. The landmark concerts sold out in under a day with over 2% of the UK population attempting to buy tickets.
This was a time when the UK was slowly recovering from a decade of recession. A surging confidence in arts and culture ushered in Cool Britannia and Oasis meteoric rise reflected the country’s new-found conviction and swagger.
Featuring a setlist packed from beginning to end with stone cold classics, including Champagne Supernova, Wonderwall and Don’t Look Back In Anger, the Knebworth concerts were both the pinnacle of the band’s success and the landmark gathering for a generation.
Oasis Knebworth 1996 is the story of that weekend and the special relationship between Oasis and their fans that made it possible. It is told through the eyes of the fans who were there, with additional interviews with the band and concert organisers.
“By the time Oasis took the stage for the second of two shows at Knebworth Park in August 1996 – dubbed by Liam Gallagher himself as “the Woodstock of the Nineties” – they had played to a combined audience of more than 250,000 people; according to official figures, still the biggest UK live shows in the history of rock. It was also where Oasis planted their flag at the pinnacle of the Britpop era – just three years since being signed they’d become all-conquering rock’n’roll heroes, towering over their peers at an event so definitive of the Nineties guitar explosion that it would prove impossible to follow.” Mark Beaumont Independent UK
I mentionned “unrestricted viewing” at the start of this post which is something the Curzon team will be introducing from September 25th. These will be screenings without socially distanced seating. They will however continue to have screenings with ‘restricted’ – socially distanced seating. Enhanced cleaning, santisation stations, and perspex screenings will continue to be in place. Please check when booking – the title on the website will have ‘Restricted’ or ‘Unrestricted’ showing.
And finally! The news everyone has been waiting for!
NO TIME TO DIE – TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW – FIRST SCREENING THURSDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER!
In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to
be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
An all-star cast grace the legendary roles including: Ben Whishaw as Q, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomi Harris as Moneypenny and Christoph Waltz as Blofeld as well as Best Actor Oscar winner Rami Malek as the terrifying new villain Safin.
There are no featured reviews for No Time to Die because the movie has not released yet.
To celebrate Bond’s opening weekend, Thursday 30th September/Fri day 1st October and Saturday 2nd October, the Bar will be opening at 6.30pm, with black-tie encouraged!
And that’s about it! Have a great weekend everyone!