Next feature – Loving Vincent – 8pm, Monday 5th March

Loving Vincent is a 2017 animated biographical drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film. The film, written and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman, is a Polish production, funded by the Polish Film Institute, and partially through a Kickstarter campaign.

First conceived as a seven minute short movie in 2008, Loving Vincent was idealized by Dorota Kobiela, a painter herself, after studying the techniques and the artist’s story through his letters.

Each of the film’s 65,000 frames is an oil painting on canvas, using the same technique as Van Gogh, created by a team of 125 painters. The film premiered at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It won Best Animated Feature Film Award at the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin and has been nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 90th Academy Awards.

VINCENT VAN GOGH

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Next feature – Dunkirk – 8pm, Monday 19th February

Dunkirk is a 2017 war film written, directed, and produced by Christopher Nolan that depicts the Dunkirk evacuation of World War II. Its ensemble cast includes Fionn WhiteheadTom Glynn-CarneyJack LowdenHarry StylesAneurin BarnardJames D’ArcyBarry KeoghanKenneth BranaghCillian MurphyMark Rylance, and Tom Hardy. The film is a British, American, French, and Dutch co-production, and was distributed by Warner Bros.

It received eight nominated categories at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards; winning one for Best Editing, eight nominations at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, three at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, and eight at the 90th Academy Awards, including Best Pictureand Best Director for Nolan; his first ever Oscar nomination for directing.

DUNKIRK

Next feature – Silence – 8pm, Monday 5th February

Silence is a 2016 historical period drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks and Scorsese, based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Shūsaku Endō. Set in Nagasaki, Japan, the film was shot entirely in Taiwan around Taipei. The film stars Andrew GarfieldAdam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano and Ciarán Hinds.

The plot follows two 17th-century Jesuit priests who travel from Portugal to Edo-era Japan to locate their missing mentor and spread Catholic Christianity. The story is set in the time when it was common for Christians to hide from persecution following the suppression of Japanese Roman Catholics during the Shimabara Rebellion (1637–1638) against the Tokugawa shogunate.

MARTIN SCORSESE

Next feature – Hampstead – 8pm, Monday 22nd January

Hampstead is a 2017 British drama film directed by Joel Hopkins and written by Robert Festinger. The film stars Diane KeatonBrendan GleesonJames NortonLesley ManvilleJason Watkins and Simon Callow.

An American widow living in the London suburb of Hampstead and a man who lives on the Heath form an unlikely alliance against unscrupulous property developers in the neighborhood.

HAMPSTEAD

Next feature – Viceroy’s House – 8pm, Monday 8th January

Viceroy’s House is a British-Indian historical drama film directed by Gurinder Chadha and written by Paul Mayeda BergesMoira Buffini, and Chadha.

Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) arrives at Viceroy’s House in Delhi in 1947 with his strong-willed wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson) and daughter Pamela. As the final Viceroy of India, he is in charge of overseeing the dissolution of the British Raj and the establishment of an independent Indian nation. Mountbatten attempts to mediate a disagreement between the two major Indian political leaders, Jawaharlal Nehru, who wants India to remain intact as one nation after independence, and Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who wishes to establish the separate Muslim state of Pakistan.

INDIA

Next feature – Churchill – 8pm, Monday 18th December

96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort.

Written by Alex von Tunzelmann and directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, the film stars  Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson.

CHURCHILL

Next feature – My Life as a Courgette – 8pm, Monday 4th December

Also known as My Life as a Zucchini, the film is a 2016 Swiss-French stop motion adult animated comedy-drama film directed by Claude Barras. It was screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

The film was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film at the 89th Academy Awards but lost to Zootopia. It was also selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, making the December shortlist.

A police officer (Michel Vuillermoz) and some new friends help an orphan (Gaspard Schlatter) adjust to life at a foster home. The film features a raft of prestigious actors’ voices, including Ellen Page, Amy Sedaris and Will Forte.

COURGETTE