Category Archives: Fourcroft Hotel

Next feature – The Death of Stalin – 8pm, Monday 16th April

The Death of Stalin is a 2017 political satire comedy film directed and co-written by Armando Iannucci. It stars Steve BuscemiSimon Russell BealePaddy ConsidineRupert FriendJason IsaacsMichael PalinAndrea Riseborough and Jeffrey Tambor. Based on the French graphic novel La mort de Staline, the film depicts the Soviet power struggles following the death of dictator Joseph Stalin (Adrian McLoughlin) in 1953. It was released by eOne Films in the United Kingdom on 20 October 2017 and was released in the United States by IFC Films on 9 March 2018.

The Death of Stalin was screened in the Platform section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and received critical acclaim. It caused controversy in Russia and many other former members of the Soviet Union, and was banned in Russia, KyrgyzstanAzerbaijan, and Kazakhstan.

ARMANDO IANNUCCI

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Next feature – Gifted – 8pm, Monday 2nd April

Gifted is a 2017 American drama film directed by Marc Webb and written by Tom Flynn. It stars Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer. The plot follows an intellectually gifted 7-year-old who becomes the subject of a custody battle between her uncle and grandmother.

CHRIS EVANS

Next feature – Goodbye Christopher Robin – 8pm, Monday 19th March

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son  Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

This 2017 biographical drama film was directed by Simon Curtis and written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Simon Vaughan.

AA MILNE

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

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