Feeling those January blues? Fear not, there’s some sparkling new films and events coming to Picturehouse this month to brighten your mood. Catherine Pearson, a local student & Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse fan, selects five highlights from our programme to kick off 2017 with a bang.
New Year’s resolutions never pan out for me. That’s why I came up with a different list this year: a selection of must-see films that I will update each month. It’s the film fan’s alternative! I’ve chosen five different films and events that are coming up at Picturehouse Cinemas in January that I cannot wait to see.
The first is one that I have been anticipating since its first teaser trailer was released in the summer: Damien Chazelle’s La La Land (Members’ previews Sunday 8 January; released nationwide Friday 13 January). The words ‘romantic’ and ‘musical’ put together are a match made in heaven for this West End fan, and the film is raking in award nominations. There are big musical numbers, and sizzling chemistry between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.
Another screening that entices me with the promise of singing is the Met Opera’s performance of Roméo Et Juliette (Saturday 21 January). For this Gounod adaptation of Shakespeare’s story, Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo are reunited following rave reviews of their 2015 performances. Music has the tremendous power to heighten any drama, and what better subject than the tale of the famous star-crossed lovers?
I am also looking forward to the London Short Film Festival’s anniversary programme, David Bowie: Sound And Vision (Tuesday 10 January), a series of five short documentaries that track Bowie’s career from the 1960s up until 2003. I enjoy music docs (Bob Dylan: Don’t Look Back being a favourite), and the event seems a fitting way to pay tribute to Bowie’s life and work.
My fourth pick is another documentary that is also part of Picturehouse Cinemas’ Discover Tuesdays strand, The New Man (Tuesday 24 January), in which director Josh Appignanesi turns the camera on himself during the months of his wife’s pregnancy. The trailer is gripping, and the documentary promises to be intimate, tragic – and a comment on masculinity. I’m intrigued.
Finally, my list would not be complete without Pablo Larraín’s much-anticipated Jackie (From Friday 20 January). Natalie Portman stars as Jacqueline Kennedy, with the spotlight focused on the most difficult chapter of the First Lady’s life: the assassination of her husband John F. Kennedy. We’ve seen the footage and heard about the resulting media frenzy, but what of the widow?
So there you have it, the film highlights for January from a music-loving, documentary-watching history fan! Now to get ticking them off the list…
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