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Lawrence Batley Theatre / News / Wed 07 Sep 2016

Autumn Film Season Announced at the Lawrence Batley Theatre

Autumn Film Season Announced at the Lawrence Batley Theatre

The LAWRENCE BATLEY THEATRE HUDDERSFIELD is thrilled to announce its autumn programme of film consisting of two NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE encore screenings and a trio of multi-award-winning International films from Greece, Japan and Denmark.

On 26 September the LBT will screen the National Theatre’s ‘exquisitely played’ and ‘beautifully judged’ (Time Out) production of Terence Rattigan’s THE DEEP BLUE SEA following its live recording on September 1, the first of two NT Live encore screenings to be presented this season. An unmissable and intoxicating love story of loneliness, long-repressed passion and post-war civility, starring Helen McCrory as Hester Collyer (theatre credits include Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, TV credits include Penny Dreadful, Sherlock Holmes and BBC2’s Peaky Blinders) alongside Tom Burke as Freddie (theatre credits include The Doctor’s Dilemma for the National Theatre, TV credits include War and Peace, The Musketeers and State of Play).

On 28 November the LBT will screen Rufus Norris’ (London Road, Everyman) darkly comic production of Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical THE THREEPENNY OPERA, recorded live at the National Theatre on 22 September 2016. Starring Olivier-award-winning Rory Kinnear as MacHeath (film credits include the James Bond films Spectre, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall). Adapted by award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (previously adapted Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), this is classic musical theatre at its darkest, wittiest and boldest.

Opening the LBT’s vibrant World Cinema season is SWEET BEAN (An) on 15 September, a heart-warming and beautifully captured Japanese tale of culinary redemption. Sentaro is a struggling food vendor who reluctantly hires the assistance of an eccentric elderly lady Tokue, who proves to transforms his business with her extraordinary gift for cooking “an” ¬– the sweet red bean paste used to fill his dorayakis. Directed by one of the most acclaimed figures in modern Japanese cinema, Naomi Kawase, SWEET BEAN is the follow-up to her remarkable Still the Water, and opened the prestigious Un Certain Regard strain of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

The second film in the LBT’s World Cinema season is THE COMMUNE (showing on 20 October) directed by Danish master of film Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt). A change of pace for Vinterberg who also directed the sumptuous FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, his latest offering focuses on the lives of Erik and Anna, an academic couple who set up a Danish commune in bohemian 1970s Copenhagen. What unfolds is a clash between their personal desires and the dream of communal solidarity; as their ideal of tolerant socialist living is eclipsed by an earth shattering love affair, putting their relationship, their community and the commune to its greatest test.

The final film in the trio is CHEVALIER (showing on 22 November) directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari - a funny, perfectly pitched Greek satire that places masculinity under a microscope. Taking competitive spirit to the extremes, six men holidaying together on a luxury yacht go to bizarre lengths to prove that he is the ‘best in general’, concocting an increasingly absurd series of contests to test each other’s manhood . Winner of Best Film at the London Film Festival, this ‘perfectly judged’ (The Observer) and ‘fascinating, intriguing and hilarious’ (Huffington Post) comedy, from one of the most exciting directors at work in Europe today, has rightfully become this year’s indie hit to watch out for.

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