Listings: Cinema

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August 28 - September 4 2014


Showroom Cinema: Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX. 0114 275 7727.

www.showroomworkstation.org.uk Film screening times Friday 29 – Thursday 4 September 2014


Night Moves (15): The story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam - the very source and symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouring industrial culture they despise. Harmon is a former Marine, radicalized by tours of duty overseas, Dena is a high society dropout, and Josh, their leader, is a self-made militant. A tale of suspense and a meditation on the consequences of political extremism. When do legitimate convictions truly demand illegal actions?

The Keeper of Lost Causes (15): The first adaptation of the bestselling ‘Department Q’ crime novels by Jussi Adler-Olsen. Carl Mørck is a disgraced detective who is re-assigned to the newly created Department Q, a basement-bound job filing cold cases. He’s assigned a new assistant, Assad, a smart young Muslim cop. Going against orders, Mørck‘s stubborn nature throws them headlong into the mystery of a missing politician’s disappearance five years earlier. Believing the case to be unsolved, they embark on a dangerous journey that will lead them into the dark underworld of Copenhagen.

The Grand Seduction (12A): A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying. As the doctor’s time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin The Grand Seduction.

Obvious Child (15): For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her hysterical and relatable brand of humour. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna winds up unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, she is forced to face the uncomfortable realities of independent womanhood for the first time. Donna’s drunken hookup – and epic lapse in prophylactic judgment – turns out to be the beginning of a hilarious and totally unplanned journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

Mystery Road (15): From award-winning director Ivan Sen (Beneath Clouds, Toomelah), MYSTERY ROAD is a powerful and intelligent modern-day take on the Western genre, with strong social and political commentary. When Aboriginal detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen) returns to his home town to solve the brutal murder of a teenage girl, he is immediately thrown into a web of lies and deceit. Alienated by the white-dominated police force to which he is attached, and ostracized by the local indigenous community, Jay must stand alone and attempt to unravel the truth before tensions boil over.


Two Days, One Night (15): Sandra has only one weekend to visit her colleagues and - with the help of her husband - convince them to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job. From the acclaimed Dardenne brothers, directors of The Kid with a Bike, Two Days, One Night was nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes and showcases the extraordinary talent of Marion Cotillard.

What If (15): What If follows Wallace and Chantry, who meet by chance at a party and feel the chemistry, but Wallace is recovering from a failed relationship and Chantry has a long-term boyfriend. Acting with the best of intentions and a touch of denial, Wallace and Chantry take on the challenge of being just friends. The adventure is both rocky and very funny as our protagonists navigate the perils of unintended nude camping, risqué wardrobe malfunctions, badly timed international air travel and generally terrible advice from their friends.

God Help the Girl (15): A coming of age tale set in Glasgow over the course of one hazy summer. Written, directed and with original songs by Stuart Murdoch, lead singer of the group Belle and Sebastian, God Help the Girl is a story of a young girls problems entering adult life, uniquely told through a soundtrack of indie pop.

Boyhood (15): An extraordinary drama made with the same group of actors over a 12-year period - a one-of-a-kind trip, at once epic and intimate, through the exhilaration of childhood, the seismic shifts of a modern family and the very passage of time. The film tracks 6 year-old Mason through a whirl of family moves, family controversies, faltering marriages, re-marriages, new schools, first loves, lost loves, good times, scary times and a constantly unfolding mix of heartbreak and wonder.


MIDNIGHT MARAUDERS: Tremors (15): Friday 29 August, midnight! Because some films need to be watched late at night! Join us every month for the best in late night cinema. The desert town of ‘Perfection’ (population 16) is attacked by giant underground worms in this perfect homage to the 1950’s monsters movies. Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward are the handymen who have to stay in town to help the residents stay above ground in one the most fun films of the 90’s.

CarnyVille – Celebrating 20 Years of the National Fairground Archive, Gun Crazy (PG): Sunday 31 August 4pm. One of the greatest US B Movies of all time, and a great influence on the French New Wave (for more, see our mini-retrospective!). Annie Laurie Starr, a sharp shooter at a carnival, is temptation personified. When she picks Bart Tare out of the crowd to challenge her, he succumbs to her charms and hastily proposes. But a life of domestic bliss proves all too drab for Laurie, and she persuades Bart into a life of crime…

ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY: LIVE FROM STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, Two Gentlemen of Verona: Wednesday 3 September 7pm – LIVE. Valentine and Proteus are best friends until they both fall in love with the Duke’s daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart Julia at home in Verona, and the Duke thinks Valentine is not good enough for his Silvia. With friendship forgotten, the rivals’ affections quickly get out of hand as the four young lovers find themselves on a wild chase through the woods, confused by mistaken identity and threatened by fierce outlaws before they find a path to reconciliation. Simon Godwin makes his RSC debut to direct Shakespeare’s exuberant romantic comedy. Simon is Associate Director of the Royal Court. His production of Strange Interlude recently played to critical acclaim at the National Theatre.

National Theatre Live: Medea: Thursday 4 September 7pm – LIVE, Helen McCrory (The Last of the Haussmans) returns to the National Theatre to take the title role in Euripides’ powerful tragedy, in a new version by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.


Summer Holidays! The Nut Job (U): An action-packed comedy that follows Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, who must plan a heist to get into his town’s biggest nut shop in order to help his pals in the park gather food to survive the winter. Together with his sidekick, Buddy, he will assemble a ragtag crew to help him get inside – and take them on a fun-filled adventure they’ll never forget.




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