Showroom Cinema: Beast of a fantastic film
Sheffield is the lucky home to a wealth of fantastic young cinema lovers, film makers and writers who watch and create wonderful things all about film. From the fantastic BFI Film Academy to the talented folk at Handmade Cinema and E.D.E.N Film, the landscape of young people interested in film is brilliant, inspired and diverse.
At the Showroom, we are proud to have a special scheme for all people aged 26 and under that’s designed to make film as accessible as possible. Called Cine26, it’s free to join and if you sign up all your cinema tickets are just £4.50. And you get a free ticket on your birthday!
This week we have 3 very different films that we think people aged 26 and under should head to the cinema for: 2 out from Friday rated 15, and 1 special screening on Saturday that’s rated PG. Thought-provoking and uncompromising, they examine our world and the people that live in it.
First up is Beast, the feature debut from Michael Pearce who visited Sheffield for a special Q &A screening last week. Set in Jersey, it’s an electrifying, psychological thriller that’s already being compared to God’s Own Country and The Levelling as part of a new wave of films by young British directors using rural settings to talk about modern day Britain. Starring Jessie Buckley (Taboo) and singer Johnny Flynn (Lovesick,) the story centres on Moll, a young woman living with her parents, working a job she hates. She desperately wants to break free from the claustrophobic community around her and the chance arises when she crashes madly in love with the mysterious Pascal. But when Pascal is arrested as the prime suspect in a series of shocking murders, Moll finds herself faced with the most difficult decision of her life.
Next is The Wound, another debut (this time from across the world in Johannesburg) that won best first feature film at the BFI London film festival. High in the Eastern Cape mountains of South Africa, the ancient Xhosa ritual takes place. Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel, with dangerous consequences for everybody. The Wound is a tightly wound tale of secrecy and taboo that delves into the complexities of masculinity, sexuality and cultural tradition.
If you’re 15 or under and like a spot of all things theatrical, we are delighted to be bringing back A Caribbean Dream to the Showroom following a packed-out screening at last year’s young people’s Into Film Festival. Set on the Caribbean island of Barbados during its annual Crop Over festival, the film tells the story of the events surrounding the return of Theseus and Hippolyta and their impending wedding. Beset by a full moon and mischievous fairies, the wedding plans soon go awry as the film places a unique Caribbean twist on the traditional tale. Chaos, magic and love ensues in this modern re-telling of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' that explores themes of love, multi-cultural relationships, magic, fantasy and Caribbean folklore.