Showroom Cinema: Mamma, we are off again

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Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again… My my, how can anyone possibly resist a return trip to the Greek island of Kalokairi? Set ten years on from the original story, (and released exactly ten years after Mamma Mia), the action picks up with Sophie, who is now pregnant, running her mother’s Villa after her death.

Produced in collaboration with founding ABBA members and songwriters Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again sticks to the classic formula with a smorgasbord of classic ABBA hits (which includes some of the more obscure numbers for the die-hards and purists).

The original cast return and are joined by the surprise addition of Cher as Sophie’s grandmother/ Donna’s mother.

Although she is unable to turn back time, she shows Sophie that the history book on the shelf is always repeating itself, and that relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.

Lily James (as seen in Downton Abbey) plays a young Donna (Meryl Streep’s character) and as the narrative revisits her past, it explores how she met each one of Sophie’s dads and raised a baby on her own.

From one iconic soundtrack to another; The More You Ignore Me examines mental health issues and their impact on the family to a backdrop of classic tracks by The Smiths.

Set in 1980s rural England, Morrissey obsessed teenager Alice (played by Ella Hunt) is struggling to come to terms with her mother Gina’s (Sheridan Smith) declining mental health and increased reliance on medication. Adapted from Jo Brand’s 2009 novel of the same name,

The More You Ignore Me features star turns from Mark Addy, Sheila Hancock and a cameo from Brand herself. It sensitively portrays living with mental health using bitter sweet humour and draws upon Brands experience as a mental health nurse.

Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was recently voted as the greatest film ever made by a critic’s poll in Sight & Sound magazine, so it is fitting that it gets a big screen re-release to mark its sixtieth anniversary. A detective, terrified of heights, is hired by an old friend to trail his

wife who is behaving suspiciously. After he successfully rescues her from a suicidal leap into the San Francisco bay, he finds himself becoming obsessed with the beautiful and troubled woman…

All showing from Friday 20 July at The Showroom Cinema.