Stepping into a new role is never easy.
But it’s especially daunting when you’re taking up a post somewhere as beloved as the Showroom. The cinema is a Sheffield institution that’s been bringing the best and most
distinctive mainstream, independent, and foreign language cinema to audiences in the city for a quarter of a century.
As the Showroom’s new senior film programmer I’ll be responsible for deciding which of the many films released every week in the UK hit the big screen here. It’s a role that has a huge impact on the identity of the cinema, so I feel a big sense of responsibility. I know how much the place, and its film programme, means to people. But alongside the sense of nervousness that
accompanies any new job, I also feel incredibly excited. I’m excited to play a part in the cultural life of the city, and to build on and strengthen the Showroom’s reputation as a place to discover the most interesting new releases, revisit beloved classics, and delve deeper into the worlds of celebrated filmmakers through seasons and mini-retrospectives of their work.
With four screens to play with, the cinema’s programme can be as varied and diverse as the city itself, and I’m committed to continuing the brilliant work the Showroom already does in championing work by women filmmakers, as well as filmmakers from diverse backgrounds.
This week’s programme is no exception, with our season of films by the irrepressible 90 year old French filmmaking legend Agnès Varda continuing with more screenings of her joyous and life-affirming new film Faces Places, and 1977’s One Sings, The Other Doesn’t starting on Sunday. This extraordinary film charts the personal, political (and fashion) changes in two
French women’s lives against the backdrop of the Women’s Movement in the 1970s.
Another film opening this week that wears its feminist credentials on its sleeve is The Wife. In a performance that’s widely being tipped as the one that will finally bag her an Oscar, the film stars Glenn Close as a woman who has spent the last forty years being a devoted wife to her husband, a celebrated author played by Jonathan Price. Having sacrificed her own literary ambitions, as well as ignoring her husband’s numerous infidelities to preserve both their marriage and his career, she finally begins to question her choices when he is nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature, and she contemplates confronting the secrets of his career.
The Wife is screening from Friday 28 th September. On Sunday 30th September you can watch the film for FREE as part of The National Lottery Cinema Day. All you’ll need to claim your free adult ticket is a
valid Lotto ticket purchased for draws between the 26th and 29th of
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