Showroom Cinema with Andy Moore
This coming week at the Showroom Cinema, epic and eccentric personal journeys and emotional coming-of-age dramas are the order of the day.
Opening this Friday is The Personal History of David Copperfield, Armando
Iannucci’s (The Thick of It, The Death of Stalin) brilliant, crowd pleasing adaptation of
the Dickens classic.
From idyllic countryside manors to grizzly workhouses, overturned boats and donkey
infested estates, Copperfield has seen and lived it all. Iannucci’s comic reimagining
of Dickens’ classic 19 th century ‘bildungsroman’, or coming-of-age novel, sees open-hearted and linguistically gifted Copperfield (Dev Patel) grow from childhood to
maturity, navigating Victorian England and encountering a cast of eccentric
characters along the way.
Those supporting characters are brilliantly played by a star-studded ensemble cast
including Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Peter Capaldi and Ben Wishaw – every one of
them on hilarious, scene stealing form. Also opening this Friday is Waves, the latest film from acclaimed director Trey Edward Shults (Krisha, It Comes at Night). Waves is set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida and features an equally astonishing ensemble cast of award-winning actors and breakouts alike.
The film traces the emotional journey of a Black suburban family (led by Sterling K
Brown’s well-intentioned but domineering father) as they navigate love, forgiveness
and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. Another extraordinary journey – this time across entire continents - plays out in Midnight Traveller.
In 2015, after filmmaker Hassan Fazili’s documentary Peace aired on Afghan
national television, the Taliban assassinated the film’s main subject and put a price
on Hassan’s head. Hassan looked at his wife and his daughters, and he knew they had to flee their home. Over the course of their multi-year saga in search of safety, the family grasped onto the only means they had to assert control over their situation: their camera-phones. Midnight Traveller is a gripping documentary made by a family on the run. Their unique access and artistic vision provide an intimate portrait of a loving family and the myriad fellow travellers they meet on their odyssey.
Finally, on Holocaust Memorial Day (Mon 27th Jan), we take a moving look at a life’s
journey tragically cut short. In Anne Frank: Parallel Stories, Helen Mirren tells the
story of Anne’s life through the pages of her world-famous diary, a story that has
made the tragedy of the Holocaust known to readers all over the world. The film asks what Anne’s life would have been like had she survived. We hear from survivors who were her age at the time, and explore their life’s journeys as a way of honouring Anne’s.