Showroom Cinema: The Dark Crystal returns for school holiday magic!

Dark Crystal
Dark Crystal

Did you get snowed in recently as the ‘Beast from the East’ flung lashings of snow at our city? Did you get lots done whilst unable to leave the house to go about your daily business?

Creator of The Muppets, Jim Henson was once confined to a hotel room in the depth of a blizzard and used the opportunity to write the whole script for his wonderful 1982 film The Dark Crystal and a fantastical new world was born! This week we’re delighted to announce the return of The Dark Crystal to the Showroom and to cinemas across the world in a beautiful new 4K rerelease, just in time for the Easter school holidays! Co-directed by Frank Oz, it’s set far off in the past on the Planet Thra, with an mazing cast made up solely of puppets. Incredible ground-breaking animatronics construct a weird and magical wonderland with philosophical battles between dark and light to entrance children and adults alike. It’s also the perfect time to revisit this classic ahead of an upcoming TV series based in the same universe, that’s set to hit television screens soon.

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be going a step further to celebrate the holidays at the Showroom, and that Jim Henson’s follow up film - the much-loved Labyrinth will screen for a week from 6 April. Dance magic dance with the whole family for another puppet-filled adventure - this time captained by David Bowie as the mysterious goblin-king Jareth and his enchanted crystal ball.

Set in a bewitching upside-down fairy tale world, our hero Sarah must contend with mischievous creatures, the Bog of Eternal Stench and a mind-bending castle to rescue her baby brother from Jareth’s evil clutches.

Cinema can cast magic spells on audiences and it’s never too early to get sucked into the wonderful power of film. Every year the trailblazing Dundee-based Discovery Film Festival seeks out the best examples of short films for young audiences, looking at new films from all over the world. Screening every day during the Easter break - this year the programmes include short films from a whole host of countries, including Sweden, France, Russia, Germany and Switzerland. For audiences aged three and older, we’re delighted to present a variety of tales about going on adventures, making friends, trying out new things and learning new skills. We watch a hungry tiger find a tasty meal (and eat his carrots) and learn how a big, old bear finds his singing voice. A little boy must save an adventurous fish during a water shortage, and someone desperate to go to sleep learns that there is music all around (whether he likes it or not!) All these ‘Shorts for Wee Ones’ are in English or are dialogue free (except for one with one word of German – and it’s very easy to understand!) These delightfully

magical tales are a colourful introduction to the cinema experience. For those a little older, we have another package ‘Shorts for Middle Ones’ - a patchwork of experiences – funny, sad, thrilling, emotional and, in one case, a tad stomach-churning (in a very tasteful way, of course!). The films were chosen with advice and suggestions from young people (and they all loved the stomach-churning one!) and they most definitely present a broad and brilliant world view.