10 films showing in Diss not to miss this autumn
PUBLISHED: 12:55 26 August 2018
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From Oscar winners to films starring Norfolk actors and a special guest introduction by the widow of the late, great Sir John Hurt, upcoming film screenings have something for everyone.
Diss Corn Hall’s forthcoming autumn season of film screenings offers a diverse range of genres and stories. From next week until the advent of winter there is a packed programme, including screenings with Norfolk links.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Darkly comic drama from Martin McDonagh starring Oscar winner Frances McDormand as a mother who hatches a plan to seek justice for her daughter’s unsolved murder by painting three billboards with knowingly provocative messages to rile violent Ebbing police chief (fellow Oscar winner Sam Rockwell).
Margot Robbie puts in a phenomenal performance as Tonya Harding – the skater from the wrong side of the tracks who was banned for life after injuring her competitor. Darkly funny and deeply moving account of Harding’s real-life story also stars Oscar winning Allison Janney as Harding’s eccentric monster of a mother.
Semi-autobiographical coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig with Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson, a high school senior who longs for adventure but finds none at her Catholic high school. The relationship between mother and daughter is at the heart of this touching drama.
After The Storm
This Japanese family drama is deceptively sensitive and uplifting film about the unbreakable bonds of family by Hirokazu Kore-eda, director of Still Walking and Our Little Sister. A dissolute private detective attempts to reconnect with his distrustful family and young son following the death of his father.
Maxine Peake is outstanding as a comedian with a troubled past, trying to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England’s working men’s clubs. A tough, uncompromising examination of the misogyny rife in the comedy world of the 1970s, with a quirky British cast and brilliant soundtrack from Richard Hawley.
Jonas Carpignano beautifully photographed film set among the Roma gypsy community in Calabria features a non-professional cast and is an absorbing account of one of the poorest regions of Italy. When Pio Amato’s brother disappears, he tries to step into his shoes, but is quickly confronted by an impossible decision.
That Good Night
October 31/November 1
Norfolk-based acting legend John Hurt’s final and heart-rending performance, as Ralph, a once-famous screenwriter. In his 70s and terminally ill, he wrestles with going gently into that good night. Hurt’s widow, Anwen Hurt, will be at the screening to give a brief introduction.
Directed by UEA graduate Saul Dibb and starring Norfolk actor Sam Claflin this screen adaption of R C Sherriff’s real-life experiences in the trenches of the First World War captures the tragedy and courage of war. A group of British soldiers, led by their mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, await their fate.
The Happy Prince
Written and directed by its star, this is Rupert Everett’s very personal project – telling the little known truth about the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde. Living in exile, Wilde ruminates over the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humour.
Newly-widowed after 30 years of nursing a demanding and invalid husband, Edie Moore is preparing to move into an old people’s home when on a whim she decides to attempt a long-held ambition to climb Mount Suilven in Scotland. Sheila Hancock is inspirational as the octogenarian intent of proving it’s never too late.