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10 films showing in Diss not to miss this spring

PUBLISHED: 05:05 10 March 2019

Stanley’s War, Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man and The Favourite will be show in Diss this spring. Pictures: Motion East/20th Century Fox/Universal/Fox Searchlight

Stanley's War, Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man and The Favourite will be show in Diss this spring. Pictures: Motion East/20th Century Fox/Universal/Fox Searchlight

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From Oscar winners to films with a local connection and some fascinating obscurities and classics, the spring season 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 the start of April until the summer there is a packed programme.

Stanley’s War

April 3

Based on true events, this powerful drama-documentary is produced by the team that brought us Life On the Deben and again narrated by John McCarthy. It tells the story of Suffolk men, from different backgrounds, who found themselves in action on the fields of France and were ultimately invalided out of the army. Director Tim Curtis will be giving a Q&A at the end of the film.

Bohemian Rhapsody

April 24

Rami Malek gives his Best Actor Oscar winning performance on the mic as Freddie Mercury in this foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer. The only thing more remarkable than their music was his story, as he defied conventions and stereotypes on his meteoric rise to super-stardom.

The Heiresses

May 1

Films about older people experiencing a poignant late-life flowering aren’t unusual but this sophisticated, morally perplexing and topical film with standout performances from Paraguayan director Marcelo Martinessi takes a different slant. A well-off lady faces hardship after her gay lover is sent to jail.

Widows

May 8

12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen directs this big screen adaption of Lynda La Plante’s 1980s TV series about a group of widows who pick up the criminal baton from their recently deceased husbands. The action is transferred to the US for a crime thriller with a fiercely emotional performance from a cast including Viola Davis.

The Seventh Seal

May 15

Ingmar Bergman’s iconic film starring Max von Sydow, Bengt Ekerot and Bibi Andersson gets a welcome showing. One of the great classics of world cinema. Why? It is narratively bold, visually striking, timeless, full of great performances, beautifully shot and, despite being about death, is life-affirming and darkly funny.

Wildlife

May 22

Directed and co-written by actor Paul Dano this affecting coming-of-age drama is brought brilliantly to life by a career-best performance from Carey Mulligan as a complex woman whose self-determination disrupts the expectations of a 1960s nuclear family in Montana.

The Guardians

May 29

This French film shows that the First World War still has new stories to tell. Set in France in 1915, it focuses on three women left behind to run the family farm. In the tradition of French rural sagas like Jean De Florette, landscape and the seasons play as much of a part as the characters.

Three Identical Strangers

June 5

This extraordinary documentary reveals the astonishing true story of three men who discover they are in fact identical triplets separated at birth. It explores the remarkable feel good discovery and unravels the dark reason that made it so. Directed by Bafta-nominated Tim Wardle.

First Man

June 12

La La Land director and star Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling team up again to tell the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, it explores the sacrifices on one of the most dangerous missions in history.

The Favourite

June 19

Norfolk’s own Olivia Coleman in her Oscar winning performance with an uproarious portrayal of Queen Anne in the latest from quirky Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos. A delightfully witty and physical comedy set in the early 18th century England where frail Queen Anne occupies the throne but her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country while tending to her mercurial temper.

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