Towner Cinema – March Highlights

Posted on 27/02/2019

The evenings are getting longer and spring is rapidly approaching. March means International Women’s Day and we have some special events lined up for you to celebrate. Dr Brighid Lowe, senior lecturer at Slade School of Fine Art will be introducing a rare, one-off screening of Lorenza Mazzetti’s Together. Mazzetti was the only female filmmaker to be associated with the Free Cinema Movement, which was primarily known for the work of Lindsay Anderson, Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson. Following that, screen icons Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton light up the screen in the cult classic 9 to 5.

Still from Mary Queen Of Scots, Josie Rourke, 2018

This month’s new releases include Mary Queen of Scots, where sparks fly between Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, starring as Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I, battling it out for the crown. Oscar-nominated for their performances, Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy crackle with chemistry in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, a tale of literary forgery. Award-winning director Barry Jenkins returns to the screen with If Beale Street Could Talk, a lush adaptation of the James Baldwin novel.

Award-contenders Green Book and Vice (both nominated in multiple categories in the Academy Awards, including Best Picture) tell very different stories of America’s complicated history. And in Maiden, filmmaker Alex Holmes takes on the task of telling the incredible story of Tracy Edwards, who skippered the first all-female international crew in the 1989 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.

Screen Classics

A key film of the New German Cinema movement (which featured filmmakers Werner Herzog and Rainer Werner Fassbinder), The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum tells a profoundly political story set against a climate of fear and paranoia. This film will be introduced by Dr Lawrence Webb from University of Sussex.

Special Event

Jack Nicholson is at his very best in this brand-new restoration of The Passenger, one of the great masterpieces from director Michelangelo Antonioni. This engrossing thriller features some of Antonioni’s most memorable and eloquent images.

“Shimmers in the mind like a remembered dream” – The Guardian

Family Screening

Studio Ghibli classic Kiki’s Delivery Service tells the story of 13 year-old Kiki, who, along with her talking cat Jiji, moves to a seaside town to begin training to become a witch.

Queer Film

Join us this Mother’s Day for a one-off screening of Almodóvar’s stylish black comedy, All About My Mother, still widely believed to be the director’s best.