Liberace bio-pic sprinkles glitter over latest movie programme

The latest month’s programme of films from the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign begins next Monday with more sparklers than Bonfire Night.

Sparkler: Michael Douglas as Liberace, in one of his best performances

Sparkler: Michael Douglas as Liberace, in one of his best performances

Behind the Candelabra, the Steven Soderbergh bio-pic about the life and times of the flamboyant pianist Liberace is the campaign’s first November offering in the upstairs auditorium at the Spread Eagle pub on Katharine Street.

The films are free to attend, though movie-goers are expected to buy at least one drink each over the pub bar, and space is at a premium, so you are recommended to arrive promptly for the shows.

All weeks have two showings, at 2.30pm and 8pm, with the matinees for Candelabra and Much Ado About Nothing on November 25 having subtitles for the hard of hearing.

Nov 4: BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (15) 2013 USA 118min Director: Steven Soderbergh Stars: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Michael Douglas, Debbie Reynolds

Douglas gives the performance of a lifetime in this biopic of Liberace – the one time highest paid entertainer in the world. Based on the book by his lover of six years Scott Thorson (Damon), it shows the difficulties of a celebrity ‘marriage’ secret to all but those closest to them. *The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled for the hard of hearing. Monday

Nov 11: THE KINGS OF SUMMER (15) 2013 USA 95min Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts Stars: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias

Frustrated by his single father Frank, Joe declares his freedom once and for all when he and two teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.

Nov 18: SUMMER IN FEBRUARY (15) 2013 UK 100min Director: Christopher Menaul Stars: Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning, Dan Stevens

A true tale of love, liberty and scandal among the Edwardian artists’ colony in Cornwall. Alfred Munnings – one of Britain’s most sought-after artists – is at the centre of a complex love triangle, involving aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood and Gilbert Evans.

Nov 25: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (12A) 2012 USA 109min Director: Joss Whedon Stars: Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Clark Gregg, Nathan Fillion

Filmed in black and white during a break in filming of Avengers Assemble at Whedon’s family home with an alumni cast of friends. This fresh contemporary take on Shakespeare’s Rom Com has an almost Woody Allen feel to it.

The Spread Eagle is in Katharine Street, next to the Clocktower. For more information, email:

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