Cricket’s bowled a Yorker with rare screening of documentary

Money prioritised over all else? In cricket? Surely not…

Death of a GentlemanYet that is the key finding of Death of a Gentleman, an award-winning sports documentary which the country’s television channels have so far found too hot to handle for their scheduling.

Death of a Gentleman gets a rare theatre screening at the David Lean Cinema next month, just a couple of days before the England v Sri Lanka Test is held at Lord’s.

The independent producers, Sam Collins and Jarrod Kimber, will be present for a post-screening Q&A and reception, to tell of their two-year odyssey in making the film, and how they got their gem of an interview with the former head of English cricket, Giles Clarke. They might also offer some thoughts of why no British television channel has yet taken up the option to show this powerful piece of broadcast journalism.

Miles Ahead posterOther offerings in June at the David Lean Cinema include Alan Rickman’s last role, in Eye In The Sky, alongside a powerful performance from Helen Mirren in an up-to-the-minute thriller, and the Palme d’Or-winning Dheepan, a dramatic look at the Sri Lankan civil war.

There are also a couple of screenings as part of the Croydon Comedy Festival, including Meryl Streep’s latest performance, as Florence Foster Jenkins, while the cinema moves from the musical ridiculous to the sublime with an early chance to view Don Cheadle’s fine portrayal of Miles Davis in Miles Ahead.

Tickets for all June’s movies go on sale tomorrow.

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  • Tickets for all screenings are £8. Concessions (Freedom Pass-holders, full-time students, claimants and disabled) £6.50.
  • Bookings can be made  via TicketSource 

David Lean Cinema programme June 2016

All films are at 2.30 and 7.30pm unless stated

Thu Jun 2 VICTORIA (15) (7.30pm)
2015 Germany 138min (subtitled). Director: Sebastian Schipper
Stars: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski
Alone in Berlin late at night, Spaniard Victoria (Costa) is chatted up by Sonne (Lau) and his friends. They get to know each other slowly, in broken English, until Boxer (Rogowski) is compelled to repay a debt and Victoria agrees to help out… Costa is captivating as a young woman who discovers her reserves of resourcefulness and determination in a desperate situation. Shot in one continuous take, “Schipper’s stylish heist movie is carried along on a giant wave of adrenaline and logistical daring” (The Guardian).

Tue June 7 DEATH OF A GENTLEMAN (12A) (7.30pm)
2015 UK 99min. Directors: Sam Collins, Jarrod Kimber, Johnny Blank
Features: Jonathan Agnew, Kevin Pietersen, Rahul Dravid, Tony Grieg
A recent winner of the Sports Documentary of the Year award, Collins and Kimber travelled the globe to talk with cricket players, broadcasters, journalists and administrators, and they were horrified to discover a secret takeover of international cricket, and uncover a story of deceit, incompetence and greed which would curl the pages of Wisden.

Thu June 9 EYE IN THE SKY (15)
2015 UK 102min. Director: Gavin Hood
Stars: Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman, Barkhad Abdi
In Nairobi, a gathering of dangerous terrorists is tracked by a daring local operative (Abdi). In London, military leaders (Mirren, and Rickman in his last on-screen role) urge reluctant politicians to authorise action while, in Texas, a team of drone pilots wait nervously to execute an attack that would have the potential for considerable collateral damage. A fine cast anchors this tense and disturbing exploration of the process and ethics of modern warfare. *The 2.30pm screening will be subtitled for those with hearing loss.

Tue June 14 MIDNIGHT SPECIAL (12A) (7.30pm)
2016 US 111min. Director: Jeff Nichols
Stars: Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver
Rolling TV news announces the kidnapping of a young boy – yet he has actually been rescued by his father (Shannon) from a religious cult who believe that he is the key to a rapture-like event. As the boy’s extraordinary powers become increasingly evident, his family battle to keep him out of the clutches of both the cult and the FBI. Shannon gives a typically intense performance, while Dunst and Edgerton are movingly driven by maternal love and loyalty in this “darkly addictive mystery” (The Telegraph).

Dheepan PosterThu June 16 DHEEPAN (15)
2015 France 115min (subtitled). Director: Jacques Audiard
Stars: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby
Forming a family of convenience to escape the bloody endgame of the Sri Lankan civil war, a Tamil man, woman and girl are housed in a troubled Parisian suburb. While his new family haltingly bond and settle down, Dheepan cannot wholly forget his wartime trauma nor ignore the criminality threatening his new community. Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet) was awarded the Palme d’Or at Cannes for audaciously combining an undeniably touching, absorbing family drama with an explosive final act that has divided reviewers and the David Lean committee alike.

Tue June 21 THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT (15) (7.30pm)
2015 Belgium/France/Lux 113min (subtitled). Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Stars: Benoît Poelvoorde, Catherine Deneuve, Yolande Moreau, Pili Groyne
Croydon Comedy Festival screening. Imagine that God lived among us now, or at least holed up in a flat in Brussels, dreaming up mean schemes and disasters for the world. And imagine that his 10-year-old daughter decided to escape, gather six new disciples, and write a Brand New Testament. And that their story was brought to you with great verve and imagination, dark humour, an extremely irreverent but genuine belief in both justice and redemption, and a sense of wonder, like Amelie turned up to 11.

Florence Foster Jenkins posterThu June 23 FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS (PG) (11am and 7.30pm)
2016 UK/ France 110min. Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Simon Helberg
Croydon Comedy Festival screening. Florence Foster Jenkins has many strings to her bow: socialite, opera buff and great wealth to name a few. The ability to sing, however, is not one of them. Despite this, she has developed a cult following through her exclusive private recitals. Jenkins finally dares to publicise her supposed talents through a self-promoted show, with the help of her dubious husband, St Clair Bayfield (Grant) and accompanist Cosmé McMoon (Helberg). The acknowledgement she receives however is not of the nature she expects. Streep gives a vibrant, and typically masterful performance as the self-deceiving Jenkins in this tragicomedy, with Grant also on top form.

Tue June 28 MILES AHEAD (15)
2015 US 100min. Director: Don Cheadle
Stars: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi
Don Cheadle casts himself as the reclusive jazz (“Don’t use that word”) trumpeter Miles Davis in a wild 1970s crime caper biopic. After crafty journalist Dave Braden (McGregor) doorsteps the creatively exhausted Miles, the pair embark on a quest to retrieve a stolen session tape and attempt to recapture the legend’s inspiration to make music, while Miles reminisces on his marriage and early career. Cheadle easily embodies Miles’s character, delivering an expressive and stimulating portrayal alongside McGregor as the relentless Rolling Stone writer.

Thu June 30 MUSTANG (15)
2015 France/Turkey/Germany 97min (subtitled). Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Stars: Günes Sensoy, Doga Doguslu, Elit Iscan
When their innocent play with boys on a trip to the beach is misinterpreted by their controlling, conservative elders, five Turkish sisters are imprisoned in their own home, forbidden from any contact with the outside world until their marriages are arranged. Despite their confinement, the sisters’ close bond – and Ergüven’s “deft timing and unapologetic celebration of beauty” (New York Times) – ensure that this Academy Award nominated drama never loses a sense of hope in the face of despair.

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