There’s Oscars galore at South Norwood’s growing movie club, Screen25, over the coming weeks, with a pick of the movies and performances which walked away with the Academy Awards this year.
Coming up next week is the acclaimed Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – a movie title so long it requires the width of a billboard to accommodate it – which saw Oscars got to Frances McDormand as Best Actress, and Sam Rockwell as Best Supporting Actor.
The Shape of Water, a winner of four Oscars, including Best Movie and Best Director, starts July’s programme, and that is backed up with I, Tonya, on July 18, is the sport soap opera which might be enough to put any parent off taking their kids to the Silver Blades in Streatham ever again. “I made you a champion, knowing you’d hate me for it. That’s the sacrifice a mother makes,” says Oscar-winning Best Supporting Actress Allison Janney in a smothering mothering performance as chilling as anything seen since Mummy Dearest.
Before those gems, there’s also a chance to see a great south London documentary, Being Blacker, on June 27 (read more about the making of the film by clicking here), while The Wound, on July 25 is also an intriguing watch.
All films are at 7.45pm, £5 – £8.50 (£2.50 off tickets for members; £2 off for Inside Croydon subscribers) and held at Harris Academy South Norwood, SE25 6AE, unless otherwise stated
Screen25 Film Club programme: June–July
Wed Jun 20 THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (15)
2017 Comedy Drama 115min. Dir: Martin McDonagh
A grieving mother takes matters into her own hands after the local authorities fail to make any arrests following her daughter’s brutal murder seven months earlier. The winner of multiple awards including a BAFTA for Best Film.
Wed Jun 27 – BEING BLACKER (15)
2018 Documentary 90min. Dir: Molly Dineen
An intimate portrait, from one of Britain’s finest documentary makers, of Jamaica-born reggae producer, businessman, father, son, and pillar of the Brixton community, Blacker Dread.
Wed Jul 4 – THE SHAPE OF WATER (15)
2018 Drama 123min, Dir: Guillermo del Toro
Fresh from making a splash at this year’s Oscars, Cold War fantasy The Shape of Water is a timeless story of love triumphing over evil. Winner of the Oscar for Best Picture. Trapped in an endless cycle of servitude as a lowly janitor in a top secret government laboratory, young Elisa’s (Sally Hawkins) life is completely transformed when she stumbles upon the fascinating results of a highly classified experiment. When CIA agent Strickland (Michael Shannon) wades in on proceedings, her predicament takes a turn for the worse.
Wed Jul 11 – 120 BEATS PER MINUTE (15)
2018 Drama 143min, Dir: Robin Campillo
The lives of AIDS activists in early 90s Paris are reimagined in bold and vivid detail in this stunning and heart-wrenching drama from the writer of Palme d’Or winner The Class, Robin Campillo. Based on the director’s own experiences, this deeply emotional drama balances powerful themes of social justice with euphoric moments of spine-tingling sensuality.
Wed Jul 18 – I, TONYA (15)
2017 Drama 121min, Dir: Craig Gillespie
A rip-roaring real-life story following the exploits of ice-skating champ Tonya Harding as she finds infamy in her battle for selection for the US team for the Winter Olympics. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks, Harding courted tabloid notoriety in her and her trailer trash family’s desperate pursuit of fame and fortune, a portrayal of which won Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Allison (West Wing) Janney as her chillingly obsessive mother.
Wed Jul 25 – THE WOUND (15)
2017 Drama 86min, Dir: John Trengove
A boldly transgressive film by South African director Trengove, charting a young teen’s initiation ritual in a remote mountain retreat. Assigned to guide city boy Kwanda, lonely factory worker Xolani participates in an ancient rite of passage into manhood alongside the tribe’s other young men. Defiantly clinging to his queer identity, Kwanda recognises the nature of Xolani’s relationship with his fellow guide, Vija. What follows is a dangerous entanglement of lust and desire between the three men.
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