See the fantastic range of films at the courtyard this July including the Elton John spectacular Rocket Man
Friday 21 June
ROCKETMAN (15 tbc)
The long-awaited story of Elton John’s life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, through his influential and enduring musical partnership with Bernie Taupin.
Based on a true fantasy, ‘Rocketman’ is about the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The film follows the spectacular journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.
Thursday 4 – Thursday 18
RED JOAN (12A)
Joan Stanley (Judi Dench) is a widow living out a quiet retirement in the suburbs when, shockingly, the British Secret Service places her under arrest. The charge: providing classified scientific information, including details on the building of the atomic bomb, to the Soviet government for decades. As she is interrogated, Joan relives the dramatic events that shaped her life and beliefs: her student days at Cambridge, where she excelled at physics while challenging deep-seated sexism; her tumultuous love affair with a dashing political radical (Tom Hughes); and the devastation of World War II, which inspired her to risk everything in pursuit of peace. Based on a sensational true story.
Thursday 4 & Thursday 11
THE SISTERS BROTHERS (15)
Based on Patrick Dewitt’s acclaimed novel of the same name, two brothers – Eli and Charlie Sisters – are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss. A reimagining of the cinematic Western as a dangerous, witty, and emotionally cathartic exploration of what it means to be a man.
Saturday 6 & Saturday 13
THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 (U)
Following the huge success of the original 2016 hit the sequel continues to follow the story of what our pets do when we are not around. Max faces some major changes after his owner Katie gets married and now has a child. On a family trip to the countryside, Max meets a farm dog named Rooster, and both attempt to overcome his fears. Meanwhile, Gidget tries to rescue Max’s favorite toy from a cat-packed apartment, and Snowball sets on a mission to free a white tiger named Hu from a circus.
Saturday 6, 5pm
CULT CLASSIC: ALIEN (15)
On their voyage home to Earth, the crew of the deepspace tug Nostromo are awakened from stasis when their ship’s computer detects what is believed to be an alien distress signal coming from a nearby planet. While investigating the desolate landscape, one of the crew is attacked by an alien creature that latches to his face and is rushed back to the Nostromo to receive medical treatment.
In a new 4K restoration of Alien’s Theatrical Cut to celebrate the film’s 40th anniversary Ridley Scott’s original science fiction masterpiece has sparked decades of debate and devotion for its hypnotic tension, Freudian subtext, and the unwavering resilience of its female hero, Ripley.
Friday 12 – Thursday 18
THE KEEPER (15)
The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. Struggling for acceptance by those who dismiss him as the enemy, Bert’s love for Margaret (Freya Mavor), an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test.
Friday 12 & Monday 15
MADELINE’S MADELINE (15)
A theatre director’s latest project takes on a life of its own when her young star takes her performance too seriously. The lines between performance and reality begin to blur as the resulting battle between imagination and appropriation rips out of the rehearsal space and through their lives.
Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 24
WOMAN AT WAR (12A)
16 July Screening Supported by Herefordshire Green Network
Of Horse and Men director Erlingsson turns his attention to ‘Mountain Woman’. This is the media nickname for mild-mannered, 40-something music teacher Halla’s alter-ego: an independent, fearless eco-warrior, fighting undercover to protect her homeland’s unspoiled mountains from the local aluminium industry. Traditional elements (sheep, landscape, family bonds) clash repeatedly with modern intrusions (drones, thermal cameras, CCTV) to humorous effect as Halla’s acts of sabotage grow more extreme. But when her application to adopt a Ukrainian orphan is successful, will she be able to maintain her double life? This is delightful, mature and hugely enjoyable filmmaking that delivers laughs without diluting an urgent political and human message.
Friday 19 – Wednesday 31
TOY STORY 4 (TBC)
Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.
Monday 22, 7.45pm
BITTER HARVEST (15)
With introduction and post film Q&A with the film’s Director of Photography Douglas Milsome
Set in 1930s Ukraine, as Stalin advances the ambitions of communists in the Kremlin, young artist Yuri battles to save his lover Natalka from the Holodomor, the death-by-starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians.
We are delighted to welcome the film’s Director of Photography Douglas Milsome to introduce Bitter Harvest and take part in a post film Q&A. Douglas is a veteran of the film industry having worked on such films as Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon,The Shining and as Stanley Kubrick’s Director of Photography on Full Metal Jacket.
Friday 26 – Wednesday 31
Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.