Away from the mainstream: Peterborough Arts Cinema winter season

Peterborough Arts Cinema winter 2015 season: scene from Jimmy's Hall
Peterborough Arts Cinema winter 2015 season: scene from Jimmy's Hall
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Cinema preview: Peterborough Arts Cinema, based at the John Clare Theatre, is an independent cinema dedicated to bringing non-mainstream films to film lovers in Peterborough.

The cinema is run by a committed group of volunteers on a non-profit making basis, and started out as the Peterborough Film Society in April 1947.

Coming up:

- Next Goal Wins

February 5 (7.30pm)

In 2001, American Samoa suffered international football’s worst defeat, losing 31-0 to Australia. As underdogs go, there were literally none more under – they were still bottom of Fifa’s rankings when the 2009 tsunami waterlogged their pitch.The signing of exuberant Dutch coach Thomas Rongen nudges everybody forward. There’s a narrative supersub in Jaiyah Saelua, a transgender centreback who, by her own admission, runs “like a girl” yet tackles like Chopper Harris – and is embraced by her teammates. As an antidote to Premier League cynicism, it couldn’t be bettered.

- Grand Central

February 12 (7.30pm)

Gary is young, agile, a quick learner. He’s one of those who’s never been promised anything. After a succession of odd jobs, he’s taken on at a nuclear power plant. There, amongst the reactors and their high doses of radioactivity, he finally finds what he’s been looking for: money, a team, a family.

Forbidden love and radiation slowly contaminate Gary. Each day is menacing.

- Two Days, One Night

February 19 (7.30pm)

Marion Cotillard gives a rousing performance as Sandra, the depressed mother who faces the axe from her minimum-wage job at the solar panel plant. The management is bent on edging her out.

Her cash-strapped colleagues have sold her clean down the river. Sandra’s only hope is to persuade a majority of her co-workers to forgo their €1,000 bonuses ahead of an official vote on Monday morning. “Fight for your job,” her husband urges, and yet Sandra is hardly fit enough to haul herself out of bed, let alone wade into battle.

- Jimmy’s Hall

February 26 (7.30pm)

In 1921 Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream... but above all to dance and have fun. Jimmy’s Hall celebrates the spirit of these free thinkers. The film is set in 1932 and follows events when Jimmy returned from a decade in New York and re-opened the hall.

- Goltzius And The Pelican Company

March 5 (7.30pm)

In the winter of 1590, Hendrik Goltzius, the celebrated Dutch printer, painter and engraver, persuades his patron, the liberal-minded Margrave of Alsace to pay for a printing press which will enable him to create an extraordinary deluxe edition of the Old Testament featuring frank illustrations of such erotic tales as the story of Lot and his daughters, the adultery of David and Bathsheba, and the seduction of Joseph by Potiphar’s Wife. In order to make the deal more attractive to the Margrave and his court, Goltzius, along with the male and female members of his Pelican Printing Company, offers to stage live dramatizations of six biblical tales, each of which will demonstrate a different sexual taboo.

- Belle (2014)

March 12 (7.30pm)

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love.

- Jodorowsky’s Dune

March 19 (7.30pm)

In 1975, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose films EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN launched and ultimately defined the midnight movie phenomenon, began work on his most ambitious project yet. Starring his own 12 year old son Brontis alongside Orson Welles, Mick Jagger, David Carradine and Salvador Dali, featuring music by Pink Floyd and art by some of the most provocative talents of the era, including HR Giger and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud. Jodorowsky’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel DUNE was poised to change cinema forever.

- Before I Go to Sleep

March 26 (7.30pm)

Before I go to sleep is the story of a woman (Nicole Kidman) who wakes up every day with no memory as the result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, terrifying new truths begin to emerge that make her question everything she thinks she knows about her life - as well as everyone in it, including her doctor (Mark Strong) and even her husband (Colin Firth).

More details on the {Peterborough Arts Cinema website|}