With summer on its way, there’s no better time to catch some of the freshest art-house and indie films weeks before anyone else gets a look in. Our ever-popular Discover Tuesdays brings you something new and different each week, from acclaimed art-house releases to exciting previews of limited-release films.
Arriving in cinemas at the end of June is national treasure Timothy Spall, in Stanley A Man Of Variety. This quirky and original film sees Spall playing a range of real-life comedy legends from the golden age of British film, including George Formby, Max Wall, Margaret Rutherford and Alastair Sim.
Stanley (also played by Spall) is the sole inhabitant of a deserted psychiatric hospital, incarcerated for a crime he doesn’t think he committed. His only company is a television set, for which he often runs out of electricity tokens, which is when the flickering images of bygone stars take on a life of their own. Gently influenced by Ealing classic Kind Hearts And Coronets, the film is a labour of love for Spall, who co-wrote the screenplay. He says, “I grew up watching old movies and became fascinated by many of the unique comedy characters.”
We’ve always showcased some of the best animation from around the globe, and The Breadwinner is no exception. Executive-produced by Angelina Jolie, it proves again that simple animation can effortlessly convey complex and sometimes heartbreaking realities. See our preview on page 8.
Also featuring is the tremendous Jeune Femme, which plays on 8 May. The film stars Laetitia Dosch as Paula, a motor-mouthed Parisienne in her early 30s who, after her relationship breaks up, bounces around Paris with only her cat for company. It’s a fierce, furiously funny portrait of a woman who deals with life on her own terms, and features the best performance by a feline you’re likely to see this year.
Tickets for Discover Tuesdays are just £5 for Picturehouse Members and £8 general admission.* Look out for a free beer at your next Discover Tuesdays film – we’ll be giving out Hop House 13 at select screenings.
*Excluding Stratford East, where tickets are £5 and £7.