Morpeth Cinema’s inaugural Movie Weekend was such a hit that it may become an annual event.
A capacity audience was riveted by Christopher Nolan’s realistic portrayal of the Dunkirk evacuation on Friday evening, whilst Saturday’s three films had a song and dance theme.
The afternoon films both depicted prodigious youthful talent that burnt out at an early age, only to go on to even more ambitious projects.
A large audience watched Dancer, about the Ukrainian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, who famously quit as the Royal Ballet’s youngest principal, aged 22, and later became a YouTube sensation.
The Beatles, Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years, depicted a tight-knit group in 1962 whose touring was brought to an end four years later by relentless pressure and unsatisfactory stadium concerts before audio technology could cope.
Finally, La La Land on Saturday evening was the multi-award winning modern take on Hollywood musicals, with impressive set-piece musical numbers.
Organiser Dave Warman said: “We are delighted by the response to the first Movie Weekend and thanks go to the dedicated group of volunteers from the Greater Morpeth Development Trust who made the event possible, as well as our sponsors, Coca Cola Smart Water and Northumberland County Council. Plans will shortly be made for next year’s event.”
Morpeth Cinema’s monthly screenings in the Town Hall resume on Friday, March 2, with Hidden Figures, which is based on the true story of three African American women who overcame racial and gender discrimination while working as mathematicians on the space race in the 1960s.
The film was nominated for best picture in the 2017 Oscars and received positive reviews.
It is followed by Manchester By The Sea on April 13, a 2016 American tragedy film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, and starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler and Lucas Hedges.
Its plot follows a man’s relationship with his teenage nephew as he cares for him after his brother dies.
Next up will be Their Finest on May 4, a 2016 British war comedy-drama film directed by Lone Scherfig and written by Gaby Chiappe, based on the 2009 novel Their Finest Hour and a Half by Lissa Evans.
It tells the story of a British Ministry of Information film team making a morale-boosting film about the Dunkirk evacuation during the Battle of Britain and the London Blitz.
And on June 1, it’s Lion, an Australian biographical drama which tells the true story of how Brierley, 25 years after being separated from his family in Burhanpur, sets out to find them.
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