Double Bill: Jackie (15) + Churchill (PG)
Ticket price £7.00
Jackie (15) – 6.30pm
2015 (Chile | France | USA | Hong Kong) ( Biography, Drama, History )
DIRECTOR: Pablo Larraín
STARRING:Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
The assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 sent shockwaves around the globe but it was also a moment of private grief for his widow and children. Jackie ventures into the life of a traumatised, blood-spattered Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) as she struggles to cope with her loss and anger while acutely aware that the whole world is watching. This was a time in which Mrs Kennedy had to battle for her personal right to participate in the commemoration and the mourning, and felt crowded out by the self-important boys’ club made up of the Kennedy menfolk and Lyndon B Johnson’s incoming team.
Superbly shot and nominated for 3 Oscars, ‘Jackie’ becomes something deeper and more emotionally potent. On its surface, it is a portrait of her bravery and her determination to solidify her dead husband’s legacy. But at its core, it’s about a young, strong, unimaginably frightened woman seizing the opportunity to live a life she can finally call her own.
Churchill (PG) – 8.30pm
2017 ( UK ) ( Biography, Drama, Thriller )
DIRECTOR: Jonathan Teplitzky
STARRING:Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery
‘Churchill’ begins just days before the D-Day landings of 1944 as arguments rage about the best course of action. Churchill believes that a direct assault on the beaches of Normandy is a recipe for disaster. He is haunted by events at Gallipoli in 1915 and can see only a sea of blood and thousands of lives sacrificed in vain, “This plan is for slaughter,” he declares. He then changes tack to volunteer himself and King George (James Purefoy) to lead the troops into the conflict. His offer is refused. The one person able to comfort and tame Churchill is his wife Clemmie, played by Miranda Richardson as a figure of brisk efficiency, wise counsel and tart wit.
The film showcases a fantastic array of top-notch acting, spearheaded by force-of-nature Brian Cox, who gives a tremendous performance as the charismatic politician. Bolstered by clear-cut direction from Teplitzky, and with excitingly staged disputes over the controversial operation at hand, Churchill hits all the right notes, bringing a slice of history to life in its most palatable and entertaining form.