Event Cinema, also known as ‘alternative content’ offers cinema goers the chance to broaden their entertainment experiences by introducing a huge variety of cinema experiences outside of the usual Hollywood flicks.
During May, you can enjoy foreign-language films from China and France, rediscover The Sound of Music and enjoy exclusive Q&A with director of My Generation, David Batty.
Picture House, Uckfield
Wednesday 2 May – 8.15pm
Nothing Like a Dame
From time to time four old friends, meet up in the English countryside to gossip, remember & laugh. For once they let the cameras in
This is a unique celebration of the lives & careers of four of our most iconic actresses; Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright & Dame Maggie Smith. All four have gone from being fledgling actresses in the 1950s to acting legends, watching each other’s careers grow & bloom. Candid, funny, caustic, irreverent, poignant & utterly engrossing, this unmissable documentary is proof that there is truly nothing like a Dame…
Including special introduction by Dame Joan Plowright & exclusive interview with Director Roger Michell
Ã¯Â¿Â½Highlight for May
Monday 14 May – 7.45pm
My Generation: We welcome director David Batty & editor Ben Hilton for an exclusive Q&A after the film.
This engaging & playful documentary, narrated by & starring the inimitable Michael Caine, chronicles the cultural revolution of the Swinging Sixties & the societal upheaval it caused that still resonates today. Sourced from over 1,600 hours of footage, extensive research & over 50 interviews with key players including The Beatles, Twiggy, David Bailey, Mary Quant & The Rolling Stones.
Wednesday 23 May – 8pm
Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail with live piano accompaniment
Experience Alfred Hitchocks’s original silent 1929 thriller with live piano accompaniment by Terry Davies
Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail is a landmark in British cinema. Hailed as ‘the first British all-talkie film’. But the film was also released in a silent version, and to this day some critics consider this version a superior work.
Terry Davies has composed extensively for theatre and dance and has conducted the music for more than 70 films, including Florence Foster Jenkins, Mr Turner and The King’s Speech.
Thursday 10 May – 7pm
The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness. Shakespeare’s most intense and terrifying tragedy, directed by Rufus Norris will see Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff return to the National Theatre to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
Wednesday 16 May – 8pm
An American in Paris: The Musical
With a record-setting 28 five-star reviews from critics, this breathtakingly beautiful Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’. Featuring the gorgeous music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin (including the classic hits Ã¯Â¿Â½S Wonderful and I Got Rhythm), stunning designs and show-stopping choreography.
Thursday 17 May – 7.15pm
The Dam Busters at 75: Live from the Royal Albert Hall
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the original ‘dam busters’ raid and to mark the anniversary Kino Rye and Kino Hawkhurst will be screening a special programme live from the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 17 may at 7.15pm
Dan Snow will be joined on stage by the Glenn Miller Orchestra plus special guests including family members of both Dam Busters crew and the film’s director Michael Anderson, historian Paul Beaver and Professor Hugh Hunt as they explore the history of the iconic raid and how it led to the making of a classic British film. Digitally re-mastered for the occasion, The Dam Busters will be screened following the show.
Highlight for May
Wednesday 9 May – 8pm
Mountains May Depart
A critically acclaimed Chinese drama from director Jia Zhangke that follows one woman’s emotional journey over three decades.Ã¯Â¿Â½ The story begins in 1999, on the cusp of the Chinese capitalist explosion, where she has to choose between her two suitors – Zhang, an aspiring entrepreneur, and his best friend Liangzi, who works in a coal mine. Shen Tao decides to marry Zhang – a man with a future, or so she thinks.
Wednesday 23 May – 8pm
My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs De Ma Jeunesse)
A French comedy drama from director Arnaud Desplechin starring veteran French actor Mathieu Amalric as a middle-aged anthropologist. Whilst preparing to leave Tajikistan he reminisces about his adolescent years, his childhood, his mother’s attacks of madness, his father’s alienating depression, the parties, the trip to the USSR where he lost his virginity, the friend who betrayed him and Esther, the beautiful, rude love of his life.
Monday 21 May – 8.15pm
Everyman Collection: That Good Night
When Ralph Maitland (John Hurt), a once famous writer, learns of his terminal illness he has only two wishes before his death; to reconcile his relationship with his estranged son and for his younger wife to remain unburdened.
Due to an innate uncooperative personality, both wishes appear destined to remain unfulfilled – until he receives a ‘guest’ who he has hired to provide a painless death. But when the services aren’t’ delivered, Ralph gets an unexpected second chance at righting his wrongs.
Sunday 20 May – 3pm
The Sound of Music
In case you’ve never seen it, The Sound of Music is a 1965 film version of the 1959 Broadway musical, about a young woman who becomes governess to a group of children in Austria during the lead-up to the Second World War.
Odeon Tunbridge Wells
Wednesday 9 May – 7pm
Skid Row Marathon
Follow the story of High Court Judge, Craig Mitchell as he coaches a long-distance running club from the Midnight Mission on Skid Row. Using the redemptive power of running and the camaraderie of the group, marathon training raises the spirits of Skid Row’s inhabitants and gives a sense of purpose to a group of people who are homeless, addicted or coming out of the prison system.