This Shakespeare Mini Film Festival will be facilitated by Helen Vorrath. Helen will be showing seven films from the BBC series The Hollow Crown and The Wars of the Roses. A class discussion will follow each session. Members wanting to see these films should enrol in the FILMS Course (if they’re not already enrolled). For a useful description of these two series click here.

The seven films are based on William Shakespeare’s plays of the same names.

Richard II – 1pm Monday 23 July 2018
Henry IV Part 1 – 1pm Monday 30 July 2018
Henry IV Part 2 – 1pm Monday 6 August 2018
Henry V – 1pm Monday 13 August 2018
Henry VI, Part 1 – 1pm Monday 20 August 2018
Henry VI, Part 2 – 1pm Monday 27 August 2018
Richard III – 1pm Monday 3 September 2018

Trailers for the films can be found HERE on YouTube.

Films that have been shown in 2018.

BEFORE SUNRISE (1995) – Yesterday strangers, today inseparable soulmates. But separate they must in just a few hours. Jesse and Celine are making every moment count, pouring as much living as they can into the time before sunrise.

SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959) – Beginning in Chicago on 14 February 1929 two struggling musicians witness the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre and are now on the run from the Mob. Jerry and Joe cross-dress and join an all female band. In addition to hiding, each has his own problems; One falls for another band member but can’t tell her his gender, and the other has a rich suitor who will not take “No,” for an answer.

STILL ALICE (2014) – Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.

MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001) – After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality. The consensus of film critics is that David Lynch’s dreamlike and mysterious Mulholland Drive is a twisty neo-noir with an unconventional structure that features a mesmerising performance from Naomi Watts as a woman on the dark fringes of Hollywood.

LA LA LAND (2016) – LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951) – This ALFRED HITCHCOCK classic is about a psychotic socialite who confronts a professional tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder – a theory that he plans to implement.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (2014) – The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

GALLIPOLI (1981) – Gallipoli tells the tale of two young soldiers, Archy Hamilton (Mark Lee) and Frank Dunne (Mel Gibson). Each competitive runners, their initial rivalry soon transforms into a close friendship – or, rather, mateship. They each join the Anzacs, but Peter Weir, the director, luxuriates in the daily details of their lives rather than rushing into battle. We watch as they train in sands of Cairo, as they swim in the seas of Gallipoli and, ultimately, as Archy is cut down by Turkish gunfire sprinting towards the enemy’s trenches. It is a story of mateship, of tragedy, of a young nation and the young men who sacrificed their lives in its name.

MY LEFT FOOT (1989) – This is the true story of Christy Brown, born into a large, poor, loving family in a Dublin slum and considered for the first 10 years of his life to be hopelessly retarded. He was born with cerebral palsy, and his entire body was in revolt against him – all except the left foot, with which one day he picked up a piece of chalk and wrote a word on the floor. Everyone was amazed except for Christy’s mother, who had always believed he knew what was going on. She could see it in his eyes.

DIVA (1981) – Two tapes, two Parisian mob killers, one corrupt policeman, an opera fan, a teenage thief, and the coolest philosopher ever filmed. All these characters twist their way through an intricate and stylish French language thriller.

SECRETS & LIES (1996) – A successful black woman discovers that her birth mother is a underprivileged white woman, but the woman denies it. As emotions run high, everyone’s secrets are exposed.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010) – Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.

LION (2016) – A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

THE CONFORMIST  (1970) – A weak-willed Italian man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, now a political dissident.

O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2000) – In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

STRICTLY BALLROOM (1992) – A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

LUST CAUTION (2007) – During World War II, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.