As the countdown to Freshers 2016 begins, we continue to bring you news of all the latest films, special screenings, and student-friendly deals that Harbour Lights has to offer. This week’s delights include a FREE Slacker’s Club screening, an animated classic and the big screen return of one of TV’s most iconic comedy characters.
That’s right fans of The Office, #BrentsBack. Ricky Gervais’ notorious comic creation is jumping from the small screen to the silver screen with his new mockumentary film, Life on the Road. Written, directed by and starring Gervais, the film follows the former Wernham Hogg manager as he continues to chase stardom with his new (and rather ironically named) band, Forgone Conclusion. Also starring Doc Brown as Brent’s long-suffering bandmate, this is sure to be a painfully funny film, that will have you laughing and cringing in equal measure.
Swallows and Amazons (PG)
Arthur Ransome’s classic children’s novel, Swallows and Amazons, is being brought to life on the big screen this week. Set in the summer of 1929, the film follows two groups of siblings who during their adventures become suspicious of their reclusive uncle. Starring Rafe Spall, Kelly McDonald, Andrew Scott and Harry Enfield, Swallows and Amazons will provide a picturesque and quintessentially British experience.
War Dogs (15)
This month’s FREE student-exclusive screening (courtesy of E4 Slacker’s Club) is War Dogs. Starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller, this crime war-comedy tells the story of two American arms-dealers who miraculously secure a government contract to supply weapons for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Based in part on a real-life story, the film also stars Ana de Armas and Bradley Cooper. For more information on how to get in on this screening, visit the Harbour Lights website.
Todd Solondz’ comedy-drama, Wiener Dog, is also set to be released this week. The film follows a cute little dachshund who forms a central part in the stories of four different people. Slightly offbeat and a little quirky, this Sundance favourite features an ensemble cast including the likes of Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, Julie Delpy, Kieran Culkin and Greta Gerwig.
A preview screening of Pedro Almodovar’s latest film, Julieta, is also set to be screened at Harbour Lights this week. Based on three short stories from Alice Munro’s book Runaway, the film follows an elderly woman who becomes determined to reconnect with her estranged daughter. As she waits for contact, she recounts the trials and tribulations of her life.
This week’s Discover Tuesday is Jeff Feuerzeig’s documentary, Author: The JT LeRoy story. The film follows the origin story and later controversy behind JT LeRoy – the acclaimed fictional persona created by American author Laura Albert. The film offers an insight into Albert’s decision to create JT, as well as the highly publicised controversy surrounding the idea that her creation was a “literary hoax.”
This week’s Vintage Sunday is a true Disney classic. Based on the time honoured tale by Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio was the second feature film to be produced by Disney. It follows a little wooden puppet who after being brought to life by a blue fairy, dreams of becoming a real boy. With his conscience, Jiminy Cricket, by his side Pinocchio embarks on a series of adventures in an effort to show he is brave, truthful and unselfish.
Student tickets range from £7.00 -£9.50. For more information, visit the Harbour Lights website or call the Box Office on 0871 902 5733.