Whitaker Cinematheque - Wednesday Night Club Showings
4th November 2015
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The Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery continues its Wednesday Night Club film series with an eclectic and exciting programme of international, British and classic cinema, paired with supporting pop up events, food, live music and Q&A sessions.
From classics of yesterday to more recent BAFTA winners, and from films famous for their innovation to others underrated in their significance, each screening will also come with a specially curated themed element, which over the next three months will include a Q&A with actor Neil Bell, a feel good ‘early bird’ Christmas meal and more.
A great chance to cosy up with a midweek movie, the season is supported by Film Hub North West Central, a partner in the BFI’s Film Audience Network, which aims to build audiences for film and present cinema in new and exciting ways.
Peeping Tom
Wednesday 18 November 15
Dir. Michael Powell, 1960, UK, 97 mins
Celebrated for its controversial subject matter – so controversial that it essentially destroyed the respected career of director Michael Powell – Peeping Tom is a chilling thriller that revolves around sexual violence and voyeurism, focusing on the psychology of a killer through the central character Mark, a loner who works at a film studio by day, but by night leads a much darker life. 
Shot in beautiful, saturated and uncompromising technicolour, at the time of release the film proved too difficult for the audiences of 1960, but has since been reassessed as a dark masterpiece and one of the greatest horror films of the century.
The screening will come complete with a Q&A on psychological thrillers with actor Neil Bell (Dead Man’s Shoes, Downton Abbey, Pan).
Fanny and Alexander
Wednesday 16 December 15
Dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1982, Sweden, 188 mins
Deemed by director Ingmar Berman as the sum total of his life as a film, Fanny and Alexander is an opulent family saga set in early 20th century Sweden. Its titular leading characters are the children of a bohemian theatrical family, whose lives are thrown upside down in the wake of their father’s death, when their mother remarries the local bishop.
Winner of a flurry of awards, including Academy awards for Best Foreign Language Film, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Costume Design, Fanny and Alexander is now regarded as one of the world’s greatest feats in arthouse cinema.
The screening will be preceded by a special Christmas ‘early bird’ meal to give audiences a dose of nostalgic, feel good comfort ahead of the film.
Wednesday 20 January 15
Dir. Matthew Warchus, 2014, UK, 120 mins
Inspired by a true story, Pride charts the alliance between lesbian and gay activists and British miners, who, under the conservative government of the 1980s, realise they have a lot more in common than they initially thought.
The film won a BAFTA for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer (Stephen Beresford and David Livingstone), and was also screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the sought after Queer Palm award. 
Pride will be paired with a discussion exploring the themes raised in the film, and how they relate to Lancashire’s own history.

For information on the films showing in 2016, click here
Tickets: Book via telephone (01706 218858) or email (info@thewhitaker.org)
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