Sixty-five years young and going stronger than ever – that’s the Stafford Film Theatre, which launches an ambitious Autumn season with the compelling American drama Dallas Buyers Club on Tuesday, September 9.
The film, which earned Oscars for Matthew McConaughey (Best Actor) and Jared Leto (Best Supporting Actor), opens a run of 14 successive Tuesday-night movies under the SFT banner at the Stafford Cinema (formerly the Apollo) in Newport Road. A week later comes the powerful UK-US collaboration Locke, starring Tom Hardy of The Dark Knight Rises and Inception fame.
Other stellar names heading for Stafford’s big screen include Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the heart-wrenching Philomena; Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis; Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Late Quartet, one of his final roles; and Oscar-nominated Bruce Dern in the bleakly funny road movie Nebraska.
In the finest traditions of the SFT – founded by local enthusiasts in 1949 – the schedule casts its net far beyond Hollywood. It also offers acclaimed films from France, India, Iran, Ireland and Sweden, plus two from Japan, including the brilliant animation The Wind Rises.
All programmes start at 7.30. Admission on the night is £5.75 (£4.75 concessions). Alternatively, membership costs £56 for the entire season (only £4 per film), with £42 for concessions (£3 per film).
The SFT also has a new website: www.filmsinstafford.com