Stafford Film Theatre launches its Autumn & Winter season of Tuesday-night films in September with a screening of Moonlight, which won the Oscar for Best Motion Picture this year.
The American film, which received the Academy Award after it was mistakenly announced as going to La La Land, opens a diverse programme of 12 films at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on September 12.
Moonlight is about growing up poor, black and gay in macho urban Miami. The New York Times hailed it as
“as beautiful a movie as you’re ever likely to see”
Founded in 1949, Stafford Film Theatre has averaged around 100 people per presentation since returning to the Gatehouse two years ago after a brief exile at the former Apollo cinema.
The new programme features two British films. Their Finest, a war-time drama with a humorous heart, stars Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton and Richard E Grant and follows Moonlight on September 19. Later in the season Lion unites Rooney Mara and Nicole Kidman with Dev Patel, who plays a young man searching for his birth family in extraordinary circumstances.
In keeping with a tradition of championing world cinema, there are also films from Iran, Sweden, France, Germany and South Korea/Japan.
Joining Moonlight in a trio of American movies are the acclaimed Hidden Figures and an extraordinary documentary about race in the US, I Am Not Your Negro.
Unusually, the schedule features a second documentary, the US/Mongolian film The Eagle Huntress. With stunning cinematography, it follows a 13-year-old girl’s attempt to break the male-only tradition of eagle-hunting.
STAFFORD FILM THEATRE Autumn/Winter Season:
Sept 12 Moonlight; 19 Their Finest; 26 Elle;
Oct 3 The Eagle Huntress; 10 The Handmaiden; 24 I Am Not Your Negro; 31 A Man Called Ove;
Nov 7 Personal Shopper; 21 The Salesman;
Jan 23 Lion; 30 Frantz;
Feb 6 Hidden Figures.
All films on Tuesday nights (7.30) at the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2LT.
Admission £6.50 (Concessions £5.50). Season memberships available.
Further details: filmsinstafford.com