It’s amazing to think that in the last intro I rather skited over Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood. It was released on the second last day of the July/August schedule. It’s not that it became an afterthought... there were just so many other films to write about. A common problem here!

In this brochure, it begins its first full week of release. A few more weeks of hype has allowed Twitter to dissolve into reappraisals of Tarantino’s back catalogue, which can only suggest one thing - Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood might be worth the hype, especially if you are shuffling around the likes of Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction to accommodate it in QT’s Top 5.

If your memory needs refreshing or you have a few you’ve not yet managed to see, we’re hosting a Tarantino mini-season in Kino Bar with four of his own, plus two he gave away, From Dusk Till Dawn and Natural Born Killers.

Pulp Fiction
Kino Bar: Pulp Fiction

Pain and Glory marks the return of another director with a long legacy, Pedro Almodóvar, and his semi-autobiographical film sees a terrific Antonio Banderas plays an ageing film director in creative malaise, reflecting upon his life, career and memories.

We’ve also got a few outrageously interesting documentaries this month. Stand-outs include Hail Satan?, in which ‘Satanists’ rally for progressive values and the separation of Church and State in the USA; Gaza, a deeply moving film documenting normal lives in a distinctly un-normal, war-torn state; and the film nerd’s dream Memory: The Origins of Alien.

Naturally, we’re also showing Alien again to accompany. Trust us, it still looks absolutely glorious on the big screen.

The Souvenir
The Souvenir

Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Closing Night film Mrs Lowry and Son arrives with us, with a stirring turn from Timothy Spall as L.S. Lowry and Vanessa Redgrave remarkable as his mother. Also fresh from EIFF is Joanna Hogg’s (Exhibition, Archipelago) new film The Souvenir, starring Honor Swinton Byrne and her mother (Tilda). It is picking up rave reviews.

Bait - Mark Jenkin

I also want to mention Mark Jenkin’s brilliant oddity Bait, shot on 16mm, set in Cornwall, it looks very much a ‘50s British kitchen sink drama, but with more modern problems - ‘“like FW Murnau directing an episode of Eastenders” was one pundit’s comment, and it doesn’t get more intriguing than that. Set in a fishing community too - I, for one, am hooked.

I’ve only scratched the surface of this bumper August/September edition - read on and explore...

Colin Farquhar, Head of Cinema Operations