Belmont Filmhouse moves into Autumn with our latest programme. Along with the change of seasons, we’re ushering in a change that might feel somewhat understated but represents a return to another pre-pandemic normality – programming schedules that reach further ahead in the diary - and settle within our more usual 4-6 week chunks, rather than 2 or 3 week bites.
We’re hoping this enables you to look further forward in our calendar, plan your visits more appropriately and allows you more time to hear about what is coming up.
For us, it represents a change in our approach to how we "time-up" after two-and-a-bit years of abrupt choppiness. Film schedules finally feel sturdier. Also, importantly, the lineup for the next few months feels elegant and eye-catching.
Two films that should be audience pleasers are Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris and The Lost King, British comedy dramas from Anthony Fabian and Stephen Frears respectively. Mrs. Harris Goes To Paris sees Lesley Manville and Isabelle Huppert delicately charm in the fashionable French capital, while The Lost King, starring Steve Coogan and Sally Hawkins, sees Edinburgh stand in for a Leicester where Richard III’s remains may have been found.
Three super docs about David Bowie, Leonard Cohen and Sidney Poitier features, with Moonage Daydream, Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song and Sidney. All three feature some fascinating and beautiful photography of three of the brightest stars of the century.
Andrew Dominik returns to a feature film with Blonde, with Ana De Armas as Marilyn Monroe. It’s his first non-Nick-Cave-doc feature since 2012’s Killing Them Softly and it’s a challenging and beautiful return, with a stellar performance from De Armas. Nick Cave and Warren Ellis provide the score, and a supporting cast of Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale and Julianne Nicholson the backdrop to the star.
There’s also Edinburgh International Film Festival closer from Kogonada, After Yang, starring Colin Farrell and David O’Russell’s huge ensemble caper Amsterdam, with Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and Chris Rock. Also, Peter Strickland is back, bad, hungry and mad with Flux Gourmet, which stars Game Of Thrones Gwendoline Christie.
In partnership with FilmHub Scotland and The New Black Film Collective we’re also showing a wide programme for UK Black History Month, with Harriet and The Sit In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show in this programme, and more features later in October. It’s a pleasure to work with organizations who prioritize the importance of representation in cinema.
Queer Film Club is Pedro Almodovar’s classic All About My Mother. It’s always wonderful to watch Pedro’s films on the big screen, so don’t miss the chance to see this one again. Tickets for QFC are always £5 and all are welcome.
Lastly I’ll mention that we have the pleasure of welcoming back no less than three festivals that I’ve always loved working with back in October. Aberdeen Comedy Festival, with a showing of School of Rock, Take One Action, with a programme from the 21st-23rd of October and then Sound Festival with gigs in the Kino Bar as part of Sound 2022 from 26th until the 30th. Make sure you catch events here and elsewhere when they are on. Like Belmont Filmhouse, these brilliant programmes need your support. So get out and see them.