Dir: Chris Foggin, UK, 2019, 112 mins
Tuppence Middleton, James Purefoy, Daniel Mays
Uplifting drama based on the true story of Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends, a group of Cornish fishermen who achieved a top 10 hit with their debut album of traditional sea shanties. A warm, rough-edged comedy filled with big-hearted performances by all the cast.
Dir: Bing Liu, US, 2018, 93 mins
Kiere Johnson, Bing Liu, Zack Mulligan
An Oscar-nominated documentary telling the lives of three young male friends, bonded by their love of skateboarding and a desire to escape their volatile family life. Compiled from over 12 years of footage, director Bing Liu captures their shared wild energy, while simultaneously documenting the lasting effects of domestic violence and poverty.
Dir: Ralph Fiennes, UK/Fr, 2018, 127 mins, English, French & Russian dialogue with subtitles
Oleg Ivenko, Ralph Fiennes, Louis Hofmann
A thrilling biopic following the story of Rudolf Nureyev, the famous ballet dancer for the Kirov Ballet Company, as he travels to Paris in 1961 for his first trip outside the Soviet Union. With KGB officers watching his every move, he is forced to make a heart-breaking decision. An ode to the beauty of the human physique and a glimpse into the political history of the time.
Dir: David Jackson, UK, 2018, 90 mins
Francis Magee, Carole Weyers, Harper Jackson
When his estranged wife leaves his teenage son at the doorstep of his caravan home, a solitary man is forced into an impossible relationship with the boy. Just as the two of them begin to bond, an accident occurs that puts everything in jeopardy. An engrossing and poetic drama which also comments on issues of modern society.
Dir: Julian Schnabel, US, 2018, 111 mins
Willem Dafoe, Rupert Friend, Oscar Isaac
An intimate biopic following artist Vincent Van Gogh’s brief period in the south of France, where he created many of his renowned masterpieces but also where he began to succumb to debilitating mental trauma. A vivid recreation of the artist’s process, its agony and the ecstasy, captured by Willem Dafoe’s remarkable performance.
Dir: Alice Rohrwacher, It, 2018, 127 mins, Italian dialogue with subtitles
Alba Rohrwacher, David Bennent, Sergi López
A mesmerising modern fairy-tale following the good-natured Lazzaro, a farmer in a village of sharecroppers who are being exploited by their wealthy boss, as he befriends a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. They soon form a life-altering bond when he asks Lazzaro to help him orchestrate his own kidnapping. A time-bending magical tale about labor, class and cruelty, while also serving as a moral fable with a fantastical core.
Broadcast live from The Old Vic in London, Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama All My Sons.
America, 1947. Despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe and Kate Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business.
But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. With the return of a figure from the past, long buried truths are forced to the surface and the price of their American dream is laid bare.
Jeremy Herrin (NT Live: This House, People, Places & Things) directs a cast including Jenna Coleman (Victoria), and Colin Morgan (Merlin).
All My Sons is an Old Vic co-production with Headlong
Tickets: £14/£10 (25 & under)
Dir: Marcus H. Rosenmüller, Ger, 2018, 119 mins, English & German dialogue with subtitles
David Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw
Historical drama showing the trials and tribulations of legendary Manchester City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann. The inspiring story of a man who, falling in love with the daughter of his coach, was lifted from Nazi ‘villain’ to British hero by winning the FA Cup Final for Manchester City in 1956, playing on with a broken neck to secure a victory.
Dir: Jacques Audiard, US, 2018, 119 mins
John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Riz Ahmed
Based on the novel by Patrick DeWitt, this black comedy follows a pair of sibling assassins in 1850s Oregon while they attempt to track down a miner who’s invented a formula to reveal gold in the rivers. An intimate character Western examining themes like the impact of fathers upon sons, and how greed and industrialisation can lead to environmental devastation.
Dir: Paweł Pawlikowski, UK, 2018, 88 mins, Croatian, French, German dialogue with subtitles
Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc
Pawel Pawlikowski follows up his much celebrated film Ida with this striking romantic drama following the love life of a mismatched couple in the Soviet era over 15 years across Poland, France and Germany. Shot in visually ravishing black & white, this is a passionate, heart-breaking portrait of ill-fated love inspired by the true story of the director's late parents.
Andrea Levy’s Orange Prize-winning novel Small Island comes to life in an epic new theatre adaptation. Experience the play in cinemas, filmed live on stage as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
Small Island embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain, through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury.
The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.
A company of 40 actors take to the stage of the National Theatre in this timely and moving story. (130 mins tbc)
Filmed live in front of an audience.
Tickets £14/£10 (under 26)
The Lehman Trilogy
By Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power
The story of a family and a company that changed the world, told in three parts on a single evening.
Academy Award-winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles who play the Lehman Brothers, their sons and grandsons.
On a cold September morning in 1844 a young man from Bavaria stands on a New York dockside. Dreaming of a new life in the new world. He is joined by his two brothers and an American epic begins.
163 years later, the firm they establish – Lehman Brothers – spectacularly collapses into bankruptcy, and triggers the largest financial crisis in history.
This critically acclaimed and five-time Olivier Award nominated play features stunning set design from Es Devlin (NT Live: Hamlet) and will be broadcast live from London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live’s 10th Birthday season.
(R/T 150 mins tbc)
On Tuesday, September 10th, the wait is over….The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, is revealed. The momentous literary event will be celebrated with an exclusive live cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.
The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest against misogyny and oppression. Live from the London stage, Atwood will be interviewed by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed in a conversation spanning the length of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works, and why she has returned to her seminal handmaid story, 34 years later.
‘Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in.’
With exclusive readings from the new book by special guests, this will be an unmissable and intimate event with Atwood, spotlighting her signature insight, humour and intellect.
The Testaments will be published worldwide on 10 September.
Tickets: £14/£10 25s & under
One Man, Two Guvnors (Encore)
By Richard Bean
Based on The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, with songs by Grant Olding
Featuring a Tony Award-winning performance from host of the The Late Late Show, James Corden, the hilarious West End and Broadway hit One Man, Two Guvnors returns to cinemas to mark National Theatre Live’s 10th birthday.
Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad. But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.
Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, the permanently ravenous Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be re-united with Rachel. To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple.
(R/T 150 mins tbc)