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South Hill Park Cinema – Oct-Nov

September 4, 2020

Members booking opens online on Wed 9 Sept 8pm and Non-members booking opens online on Fri 11 Sept 8pm.

Welcome Back! We missed you and hope you are as keen to return to South Hill Park cinema as we are to open our doors to you. Your safety and comfort are of the utmost importance to everyone here at South Hill Park, but we also hope to entertain and enlighten you with our opening programme of film. It may look a little different as we take things easy to make sure we get everything right, and give plenty of opportunity for everyone to see what they want at a safe social distance.

Thank you to all who completed our cinema re-opening survey. We listened to what you said you wanted and we open with a blend of films you missed and some exciting new titles – right here, on your community big screen.

We launch our season with Oscar and BAFTA winner Parasite – the Korean film everyone’s been talking about during lockdown – and warm-hearted comedy-drama Love Sarah, starring the wonderful Celia Imrie. Later in the month we bring you feel-good films Military Wives and Summerland alongside the best in world cinema from the vigorous Icelandic A White, White Day to the vivacious Portrait of a Lady on Fire. Family-friendly titles include delightful period drama Emma and the hilarious Trolls World Tour. Finally, we bring you Christopher Nolan’s massive hit Tenet.

Please find our full list of screenings below:

Parasite 15
Thu 1 Oct 3pm
Thu 1 Oct 7pm
Fri 2 Oct 11.30am
Fri 2 Oct 7pm
Dir. Bong Joon-ho, Kor, 2019, 132 mins, Korean with subtitles
Song Kang-Ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong

A downtrodden family ekes out a hand-to-mouth existence, but gradually work their way into an affluent family. This superb, blackly comic satirical thriller won both the Best Picture Oscar and Cannes Palme d’Or for its energy, verve and transgressive visual wit.

‘Narrative shapeshifting – from tense thriller mode to expertly choreographed farce’ SIGHT&SOUND

Love Sarah 12A
Fri 2 Oct 2.30pm – Silver Screening
Sat 3 Oct 12pm – Family Screening
Sat 3 Oct 3pm – Family Screening
Sat 3 Oct 7pm
Sun 4 Oct 12pm – Family Screening
Sun 4 Oct 3pm – Family Screening
Dir. Eliza Schroeder, UK, 2020, 98 mins
Celia Imrie, Shannon Tarbet, Rupert Penry-Jones

To fulfil her mother’s dream, a young woman enlists the help of her grandma and an old friend to open a bakery in Notting Hill. Brimming with indomitable cheer – and gorgeous cakes – for anyone needing comfort food. The writer of this upbeat gem is Jake Brunger, son of long-time South Hill Park steward (and justifiably proud mum) Stephanie Brunger.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire 15
Wed 7 Oct 3pm BFS Screening
Wed 7 Oct 7pm
Thu 8 Oct 3pm
Thu 8 Oct 7pm
Dir. Céline Sciamma, Fr, 2019, 122 mins, French/Italian with subtitles
Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Valeria Golino

In the late 18th century, artist Marianne is commissioned to paint a portrait of a young woman and finds herself inadvertently falling in love. An ambitious and handsomely shot period drama, pared down to highlight the tension and sensuality, with love scenes imbued with both passion and restraint.

‘Superbly elegant and enigmatic’ GUARDIAN

Military Wives 12A
Fri 9 Oct 11.30am – Family Screening
Fri 9 Oct 2.30pm – Silver Screening
Fri 9 Oct 7pm
Sat 10 Oct 12pm – Family Screening
Sat 10 Oct 3pm – Family Screening
Sat 10 Oct 7pm
Sun 11 Oct 12pm – Family Screening
Sun 11 Oct 3pm – Family Screening
Dir. Peter Cattaneo, UK, 2019, 113 mins
Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Emma Lowndes

A group of women on a military base form a choir and quickly find that friendships flourish, and music and laughter transform their lives. This immensely upbeat comedy drama is a real crowd-pleaser.

‘Impossible to resist’ GUARDIAN

A White, White Day (Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur) 15
Wed 14 Oct 3pm
Wed 14 Oct 7pm
Thu 15 Oct 3pm
Thu 15 Oct 7pm
Dir. Hylnur Palmason, Ice/Den/Swe, 2019, 109 mins, Icelandic with subtitles
Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason

On leave of absence following his wife’s death, a police chief doggedly renovates a new home. Original and emotionally arresting, a cathartic exploration of grief, featuring stunning imagery of the Icelandic landscape.

‘Powerful existential drama’ OBSERVER

Emma U
Fri 16 Oct 11.30am – Family Screening
Fri 16 Oct 2.30pm – Silver Screening
Fri 16 Oct 7pm
Sat 17 Oct 12pm – Family Screening
Sat 17 Oct 3pm – Family Screening
Sat 17 Oct 7pm
Sun 18 Oct 12pm – Family Screening
Sun 18 Oct 3pm – Family Screening
Dir. Autumn de Wilde, UK, 2020, 125 mins
Anya Taylor-Joy, Josh O’Connor, Bill Nighy

Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in a delightful new adaptation. With an outstanding cast and splendid period detail, this glittering satire is a classic in the making.

‘Energetic and frequently funny’ TIMEOUT

Who You Think I Am 15
Wed 21 Oct 3pm
Wed 21 Oct 7pm
Thu 22 Oct 3pm
Thu 22 Oct 7pm
Dir. Safy Nebbou, Fr/Bel, 2019, 102 mins, French with subtitles
Juliette Binoche, Nicole Garcia, François Civil

A fifty-year-old divorced teacher, desperate for love, reinvents herself online. Binoche is tremendous as a troubled woman in this hypnotic psychological thriller that goes straight to the heart of our social media selves.

‘Juliette Binoche is brilliantly unsettling in this catfishing thriller’ TELEGRAPH

Summerland 12A
Fri 23 Oct 11.30am – Family Screening
Fri 23 Oct 2.30pm – Silver Screening
Fri 23 Oct 7pm
Sat 24 Oct 12pm – Family Screening
Sat 24 Oct 3pm – Family Screening
Sat 24 Oct 7pm
Sun 25 Oct 12pm – Family Screening
Sun 25 Oct 3pm – Family Screening
Dir. Jessica Swale, UK, 2020, 100 mins
Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton

During the Second World War, a reclusive writer takes in an evacuee with great reluctance. Swale’s rapturous feature debut is a heartfelt rumination on the power of love, set against a beautifully-shot Kent coastline.

‘A lovely, hopeful and rather magical movie’ OBSERVER

Trolls World Tour U
Wed 28 Oct 12pm – Family Screening
Thu 29 Oct 3pm – Family Screening
Fri 30 Oct 7pm
Sat 31 Oct 12pm – Family Screening
Sun 1 Nov 3.30pm – Family Screening
Dirs. Walt Dohrn/David P Smith, US, 2020, 91 mins
Voices: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden

Queen Poppy and Branch must create harmony among other Troll worlds to unite them against certain doom. With six new Troll tribes each defined by different music, this tune-filled sequel is even funnier than the original.

‘A visually dazzling trip that will keep kids spellbound’ TELEGRAPH

Papicha 15
Wed 28 Oct 3pm
Wed 28 Oct 7pm
Thu 29 Oct 12pm
Thu 29 Oct 7pm
Dir. Mounia Meddour, Fr/Alg, 2019, 108 mins, French/Arabic with subtitles
Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda

Algiers, 1997. A design student dead set on organising a fashion show, despite the oppressive atmosphere of religious extremism, takes as her inspiration the ‘haik’ or traditional veil, creating a political statement of resistance against the new regime.

‘Marked by a fierce vitality and vivid emotional authenticity’ NY TIMES

Tenet 12A
Fri 30 Oct 11.30am – Family Screening
Fri 30 Oct 3pm – Silver Screening
Sat 31 Oct 3pm – Family Screening
Sat 31 Oct 7pm
Sun 1 Nov 12pm – Family Screening
Dir. Christopher Nolan, UK/US, 2020, 150 mins
John David Washington, Kenneth Branagh, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki

Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, The Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Nolan’s latest brainteaser blockbuster builds a rollercoaster spectacle out of temporal spaghetti.

‘Gigantically confusing, gigantically entertaining and gigantically gigantic metaphysical action thriller’ GUARDIAN

A safe place to work and visit: the team at South Hill Park is implementing several measures to keep our audiences, students, volunteers and staff safe from Covid-19. Find out more here.