Four or five years ago, if you had visited the old station in the market town of Richmond, North Yorkshire – which sits beside the River Swale at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the heart of England – you would have found an impressive space, which then contained a mish-mash of gardening products.
If you visit now, however, you will find a cosmopolitan restaurant and arts centre, which is holding its third annual “The Station Film Festival”.
The Station has long since been resurrected. It remains a thing of great beauty, though now is home to a fully functioning, 3D compatible, state-of-the-art cinema which is, arguably, its piece de resistance.
The Station cinema provides much needed 21st century entertainment to the burgeoning towns in the locality, including the UK’s largest Garrison town at Catterick, just two miles away. The Film Festival, which begins today, 10th September 2010, and runs until September 23, is the third such annual event.
The first week’s roster of films for the 2010 The Station Film Festival includes:
This Way of Life – Not Certified in UK (PG in New Zealand) – Documentary
“In this captivating, visually ravishing documentary, we watch Peter and his wife Colleen over an eventful four years as they do whatever it takes to provide emotional security and a life in harmony with nature for their six children. As charismatic a subject as any filmmaker could ask for, Peter makes ends meet as a horse-whisperer, builder and hunter. Seeing the children riding bareback through the East Coast dunes (of New Zealand) or astride a horse moving up a river with their father is like glimpsing the infancy of the classical gods. (Thom Burstyn’s cinematography is that remarkable.) But is such glorious freedom, a respect for nature and the abundant love of family all a child needs?” – Bill Gosden, New Zealand Film Festival
This Way of Life will be screened on:
- Friday 10th September, 6.30pm
- Saturday 11th September, 1.00pm
- Sunday 12th September, 2.00pm
Tetro – Certificate 15 – Film Noir
Fresh-faced and naive 17-year-old Bennie arrives in Buenos Aires to search for his older brother who has been missing for more than a decade. The family had emigrated from Italy to Argentina, but with the great musical success of their father Carlo, an acclaimed symphony conductor, the family moved from Argentina to New York. When Bennie finds his brother, the volatile and melancholy poet Tetro he is not at all what Bennie expected. In the course of staying with Tetro and his girlfriend Miranda, Bennie grapples with his brother and the haunting experiences of their shared past in this widely acclaimed film by legendary director Francis Ford Coppola. – The Station Film Festival
Tetro will be screened on:
- Friday 10th September, 8.15pm
- Wednesday 15th September, 6.00pm
- Thursday 16th September, 6.20pm
Kick-Ass – Certificate 15 – Action Comedy
Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson, Nowhere Boy), comic-book loving, New York City high school student has one question: why has nobody ever become a superhero in real life? After donning his very own lycra costume and quickly becoming an internet phenomenon, Dave finds himself getting more than he bargained for when he meets Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and 11 year old Hit-Girl, a father and daughter vigilante duo intent on taking down crime boss Frank d’Amico (Mark Strong, Sherlock Holmes). Described by Johnson as “Superbad meets Kill Bill”, this high-grossing comic-book adaptation delivers a gleefully profane romp through a world of costumed anarchy. – The Station Film Festival
Kick-Ass will be screened on:
- Saturday 11th September, 3.00pm
- Tuesday 14th September, 8.20pm
Gainsbourg – Certificate 15 – Dramatic Biopic (French with subtitles)
This movie is a biopic of Serge Gainsbourg, who pened Je T’aime (Moi Non Plus) for Bridget Bardot.
Originally written by French pop music legend Serge Gainsbourg in 1967 in response to a request from Brigitte Bardot to write ‘the most romantic song that [Gainsbourg] could imagine’, ‘Je T’aime (Moi Non Plus)’ went on to become a worldwide hit and create considerable scandal. – The Station Cinema
“In France, Serge Gainsbourg was – and is – a national hero, so any film about the singer, who died in 1991, must confront a huge weight of expectation. Luckily, the film sports a central turn that is likely to please fans and newcomers alike: in a performance of almost silent-era expressiveness, actor Eric Elmosnino skillfully balances the pungent sleaze and irresistible charm of the man who was born as Lucien Ginsburg and who blossomed into France’s pug-faced doyen of slyly bawdy pop songs such as ‘Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus’.” – David Jenkins, Time Out
Gainsbourg will be screened on:
- Saturday 11th September, 5.30pm
- Monday 15th September, 8.15pm
The Disappearance of Alice Creed – Certificate 18 – British Suspense Thriller
“Young British screenwriter J Blakeson, co-writer of ‘The Descent: Part Two,’ directs his own script for his feature debut and comes up with an intense, surprising three-hander about a kidnapping. There are hints of ‘Sleuth’ in this low-budget affair: the claustrophobic energy, the small cast, the wordplay, the single location and the power games driven by sex and sexuality. The set-up is simple: two men, one ruthless with a hair-trigger temper (Eddie Marsan), one more submissive (Martin Compston), kidnap Alice (Gemma Arterton), the daughter of a businessman, lock her in a derelict flat and threaten to kill her unless a ransom is paid. Bar an early, effective montage of the kidnappers’ preparations and the film’s bloody close, the story unfolds in Alice’s grotty, makeshift cell and concerns itself with the shifting relationships and loyalties of its three protagonists.” – David Calhourn, Time Out London
The first screening of this movie, on Saturday 11th September 2010, at 8.30pm, shall be followed by a question and answer session with the screenwriter, J Blakeson.
The Disappearance of Alice Creed will be screened on:
- Saturday 11th September, 8.30pm
- Monday 13th September, 6.15pm
- Thursday 16th September, 6.20pm
Greenberg – Certificate 15 – Romantic Comedy
“Roger Greenburg (Ben Stiller) has just reached his forties and is emerging from a nervous breakdown. As the film begins, he arrives in LA to house sit for his wealthy brother, who’s off to Vietnam for a family holiday. Florence (Greta Gerwig) is the family’s personal assistant: a woman in her mid-twenties who is also a lost soul. Inevitably, Roger and Florence begin an affair” – Geoffrey Mcnab, The Independent
“Lurching between comedy and agony, Director Noah Baumbach’s new film appears to be the simple tale of a man recovering from a nervous breakdown. Yet Greenberg resonates for days afterwards, like a hangover after a peculiar and fascinating party.” – Kate Muir, The Times
Greenberg will be screened on:
- Sunday 12th September, 4.30pm
- Tuesday 14th September, 1.30pm
- Wednesday 15th September, 8.25pm
Dogtooth – Certificate 18 – Bizarre Drama (Greek with Subtitles)
You don’t get many Greek films being released in the UK. Certainly not Greek films like Yorgos Lanthimos’s Dogtooth. It’s an oblique, visually striking modern fable about a middle-class father (Christos Stergioglou) who wants to keep his three children clean from the outside world and all its baleful influences. They live in a fenced-off fantasy world in which meaning is arbitrary (“A motorway is a very strong wind,” he teaches them), and where even pleasure takes bizarre forms (he employs a security guard from his family to sexually service his son). – The Station Film Festival
Dogtooth will be screened on:
- Sunday 12th September, 7.00pm
The Station cinema can be found at Station Yard, Richmond, North Yorkshire, UK. Tickets for all screenings are priced at £5.50 and may be booked on by telephoning the Box Office on 01748 823062.
The schedule for Week Two (17-23 September 2010) of The Station Film Festival will be available on The Global Herald website at a later date.
Visit http://www.stationcinema.com for more details.