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One man has seen more of the natural world than any other. This unique feature documentary is his witness statement.

In his 94 years, David Attenborough has visited every continent on the globe, exploring the wild places of our planet and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. Now, for the first time he reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime as a naturalist and the devastating changes he has seen.

Honest, revealing and urgent, DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET is a powerful first-hand account of humanity’s impact on nature and a message of hope for future generations.

After the film, audiences will have the unique chance to watch a very special, exclusive conversation between Sir David Attenborough and Sir Michael Palin. This will only be available in cinemas.

Himself:
Sir David Attenborough
Directed by:
Alastair Fothergill; Jonnie Hughes; Keith Scholey
Distributor:
Altitude Film Distribution
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
130 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Documentary;

Release Date:
28 September 2020

Next Performance:
3 October 2020 13:50

Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes, ‘a gorgeous take on the film classic’, comes to cinemas for the first time. Winner of two Olivier Awards, The Red Shoes is an ‘utterly enthralling’ tale of obsession, possession and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.

Matthew Bourne’s magical adaptation of the classic Powell and Pressburger film is set to the achingly romantic music of golden-age Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, the production is orchestrated by Terry Davies, with stunning designs by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and projection design by Duncan McLean.

Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London especially for cinemas, Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes stars Ashley Shaw as Victoria Page, Adam Cooper as Boris Lermontov and Dominic North as Julian Craster. This ‘cinematic masterpiece re-Bourne on stage’ will dazzle your senses and break your heart.

Based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.

Music by Bernard Herrmann.
Orchestrations by Terry Davies.

 

Directed by:
Matthew Bourne
Performers:
Adam Cooper; Ashley Shaw; Dominic North; Michela Meazza
Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
97 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
30 September 2020

Next Performance:
4 October 2020 14:00

It’s been 30 years since Luciano Pavarotti, José Carreras and Plácido Domingo made their historic debut as The Three Tenors at the ancient baths of Caracalla on the eve of the 1990 Football World Cup Final. A global audience of 1.6 billion people watched this groundbreaking concert - and it catapulted classical music into a completely new dimension, becoming the best-selling classical album of all time.
Three Tenors: Voices for Eternity celebrates the emotional highlights of that first concert and the sequel in Los Angeles. With brand new interviews and never-before-seen backstage footage, this documentary offers a fascinating insight into the rivalries and friendships of the legendary opera stars from 1990 through to Pavarotti's passing in 2007.

As opera houses remain silent and football stadiums are empty of supporters, fans can relive the moment history was made by The Three Tenors in Rome 1990, and remember the night when the ‘Beautiful Game’ crossed a cultural divide and changed classical music forever.


 

Directed by:
Jean-Alexander Ntvyihabwa
Themselves:
Luciano Pavarotti; Jose Carreras; Placido Domingo
Distributor:
CinEvents
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Length:
100 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert; Documentary;

Release Date:
6 October 2020

Next Performance:
6 October 2020 19:00

The world’s ultimate musical duo, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are ‘Back Together’ and set to delight cinema audiences up and down the country with the final show of their sold-out tour.

Hot on the heels of their star turns in the West End’s phenomenally successful staged concert of Les Misérables, Ball and Boe will reunite to tour their third album 'Back Together' following the number one best-selling hits ‘Together’ and ‘Together Again’.

The superstar pair will take on their favourite musical theatre, pop and rock tracks at the O2 Arena, performing songs such as 'The Greatest Show' 'Something Inside so Strong' and a brilliantly arranged 'Queen Medley'. Showcasing their phenomenal voices and undeniable on-stage chemistry, Ball and Boe’s irresistible charm will undoubtedly light up the big screen.

Directed by:
Steven Kemsley
Themselves:
Michael Ball; Alfie Boe
Distributor:
CinemaLive
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
147 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Concert;

Release Date:
17 October 2020

Next Performance:
17 October 2020 19:00

The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary from Swedish director Nathan Grossman. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate action outside the Swedish Parliament, Grossman follows Greta - a shy schoolgirl with Asperger’s – in her rise to prominence, and her galvanizing global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world. The film culminates with her astonishing wind powered voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to speak at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York City.

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Directed by:
Nathan Grossman
Themselves:
Greta Thunberg; António Guterres; Arnold Schwarzenegger
Distributor:
Dogwoof
Country:
Sweden
Language:
English
Length:
129 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Documentary;

Release Date:
18 October 2020

PLEASE NOTE 
THIS IS AN ENCORE PERFORMANCE, ORIGINALLY  RECORDED IN 2016.

Giselle is the classic ballet of the Romantic era. It transformed the dance world when it was first performed in Paris in 1841 and remains at the centre of the classical repertory. Giselle’s essence has remained the same through many different productions in well over a century of continuous performance. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet is based on Marius Petipa’s classic version (after the original 1841 choreography by Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli), which was first staged in St Petersburg in 1884.

The role of Giselle provides the dancer with many technical and dramatic challenges, from the character’s early love to her poignant descent into madness and her final gesture of forgiveness from beyond the grave. The first act of the ballet is filled with historical detail and rustic colour. By contrast, the second, ‘white’ act plunges the audience into an eerie moonlit forest haunted by the ethereal Wilis. With its combination of memorable story and exquisite choreography, Giselle is the perfect way to discover classical ballet.
 

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Directed by:
Peter Wright
Performers:
Marianela Nunez; Vadim Muntagirov
Choreography:
Marius Petipa; Jean Coralli; Jules Perrot
Themselves:
The Royal Ballet
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
159 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Ballet;

Release Date:
20 October 2020

Made in collaboration with those who knew Frida Kahlo and have both studied and curated her work.

This highly engaging film takes us on a journey through the life of one of the most prevalent female icons: Frida Kahlo.  She was a prolific self-portraitist, using the canvas as a mirror through all stages of her turbulent and, at times, tragic life. Guided with interview, commentary and Frida’s own words,
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN uncovers that this, however, was not a life defined by tragedy.

Featuring key exhibitions and interviews with world-renowned Kahlo curators, EXHIBITION ON SCREEN explores the extraordinary symbolism and themes in these personal canvases to seek a deeper understanding of the real Frida Kahlo.

Using cinema to take an up-close and intimate look at her works we examine how great an artist she can be considered. Displaying a treasure trove of colour and a feast of vibrancy on screen, this personal and intimate film offers privileged access to her works and highlights the source of her feverish creativity,
her resilience and her unmatched lust for life, men, women, politics and her cultural heritage.

We might think we already know Frida Kahlo – the image of floral crowns, big brows and folk style clothing have made her a muse to generations – but what lies beneath the surface of this
intensely passionate woman?

Filmed extensively in Mexico, the USA and Europe – this film will attract an enormous audience of
all ages.

“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality"

Directed by:
Ali Ray
Distributor:
Seventh Art Production
Language:
English
Length:
90 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Exhibition;

Release Date:
20 October 2020

Next Performance:
20 October 2020 19:00

Filmed at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London in August 2020

Sonya (Aimee Lou Wood) and her Uncle Vanya (Toby Jones) while away their time on an isolated estate, visited occasionally only by the local doctor Astrov (Richard Armitage). However, when Sonya’s father Professor Serebryakov (Roger Allam) suddenly returns with his restless, alluring, new wife Yelena (Rosalind Eleazar), polite facades crumble and long repressed feelings start to emerge. As the conflicted family are forced to confront their despair, loneliness and each other, can the beauty of life help them find new hope?

Following its critically acclaimed opening in London earlier this year, Sonia Friedman Productions’ stunning 5-star production Uncle Vanya, a new adaptation of the Anton Chekhov masterpiece by Conor McPherson, directed by Ian Rickson, was abruptly halted as the world went into lockdown. Now, as the majority of theatres across the world remain in darkness, Uncle Vanya’s exquisite ensemble overcome the considerable challenges of working in a global pandemic, returning to the Harold Pinter Theatre to film the ‘perfect’ (5-star The Guardian) production, which is currently nominated for four Olivier Awards. Marrying the intimacy of the screen with the electricity of live performance in an exciting new hybrid of film and theatre, this Sonia Friedman Productions/Angelica Films co-production is far more than simply a capture of the play. Full of tumultuous frustration and hidden passions, but brimming with hope and optimism for the future, Uncle Vanya is a must-see event for our times.
 

Directed by:
Ian Rickson
Adapted By:
Conor McPherson
Starring:
Toby Jones; Richard Armitage
Distributor:
More2Screen
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Length:
155 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Theatre;

Release Date:
27 October 2020

Next Performance:
27 October 2020 19:00

PLEASE NOTE
THIS IS AN ENCORE PERFORMANCE, ORIGINALLY RECORDED IN 2014.

Puccini’s publisher tried to prevent him from adapting Abbé Prévost’s L’Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut – Massenet had already created a highly successful opera based on the novel. But Puccini was not to be dissuaded, claiming ‘a woman like Manon can have more than one lover’. Despite a troubled gestation (five librettists were engaged in the project), the premiere of Manon Lescaut in 1893 was Puccini’s first major triumph – a hit with both public and critics. Puccini’s sumptuous, richly-coloured score is characterized by youthful vitality and filled with glorious melodies, from Des Grieux and Manon’s passionate duet ‘Vedete? io son fedele’ to the overwhelming desolation of Manon’s final aria ‘Sola, perduta, abbandonata’.

Jonathan Kent – director of The Royal Opera’s Tosca – created this production of Manon Lescaut in 2014, The Royal Opera’s first production of the opera in 30 years. Kent finds contemporary resonance in the story of a woman tempted and misguided into acting against her best interests, and who finally receives retribution far more severe than her actions could ever deserve. Designs by Paul Brown create a harsh environment riven through with societal hypocrisy, in which Manon is trapped by those who will exploit her – and from which the only escape can be death.

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Directed by:
Jonathan Kent
Performers:
Kristine Opolais; Jonas Kaufmann; Christopher Maltman
Conductor:
Antonio Pappano
Composer:
Giacomo Puccini
Distributor:
Royal Opera House Enterprises Ltd
Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
Italian
Length:
155 mins (excl Trailers, Advertisements)
Genre:
Opera;

Release Date:
3 November 2020