It’s a great week for big screen releases as four major feature films starring HH clients open in UK cinemas tomorrow.
First up is masterful director Guillermo del Toro’s highly anticipated gothic horror Crimson Peak, starring TOM HIDDLESTON. It tells the story of aspiring horror novelist Edith (played by Mia Wasikowska) who soon finds herself drawn into a nightmare horror story of her own when she is swept off her feet by dashing young nobleman Sir Thomas Sharpe, played by TOM. Leaving for England to start a new life together at the Cumbrian ancestral home of Thomas and his sister Lucille (played by Jessica Chastain), Edith soon discovers the house to be bursting with hellish secrets.
Beautifully designed from the opening frame, Crimson Peak is drenched in rich colour and a beautiful score, paying homage to 50s and 60s big-screen gothic along the way. It’s simultaneously frightening, gory, camp, creepy, mysterious and fun, with a spectacularly sinister performance from TOM, all combining to create a pleasurably grand piece of classic horror. Go see!
Also released this week is Suffragette, starring HH clients BEN WHISHAW and ROMOLA GARAI. The film tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement; women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. Radicalised and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives.
Carey Mulligan stars as Maud, a character who sets out on a heart-breaking and inspirational fight for dignity. BEN stars as Maud’s husband Sonny, ROMOLA plays Alice Haughton and Meryl Streep appears as leading revolutionary figure Emmeline Pankhurst. Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff and Samuel West also star.
The third of this week’s big screen releases is The Lobster, starring HH-ers BEN WHISHAW and JOHN C. REILLY. This unconventional and thoroughly entertaining science fiction comedy drama is the English-language debut of Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos and also stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Olivia Colman and Lea Seydoux.
This blackly funny love story takes place in a dystopian near future where finding love is a matter of life or death as single people, according to the rules of The City, are taken to The Hotel where they are obliged to find a matching mate in forty-five days. If they fail, they are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods. BEN plays a character called the Limping Man and JOHN is the Lisping Man!
The Lobster was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize. It was also shown in the ‘Special Presentations’ section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and its script was awarded the A.R.T.E. International Prize for Best CineMart 2013 Project at the 42nd Rotterdam International Film Festival. It opens in selected UK cinemas tomorrow.
And last but by no means least, the fourth big release this week is director Stephen Frears’ The Program, an adaptation of Sunday Times journalist David Walsh’s exposé of cyclist and doping cheat Lance Armstrong and his fall from grace. Ben Foster stars as the deceitful and manipulative Armstrong, Guillaume Canet plays his pusher, the Italian physician Michele Ferrari, Dustin Hoffman makes a cameo as Bob Hamman and Chris O’Dowd stars as Armstrong’s foil Walsh.
Throughout the film, we watch as O’Dowd’s journalist is shunned by the rest of the reporting pack after confronting Armstrong, and how Walsh’s colleagues side with the cheating celeb, star-struck and self-interested, despite knowing he’s suspect. Such dishonour is nicely counterpointed with the comradeship between cyclists, one of whom is captain of the U.S. Postal Service cycling team Frankie Andreu, played brilliantly by HH client EDWARD HOGG.
The film acts as a comprehensive demolition of a disgraced cheat who was the focus of one of sporting history’s biggest scandals. Go see it on the big screen this weekend, along with all of this week’s other releases.