Films at the Courtyard – October 2021
See below for the fantastic range of films at The Courtyard Centre for the Arts this October.
Fri 1 – Thu 7
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church choir to her international superstardom it’s the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice. Starring Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) as Aretha Franklin.
Fri 1 – Wed 6
THE LAST BUS (12A)
John O’Groats, Scotland: An elderly man, Tom (Timothy Spall, Mr Turner), whose wife has just passed away uses only local buses on a nostalgic trip to carry her ashes all the way across the UK to Land’s End, where they originally met, using his free bus pass. Unbeknownst to Tom, his journey begins to capture the imagination of the local people that he comes across and, ultimately, becomes a nationwide story.
Fri 1 & Sat 2
OUR LADIES (15)
Following a group of Scottish schoolgirls on a day trip to Edinburgh to perform in a choir competition, for these teens from a small town in the Scottish Highlands, it becomes a chance to escape their daily lives and run riot in the big city. With few expectations for their futures, Orla (Tallulah Greive), Finnoula (Abigail Lawrie), Manda (Sally Messham), Kay (Eve Austin), Chell (Rona Morison) and Kylah (Marli Siu) are determined to live for every moment in this raucous tale of love, life and true friendship.
Sat 2, 11am
SPIRIT UNTAMED (U)
After moving to a sleepy little town, young Lucky Prescott befriends a wild mustang named Spirit, who shares her rebellious spirit. When a heartless wrangler plans to capture Spirit and his herd, Lucky and her new friends embark on the adventure of a lifetime to rescue the horse that forever changed her life.
Sat 2, 7.30pm
PRIDE FILMFEST SPECTACULAR
A very special evening of entertainment and films celebrating LGBTQ+ arts and culture aiming to uplift and create deeper understanding amongst LGBTQ+ individuals as well as allies and the wider community at large through a night of unmissable entertainment. Enjoy two incredible film screenings: Glorious, genderqueer, comedy musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) and Glitterbox documentary, a story of acceptance and creative expression, Where Love Lives (2021) will include amazing live entertainment, visuals, music and surprises as well as a Q&A panel with some of our performers and key LGBTQ+ individuals.
Mon 4 – Thu 7
THE COURIER (12A)
The Courier is a true-life spy thriller, the story of an unassuming British businessman Greville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch) recruited into one of the greatest international conflicts in history. At the behest of the UK’s MI6 and a CIA operative (Rachel Brosnahan), he forms a covert, dangerous partnership with Soviet officer Oleg Penkovsky (Merab Ninidze) in an effort to provide crucial intelligence needed to prevent a nuclear confrontation and defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Mon 4 – Wed 6
THE NEST (15)
Life for an entrepreneur (Jude Law, The Young Pope) and his American family begins to take a twisted turn after moving into an English country manor.
Fri 8 – Wed 21
NO TIME TO DIE (12A)
The final outing for Daniel Craig as James Bond, and the 25th movie in the record-breaking franchise. In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain (Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody) armed with dangerous new technology.
Mon 11 & Tue 12
Inseparable sisters raised in a small town on the Irish border, Lauren and Kelly’s lives were shattered with the mysterious death of their mother. Left to pick up the pieces after her sister abruptly disappeared, Lauren is suddenly confronted with the family’s dark and traumatic past when Kelly returns home after being reported missing for a whole year.
Mon 11 – Mon 25
Set in 1980s Tibet, Balloon is the latest feature from acclaimed director Pema Tseden. Combining documentary realism with heightened formal artistry, the film explores the impact of China’s one-child policy on a Tibetan sheep herding family. Tseden deftly balances his challenging subject matter with moments of gentle humour and deep lyricism.
Tue 12 – Mon 25
Souad (Bassant Ahmed) is a 19-year-old who lives with her younger sister Rabab (Basmala Elghaiesh) in Zagazig, a small city on Egypt’s Nile Delta. Souad leads a double life; while appearing conservative and wearing her veil among her family and in public, she is obsessed with her image on social media and addicted to her phone. She has secret virtual relationships with men and lies both on and offline about her dull and dutiful reality as she imagines a different kind of life with her ‘boyfriend’ Ahmed (Hussein Ghanem). As Souad’s actual life comes increasingly into conflict with her digital one, she struggles as her ambitions are slowly crushed, until tragedy strikes. Arabic with English subtitles. There will be a 25min pre-recorded interview between Souad director, Ayten Amin and film curator, Alia Ayman after the screening on Wednesday October 13 7.45pm
Mon 18 – Mon 25
A truffle hunter (Nicholas Cage) who lives alone in the Oregonian wilderness must return to his past in Portland in search of his beloved foraging pig after she is kidnapped.
Fri 22 – Mon 25
Sandra (Clare Dunne), on the surface of it, is a young Mum struggling to provide her two young daughters with a warm, safe, happy home to grow up in. Beneath the surface, Sandra has a steely determination to change their lives for the better and when it becomes clear that the local council won’t provide that home, she decides to build it herself from scratch. With very little income to speak of and no savings, Sandra must use all her ingenuity to make her ambitious dream a reality. At the same time, she must escape the grip of her possessive ex-husband and keep him away from her and her girls.
Sat 30, 11am
A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies, and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse.
Sat 30, 2.30pm
HOCUS POCUS (PG)
A curious youngster moves to Salem, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches that were executed in the 17th century.
Sat 30 Oct – Tue 2 Nov
A seemingly perfect couple, a provocative stand-up comedian (Adam Driver, Marriage Story) and an internationally renowned opera singer (Marion Cotillard, Inception), live glamorous lives in contemporary Los Angeles. However, when they welcome their daughter Annette into the world, her mysterious gifts will change their lives forever.
Fees & Tickets
Event LocationThe Courtyard Centre for the Arts Edgar Street Hereford HR4 9JR
Organiser: The Courtyard Centre for the Arts