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38 BEHIND THE SCENES


Scheduled NT Live performances from the National Theatre have already sold out – but here are some other upcoming performances you can catch at the Picturehouse.


New York Metropolitan Opera Opera, in high definition transmitted live via satellite. April 7 Manon April 8 Encore: Manon April 15 Encore: La Traviata


The Bolshoi Ballet Live ballet from the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. April 29


The Bright Stream June 24 Raymonda


“The King’s Speech got a standing ovation. It’s so rare these days for an audience to stand up and clap at the end of a film; it’s unheard of”


Joe Filbee


Metropolitan Opera have really taken off in popularity in the six years they have been running, resulting in repeat screenings on Sundays due to the live Saturday showings regularly selling out. The Screen Arts Festival combines the best content with additional ballet, opera and theatre and runs over a two-month period during the summer. Meanwhile, the Reminiscent Screenings of Ealing Comedy-era classics help to keep the history of cinematography alive. The Picturehouse is also beginning to make the move into distributing its own material – recent releases include The Future and My Afternoons with Margueritte. However, this is not to suggest that high-brow content is all there is on offer, since accessibility to the community is also of key importance. Hard-of- hearing and autism-friendly showings are regularly available, there’s a Kids’ Club, and student membership is available, too. Several events also


take place with audience inclusion in mind, such as a monthly film quiz and several screening events that have Q&A sessions attached. Picturehouse Docs, a series of documentaries commissioned by the Picturehouse, is part of this initiative, with productions such as the critically acclaimed Tory Boy being shown accompanied by discussions with the directors. Furthermore, for the current Science Fiction season, the Picturehouse has invited scientists from the nearby Royal Observatory to come and review the feasibility of such sci-fi cult classics as Barbarella and The Day the Earth Caught Fire. Joe (pictured above) says one stranger-than- fiction moment happened one evening when visitors were treated to the surreal experience of being shown in by a member of staff working as an usher to the screening of a film she was actually appearing in. And our on-hand professional’s favourite film?


“Jaws. I think your favourite films have to be ones that you’d want to put on again and again - and I watch Jaws at least twice a year. The most successful films I think we’ve had here were The Da Vinci Code and Sex and the City. Those two did phenomenally well,” Joe chuckles. “And The King’s Speech got a standing ovation. It’s so rare these days for an audience to stand up and clap at the end of a film; it’s unheard of.”


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