The Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo recruits A-listers Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan to lead this inspiring drama about the bravery of the women of war, and the power of the music that saved them.
The life of a military wife can be thankless. Separated from loved ones, their suffering and sacrifice go unnoticed while they live with the dread of a fateful knock on the door. But Kate (Scott Thomas), finds freedom in song and persuades a ragtag group of women on the base to form the Military Wives Choir. Finding their voice together, the misfit choir put two fingers up to stuffy military tradition, anti-war protestors and their own personal differences. As friendships flourish, even the sceptical rebel and rocker Lisa (Horgan), is transformed by the choir’s friendship, humour and courage.
Inspired by a true-life global phenomenon, Military Wives portrays ordinary women in unbelievably testing circumstances, who find courage in the cathartic power of singing together. The luminous cast belts out pop hits and rock anthems, empowering everyone to overcome their fears together.
6:15pm for a 6:30pm start at The Windsor
Director Armando Iannucci (The Death of Stalin) brings his sardonic wit — and a stellar cast of Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie and Ben Whishaw — to Charles Dickens' classic autobiographical novel. This thrillingly realised adaptation of Dickens’ personal and optimistic narrative is gloriously entertaining. Careening through 19th century England, it follows its hero from one unlikely situation to the next.
Born after the death of his father, David (Dev Patel, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, 2011) is fortunate to be raised by a loving mother. But when she takes a violent new husband, David is sent away on an odyssey of sorts, starting at the cottage of his housekeeper's family. As David inhabits several more temporary abodes, which include an oppressive boarding school and the home of his eccentric aunt Betsey Trotwood (Swinton), his words prove to be his saving grace. He produces hilariously pithy impressions of all those he encounters — impressions that will one day constitute his autobiography.
This buoyant and incredibly funny crowd-pleaser cannily transposes its source material into a decidedly 21st-century context, with an infectiously energetic Dev Patel leading the way to demonstrate that great art is born of great experience.
ADMIT TWO - latecomers not admitted.
Saturday 18 April at 10:45am for an 11am start at Luna Leederville
GREED tells the story of self-made British billionaire Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan), whose retail empire is in crisis. For 30 years he has ruled the world of retail fashion – bringing the high street to the catwalk and the catwalk to the high street – but after a damaging public inquiry, his image is tarnished. To save his reputation, he decides to bounce back with a highly publicised and extravagant party celebrating his 60th birthday on the Greek island of Mykonos. A satire on the grotesque inequality of wealth in the fashion industry, the film sees McCreadie’s rise and fall through the eyes of his biographer, Nick (David Mitchell).
ADMIT TWO - latecomers not admitted. Please allow 20min for parking.
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