FRI 04 OCT: ‘THE BOYFRIEND’ (U) @ HOY KIRK HERITAGE

SPECIAL EVENT

We’re on the road taking this film to our friends at Hoy Kirk Heritage Centre.

What’s the connection? The score was arranged by Peter Maxwell Davies while he was staying at Muckle Hoose in Rackwick, Hoy.

There will be the usual warm welcome at Hoy Kirk Heritage Centre with refreshments and nibbles from 6:30pm. The event ties in with the Friday evening ferry from Stromness to Moaness departing 5:45pm and returning at 10pm. Make sure to book with Orkney Ferries.

The Boy Friend began life as Sandy Wilson’s small-scale pastiche of British musical comedies of the 1920s. But director Ken Russell, notorious for his onscreen excesses, fashioned a humongous parody of the Busby Berkeley film musicals of the 1930s, staged on a scale that made Berkeley seem stylistically modest.

Fashion model Twiggy plays Polly Browne, an aspiring musical comedy star, working as stage manager of a production of The Boy Friend. She is transformed into a star when she replaces leading lady Rita Monroe (Glenda Jackson, unbilled), who twists her ankle seconds before the curtain goes up. Before the evening is over, Polly is scampering over outsized sets, and ducking around seemingly thousands of chorus girls and boys. Christopher Gable, who plays Polly’s on-stage leading man, also choreographed the lavish musical numbers.

SAT 27 JAN – MUSICAL SEASON – ‘LA LA LAND’ (12A)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
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The last film in our Season of Musicals throughout January

La La Land breathes new life into a bygone genre with thrillingly assured direction, powerful performances, and an irresistible excess of heart.

It tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

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SAT 20 JAN – MUSICAL SEASON – ‘A HARD DAY’S NIGHT’ (U)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
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The third film in our Season of Musicals throughout January

A Hard Day’s Night, despite its age, is still a delight to watch and has proven itself to be a rock-and-roll movie classic.
The year is 1964 and four young lads from Liverpool are about to change the world – if only the madcap world will let them out of their hotel room. Richard Lester’s boldly contemporary rock n’ roll comedy unleashes the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members, and reveals the secret of their survival and success: an insatiable lust for mischief and a life-affirming addiction to joy.
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SAT 13 JAN – MUSICAL SEASON – ‘WEST SIDE STORY’ (PG)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
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The second film in our Season of Musicals throughout January

This romantic musical update of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ won ten Oscars. The tale of a turf war between rival teenage gangs in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen and the two lovers who cross battle lines has captivated audiences for  decades. Buoyed by Robert Wise’s dazzling direction, Leonard Bernstein’s score, and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics, West Side Story remains perhaps the most iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations to visit the big screen.
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SAT 06 JAN – MUSICAL SEASON – ‘SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN’ (U)

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start
£5 / £3 student and Young Scot card
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The first film in our Season of Musicals throughout January

One of the greatest and most successful musicals ever filmed – filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly’s fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain.
Set during the advent of “talkies,” Don Lockwood has risen to stardom during Hollywood’s silent-movie era – paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont. And when Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden, Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, Lockwood finds his career in jeopardy after audiences laugh when they hear Lamont speak in her shrill voice for the first time… until the studio decides to use Selden to dub her voice.
Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin’ in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical.
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