Archive for July, 2018

THE BOOKSHOP (SC Film Soc) Sat (Oct 27) 2pm

UK 2017, 113 min., drama 
Director:  Isabel Coixet
Trailer: The Bookshop

Based on Patricia Clarkson’s 1978 Booker Prize nominated novel, the story follows a young widow’s struggle to bring a bit of culture to a 1950’s English village. Her plan is to turn a grand old house into the town’s first bookstore.

The local Grand Dame however has other ideas, which soon turn the village into a political minefield. Battle-lines are drawn between small-mindedness and the winds of change. Lovers of books and admirers of determination will embrace this enchanting film.

Tickets are $5 for regular films, $8 for special events. If you are not an annual member, add $4 for a Single Event Membership.

For more info, please go to scfs.ca

 

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Saint-Saens SAMSON ET DALILA (Met Opera) Sat (Nov 10) 10am

NEW PRODUCTION/FIRST TIME IN HD   
Composer: Camille Saint-Saën
Conductor: Sir Mark Elder
Production: Darko Tresnjak
Language: Sung in French with English subtitles
Runtime: 3 hrs 4 min, approx.

Cast: Samson (Roberto Alagna), Dalila (Elena Garanca), High Priest (Laurent Naouri), Abimélech (Elchin Azizov), The Old Hebrew (Dmitry Belosselskiy)

Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila stars Elena Garanca and Roberto Alagna in the title roles; the pair was last seen together by HD audiences in the acclaimed 2010 transmission of Bizet’s Carmen. Laurent Naouri co-stars as the High Priest, with Elchin Azizov as the Philistine King Abimélech and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew. Darko Tresnjak, the Tony Award-winning director of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing the first new Met production of the opera in 20 years.

Tickets: $24 (General), $20 (Senior/Youth)

Transmission of The Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr

 

 

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BOMBSHELL: HEDY LAMARR STORY (SC Film Soc) Sat (Nov 10) 2pm

USA 2017, 88 min., documentary/biography 
Director:  Alexandra Dean
Trailer: Bombshell

Synopsis: Few people probably remember Hedy Lamarr, although back in the day she was every bit as beautiful and talented as Elizabeth Taylor. But she had one additional asset, she was brilliant. At the beginning of WWII she co-invented a radio guidance system which would eventually play a role in future bluetooth and wifi technologies.

Heard through recently discovered audio tapes, Lamarr comes across a determined feminist who did nothing by half, whether it was escaping Nazi repression or tasking Howard Hughes’ engineers.

Tickets are $5 for regular films, $8 for special events. If you are not an annual member, add $4 for a Single Event Membership.

For more info, please go to scfs.ca

 

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AN IDEAL HUSBAND (Theatre from London) – Sun (Nov 11) 2pm

OSCAR WILDE

Genre: Comedy/Stage  
Runtime: 2 hrs 40 min approx
Rated: PG

Stars: Edward Fox, Freddie Fox, Frances Barber, Sally Bretton, Nathaniel Parker, Susan Hampshire
Director: Jonathan Church

Synopsis: A new production of the Rolls-Royce of English comedies, Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, filmed live at the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End, is coming to the big screen. Directed by Jonathan Church, this entertaining and still topical play brings an act of political sin into the heart of the English home. As an ambitious government minister, Sir Robert Chiltern’s smooth ascent to the top seems assured until Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning proof of his previous financial chicanery. The talented ensemble cast includes real-life father and son Edward (The Audience, West End; The Day of the Jackal, ITV) and Freddie Fox (The Judas Kiss, West End; Cucumber & Banana, Channel 4; E4), Olivier Award-nominated Frances Barber (Silk, BBC; Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare’s Globe), Olivier Award-winner Nathaniel Parker (This House, West End; Wolf Hall, West End & Broadway), Sally Bretton (Not Going Out, BBC; King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Susan Hampshire (Forsyte Saga, Monarch of the Glen, BBC).

All National Theatre tickets are $15 each and are available at the box office on the day of the show.


I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (SC Film Soc) Sat (Nov 24) 2pm

USA 2016, 93 min., documentary 
Director:  Raoul Peck
Trailer: I Am Not Your Negro

This 2016 documentary film is based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary among many other international awards.

Tickets are $5 for regular films, $8 for special events. If you are not an annual member, add $4 for a Single Event Membership.

For more info, please go to scfs.

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WINTER HARP Sat (Dec 1) 2:30pm

Standing ovations, sold out concerts and rave reviews
are the hallmarks of Winter Harp, an ensemble of harps, flute, violin, medieval instruments, percussion, poetry and song. Join this world-class ensemble for an afternoon of heart-warming carols, songs and stories in celebration of the Christmas and winter season.

The musicians, in gorgeous medieval attire, perform a hauntingly beautiful collection of music from well-known carols to Celtic, medieval and even flamenco. Don’t miss this magical journey into the heart of winter. And this year is Winter Harp’s 25th anniversary — come and celebrate.

Our tickets are now on sale! Buy early, as this show sells out!

Tickets $35 at Sechelt Visitors Centre and Laedeli Gifts & Cards, Gibsons

www.winterharp.com

 

 

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KING LEAR (Theatre from London) – Sun (Dec 2) 2pm

Genre: Drama/Stage
Runtime: 2 hrs, 40 min approx
Rated: TBA

Stars: Ian McKellen   
Director: Jonathan Munby

Synopsis: Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas. Chichester Festival Theatre’s production received five-star reviews for its sell-out run, and transfers to the West End for a limited season.
Jonathan Munby directs this ‘nuanced and powerful’ (The Times) contemporary retelling of Shakespeare’s tender, violent, moving and shocking play. Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

All National Theatre Series tickets are $15 each and are available at the box office on the day of the show.


NUTCRACKER LIVE Performances Dec 16-19

The tradition continues…

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Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA (Met Opera) Sat (Jan 12) 10am

NEW PRODUCTION   
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Production: Michael Mayer
Language: Sung in Italian with English subtitles
Runtime: 3 hrs 7 min, approx.

Cast: Violetta Valéry (Diana Damrau), Alfredo Germont (Juan Diego Flórez), Giorgio Germont (Quinn Kelsey)

Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s timeless tragedy La Traviata. Directed by Michael Mayer, this new production features a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Diana Damrau is the doomed heroine Violetta, opposite Juan Diego Flórez as her lover, Alfredo, and Quinn Kelsey as Alfredo’s protective father, Giorgio Germont.

Tickets: $24 (General), $20 (Senior/Youth)

Transmission of The Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr

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Bizet’s CARMEN (Met Opera) Sat (Feb 2) 10am

REVIVAL  
Composer: Georges Bizet
Conductor: Louis Langrée
Production: Sir Richard Eyre
Runtime: 3 hrs 21 min, approx.

Cast: Carmen (Clémentine Margaine), Micaëla (Aleksandra Kurzak), Don José (Roberto Alagna), Escamillo (Alexander Vinogradov)

Clémentine Margaine is opera’s ultimate seductress, opposite Roberto Alagna, who captivated Live in HD audiences as Don José in 2010. Louis Langrée conducts Sir Richard Eyre’s lively production, a favorite in the Met’s repertoire.

Tickets: $24 (General), $20 (Senior/Youth)

Transmission of The Met: Live in HD in Canada is made possible thanks to the generosity of Jacqueline Desmarais, in memory of Paul G. Desmarais Sr

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