YARDIE preview screening + live Idris Elba Satellite Q&A + Special Guests
On Thursday 23rd August, Idris Elba’s directorial debut YARDIE will receive a special preview screening, streaming into cinemas across the country. Audiences will get the chance to see a live performance from a surprise music act and a Q&A with Idris Elba hosted by Radio 1Xtra’s, Yasmin Evans.
On a hot night in Jamaica in 1973, a young boy, Denis, proudly watches his older brother DJ’ing at a party to broker a truce between warring gangs. Then shots ring out. His brother is dead. A decade later, Denis is the right-hand man to gang boss King Fox, who sends him on a mission to London to test his loyalty. When the job goes wrong, Denis hides out with an old flame, only to discover that his brother’s killer may be in the same city. Based on the cult novel by Victor Headley, Idris Elba’s directorial debut fuses the hard-boiled gangster genre with a coming-of-age period piece. With an evocative soundtrack and an astute eye for detail, Elba expertly captures the spirit of the times.
On 22nd September 1910, the oldest operating cinema in Britain first opened its doors to a jubilant crowd of avid movie goers; there was a new cinema in Brighton, and although many have now since perished to become bingo halls or Burger Kings, the Duke of York’s is still active and remains a popular hang-out to catch alternative and classic films not showing in the multiplexes.
To mark the 108th anniversary of the one of the nation's favourite cinemas, The Dukes will be screening Carl Theodor Dreyer's seminal silent masterpiece The Passion of Joan of Arc from a rare 35mm print. The film will also be accompanied by a new original live score by musicians Heliopause & This Ship Argo, who will be using layered vocal loops and electronica to emphasise the film’s unusual cinematography and portrayal of Joan's emotional state of mind.
This landmark of cinema, made in 1928 with this year marking it's 90th anniversary since release, depicts one of history’s most captivating women, played by Renée Jeanne Falconetti in her only screen role, but one that has gone down the annals of cinema as one of the most astonishing performances ever committed to film. Receiving visions as a teenage peasant girl, Joan of Arc managed to convince the King of France to let her lead his armies in order to drive the English from France. After several successful battles, she was subsequently captured, held to trial and burnt at the stake, only aged 19. The French film focuses on the transcripts of her trial in 1431 as the French clerical court tried to discredit her claim that she was sent on the mission by God.
Presented in association with Scalarama, a national celebration of cinema organised by everyone, for everyone, every September.