What's on at East Dulwich Picturehouse - Big Scream
Roger Ross Williams’s Life, Animated is one of the year’s most heartwarming and uplifting documentaries. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind’s 2014 memoir Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes And Autism, Williams’s documentary recounts the Suskind family’s 20-year journey to connect with their youngest son, Owen. Diagnosed with regressive autism at the age of three, Owen lost the ability to speak, and developed an obsession with Disney’s animated movies. Latching onto their son’s new-found interest, the family began to converse in Disney dialogue, which eventually helped Owen regain his speech. Over the subsequent years, the Suskinds and their son’s therapist used the famed studio’s output to help Owen connect with the world around him. Enlightening and educational, Life, Animated (winner of the Directing Award at this year’s Sundance) is an inspiring story of triumph over adversity, and a moving celebration of family.
Director: Oliver Stone. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Rhys Ifans. France/Germany/USA 2016. 134 mins.
Having discovered that the US government is eavesdropping on the digital lives of millions of innocent Americans in the name of national security, loyal CIA contractor and computer genius Edward Snowden (Gordon-Levitt) undergoes a damascene conversion. In leaking thousands of classified documents to the Guardian newspaper to expose this malfeasance, he became a pariah to some, a twenty-first-century hero to others. Oliver Stone’s chillingly persuasive account of Snowden’s journey from patriotic soldier to global whistleblower allows us to make our own judgement, not least thanks to a finely balanced script from Stone and Kieran Fitzgerald (The Homesman), and stunning performances from Gordon-Levitt, Woodley (Divergent’s Tris) as his feisty girlfriend, Tom Wilkinson as a Guardian elder and Ifans as Snowden’s CIA handler. Gripping.
11.00Big Scream: Exclusively for parents or carers with babies under the age of one.
Audio Described: Everyone welcome. Audio Description is available for this film, and is undetectable to anyone not wearing a headset
Director: Gareth Edwards. Starring: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn. USA 2016. 134 mins.
Franchise newcomer Gareth Edwards (Godzilla) directs the first of three stand-alone films in the Star Wars Anthology series. Set between the events of Revenge Of The Sith and A New Hope, Rogue One follows a band of resistance fighters who unite to steal the plans of the Galactic Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star. Young tearaway Jyn Erso (Jones) joins Rebel officer Cassian Andor (Luna) to lead the daring mission, which must evade the iron fist of Director Orson Krennic (Mendelsohn), an Imperial officer with eyes on becoming the Emperor’s right-hand man. Unlike the original Star Wars trilogy, which provides a black and white view of good and evil, Rogue One sidesteps clear morality – and the Jedi – to explore the grey areas of the galaxy far, far away.