What's on at East Dulwich Picturehouse - Big Scream
Director: Kelly Reichardt.
Starring: Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams. USA 2016. 107 mins.
Kelly Reichardt (Meek’s Cutoff, Wendy And Lucy, Night Moves) directs Laura
Dern, Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart and Lily Gladstone in this portrait of independent women whose lives intersect in a small town in Montana. Based on Maile Meloy’s short stories, and lovingly shot against the stunning backdrop of mountains and open landscapes in 16mm, the stellar cast and newcomer Lily Gladstone are superbly directed by Reichardt.
Laura (Dern) is an overworked lawyer trying to defend a construction worker injured at work. Reichardt regular Michelle Williams is Gina, an ambitious wife and mother building a new home with her husband. Lily Gladstone plays lonely ranch hand Jamie, who enrols at an evening class and develops confusing feelings for supply teacher Beth (Stewart). Certain Women, winner of Best Film at the London Film Festival, confirms writer-director-editor Kelly Reichardt as one of today’s leading filmmakers.
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Stanley Tucci, Ian McKellen. USA 2017. 129 mins.
Back in 1991, the Walt Disney Company released Beauty And The Beast, an exquisitely drawn feature animation that became a gargantuan hit, delighting both audiences and critics and spinning off a blockbuster Broadway musical. So who better to breathe new life into the beloved French fairy tale – with its very modern message of not judging people by their appearance – in a live-action telling than the studio that made it a movie classic in the first place? Veteran director Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2, Dreamgirls, Mr Holmes) has refashioned the characters for a contemporary audience but stayed true to the animation’s music, with several new songs and an amended score by the original composer, Alan Menken. Get ready to be wowed all over again.