SCREENING AT SIMPSON HALL
FRIDAY 4th MARCH 7:30PM
Benedict Cumberbatch is back with another formidable performance in this Cold War espionage drama. He plays a real-life character Greville Wynne, an unassuming British businessman with a weakness for booze, recruited as a messenger by MI5 in the 1960s. On trips to Moscow, Wynne develops an unlikely friendship with a contact in the Russian military intelligence service, Oleg Penkovsky. Will their dangerous partnership succeed in relaying important intelligence to prevent nuclear intervention during the Cuban Missile Crisis? This well-paced thriller keeps you guessing throughout.
FRIDAY 18th MARCH 7:30PM
Kristen Stewart gives an intoxicating performance as Diana, Princess of Wales in Pablo Larraín’s (Jackie, No) critically lauded Spencer. More a snapshot than a biopic, it takes place over three days as Diana attends Christmas at Sandringham with the Royal Family. A sparky young woman suffocates under the oppressive weight of public scrutiny (and Royal disapproval) while her husband is very publicly in love with someone else. The familiar story, liberatingly told, brings a fresh eye to the melodramatic absurdities of the situation. Gorgeously shot, alternately muted and colourful, with a brilliant cast and a haunting score by Jonny Greenwood, it’s a heart-breaking study of a woman struggling to find a way out.