By Adam Ray Palmer
Each month, Cineroom takes a look at what films and/or events are occurring at our favourite independent cinema; the Phoenix in Leicester.
This month, we are looking at a couple films and a silent film festival event...
Victoria and Abdul
Venezia74 is coming to an end this weekend and earlier this week, Victoria and Abdul debuted with both Judi Dench and Ali Fazal in attendance. And from the 15th September for two weeks, you can catch it at the Phoenix Leicester.
Leicester-born director Stephen Frears returns after three stellar outings with Philomena, The Program and last year’s Florence Foster Jenkins. Victoria and Abdul tells the story of Queen Victoria (Dench) and her unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim (Fazal) much to the dismay of the Royal family.
Victoria and Abdul runs at the Phoenix from 15th September until 28th September 2017 – certificate PG
First there was Dunkirk, then there was Baby Driver, and now the third and final must-see film of the summer is Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky.
Rebecca Blunt pens the heist-thriller and Steven returns to the director’s chair with Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig and Riley Keough topping the bill. Logan Lucky follows two brothers who attempt to pull off a huge heist during a NASCAR race in North Carolina on Memorial Weekend. You’ll struggle to find a better way to spend two hours at the end of September.
Logan Lucky runs at the Phoenix from 22nd September to 28th September 2017 – certificate 12A
British Silent Film Festival
Phoenix plays host to the 19th British Silent Film Festival in September featuring a fascinating programme of rare, unseen and rediscovered silent and early sound films from the world’s archives.
The festival will showcase silent delights such as A Sister of Six, Hand’s Up and L’Hirondelle et la Mesange. In addition, the Festival begins with an Edgar Allan Poe programme at the wonderfully atmospheric St Mary de Castro Church with live music played on the church organ.
You can buy five-day festival passes from £90 or purchase by each individual event. Make sure you treat yourself to at least one event – you won’t regret it!
The British Silent Film Festival runs from Wednesday 13th September to Sunday 17th September 2017