Women lead in Lighthouse cinema season

SIX months to the day that the curtain fell on the last film screening before lockdown cinema returns to Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on 17th September with a season of films most y strong female roles in common. 

First up are Keira Knightley and Jessie Buckley in the feel-good comedy Misbehaviour, based on the story of the real-life invasion of the 1970 Miss World contest by the newly formed Women’s Liberation Movement. Keeley Hawes, Lesley Manville, Greg Kinnear and Rhys Ifans also feature. 

The first Lighthouse film season since government guidelines permitted a return to cinemas also features director Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, in which a portrait painter and her subject crackle across the canvas in 18th century France. and Bong Joon-ho’s pitch black modern fable Parasite, the first ever foreign language film to win the Best Picture Oscar as well as three other Academy Awards, two BAFTAs and the Palme d’Or at Cannes. 

Recent box office hits such as Greta Gerwig’s lovely adaptation of Little Women (U) and the feel-good Military Wives are back on the big screen. There are first screenings for Jessica Swale’s elegant feminist wartime drama Summerland starring Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the story of a reclusive writer whose emotions are reawakened when an evacuee from the London Blitz is left in her care. 

Released this summer, William Nicholson’s intense and intimate drama Hope Gap stars Annette Bening as Grace whose husband of 29 years (Bill Nighy) leaves her. Unravelling and feeling displaced in her seaside town, Grace regains her footing and ultimately finds a powerful new voice. 

Another women-led film in the season is director Eliza Shroeder’s debut feature, Love Sarah, a comedy-drama about a young woman (Shannon Tarbet) who fulfils her mother’s dream of opening her own bakery. Celia Imrie and Bill Paterson co-star. 

For full details of the coming cinema season and to book tickets visit www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

Pictured: Gemma Arterton in Summerland; a scene from Parasite.