Theatre hosts film festival

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Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre swaps stage shows for the big screen for its Film Season 2011, running from Sunday, July 31 to Sunday, August 14.

“From award-winning films to award-winning actors, we’ve put together a mixed programme of the best that the mainstream has to offer as well as select art house gems,” said spokeswoman Laura Butler.

“We begin our Season with a film that stormed the awards ceremonies, winning seven BAFTAs, four Academy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and a Golden Globe: Stellar cast Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter deliver The King’s Speech (Sun, Jul 31 at 6pm, Mon, Aug 1 at 8.30pm, Thurs, Aug 11 at 6pm). Based on the true story of King George VI, follow the Royal Monarch’s poignant quest to find his voice in this uplifting drama.

“From the actor that created The IT Crowd’s Maurice Moss comes Submarine (Tues, Aug 9 at 8.30pm), the debut feature film by Richard Ayolade. Adapted from Joe Dunthorne’s novel, observe quirky protagonist Oliver Tate in this original and affecting British coming-of-age comedy.

“Based on the acclaimed number-one best-selling novel, Water For Elephants (Tues, Aug 2 at 6pm, Weds, Aug 3 at 3pm) presents an epic tale of forbidden love in a magical place filled with adventure, wonder and great danger. Jacob (Robert Pattinson) and Marlena (Reese Witherspoon) discover beauty amidst the world of the Big Top, and come together through their compassion for a special elephant.

“Punishment comes one way or another as Coen brothers Joel and Ethan direct the remake of the classic western True Grit – a powerful story of vengeance and valour. One of Hollywood’s most successful actors, Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, and Academy Award nominee Matt Damon – honoured for his work both sides of the camera – combine in True Grit (Sat, Aug 6 at 8.30pm, Mon, Aug 8 at 6pm).

“Directed by Justin Chadwick, The First Grader (Thurs, Aug 4 at 3pm), full of vitality and humour, is an inspiring story of the power of education. Set in a remote Kenyan school following a government initiative to introduce free primary education, witness the heart-warming true story of one man’s fight for what he believes is his right.

“Hangover heartthrob Bradley Cooper and Godfather legend Robert De Niro star in Limitless (Wed, Aug 10 at 8.30pm); a paranoia-fuelled action thriller that follows an unsuccessful writer whose life is suddenly transformed by a top-secret smart-drug.”

“We conclude our Season with French drama Little White Lies (Sun, Aug 14 at 8.30pm). Having proved himself with successful thriller Tell No One, Director Guillaume Canet presents this elegant and entertaining ensemble drama, focused on a group of long-term friends as relationships, personal truths and convictions are tested.”