Be transported to the streets of Dublin for a complete gem of a film that passed many people by when it was first released in 2006, the product of a micro-budget and loads of local goodwill. However, since winning 7 Tonys in the USA, the hit musical has made everyone sit up and take notice of the film again. FILMBOX is giving you the chance to see the film on the big screen on Wedneday 6 November – so please don’t you miss it! Great little performances, a ciné vertité style and acoustic music that will make your spirit soar! This NYT review acknowledges its natural charm…
‘Periodically — about twice a year, by my calculation — someone tries to breathe new life into the movie musical by putting together a lavish song-and-dance spectacle like the ones they used to make, full of big numbers and bigger emotions. (See, most recently,“Dreamgirls” and, before too long, “Hairspray.”) Against this trend, “Once,” a scrappy, heart-on-its-sleeve little movie directed by an Irishman named John Carney, makes a persuasive case that the real future of the genre may lie not in splashy grandeur but in modesty and understatement.
Filmed with more efficiency than elegance on the streets of Dublin, Mr. Carney’s movie, a favorite at Sundance earlier this year, does not look, sound or feel like a typical musical. It is realistic rather than fanciful, and the characters work patiently on the songs rather than bursting spontaneously into them. But its low-key affect and decidedly human scale endow “Once” with an easy, lovable charm that a flashier production could never have achieved. The formula is simple: two people, a few instruments, 88 minutes and not a single false note.’ (A.O.Scott, New York Times – May 17 2007)
Full review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/movies/16once.html?_r=0
IMDB page and trailer here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0907657/
Here’s The Guardian theatre critic’s (Michael Billington) review of the current West End and Broadway hit musical inspired by the film: http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/apr/09/once-review-michael-billington
So, do book your tickets to our film screening here: http://filmboxcommunitycinema.ticketsource.co.uk/
Tickets: £7 and £4 (age 16-18 student and FILMBOX member concessions). Age 16+ only. In our Studio 609 comfortable cinema – limited availability.
Refreshments from 6.40pm. Film programme at 7.30pm.
FREE parking right outside venue at Langley Park Centre for the Performing Arts – your new local arts centre, in Hawksbrook Lane, off South Eden Park Road in Beckenham. Open to the local community – do come and discover FILMBOX for yourself.