The summer holidays are almost upon us, and there's plenty on offer for families this July. Everyone's favourite superhero family is back in the brilliant Incredibles 2, and the third instalment of the Hotel Transylvania adventures sees the proprietors shut up shop to go on a Monster Vacation. Zoo, the story of a young boy who saves a baby elephant, is a charming family drama, set in Belfast during World War II and based on real events; and there's more animal fun in Patrick, the tale of a kooky young woman who inherits a naughty pug.
Music fans have an eclectic mix to look forward to: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the hugely enjoyable follow-up to the 2008 global phenomenon, featuring more brilliant and timeless Abba songs; Muse: Drones World Tour is a spectacular concert movie filmed on the renowned multi-platinum selling band's recent 130-date tour; The Groove is Not Trivial is an inspiring documentary screening as part of the Folk Weekender, and followed by a Skype Q&A with its subject, fiddler Alasdair Fraser; and on 8 July we have a special sing-along screening of the wonderful Calamity Jane. (One thing to note, if you're shy about singing in public, is that the acoustics in the cinemas are deliberately quite flat, so other folk will hardly be able to hear you – come along, belt out those great songs along with Doris and Howard, and have a ball!)
There's comedy with the hilarious based-on-a-true-story Tag and the outrageous and heartwarming Ideal Home, and thrills with the terrifying Hereditary, survival drama Adrift, and the ever-reliable Duane Johnson in action spectacular Skyscraper. Our Screen Horizons slots feature indie dramas from the US, The Endless and Leave No Trace, alongside quirky French character study Jeune Femme and a new 25th anniversary restoration of Jane Campion's stunning New Zealand-set classic The Piano. Rupert Everett's new Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince screens, along with new filmed stage productions of two of Wilde's most celebrated plays, A Woman of No Importance and Lady Windermere's Fan (screening in August). And we're featuring four classics from the Master of Suspense with Screen Focus: Alfred Hitchcock – come and see Rear Window, Rebecca, North By Northwest and Vertigo on the big screen where they belong!
There's full details of all of these and more here – we hope to see you soon!
Cinema Programmer, Shetland Arts