With the May film schedule just getting underway, Shetland Arts’ Cinema Programmer, Jenny Leask, shares her thoughts on what’s coming up this month.  

Jenny has been working with Shetland Arts as cinema programmer for six years, having previously worked at cinemas in Edinburgh and for the Edinburgh International Film Festival since the mid-1990s. She enjoys the challenge of putting together the cinema programme every month, making sure to include a wide variety of blockbusters, family films and smaller, independent films, trying to ensure everyone can find something for them.

“May brings us an action-packed month, with last week’s highly anticipated release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3, the latest spectacular from Marvel which sees the band of misfits rally together once again to defend the universe along with protecting one of their own – a mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them… Speaking of new instalments of much-loved franchises, Fast X is the tenth film in the Fast and the Furious line up, now in its third decade and still going strong with the same core cast and characters as when it began.

Polite Society is an exhilarating mash up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment and bold action, which follows martial artist-in-training Ria Khan, who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage. After enlisting the help of her friends, Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists in the name of independence and sisterhood.

Families and children can look forward to the return of the children’s classic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy, with each of the films screening every week. Join young Viking Hiccup and his unlikely dragon friend Toothless as they embark on their many adventures, learning and growing together.

We also some of brilliant dramas and rom-coms coming up, including The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a heartfelt and poignant drama starring Jim Broadbent as a recently retired man who embarks on a 450 mile walk when he learns an old friend is dying. Charming romantic comedy Love Again asks the question - what if a random text message led to the love of your life? Mira, dealing with the loss of her fiancé, sends a series of romantic texts to his old cell phone number... not realising the number was reassigned to Rob Burns' new work phone.

We have some special screenings featuring two very familiar faces - Jackie Chan is back on the big screen in Ride On, an action-packed and heart-warming tribute to the world of stunts which made him an international superstar and Little Richard: I Am Everything is an exhilarating look at the life and music of one of the most complex and fascinating figures in the history of rock 'n' roll.

Finally, back in cinemas thirty years after its release, Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's award-winning Three Colours trilogy explores the French Revolutionary ideals of freedom, equality and brotherhood, and their relevance to the contemporary world. It is a snapshot of European life at a time of reconstruction after the Cold War, reflected through the filmmaker's moralist view of human nature and illuminated by each title's palette colour (Blue, White and Red).

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