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Mareel continues to expand its cinema programme with Screen Classics, a new strand which promises to bring cinema classics back to the big screen where they belong.

The first film to be featured, Funny Face, screens on Sunday 12 March at 2.00pm. Starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire, it’s a charming musical set largely in Paris, directed by Stanley Donen (Singin’ in the Rain, On the Town) and featuring songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Recently restored and made available digitally, it will look and sound as good as it did on its release in 1957.

Jenny Leask, Shetland Arts Cinema Programmer, said: “There’s nothing better than watching a great film in a cinema rather than on a small screen at home. That sense of occasion, and of a communal experience, can’t be matched. For this strand, our definition of ‘classic’ is very wide, so expect gems from the 1980s and 90s as well as earlier favourites.”

Mareel already feature older films in their programme on a regular basis with their Screen Focus seasons, which present four films linked by a common genre, director or actor. The next Screen Focus features four outstanding collaborations between director Martin Scorsese and actor Robert De Niro. Beginning on Tuesday 14 March with Taxi Driver, the season also includes Raging Bull (21 March), The King of Comedy (28 March) and Goodfellas (4 April).

Tickets for Funny Face and for the Scorsese/De Niro season are available now, online at www.shetlandarts.org, over the phone on 01595 745500 or in person at Mareel.

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