In Search of Haydn
Eighteenth Century, Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn was one of classical music’s greatest innovators. Yet despite being mega famous during his lifetime, these days, Haydn tends to be overshadowed by Beethoven and Mozart.
In this heartfelt celebration, award-winning British documentary maker Phil Grabsky attempts to redress the balance, by shedding fresh light on the master and his amazing work. Interviews with some of today’s best classical musicians cobine with extracts from Haydn’s personal letters to explain his amazing creativity.
But, unsurprisingly, it’s the man’s music itself that takes centre stage, in exhilarating performances so magical they’ll give you goose bumps!
Released in cinemas on Friday 20 January
Running time: 102 minutes
If you like Haydn, then you might like to try these great films: Amadeus (1984) (PG), Topsy-Turvy (1999) (12)
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Life Above All
Nothing is more contagious than lies’ is the powerful message of this Oscar-nominated South African drama.
Chandra is a 12-year-old girl battling to hold her family together – her little sister has just passed away and now her mother, Lillian, starts displaying symptoms of AIDS. Their town’s impoverished community turn on Lillian – declaring the sickness a “divine punishment” and tell everyone she is a witchcraft causing her to flee.
Chandra must use both her education and her courage to rise above such prejudice, in a bid to break deeply held ignorance on the illness and reunite her family. A moving and rewarding film about the destructive attitudes surrounding the AIDS epidemic in Africa.
Running Time: 100 mins
Year Produced: 2010
Like this? Then also try these great films: Abouna (2002, PG), And The Band Played On (1993, 12), Africa United (2010, 12)
The Art of Getting By
George never completes his homework, but despite that, the bored teenager seems to have made it to his final year.
Sneaking onto the roof of his privileged New York school to sneak a smoke, he meets similarly jaded Emma and together they form a bond over difficult parents and awkward emotions. Encouraged by this new relationship but threatened with failing his graduation George allows 25 year-old artist called Dustin to mentor him.
But as he soon learns, life and love never go according to plan. Great performances from Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore (of The Spiderwick Chronicles fame), will keep you entertained throughout.
Running Time: 83 mins
Like this? Then also try these great films: The 400 Blows (1959, PG), Somers Town (2008, 12), An Education (12, 2009)