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Pattinson takes turn in Cronenberg’s surreal drama



The Twilight star Robert Pattinson demonstrates he’s more than a sparkly vampire in the latest David Cronenberg’s film, Cosmopolis (2012), to be screened at Splendid Cinema on the 28th of April.

Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Don Dellilo, Cronenberg’s film focuses on a 28-year-old multibillionaire Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson), whose limo journey across a futuristic Manhattan becomes something of a confrontation with everyone who is directly affected by the heartless demeanour of his luxurious lifestyle.

Cronenberg combines Dellilo’s dry, comic satire with a stone-dead, but immersive atmosphere shaped by both Pattinson’s performance and clearly measured, smooth cinematography, making Cosmopolis a very charismatic picture, and is not to be missed!

Cosmopolis also features an international assemblage of actors including Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton and Jay Baruchel.

Here’s the trailer:

In addition, Worcester’s only independent cinema will also be screening Irish: On Purpose, a short film by Olivia James, before Cosmopolis as part of the Splendid Cinema’s initiative supporting local filmmakers.

The screening starts at Worcester Arts Workshop on Sansome Street at 6.30pm with the box office  open from 6pm. Tickets are £5 in advance or on the door with Café Bliss open for a pre-show treat.

For more information on any of the independent cinema’s screenings, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk, or follow the blog splendidcinema.wordpress.com


Cosmopolis (Can/France/Italy/Portugal, 2012, David Cronenberg) 105 min. 15 Cert.

28 April, 2013

Box office opens at 6pm, film begins at 6:30pm

Tickets £5 on the door, or in advance from

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH



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Winter 2013 Season announced!

Winter 2013 Schedule

27 January: Jo Nesbø’s Headhunters (Morten Tyldum, 2011, Norway) 100 min 15 cert.

Adapted from the international best-seller by Jo Nesbø, Headhunters is the nail-biting Nordic Noir about a corporate head-hunter who moonlights as an international art thief and who meets his match in an exceptionally well-trained black ops soldier in a very deadly game of cat-and-mouse. One of the best films of 2012!


10 February: Take this Waltz (Sarah Polley, 2011, Canada) 115 min 15 cert.

Canadian writer-director Sarah Polley follows up her 2006 debut film, Away From Her, with this fun romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen and the incomparable Michelle Williams. Filmed entirely in beautiful Toronto, the location footage itself is enough to make you want to cross the Atlantic.


17 February: Mother (Joon-ho Bong, 2009, Korea) 128 min 15 cert.

The mother of a developmentally challenged young man accused of murder will stop at nothing to prove her son’s innocence. Although a slightly older film, Bong Joon-ho’s follow up the incredibly successful Korean monster movie, The Host (2006), is one of the greatest films made in the past ten years and more than deserves a Splendid Cinema screening.


3 March: Mugabe and the White African (Lucy Bailey & Andrew Thompson, 2009, UK) 90 min. 12 cert.

After a successful screening at the Worcestershire Film Festival, Splendid Cinema is very pleased to screen this very powerful documentary about a white Zimbabwean family’s opposition to Mugabe’s land reform legislation on the grounds of racism and discrimination. The film’s editor, Tim Lovell, will be in attendance to do a Q&A after the film.


17 March: Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Stickland, 2012, UK), 92 min. 15 cert.

British horror is alive and well in this thriller about an English sound technician (Toby Jones), working for an Italian film company, who begins losing his grasp on reality. The film is an homage to Italian giallo films of the 1970s.


7 April To Rome with Love (Woody Allen, 2012, US) 112 min. 12 cert.

Woody Allen’s latest Euro-Comedy sees several interweaving stories all focusing on the Italian capital. Stars Allen himself, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin and the great Roberto Benigni. Not to be missed!


28 April: Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg, 2012, Canada) 105 min. 15 cert

Robert Pattinson stars in the new film by David Cronenberg, and based on the acclaimed novel by Don DeLillo, about a 28 year-old billionaire who is confronted with the lives he has destroyed as he crosses Manhattan in his limo.

All films are screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome Street, Worcester). Box office opens at 7pm on film nights and the films begin at 7:30.  Café Bliss is also open for a pre-show treat.

For more information on any of our films, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk, or look for us on Facebook.

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A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011)

A Dangerous Method

Splendid Cinema opens its new season with A Dangerous Method.

Splendid Cinema presents A Dangerous Method, the new film from David Cronenberg, 23 September at Worcester Arts Workshop at 7:30PM.

David Cronenberg explores the pioneering work of Jung and Freud in the early days of psychoanalysis in this enthralling and provocative drama. Drawn from true life events, A Dangerous Method explores the turbulent relationships between budding psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud and the beautiful and captivating Sabrina Spielrein who comes between them when she an Jung start a love affair.

With sublime performances from Fassbender, Mortensen and Knightly, the success of both of A History of Violence and Eastern Promises behind Cronenberg, and with this being the third consecutive collaboration between him and Mortensen the film received high praise from critics, so this promises to be  a captivating watch.

All films are screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome Street, Worcester). Box office opens at 7pm on film nights and the films begin at 7:30.  Café Bliss is also open for a pre-show treat.

For more information on any of our films, please contact Mikel Koven at splendidcinema@live.co.uk, follow our blog (https://splendidcinema.wordpress.com)or look for us on Facebook.

A Dangerous Method (Canada, 2011, David Cronenberg) 99 min. 15 Cert.

23 September , 2012

Box office opens at 7pm, film begins at 7:30pm

Tickets £5 on the door

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

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Autumn 2012 Season Announced

Here are the details of the new Splendid Cinema season, along with trailers to whet your appetites!


23 September: A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg, 2011, Can): David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s stageplay about the falling out between Freud and Jung over a female patient, played remarkably well by Keira Knightly. Viggo Mortensen is Freud & Michael Fassbender is Jung – and both give truly wonderful performances.


7 October: Hara-Kiri (Takeshi Miike, 2012, Jap): The never-predictable Takeshi Miike returns to the samurai genre after last year’s 13 Assassins with a very different movie. If 13 Assassins was Miike’s Seven Samurai, then Hara-Kiri is his Rashomon: a quiet and mannered film about duty and revenge.

28 October: Rabies (Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado, 2010, Israel): Who says horror films can’t be intellectual? In a deserted nature reserve people are being hunted down one by one, but is it single psycho-killer on the loose or is there just something wrong with the land?


11 November: Chico & Rita (Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba, 2010, Cuba): Possibly the most romantic film made in the last decade! This gorgeous animated film from Cuba tells of the love and career of two 1950s jazz musicians in Havana, and how success destroys their relationship.


25 November: The Lady (Luc Besson, 2011, France/UK): French blockbuster director Luc Besson directed the amazing Michelle Yeoh as Burmese human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi in this remarkably inspiring and moving biopic. David Thewlis co-stars.


9 December: Silent Night, Bloody Night: The Homecoming (James Plumb, 2012, UK) Director in attendance. The abandoned home of Wilfred Butler, a wealthy but troubled man who committed suicide in 1987, has been willed to his grandson, Jeffrey. Just before Christmas 2012, many years after Wilfred’s death, Jeffrey and his lawyer appear in town to negotiate the sale of the property. But an Axe wielding maniac has set up residence in the house, and he doesn’t take kindly to strangers.


All films are screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome Street, Worcester). Box office opens at 7pm on film nights and the films begin at 7:30.  Café Bliss is also open for a pre-show treat.

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The Genie Awards (Canada’s Oscars) on 8 March

 On Thursday night, the Canadian Genie Awards are presented.

I’ve not managed to see ANY of these films, but maybe we’ll launch our Fall season with the new Cronenberg film, A Dangerous Method?

Details of the awards and the full list of nominations can be found here: http://www.genieawards.ca

Mortensen, Fassbender, Cassel & Cronenberg? I can’t wait!

Here’s the trailer


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