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The Lady (Luc Besson, 2011) 25 November, 2012 12 cert.

Splendid Cinema presents moving & powerful biopic of Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi

Splendid Cinema presents the biopic of Burmese peace activist and Nobel prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, The Lady, on November 25th at 7:30pm at Worcester Arts Workshop.

The Lady follows the Burmese born but London raised peace activist Aung San Suu Kyi in her peaceful opposition to the military junta in Burma/Myanmar, including her house arrest and the strain it puts on her family who both support her politics, but also worry about her safety.

Winner of the 2012 International Human Rights Award, The Lady stars the incomparable Michelle Yeoh in a career defining performance. Known mostly as a martial artist in a number of excellent Hong Kong films opposite Jacky Chan and Jet Li, Yeoh gives a truly remarkable performance as Suu. Her performance alone is worth the effort to see this film. Also starring the great (and much underused) David Thewlis as Suu’s incredibly patient and supportive husband Michael Aris. There is not a bad performance in this film.

The Lady is directed by Luc Besson, the French auteur of such Cinema du Pop classics as La Femme Nikita (1990), The Fifth Element (1997) and Leon (1994), and while the film is much less action-oriented than most of his other films, it is still a beautiful looking film. It also demonstrates a sincere and heart-felt desire to tell this incredible story of bravery.  For possibly the first time ever, Besson restrains his over-the-top visual sensibility and lets the story tell itself.

Here’s the trailer:


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.

The Lady (UK & France, 2011, Luc Besson) 127 min. 12a Cert.

25th November 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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