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Best-selling Norwegian author, Jo Nesbø, comes to the big screen, kicking off Splendid Cinema’s Winter 2013 schedule!


Norway’s biggest international best-selling author, Jo Nesbø, gets the big screen treatment in Hodejegerne (Headhunters) (Morten Tyldum, 2011) and Splendid Cinema is excited about bringing this film to Worcester.

Roger Brown (Askel Hennie) is overcompensating for his shortness by being the best corporate headhunter in Scandanavia and being married to the uber-gorgeous Diana (Synnøve Macody Lund). Roger is also an art thief of no small acclaim. But our anti-hero has more than met his match, when he tries to lift a priceless Reubens from SAS-trained psychopath Clas Greve (played with perfect menace by Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

Director Tyldum brings the right amount of absurdity to Nesbø’s story, very much in the spirit of some of the Coen Brothers’ films, whom Tyldum cites as an inspiration to him. Headhunters is the right amount of humour, horror and nail-biting suspense one expects from a Nesbø story. Tyldum also demonstrates that he can out-do Hollywood in making fast-paced, glossy and absolutely gorgeous thrillers.

Nominated for a BAFTA for Best Film Not in the English Language at this year’s awards, Headhunters has already won the People Choice award at the 2012 Norwegian Oscars, the Amanda Awards. This movie is a definite crowd-pleaser! Don’t believe us? Here’s the trailer:

In addition, we will be screening Hotel Bardo, a magical short film by Lauren Hatchard before the feature as part of our new initiative supporting local filmmakers while also celebrating the best in World Cinema.

All films are screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop (21 Sansome St., Worcester, WR1 1UH) on Sunday evenings at 18:30 (box office will open 30 minutes before the film) (note new start time). 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, look for us on Facebook, or follow our blog (splendidcinema.wordpress.com)


Hodejegerne (Headhunters) (Norway, 2011, Morten Tyldum) 89 min. 15 Cert.

27 January 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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Summer 2012 – some ideas

Firstly, a huge thank you to everyone who has helped to make our 2011/12 seasons a success. As we start planning for our last film of the season (The Skin I Live In on 20 May), we also need to start thinking about what we’re going to be doing over the summer.

Last summer, I organized a series of screenings which was attended by only the valiant few. Worcester Arts Workshop lost money all summer on these screenings and we cannot let that happen again.

So I’m looking to all of you for ideas. Essentially I see us having three options:

  1. We continue as we have, by scheduling new World Cinema releases, but maybe just once a month.
  2. Several people have asked about more ‘cult cinema’ nights, and maybe we should schedule some older and more cult-y movies (again, about once a month)
  3. We go on holiday and programme an amazing autumn schedule

If we’re going to schedule anything for the summer, we need to act (somewhat) fast. Please leave your comments on this post, email me at splendidcinema@live.co.uk or on our Facebook page.

Thanks again,


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Films in March

In March, Splendid Cinema has two great film offerings for you!

Remember those Orange ads last year where the Orange team re-subtitled a some French farce with Depardieu & Deneuve? Well, on 11 March, Splendid Cinema is pleased as punch to be screening that film, Potiche, directed by the great François Ozon!

11 March, 2012: Potiche (François Ozon, 2010, France) 15 cert.
Marvellous French farce starring the radiant Catherine Deneuve as the ‘trophy wife’ who takes over the umbrella factory her family started when her husband is taken ill. Putting down a strike at the factory with common sense and decency, Deneuve starts to rekindle her old flame with the Assistant Mayor, played to comic perfection by Gérard Depardieu. In French with English subtitles.

Here’s the trailer…

We follow Ozon’s delightfully frothy Marxist farce with the remarkable directorial début of actor/writer (and Stoke’s own!) Paddy Considine in the gritty, powerful and utterly brilliant, Tyrannosaur.

25 March, 2012: Tyrannosaur (Paddy Considine, 2011, UK) 18 cert.
Staffordshire-born Paddy Considine’s feature film debut is a powerful and violent tale of revenge and redemption that many are hailing as the best British film of 2011. Much like the films of Shane Meadows, whom Considine worked with on Dead Man’s Shoes, Tyrannosaur is part of the New Midlands Brutality film movement. This is a film not to be missed.

And here is the trailer …

… and coming up:

Rutger Hauer paints up a storm playing Pieter Breugel the Elder in The Mill & the Cross, and then we go all Nordic Noir with the Swedish blockbuster, Snabba Cash. Details to follow!

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