We Reopen on January 1st... Happy New Year!
7 December 2020
Ipswich Film Theatre is reopening on 1st January 2021. After a long and difficult year the acclaimed independent cinema in Ipswich’s Town Hall is finally reopening its doors with a programme of extraordinary new and classic films to celebrate the breadth of cinema from around the world.
The IFT is thrilled to partner with Kino Klassika on their new season, BLIN!, a highly curated season of Russian comedies from some of the country’s most gifted filmmakers. The IFT is excited to partner with Kino Klassika as the season’s Preview Partner with three films in January: THE DIAMOND ARM, BLUE MOUNTAINS and WALKING THE STREETS OF MOSCOW. As the season receives its national launch in February look out for more from this series at the IFT.
And speaking of Russia - we have Micha Lewisnky’s ONE WAY TO MOSCOW, John McTiernan’s THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (as part of our Sean Connery tribute season) and Sergei Eisenstein’s BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN in partnership with The Criterion Collection. And for those out there with keen eyes, look out for the riff on Eisenstein’s infamous pram sequence in Brian De Palma’s THE UNTOUCHABLES - another film in our Connery tribute season, this one presented on 35mm film! And speaking of 35mm - we also have a one-off opportunity to see ROCKY and ROCKY II on the big screen together in one of our Saturday Double Features, with ROCKY II presented on 35mm. Look out for more films presented on real film throughout the year as we make the most of our position as one of the last remaining cinemas in the region able to exhibit on real film!
And if you’re after more Double Features look no further than man-on-the-run winter thrillers THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR & THE FUGITIVE and two doubles curated by filmmaker, Edgar Wright: DO THE RIGHT THING & BOYZ N THE HOOD and AMERICAN GRAFFITI & ANIMAL HOUSE. Edgar curated a plethora of double features during Lockdown #1 and has kindly agreed that we can programme these into our schedule throughout the year.
We’re also delighted to be bringing Henry Blake’s COUNTY LINES to Ipswich cinema audiences, delayed from November 2020. And we’re following our Sunday 10th January performance with a Q&A with Henry live on-stage (tiers permitting). And we're thrilled to be welcoming BBC Radio Suffolk host, Stephen "Foz" Foster to the stage to conduct a Q&A with Chris Fenwick, manager of Dr. Feelgood, following a special screening of Julien Temple's OIL CITY CONFIDENTIAL.
Our relationship with distributor, MUBI, commences with THE OTHER LAMB, the extraordinary new English-language film from Polish director, Malgorzata Szumowska. Gripping stuff!
We also launch our first weekend devoted to film composers in February with a weekend of films scored by John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith. SCORE MASTERS brings together films, big and small, in which the composer was a significant part of the film’s success and entry into the public consciousness. On this first weekend we’re thrilled to present rare cinema screenings of ALIEN, SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE and a Double Feature of THE OMEN & JAWS. With three films yet to be announced for the weekend we’re not done yet!
February sees more new films with Darius Marder’s SOUND OF METAL, Emerald Fennel’s PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN and Chloé Zhao’s NOMADLAND, as well as more surprises and guests.