IFT at Home
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IFT At Home was established during the 2020 enforced closure of cinemas, theatres and most hospitality businesses in the British government’s response to a Coronavirus outbreak. Its mission was to provide customers of the Ipswich Film Theatre with the best in world cinema while our doors remained closed.
While we love being able to show films in their natural home, we felt it important to continue to offer this service to customers who still feel apprehensive about returning to any public venue.
SCORE MASTERS: Celebrating John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith
Available to watch for FREE at our YouTube channel. SCORE MASTERS commences a regular strand celebrating the art of film scoring and we're delighted to launch with the support of The Legacy of John Williams and The Goldsmith Odyssey. In our exclusive opening event celebrating the work of film composers John Williams (Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial) and Jerry Goldsmith (The Omen, Planet of the Apes, Total Recall), we are joined in discussion by some of the most creative and talented artists working in the field: Academy Award®-nominated composer David Newman (Galaxy Quest, Ice Age, Anastasia), Grammy® award-winning conductor Leonard Slatkin (Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), legendary music recording engineer Bruce Botnick (known for his work with The Beach Boys and The Doors, as well as both Williams and Goldsmith), soundtrack record producer Michael Matessino (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Harry Potter: The John Williams Soundtrack Collection), writer and journalist Jeff Bond (Star Trek: The Motion Picture - The Art and Visual Effects, Danse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton), composer Leanna Primiani, and pianist/keyboardist Mike Lang, both of whom have worked with Williams and Goldsmith!
STARTS MARCH 12. In 1989, Scottish mercenary and ex-SAS operative, Peter McAleese, was hired by a Colombian drug cartel to lead a small team of ex-special forces commandos on a mission to assassinate the world’s biggest drug baron, Pablo Escobar.
With heart stopping drama reconstruction, access to never-before-seen footage of the mission and first-person accounts from both the mercenaries and the cartel, KILLING ESCOBAR is a documentary thriller that reveals how one man’s violent upbringing in Glasgow, training in the SAS and experience as a mercenary in Africa led him to the jungles of Colombia and the heart of the Medellín cocaine empire.
At 78 years old and returning to the Catholic faith of his youth, McAleese reflects on one of the most ambitious and perilous assignments of his career; the one that pushed him closer to death than any other, a mission to kill the most feared man in the world, Pablo Escobar.
The funny and touching RAMS is sure to have audiences flock to see it. In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin (Sam Neill, JURASSIC PARK) and Les (Michael Caton, THE CASTLE), are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart. When Les’s prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. While Colin attempts to stealthily outwit the powers that be, Les opts for angry defiance. But can the warring brothers set aside their differences and have a chance to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together?
Inspired by the 2015 Icelandic film HRÚTAR, but very much its own piece, RAMS was directed by Jeremy Sims (LAST CAB TO DARWIN) and also stars Miranda Richardson (THE CRYING GAME).
IWOW: I Walk On Water
STARTS FEBRUARY 26. In IWOW, Khalik Allah focuses on longtime muse Frenchie, a 60-something schizophrenic, homeless Haitian man, who he becomes increasingly intertwined with. In parallel, Allah, the filmmaker behind BLACK MOTHER, also turns the camera on himself to document a turbulent romantic relationship and grapple with personal notions of spirituality and mortality – gathering advice from charismatic confidants including Fab 5 Freddy, members of the Wu-Tang Clan, and, in deeply moving exchanges, his own mother.
iHUMAN is a political thriller about artificial intelligence, power and social control. With unique deep access to the booming industry this film shows how the most powerful and far-reaching technology of our time is changing our lives, our society and our future. The documentary follows pioneers at the frontline of the invisible AI revolution to see how the technology is developed and implemented, where it's taking us, and the handful of people who have control over what it’s doing to us.
Golden Globe nominated for best film and leading actress. The directorial debut of internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, multi-Grammy nominee and pop icon Sia, Music is a powerful, original and celebratory artistic statement and a compelling reinvention of the screen musical. Zu (Kate Hudson) is newly sober when she receives news that she is to become the sole guardian of her half-sister, Music (Maddie Ziegler), a young girl on the autism spectrum in first-time director, Sia's, debut film.
Stranded in a remote town with a car that won’t work and no way to pay the local repair shop, THE JANITOR (Nic Cage) agrees to spend the night in Willy's Wonderland, an abandoned theme park full of animatronic characters that were once a joy to the kids of the town, but now hold a dark secret. As night falls, these once happy mascots come to life and they’re out for blood. Survive at any cost, it’s only one night!
The Imperialists Are Still Alive!
Visual artist Asya follows the politics of her Middle East homeland on TV while enjoying a chic Manhattan lifestyle of parties, supermodels and limos. But when a childhood friend disappears, Asya suspects a CIA abduction and – to her new boyfriend's bemusement – sets out to crack the conspiracy. British-American director Zeina Durra fuses dry comedy with alluring political drama, brilliantly depicting the everyday paranoia of post-9/11 America.
A Girl From Mogadishu
Mary McGuckian's A GIRL FROM MOGADISHU is based on the powerful testimony of Ifrah Ahmed.
Fleeing war-torn Somalia in 2006, Ahmed is trafficked to Ireland where, as an asylum-seeking refugee, she undergoes a traumatic medical examination which reveals the extent of her mutilation as a child. Traumatized by the memory, she turns her experiences into a force for good, emerging as one of the world’s foremost global activists against Female Genital Mutilation.
The audacious murder of the brother of North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in a crowded Malaysian airport sparked a worldwide media frenzy. At the centre of the investigation are two young women who are either cold-blooded killers or unwitting pawns in a political assassination. ASSASSINS goes beyond the headlines to question every angle of this case, from human trafficking to geopolitical espionage to the secretive dynamics of the North Korean dynasty.
AWAY is a multiple award-winning film about a boy travelling across an island on a motorcycle, trying to escape a dark spirit and get back home. Along the way he makes a series of connections with different animals and reflects on the possible ways he ended up on the island. Part dream, part reality, AWAY explores our common, universal need to find a connection. Director and animator Gints Zilbalodis worked on the fillm for three and a half years. His commitment paid off - this is beautiful!
John (Viggo Mortensen) lives with his partner, Eric (Terry Chen), and their daughter, Mónica (Gabby Velis), in California, far from the traditional rural life he left behind years ago. John's father, Willis (Lance Henriksen), a headstrong man from a bygone era, lives alone on the isolated farm where John grew up. In the early stages of dementia, Willis must face the reality that he can no longer manage the family farm so John brings him to stay at his California home in an attempt to relocate the stubborn Willis. Mortensen directs from his own screenplay.
Your ticket includes an exclusive Q&A with Viggo Mortensen, Lance Henriksen, Laura Linney and Terry Chen in conversation with Edith Bowman.
The Mole Agent
When 83-year-old Chilean Sergio is sent as an undercover spy to a retirement home to investigate suspected neglect, he learns a deeper lesson on human connection. Through the lens of the hidden camera in his decoy glasses, viewers watch as Sergio struggles to balance his assignment while becoming increasingly involved in the lives of several residents.
LOVE CHILD offers a heartbreaking portrait of Leila and Sahand, an Iranian couple who are forced to flee for their lives from Tehran where their secret affair and illegitimate child are both considered crimes, punishable by death. Together with their four-year-old son Mani they take refuge in Turkey with dreams of a new life, seeking asylum to either Canada or the US. Intimately filmed over a five-year period, we follow their brave quest to be safe together as a family.
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
A fiercely intelligent, radical activist who became a fabulously wealthy recluse in her later years, Marion Stokes was dedicated to furthering and protecting the truth — so much so that she recorded American television 24 hours a day for over 30 years. RECORDER: THE MARION STOKES PROJECT peels back the curtain on her life, through a mix of Stokes’ own archive of recordings and interviews with those who knew her best.
When British aid worker Hana (Andrea Riseborough) returns to the ancient city of Luxor, she comes across Sultan (Karim Saleh), a talented archeologist and former lover. As she wanders, haunted by the familiar place, she struggles to reconcile the choices of the past with the uncertainty of the present.
LUXOR premiered in World Dramatic Competition at Sundance 2020 and is Durra's second feature as a director.
Wild 9-year-old Benni has already become what child protection services call a “system crasher”. Profoundly affected by childhood trauma, Benni is by turns bright, funny and charming, but can flip at any moment into terrifying violent outbursts.
Mrs. Bafané from child protection services is trying her best to find a permanent placement for Benni, to little success. She hires the anger management trainer Micha as Benni’s school escort and suddenly there is a seed of hope.
Will Micha be able to succeed where all others despaired?
A White, White Day
He is a man, a father, a grandfather, a policeman, a widower.
In a remote Icelandic town, Ingimundur, an off-duty police chief begins to suspect a local man of having had an affair with his late wife. Gradually his obsession for finding out the truth accumulates and inevitably begins to endanger himself and his loved ones.