The Week in Film: 22 – 28 August

Blog by Jonathan Melville | 25 Aug 2008

Hellboy’s back this week in Hellboy II: The Golden Army. Guillermo Del Toro’s latest is a superhero movie with a twist, which you’ll know if you saw the original a few years back. This time a mythical world decides to invade Earth and it’s up to HB to save us.


The latest TV adaptation to hit the big screen is Get Smart, a remake of the 60s spy comedy, now starring Steve Carrell as Maxwell Smart and Anne Hathaway as Agent 99.

Meanwhile Shane Meadows returns with star of the hit This Is England, Thomas Turgoose, in Summer Town. Turgoose turns up in London with no money and few possessions, only to end up becoming friends with a local Polish family. Funny and poignant, this is the perfect film for anyone looking for an escape from the blockbusters.


A packed weekend at the Filmhouse ( brings a number of classics back to the silver screen. First up is the Akira Kurosawa season, featuring thirteen of the Japanese director's finest films, including Seven Samurai and I Live in Fear (Friday), Ran and Drunken Angel (Saturday) and the unmissable Rashomon (Sunday).

The Sean Connery Season also kicks-off, with the man himself appearing on Sunday to introduce the classic 1965 Connery film, The Hill. Worth it to see the film alone, the chance to hear Connery discussing his work on the film should be illuminating.

Man on Wire
is still showing along at the Cameo (, while Sunday’s Double Bill is My Winnipeg and The Saddest Music in the World. Their Euro Matinee feature is Flight of the Red Balloon starring Juliette Binoche and it opens on Friday.


The GFT ( screen Somers Town all week along with French documentary Her Name is Sabine, focusing on actress Sandrine Bonnaire and her autistic sister. David Lean’s Brief Encounter is on Tuesday and Wednesday while Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame, described by The Observer as “deeply affecting but wholly unaffected” and telling of six-year-old Bakthay who tries her best to go to school in post-Taliban Afghanistan, screens from Tuesday.


Dundee’s DCA ( will be showing, amongst a large selection of newer films, Billy Wilder’s re-released The Apartment from Friday to Tuesday.