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The Handmaiden is visionary filmmaker Park Chan Wook’s (Oldboy, Stoker) adaptation of Sarah Waters’ (The Little Stranger) Victorian London-set novel Fingersmith.
Set during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930s, a young handmaiden named Sookee is hired by Hideko, a reclusive heiress who lives in a sprawling mansion under the watchful eye of her domineering Uncle Kouzuki. But Sookee harbours a secret: she has been recruited by Fujiwara, a scheming con artist posing as a Japanese Count, to trick Hideko into entrusting him with her fortune. However, when Sookee and Hideko begin to develop unexpected emotions for each other, they start putting together a plan of their own.
Two very different settings, but both excellent, sizzling thrillers full of twists and turns.
Shirley Jackson’s classic gothic ghost novel The Haunting of Hill House is one of the most beloved horror novels of all time. Beautifully written and full of echoes of forbidden desire, sexuality and repressed ambition, it is a psychological drama wrapped in a haunted house tale.
For Halloween this year we’ll be watching Robert Wise’s (The Day The Earth Stood Still, West Side Story, The Sound of Music) 1963 adaptation The Haunting, a joy to watch on the big screen.
Dr. John Markway, an anthropologist with an interest in psychic phenomena, takes two specially selected women to Hill House, a reportedly haunted mansion. Eleanor, a lonely, eccentric woman with a supernatural event in her past, and the bold Theodora, who has ESP, join John and the mansion's heir, cynical Luke. They are immediately overwhelmed by strange sounds and events, and Eleanor comes to believe the house is alive and speaking directly to her.
Also recommended: Mike Flanagan’s Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House. It is an oblique adaptation but one that captures a lot of the themes of the original novel.
Reese Witherspoon is hugely impressive in her breakout role as frustrating overachiever Tracy Flick in Alexander Payne’s Election. Based on the novel by Tom Perotta (Little Children, The Leftovers), Election is a nuanced and satirical look at the complexities of politics through the lens of a high school election.
Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick), a well-liked high school government teacher, can't help but notice that successful student Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) uses less than ethical tactics to get what she wants. When Tracy runs for school president, Jim feels that she will be a poor influence on the student body and convinces Paul, a dim-witted but popular student athlete, to run against Tracy. When she becomes aware of Jim's secret involvement in the race, a bitter feud is sparked.
Election is 20 years old this year but as fresh and vicious as ever.
It’s tradition at this point to watch Harry Potter films at Christmas-time. This December we’re delighted to bring you the third film in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Harry Potter's third year at Hogwarts starts off badly when he learns deranged killer Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban prison and is bent on murdering the teenage wizard. While Hermione's cat torments Ron's sickly rat, causing a rift among the trio, a swarm of nasty Dementors is sent to protect the school from Black. A mysterious new teacher helps Harry learn to defend himself, but what is his secret tie to Sirius Black?
Oscar-winning director Alfonso Cuaron brings the beloved series to new heights in this visually stunning, beautifully shot children’s adventure.
Cinema Book Club: The Handmaiden
(From 1st October 2019)
Cinema Book Club: The Haunting
(From 29th October 2019)
Cinema Book Club: Election
(From 3rd December 2019)
Cinema Book Club: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban