Screening Diary

To save paper, cut costs and give us flexibility in selecting films at short notice, we no longer produce printed programmes. All of our films are listed on the Buxton Opera House Cinema website as well as our own. If you’d like to receive a weekly alert for our Monday film please subscribe to our newsletter.

Here is our diary – we update it as soon as new films are confirmed. You won’t find a more varied and interesting programme anywhere!

Monday 20th MayThat They May Face The Rising Sun (15)Capturing a year in the life of a rural, lakeside community in 1980s Ireland, in a sensitive and beautifully realised adaptation of the last novel by John McGahern.
Joe and Kate have returned from London to live and work in a small, close-knit community in rural Ireland, close to where Joe grew up. He’s a writer, she’s an artist and photographer who retains part ownership of a London gallery. Now embedded in a remote lakeside setting, the drama of a year in their lives and those of their neighbours unfolds through the rituals of work, play and the passing seasons.
A quietly stunning adaptation of a book by a writer concerned with the ways Irish lives were changing and modernising in the 20th century, it features gorgeous scenery filmed on the shore of Loch Na Fooey in County Galway.
Monday 27th MayElaha (15)Beautiful, lively young Elaha faces a dilemma just weeks away from her wedding in this nuanced and poignant drama about patriarchy, sexuality and self-determination. Elaha is part of a tight-knit German-Kurdish community. In her neighbourhood, everyone knows everyone else’s business, making secrets hard to keep and the avoidance of shame crucial. All minds are on Elaha’s upcoming wedding to Nasim, but she has a problem she must solve: she is no longer a virgin, a state of ‘honour’ considered a cardinal value by her community and, more specifically, by her strict mother. Is there a way she can feign her virginity?
Carefully and intelligently, director Milena Aboyan explores the weight of the ties that bind Elaha, a young woman on an increasingly desperate quest to unify her allegiance to Kurdish traditions with her instinctively modern self.
Monday 3/6/24Tokyo Story (U)On its 70th anniversary the BFI have released a restored version of this classic film that is never off lists of the best films ever made. Tokyo Story is Yasujiro Ozu’s most enduring masterpiece and a beautifully nuaunced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret. From a simple tale of an elderly couple’s visit to their grown-up children in Tokyo, Ozu draws a compelling contrast between the measured dignity of age and the hurried insensitivity of a younger generation. A superb family tale that stands the test of time.
“A stunning work of art…”  Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian
Monday 10/6/24La Chimera (15)Riparbella, Tuscany, early ’80s. An Englishman in a grimy linen suit, Arthur (Josh O’Connor) is fresh out of prison. Yearning for his old lover, the daughter of a local aristocrat (Isabella Rossellini), he falls in with a group of tombaroli (tomb robbers), a rowdy crew of twentysomethings who pilfer the area’s ancient burial sites for Etruscan treasures to sell on the black market.
In this new film from Alice Rohrwacher (Happy As Lazzaro, The Wonders), she continues her project of mining and mythologising her country’s past. La Chimera creates its own wild, improbable fictional space and draws you inside and under its spell. it’s an entirely bewitching film – an ode to the power and fragility of lovely things, and a cautionary tale about how easily they may be lost. Josh O’Connor is superb.
“I was utterly captivated…”  Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian
Monday 17/6/24Blackbird, Blackbird, Blackberry (15)A 48-year-old woman living in a small Georgian village, Etero never wanted a husband. Commanding and intelligent, possessed of a stoic independence and a dry wit, she cherishes her freedom as much as the mille-feuille she repeat-orders at her local café. But when a passionate encounter brings a new recklessness into her life, she must decide whether to pursue love or continue alone.
Wry, endearing and thoughtful, funny and sad, the film boasts a satisfying emotional ambiguity, deepened by Chavleishvili’s delightful performance as the formidable/vulnerable Etero, the summery cinematography, and an eclectic soundtrack.
“A warm, witty and wise film, … it will leave a smile on your face for days” The Irish Times
Monday 23/6/24Outgrow The System"Change the system, not the climate" is a common demand in the climate movement. But what kind of system do we actually want? In the midst of humanity's worst crisis, the pioneers stand ready. Meet the new economic perspectives that have the potential to change the world at its core. The engaging one-hour documentary will be followed by an informal discussion led by Dr Terry Newholm, retired Reader in Consumer Economics at Manchester University.
This film is brought to you by a partnership between Buxton Film and Transition Buxton which is a local organisation active in promoting awareness of environmental issues affecting all of us and acting in practical ways such as The Repair Café, Community Orchard, Library of Things, and others. To ensure all those who wish to attend can, admission will be by donation on the door instead of a set amount.
Monday 15/7/24Shorts 2024An exhibition of short films from film-makers with a connection to our region. Prizes and an audience vote.
Monday 22/7/24John Singer Sargent: Fashion and SwaggerJohn Singer Sargent is known as the greatest portrait artist of his era. What made his ‘swagger’ portraits remarkable was his power over his sitters, what they wore and how they were presented to the audience. Through interviews with curators, contemporary fashionistas and style influencers, this sumptuous film will examine how Sargent’s unique practice has influenced modern art, culture and fashion.
Step into the glittering world of fashion, scandal and shameless self-promotion that made John Singer Sargent the painter who defined an era.
Please note that due to licensing restrictions, tickets for this screening are £10 (£7 students/children)