Saturday, 24 April 2010

The View from the Projection Box with Ritz Cinema projectionist Paul Winfield

How wonderful it was to see Carey Mulligan pick up Best Actress award at the Baftas in her first film An Education. If she goes on to win an Oscar as well, it will be truly stunning. Be sure a golden future in cinema is already assured.

Of course, the really big award ceremony – The Ritzys – are taking place in June! It’s our third Ritzy Awards Night; the members’ votes are being counted, and a very special night on the red carpet will be enjoyed by our special guests and the lucky members picked at random.

So, onto the films coming to The Ritz. Originally scheduled for release last year, the latest film from director Martin Scorsese – Shutter Island – reaches our screens this spring with an impressive cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley. Shutter Island is a psychological horror-thriller set in 1950s America.

I Love you Phillip Morris has already caused controversy in the States. It brings together Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor in a true story of life, love and prison breaks.

Emma Thompson repeats her 2005 role as Nanny McPhee, the nanny played by Maggie Gyllenhaal who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war.

The versatile and lovely Sandra Bullock, who’s up for Best Actress Oscar, stars in The Blind Side – the story of a middle class family who take in a homeless teenager who has run away from a broken home and help him to realise his dream of becoming an all-American football player.

The Easter holidays fall in the period I’m looking at and all the family should be well catered for at The Ritz with the new Alice in Wonderland, Disney’s Princess and the Frog, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief.

Well, hopefully once again there is something for everyone at The Ritz.

Ritz Cinema projectionist Paul Winfield is a regular contributor to All Things Local - the Community Magazine for Kilburn, Belper and Ripley, Derbyshire.

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