Gents, there are two ways to watch films in Northampton. One involves stale popcorn, sticky floors and that distinctive scent of Lynx lingering in the air, letting us know teenagers are in the close proximity; the other provides craft beers, delicious snacks and fine leather chairs to relax in. We know which one we prefer and we thank our lucky stars that the Errol Flynn Filmhouse has been providing film fanatical gents with an escape for the past two years. To celebrate their second birthday, the stylish cinema held birthday celebrations and their EFFIE awards. For those gents who did not have a chance to attend, fear not, for our resident film expert Popcorn Heart – aka Gemma Hurst – attended on the Northampton Gent’s behalf. Have a read and discover which films took away the coveted awards.


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By Gemma Hurst

Northamptonshire is a fantastic place to live. We have a glorious, rich history in shoemaking (everybody needs shoes), beautiful rural landscapes that Errol Flynn Cake Fizzcould make an Emmerdale resident jealous and festivals celebrating music, food and drink. Let’s face it, ­ the world is wonderful with these ingredients – especially with a sharp pair of leather brogues. As a film ­appreciator, the jewel in Northamptonshire’s crown for me is the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. Opened in June 2013, they celebrated their second birthday with their annual EFFIE Awards, celebrating a round spectrum of films displayed in their beautiful cinema. They were also kind enough to treat the audience to an exclusive preview of Western thriller Slow West, starring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit­McPhee (released in the UK 26th June, ­ coincidentally I have reviewed this, which you will be able to peruse soon).

I was greeted upon arrival with a glass of Prosecco (orange juice was also available which was a thoughtful touch) and a cupcake emblazoned with the synonymous logo of the picture house. A welcoming gift from the filmhouse, it felt like a warm thank you for supporting them and coming to watch the list of films they proudly showcase. As I am a bit of a clumsy Clarice, I may have spilled a bit of my drink (which I was incredibly embarrassed about. I am only human and therefore not a Darryl Hannah ­style replicant) however, the staff were incredibly kind and made me feel a bit more at ease. The shame subsided with me for a while, but it was reassuring that they were helpful enough to make a clown like me a bit better.

After the warm welcomes, it was time to take our seats for the second annual EFFIE Awards. This was the public’s opportunity to say what films triumphed in their eyes over the past twelve months. The awards were split into seven categories ­- the Errol Flynn Filmhouse asked, and the loyal patrons answered.

The nominations and winners were:

The_Theory_of_Everything3Best of the Biggest Selling Films

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Paddington
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Theory of Everything ­ WINNER

BladerunnerBest Classic Film

  • Au Revoir Les Enfants
  • Blade Runner: The Final Cut ­ WINNER
  • Some Like It Hot
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Withnail & I

Dior_IBest Documentary

  • Cobain: Montage of Heck
  • Dior & I ­ WINNER
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • I Am Divine
  • Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist

Monty_Python_liveBest Live Event

  • Maxine Peake as Hamlet
  • Monty Python Live (Mostly) ­ WINNER
  • NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • NT Live: A View from the Bridge
  • NT Live: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night­Time

Princess_KaguyaBest Film/Documentary Not in the English Language

  • Force Majeure
  • Ida
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya ­ WINNER
  • The 100­Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
  • Two Days One Night

Northern_SoulBest Under­the­Radar Film

  • Frank
  • Northern Soul ­ WINNER
  • The Duke of Burgundy
  • The Falling
  • X & Y

The_Theory_of_Everything4Audience Choice

  • Boyhood
  • Force Majeure
  • The Duke of Burgundy
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Theory of Everything ­ WINNER
  • What We Do In The Shadows

It was revealed during the EFFIEs that the Errol Flynn Filmhouse sold over 45,000 tickets in the past year -­ an impressive feat and a great indicator that the people of Northamptonshire have fully embraced this outstanding cinema. I remember my first visit last year attending the screening of the Spike Jonze directed hit Her. What impressed me first was that they were showing a film that many of local chain cinemas were not listing in their schedules. Then walking into their screen room was more satisfying than the ending of The Usual Suspects. Seats as if clouds were made of leather, a screen that projects high definition, defining moments of sheer beauty and an atmosphere that respects the art-form of film. Simply put, I was hooked like Quint’s catch of the day from Jaws. I’ve lost count the amount of times I have attended. Plus I tend to put my tickets in a place I never remember, so this could range from my dressing table draw/glove box in car/special invisible ticket cabinet.

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The Errol Flynn Filmhouse genuinely has a film or event for everyone. For the blockbuster buffs (Mad Max: Fury Road, Avengers: Age of Ultron), the documentary die­hards (Cobain: Montage of Heck, The Look of Silence), the foreign film fanatics (Baahubali, Les Combattants), the classic captivators (The Third Man, Only Angels Have Wings), the theatre devotees (NT Live: Hamlet, Bolshoi Live: Don Quixote) and even caters for the kids (Moomins on the Riviera).

And it’s not just films and theatre shows that the Errol Flynn Filmhouse proudly display. They also host events such as the Eurovision Song Contest, the Wimbledon finals and the British Grand Prix to name but a few. You get a real sense that they listen to their audience and as of such, reward them with viewings worth leaving home for and enjoying with a bag of popcorn and a cheeky beverage of choice.

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I for one would certainly like to raise a toast to the Errol Flynn Filmhouse. Congratulations on your second birthday ­ may you last as long as the glittering legacy of Casablanca, keep audiences smiling like a timeless Tony Curtis movie and celebrate like you are attending a party thrown by Gatsby himself. Cheers!

Gemma
AKA Popcorn Heart

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Over the last two years, what has been your favourite flick that you have seen at the filmhouse and what films would you like to see come in the future? Let us know in the comments below!