Highbury Cinema Presents The Help (cert 12)
What: The Help (Cert 12A)
Where: Highbury Theatre in Sheffield Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 5HD
When: Saturday 30 September, 7.30pm
For their fourth season, Highbury Cinema have chosen a wonderful selection of films to celebrate strong powerful roles for women, continuing on Saturday 30 September with The Help.
The Help is a 2011 American period drama film directed and written by Tate Taylor, adapted from Kathryn Stockett's 2009 novel of the same name set during the Civil Rights Movement of 1962 in Jackson, Mississippi.
The story focuses on aspiring journalist Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan’s relationship with two black maids, Aibileen Clark played by Viola Davis and Minny Jackson. In an attempt to become a legitimate journalist and writer, Skeeter decides to write a book from the point of view of the maid – "the help" – exposing the racism faced in their work for white families.
The Help received four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress for Davis, and Best Supporting Actress. “The Help rises on the strength of its cast—particularly Viola Davis, whose performance is powerful enough to carry the film on its own" (Rotten Tomatoes). The Help topped the US box office for 25 days in a row, the longest uninterrupted streak since The Sixth Sense, in 1999.
All tickets are £5.00 and are available on-line at www.highburytheatre.co.uk. Highbury is a membership theatre so your annual membership will cost you a one-off £1 per year and this gives you access to all the Highbury Players productions as well as their films.
The Highbury Players’ 76th season continues on 17-28 October with The Trouble with Old Lovers directed by Sheila Knapman.
The next date for your Highbury Cinema diary is 7.30pm on Sunday 22 October when we will be screening Ridley Scott’s Alien, his original masterpiece from 1979.