A look at Little Voice, the fledgling cinema’s next feature
This coming Tuesday will see the presentation of Little Voice at the Stalybridge Town Cinema. Set largely in Scarborough and Filey, it is based on Jim Cartwright’s theatrical play The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. Released in 1998, it also continues the Northern English theme from previous presentations.
The film is centred around L.V. (played by Jane Horrocks), who has a talent for mimicry. Most of which came from her late father’s record collection which attracts the attention of her pushy mother (Brenda Blethyn).
Against L.V.’s will, she tries to get her singing at Mr. Boo’s club after seeing local talent agent Ray Say (Michael Caine). Under duress she is driven to Mr Boo’s club where the eponymous club owner (Jim Broadbent) has L.V. on for two nights. Her second night performance attracts the attention of London talent scouts.
From her second performance onwards, could we see L.V. make it to the top? Besides her acts of mimicry, we see for a small part of the film where she is most at ease. Either in her own company with her records, or with Billy (Ewan McGregor).
Next month’s film
Bookings are being taken for Shirley Valentine, which will be shown on the 17 November 2015. Once again a 7.30pm start. The film sees the eponymous character’s aims of escaping servitude thwarted each way. Later, Shirley’s (Pauline Collins) life takes an unexpected turn when her best friend wins an all-expenses paid holiday for two.
After Shirley joins her, she sees her world differently. The break from her stagnation and servitude to her husband (played by Tom Conti) has a profound affect on her life.
Unlike Tuesday’s showing of Little Voice, Stalybridge Town Cinema’s presentation of Shirley Valentine will clash with Stalybridge Celtic’s home match against Corby Town. The fixture was rearranged from the 24 October (‘Bridge are home to North Ferriby United in the F.A. Cup Fourth Qualifying Round that Saturday).
Tickets priced at £4.00 for all classes.
Stalybridge Town Cinema:
8 Corporation Street, Stalybridge, Cheshire, SK15 2BN.
- Ticket Sales: available via http://www.stalybridgetown.com, on the night at the door, or from local shops;
- Buses: most services stop at Armentieres Square nearby. 408 service terminates at bus station (5 – 7 minutes walk along Market Street, Melbourne Street and Corporation Street). No journeys on the 236, 387, 353 and 354 services after 1900 hours;
- Trains: Stalybridge railway station is 10 – 12 minutes walk (Market Street, Melbourne Street and Corporation Street);
- Taxis: Swift Radio Cars is the nearest taxi office to Judge’s Bar.
S.V., 17 October 2015.