40th birthday celebrations continue at Lighthouse with a look back to some movie classics from the eighties.
The films, which will be shown throughout May and June, have tickets priced at just £2 each – the same price as they were in 1988 when our iconic arts venue was celebrating its 10th year.
The 1988 series begins on 20 May with British-American heist comedy A Fish Called Wanda. Written by and starring John Cleese, it features Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin as a gang of diamond thieves who double-cross one another to find stolen diamonds hidden by the gang leader. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Director for Charles Chrichton, Best Original Screenplay and winning Best Supporting Actor for Kline. Cleese and Palin also won BAFTAs for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for their performances.
On 3 June you can see Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The live action/animated film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Based on Gary K Wolf’s novel Who Censored Roger Rabbit? the film stars Bob Hoskins and Christopher Lloyd. Set in Hollywood during the late 1940s (where animated characters and people co-exist) the story follows Eddie Valiant, a private detective who must exonerate ‘Toon’ (cartoon character) Roger Rabbit, who is accused of murdering a wealthy businessman.
Dance comedy film Hairspray screens at Lighthouse on 10 June. Set in Baltimore in 1962, the story revolves around self-proclaimed “pleasantly plump” teenager Tracy Turnblad (Ricki Lake) as she pursues stardom as a dancer on a local TV show and rallies against racial segregation. Only a moderate success on its initial theatrical release, it attracted a much larger audience on home video in the 1990s, eventually becoming a cult classic. In 2002 it was adapted into a musical of the same name, winning eight Tony awards.
The 1988 season comes to a close with Italian drama Cinema Paradiso, the winner of the Academy Award for best Foreign Language film. Giuseppe Tornatore’s loving homage to the cinema tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director returning home for the funeral of an old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood.
Tickets (at 1988 prices) are on sale now from the ticket office on 01202 280000 or online at www.lighthousepoole.co.uk Dates and times for classic movies from the 90s and 00s will be announced as the year progresses.