Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Apr 6, 2019
7:30pm

BLEAK, BUT NEVER BORING: LIFE ACCORDING TO MIKE LEIGH
Double Feature!
SECRETS & LIES / VERA DRAKE
Presented with the support of British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.
35 mm!
Archival Print!

SECRETS & LIES
1996, Janus Films, 136 min, UK/France, Dir: Mike Leigh

After the death of her adoptive parents, black middle-class Londoner Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) is shocked to discover that her birth mother is white working-class Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn), a hard-drinking disaster completely at odds with the professional success of her estranged daughter. Blethyn and Jean-Baptiste are marvels as their characters learn how to relate to one another amidst the tumult of Cynthia’s own extended family life. Navigating the chaos and catharsis of fraying and reconfigured family ties, this winner of the 1996 Palme d’Or at Cannes (Blethyn also won for Best Actress) is a testament to the constant surprises that life sends our way. With Timothy Spall and Phyllis Logan.


35 mm!

VERA DRAKE
2004, Warner Bros., 125 min, UK/France, Dir: Mike Leigh

In this heart-wrenching story of injustice set in 1950s London, Imelda Staunton plays the selfless Vera Drake, a woman whose compassion leads to her downfall. A housecleaner, Vera works hard to care for her working-class family, while searching for ways to serve her community - one of which is performing abortions for young women. But this is a crime in the eyes of her government, and the abortions must be kept a secret, driving a wedge between Vera and everyone she loves. An Oscar nominee for Best Director, Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay (though it was filmed without a script), this thoughtful period piece remains surprisingly relevant. Featuring Eddie Marsan, Phil Davis, Lesley Manville and Sally Hawkins.


SECRETS & LIES 35mm print courtesy of the Sundance Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Aero Theatre • Sat, Apr 6, 2019 • 7:30pm

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