Guildford Film Fest

My Week With Marilyn gets another airing in Guildford next month

Here’s a little unknown gem – Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre holds a film season every summer.  Not a film festival as such – no premieres or celeb appearances – it’s a short season of the big films from the past six months or so, making it a great opportunity to catch up with a movie that you missed first time round.

It’s only six days long this year, running from Monday, 25 – Saturday, 30 June inclusive.  The full schedule is on the theatre’s website,, but here are my picks for the week:

Coriolanus   Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut brings one of Shakespeare’s most difficult plays bang up to date.  Strong performances from Fiennes and the likes of Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox and Gerard Butler make it highly watchable.

The Ides of March  George Clooney’s thriller doesn’t tell us anything new about American politics, but it’s a taut, gripping piece of cinema.  Watch out for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti as opposing campaign managers/war horses locking horns in battle.

The Artist      This year’s Oscar winner wasn’t a massive hit at the box office, but this charming, near silent movie is perfect entertainment for a summer evening.

If you’re planning to see any of these, check out my reviews here on The Coops Review for more information.  And, if they’re not quite your cup of tea, other films on the schedule include The Iron Lady, David Fincher’s version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and My Week With Marilyn.

Tickets can also be booked in advance on the theatre’s website – and bear in mind that no trailers are shown at these screenings, which means that all the films start at the times shown.  And there’s no popcorn, either!


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