Romcom Hepburn-style and a bit of Bogey too

SHETLAND Arts’ Film Wednesdays season begins again at the Garrison Theatre next week with Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (PG).

Based on the novel by Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a romantic comedy about a lost young New York socialite Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) and the would-be writer Paul Varjak who falls in love with her (George Peppard).

Holly is involved in some pretty shady dealings and some less than satisfactory relationships that she tries to disguise as “having fun” while Paul is in no position to judge her. He is himself little more than a “kept man” who is forced to compromise his standards to please the whims of his rich patron.

The acting is top notch, the cinema­tography is beautiful, and it boasts a truly memorable Henry Mancini score, including the classic song Moon River. “All of this,” said one critic, “plus one of the best cats ever to grace the big screen.”

Such is the high level of activity going on at the Garrison between now and Christmas that there will only be the chance to have five Film Wednesday screenings between now and the end of the year, but they are all classics of their kind.

Next month Shetland Arts will be screening the ever-popular Bogart and Bacall thriller Key Largo (8th October), Dirty Dancing (15th October) and The Exorcist (22nd October).

Arts Development manager Kathy Hubbard said: “There are few opportunities to see the great films of the past on the big screen in Shetland – Film Wednesdays is one of them.

“If you love films already, or if you are curious about what makes some films truly memorable, we’d love to see you at the Garrison this autumn. The programme is put together on the basis of suggestions from the public, so please let us know if there’s anything you think should be considered a cinema classic and we’ll do our best to fit it in at some point in future programmes, or find another way of getting it screened, perhaps in partnership with Shetland Film Club and Shetland Museum.”

Anyone wishing further information or to make suggestions should contact or or call (01595) 743843.

Tickets cost £5 and £3.50 and are available now from Islesburgh Box Office on (01595) 692114.

Meanwhile Shetland Film Club is showing Into The Wild at the NAFC Marine Centre on Thursday at 7.30pm.

After graduating from Atlanta, student Chris McCandless gives all of his savings to Oxfam and then goes feral. He hitchhikes ever westwards and northwards before ending up in the foothills of Mount McKinley in Alaska and living in an abandoned bus and off the land.

Based on a true story, this extraordinary film is directed by Sean Penn, who has no trouble conveying the mesmerizing wonder of the American wilderness.

The film has an all-star cast including William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden and Emile Hirsch as Christopher McCandless, and carries a 15 certificate.


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