Wednesday October 22nd
10:00am; 2:30pm; 5:00pm and 7:15pm
British screenwriter Steven Knight has always shown a keen eye for real life, with his London-set scripts for ‘Dirty Pretty Things’ and ‘Eastern Promises’. But he’s often tended to lay on the plot a bit thick – not least in his recent debut as a director, 2013’s ‘Hummingbird’, which gave us Jason Statham as a homeless vigilante on the rampage in Soho. It was hardly Ken Loach. But with ‘Locke’, his second feature, Knight delivers a story that could hardly be more taut. For its entire running time the only character on screen is Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy), a Welsh building-site manager driving across England in an attempt to juggle several fragile pieces of his work and home lives. Both are on the verge of collapse: an unexpected, seriously complicated engagement elsewhere means that Locke has to abandon his wife and two kids for the night. It also means he’ll miss a crucial early-morning appointment with 218 lorries of wet concrete. Like an unflappable switchboard operator on duty during a corporate meltdown, Locke fields countless conversations on his hands-free mobile as he tears down the M6 in the dark. When his phone’s not ringing, he talks to his dead dad, whom he imagines to be sitting on the back seat of his BMW. Suddenly the foundations of an unexceptional middle-class, middle-aged life feel very shaky indeed.
Directed by Steven Knight
Running Time 85 minutes
"Locke is an original and impressive experience, an unusual film of considerable quality."
" In this car ... an entire story is richly told, whole characters are indelibly portrayed with nuance, ambiguity, precision, foibles, heroics and devastations, and we are thoroughly engaged, carried along as by the superior mechanisms of Locke's Mercedes. "
"You would not think a film in which a man simply drives at night from
Birmingham to London could possibly be gripping, but Tom Hardy proves
spellbindingly hypnotic in this decidedly unusual road movie.
On Monday 27th October at 6.30 pm there will be a Special Screening of Boyhood. Please note tickets will only be available from the Box Office on the day of the screening.
The Italian Film Festival is now on and continues until 22nd October at the Brisbane Palace Centro and The Barracks. For more details go to www.italianfilmfestival.com.au
Please be advised that random checks of Membership Cards will be conducted at future screenings.
The Metropolitan Opera 2014/15 opens with Verdi's Macbeth on 1st and 2nd November. The Vatican Museums 3D will be screened on 8th and 9th November. Tickets are now available at the Book Office.
22nd October, 5th November & 19th November, 3rd December.
For more information and tickets ask at the Box Office.