December films at Norden Farm


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The Nutcracker: Royal Opera House Live


The festive season is the perfect time to catch up on some great films including those Christmas favourites!  This winter there are some superb films at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, including performances from National Theatre Live and the classic Christmas ballet The Nutcracker danced by the Royal Ballet as part of Royal Opera House Live.

Tickets (unless otherwise stated): 
£10.50 (or 3 films for £27) 
£9.50 (or 3 films for £24) 
Special Ticket Offer 
£9 (£8 conc) tickets when you book for three films at the same time. Offer excludes event cinema screenings. 

In line with current government guidelines, all of our events have socially distanced seating plans and reduced capacities. Visitor information can be found here:

Wed 2 Dec 2pm 
Shirley (15)
Dir: Josephine Decker 2020
107 mins 

Elisabeth Moss gives a tour-de-force performance as Shirley Jackson, one of the greatest horror writers of the 20th century. Set in the early 1950s, the film charts an imagined chapter in the life of Jackson, who has recently become a literary sensation. When her philandering professor husband invites a newlywed couple into their home, it acts as a catalyst for dramatic change for the reclusive writer. 

WHY? ‘Sensuous and beguiling, an act of pure witchcraft’ ★★★★★ The Independent 

Wed 2 Dec 8pm
Saint Maud (15)
Dir: Rose Glass 2020
84 mins 

Live-in nurse Maud (Morfydd Clark) arrives at the home of Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), a famous dancer now frail from illness and trapped in her grand, isolated house. At first Amanda is intrigued by this religious young woman, who provides distraction from her failing health. Maud, in turn, is bewitched by her new patient. But Maud is not all that she seems. 

WHY? ‘A taut, sinewy treat, blessed with an impressively fluid visual sensibility and boosted by two quite brilliant central performances’ ★★★★★ Mark Kermode (The Guardian) 

Fri 4 Dec 11.30am
Wed 9 Dec 2pm
Pixie (15)
Dir: Barnaby Thompson 2020
94 mins 

To avenge her mother's death, Pixie masterminds a heist but must flee across Ireland from gangsters, take on the patriarchy, and choose her own destiny. A comedy-thriller starring Olivia Cooke, Alec Baldwin and Dylan Moran. 

WHY? ‘Olivia Cooke radiates in Ireland-set drug-heist comedy’ The Guardian 

Sat 5 Dec 11.30am
Tues 22 Dec 7.30pm
National Theatre Live: War Horse  
155 mins | £15

At the outbreak of World War One, Albert’s beloved horse, Joey, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

WHY? Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Nick Stafford

Wed 9 Dec 11.30am and 7.30pm
Fri 18 Dec 11.30am and 4.30pm 
The Secret Garden (PG)
Dir: Marc Munden
100 mins

A new take on the beloved classic novel of the same name written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Set in England during a new time period in 1947, the film follows a young orphan girl who, after being sent to live with her uncle, discovers a magical garden on the grounds of his estate. 

WHY? ‘The Secret Garden is handsomely produced and earnestly acted, especially by its child star’ The Guardian

Thur 10 Dec 7pm 
Fri 18 Dec 7pm
National Theatre Live: Present Laughter

Matthew Warchus directs Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock, Fleabag) in Noël Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, star actor Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. 

WHY? Captured live from The Old Vic in London, Present Laughter is a giddy and surprisingly modern reflection on fame, desire and loneliness

Wed 16 Dec 11.30am
Thur 17 Dec 2.30pm
A Christmas Gift from Bob (12A)
Dir: Charles Martin Smith
93 mins

Based on the international best-selling books and the sequel to the international hit film A Street Cat Named Bob. From the day James rescued a street cat, they began a friendship which has touched millions around the world. Now James looks back at the last Christmas he and Bob spent scraping a living on the streets.

WHY? ‘An undeniably good-hearted film’ The Guardian

Wed 16 Dec 2.30pm 
Wed 16 Dec 8pm
The Ladykillers (PG)
Dir: Alexander Mackendrick 1955
87 mins 

The first ever 4K restoration of this quintessential Ealing film. A criminal gang planning their next job, find themselves boarding with an innocent old lady who thinks they are musicians. One of the best British comedies ever made.

WHY? ‘A comic crime caper that still kills’ ★★★★★ The Guardian 

Wed 16 Dec 5pm 
Thur 17 Dec 11.30am
Royal Opera House Live: The Nutcracker 
140 mins | £15

A much-loved production of this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. Peter Wright's interpretation of The Nutcracker has been enchanting children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984.

WHY? Presented in a festive period setting with vivid designs to make this a charming and magical production

Tues 22 Dec 5pm 
Weds 23 Dec 5pm
A Christmas Carol (cert tbc)
Dir: Jacqui Morris and David Morris
Run time tbc 

A Victorian family prepares a paper theatre for a performance of A Christmas Carol. The audience enters the imagination of one of the children and quickly, the cardboard stage transforms to reveal a magical world containing real dancers and stylised sets. The classic tale unfolds in a rich tapestry of highly absorbing, theatrical drama featuring sumptuous visual effects inspired by the techniques of early cinema. 

WHY? Stars Simon Russell Beale, Martin Freeman, Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, Siân Phillips, Leslie Caron 

Wed 23 Dec 8pm
It’s a Wonderful Life (U)
Dir: Frank Capra 1947
130 mins 

Beset with personal and professional problems, George Bailey finds his previously happy life falling apart around him on Christmas Eve. Seeing no way out, George considers suicide from the edge of a bridge - but Clarence, his guardian angel, intervenes. 

WHY? ‘Eternally charming and fun’ ★★★★★ Little White Lies 

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