It's only bloody Christmas isn't it?! There's nothing quite like getting into the Christmas spirit than watching a classic Christmas movie; preferably with a mince pie and a snifter of sherry. Or maybe just avoid the whole thing and watch a trashy movie. Either way, our movie-geek Georgina Guthrie has got your back.

Female Trouble

Sick of seasonal schmaltz? Then head to the Cube for a one-off screening of John Waters’ bad-taste cult classic Female Trouble. If you’re new to John ‘pope of trash’ Waters’ work, then this is a good place to start. 

Teenage delinquent Dawn Davenport (Divine) runs away from home when she doesn’t get the cha cha heels she wanted for Christmas. She hitches a ride with a grubby truck driver, becomes a single mother, then heads down a path of debauchery, crime and murder before rising to the top of the underground fashion world. Expect gross sex, fabulous outfits, and a beauty-fuelled rampage to top it off. 

See it this Friday the 9th December at The Cube. Doors open 8pm. Merry Trashmas, ya’ll!

The Holly & The Ivy

Once again, the SeventySeven team have pulled another underrated treat out the bag for their last screening of the year. The Holly and the Ivy tells the story of a widowed reverend who’s forced to confront some family truths over a festive family gathering in his Norfolk vicarage. Set against the backdrop of postwar Britain, it’s a truly heartwarming film about coming together at Christmas. 

SeventySeven Film Club host weekly film nights in the basement of the Arts House Cafe. It’s a cosy setup, with a bar upstairs serving hot food and drinks. Catch the film next Tuesday the 13th December, 8pm.

McCabe and Mrs Miller

Like your Christmas films with a bit more bite? Then turn your attention to 20th Century Flicks’ frosty offering. McCabe and Mrs. Miller is an unconventional wintery Western starring Warren Beatty and Julie Christie as two newcomers to a small mining town in the Pacific Northwest. They join forces to open a profitable brothel - but their business and burgeoning romance comes under threat with the arrival of a large, ruthless mining corporation. 

From Director Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, The Long Goodbye), with stunning cinematography and an inspired use of Leonard Cohen songs on its soundtrack, McCabe and Mrs. Miller is an understated festive treat. Catch it on the 15th December, 8pm at the Cube.

See the listing here

Elf

"Santa! Oh, my God! Santa's coming! I know him! I know him!" If you like your yuletide films with heaps of humour, then Elf is for you. Will Ferrell plays Buddy, Santa’s not so small little helper raised by elves in the North Pole. When Santa breaks the news to Buddy that he’s not an actual elf, Buddy heads to New York in search of his biological parents, with nothing but a snow globe to guide him.

Elf is bursting with slapstick humour, brilliant one-liners and unfettered seasonal cheer. It’s playing on the 17th and 18th December, 12.30 pm at the Watershed.

See the Elf listing here

It's a Wonderful Life

The definitive Christmas film. And they’re playing it ON CHRISTMAS EVE at the very plush Whiteladies Picture House. 

If you’ve seen It’s a Wonderful Life already (every year?) then you’ll know how bloody festive it is. If not, then here’s the gist. George,a small-town businessman, becomes so frustrated with his life that he attempts suicide. Step in Clarence Odbody, his guardian angel. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched, and how truly loved he is. I’ve got something in my eye. Honest. See it on Christmas Eve, at 2.30pm at The Whiteladies Picture House. 

This is one of those lovely kinos that serves grown-up food and drink. So grab yourself a warming beverage and get ready for some serious festive feels.

See the listing here

Published -7th December 2016