Christmas Screenings at Leeds Town Hall
Christmas is here, and we are celebrating with four festive film favourites in the splendid surroundings of Leeds Town Hall. Following on from the tremendous success of LIFF26, which featured a Stanley Kubrick film retrospective and special screenings of The Hunt, Seven Psychopaths and Sightseers in Leeds Town Hall, Leeds Film Quarter presents these Christmas selections in the most enjoyable setting you will find for the festive season. They include the all-time favourite It’s a Wonderful Life, the magical original of Miracle on 34th Street, the hilarious comedy Trading Places, and possibly the best action film of all time, Die Hard.
Miracle on 34th Street
Dir. George Seaton, USA 1947, 96 mins
The quintessential festive movie, Miracle on 34th Street is an irresistible Hollywood fairytale, a multiple Oscar winner and an essential fixture of the holiday season. Edmund Gwenn plays Kris Kringle, hired as Macy’s department store Santa following the Thanksgiving Parade. He proves to be the embodiment of the Christmas spirit, endearing him to everyone except department store boss, Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara), who’s raising her daughter Susan (Natalie Wood) not to believe in Santa. But when Kris is declared insane and put on trial, everyone’s faith is put to the test as old and young alike face the age old question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Tuesday 18th December, 5.00pm. Please click here for tickets.
Dir. John McTiernan, USA 1988, 131 mins
“Yippee kai yay!” – it’s only the most explosive action movie of all time, which also happens to be a Christmas film! The seminal 1988 thriller made Bruce Willis a star and also stars velvet-voiced baddie Alan Rickman. When terrorists take control of a Los Angeles high-rise, it falls to visiting New York cop John McClane (Willis) to save the day. John McTiernan’s exceptional and bombastic action movie will fill every inch of Leeds Town Hall with explosions and wit. Bonnie Bedelia plays Willis’s wife, Hart Bochner is good as a brash hostage who tries negotiating his way to freedom, Alexander Godunov makes for a believable killer with lethal feet, and William Atherton is slimy as a busybody reporter.
Tuesday 18th December, 7.30pm. Please click here for tickets.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Dir. Frank Capra, USA 1946, 130 mins
Frank Capra’s perennial Christmas favourite is a bonafide Hollywood classic, featuring magical storytelling and iconic performances from James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who attempts suicide on Christmas Eve, Henry Travers as his Guardian angel Clarence Odbody and a whole raft of great Hollywood studio character actors. The story unfolds in a playful mosaic of flashbacks spanning George’s entire life and narrated by Franklin and Joseph, unseen Angels who are preparing Clarence for his mission to save George. Through these flashbacks we see all the people whose lives have been touched by George and the difference he has made to the community in which he lives.
Dir. John Landis, USA 1983, 116 mins
Side-splitting festive comedy starring Dan Akyroyd and Eddie Murphy – when two bored, millionaire brothers make a wager on whether two people from opposite ends of the social spectrum can adjust if they trade places, they get far more than they bargained for. Eddie Murphy stars as the streetwise homeless man who exchanges his life for that of Dan Akroyd’s pompous Wall Street trader. Together they plot their revenge with cunning street worker Jamie Lee Curtis and loyal butler Denholm Elliot. Director John Landis’s 1983 caper is one to really get you thinking about what counts this Christmas
Wednesday 19th December, 5.00pm. Please click here for tickets.