New Cinema Guide May - June 2019


19 April 2019

You're spoilt for choice in our new Cinema Guide - it's jam-packed with a huge range of festival features, new and vintage films! 

Download your May Cinema Guide here

Did someone say music? From gospel to electronica, our new guide is bursting with lyrical treasures. New films include Vox Lux, starring Natalie Portman as a tortured pop diva, the incredible Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace, Brian Welsh's foot-stomping Scottish feature Beats and the sparkly Elton John biopic Rocketman. We also have two fabulous performance films: Beth Gibbons and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock & Roll, which sees the legendary Bruce Springsteen return to his roots. And Doc'n Roll Scotland brings us two fascinating music documentaries: Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records and About A Badly Drawn Boy: The Story of The Hour of Bewilderbeast, complete with director Q&A.

There's plenty more to choose from: upcoming festival events include our horror-focused Dundead, the Italian Film Festival, creative ageing festival Luminate, and the Right Now Film Festival, which explores the motives and truths behind global systems of power. This guide's Scottish Encounters feature is the gripping Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish MacInnes, and we're thrilled to welcome director Robbie Fraser to present his film and answer questions from the audience afterwards.

 The Guide is introduced by Head of Cinema, Alice Black:

"Dundead, Dundee’s only horror and cult film festival has always been an audience favourite at DCA and it is fantastic to see the excitement mounting every year as we prepare to announce the line-up. It started in response to a loyal customer’s request and now, eight years on, is a firm fixture in our programme. We share your enthusiasm for films that scare and delight, and this year’s Dundead selection includes sneak previews, Scottish premieres, world cinema and our special DCA birthday gift – a focus on films made in 1999. There must have been something in the water that year we opened because there were so many great titles to choose from! For those of you looking for something less nerve-jangling, don’t worry, there are lots of other great films on offer in this guide.

Luminate returns to our screens having moved from its previous autumn slot to May. This year’s programme includes the delicate and beautiful Ága, which follows an older Inuit couple in the wilds of Siberia, David Lynch’s classic (tractor) road movie The Straight Story, and a special collection of shorts selected by DCA, which share stories and ideas about what growing older means to all of us.

The Italian Film Festival is also back, organised once again by our friends at Filmhouse in Edinburgh. Curated by Dr Pasquale Iannone, this year’s selection includes the very best new releases from Italy alongside a classic restoration.

And finally, documentary filmmaking continues to become one of the mainstays of our cinema programme and this edition is no exception. We are delighted to have two opportunities for our audience to engage with the creative teams behind these exciting new films with Q&A events taking place throughout the month of May. It is always a pleasure to see how active and engaged our audiences are here in Dundee – so please do join us and have your say!"

We look forward to seeing you at the cinema soon. Don't forget to tell us which films you're enjoying using the hashtag #helloDCA - you could win free cinema tickets!

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