It’s great to see what impact we have created via our LUST, CAUTION special screenings across the country in February and March. The Prince Charles Cinema in London is now presenting an “Ang Lee Selectrospective”, inspired by our 4 SOLD OUT shows (300 seats) in a row.

Known for visually stunning, emotionally intricate dramas – Ang Lee is one of the great directors working today.

He is also an artist with magnificent range – his films range from massive superhero blockbuster HULK (2003), to erotic spy film LUST, CAUTION (2007), to the Oscar winning CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000) – the sweeping martial arts drama that made Lee the first ever Asian American to win Best Director.

With SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (1995), he turned his eye to Jane Austen – working with a screenplay adapted by Emma Thompson that won her an Academy Award. By all accounts, his direction pulled no punches.

“(It was) the most wonderful time because his notes were so brutal and funny”, Thompson remembers in a Bafta interview.”

And then the magnum opus: a gay love story about two cowboys in the mountains of Wyoming. Epic and heart-wrenching, this movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger played a pivotal role in Hollywood taking LGBTQIA+ movies more seriously.

After once again winning Best Director at the Oscars, Lee thanked the characters in his acceptance speech.

“Their names are Ennis and Jack”, he said, “and they taught all of us who made “Brokeback Mountain” so much about, not just all the gay men and women whose love is denied by society, but just as important, the greatness of love itself.”

The final film in the selectrospective is LIFE OF PI (2012), an astounding film following a boy and a tiger who need to survive on a life boat. The visual effects are groundbreaking. “We had a kid in Taiwan”, Lee says, “whose sole job was to animate the tiger’s testicles!”

The result is monumental. Roger Ebert called the film “a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery”.

The Prince Charles Cinema’s very own selecrospective celebrating Ang Lee begins on the 11th of May and continues through the summer.

(Programme Introduction by The Prince Charles Cinema’s Newsletter)

Tickets are now on sale now!

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY [35mm]

When Elinor Dashwood’s (Emma Thompson) father dies, her family’s finances are crippled. After the Dashwoods move to a cottage in Devonshire, Elinor’s sister Marianne (Kate Winslet) is torn between the handsome John Willoughby (Greg Wise) and the older Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman). Meanwhile, Elinor’s romantic hopes with Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant) are hindered due to his prior engagement. Both Elinor and Marianne strive for love while the circumstances in their lives constantly change.

SAT 11th MAY | 17:30
TUE 28th MAY | 12:15

LUST, CAUTION [35mm]

The story is set in Hong Kong in 1938 and in Shanghai in 1942, when the city was occupied by the Imperial Japanese Army and ruled by the puppet government. A group of students from The University of Hong Kong plot to assassinate Mr. Yee, a high-ranking special agent and recruiter working for the puppet government, by luring him into the abyss of passion.

WED 22nd MAY | 20:05

THE ICE STORM

In the 1970s, an outwardly wholesome family begins cracking at the seams over the course of a tumultuous Thanksgiving break. Frustrated with his job, the father, Ben (Kevin Kline), seeks fulfillment by cheating on his wife, Elena (Joan Allen), with neighborhood seductress Janey (Sigourney Weaver). Their teenage daughter, Wendy (Christina Ricci), dabbles in sexual affairs too — with Janey’s son Mikey (Elijah Wood). The family’s strained relations continue to tauten until an ice storm strikes.

THU 6th JUNE | 20:30
WED 19th JUNE | 15:30

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON [35mm]

In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior (Chow Yun-Fat) gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover (Michelle Yeoh) to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level.

SAT 22nd JUNE | 15:15
TUE 9th JULY | 15:15
THU 25th JULY | 18:00

HULK [35mm]

The film follows Bruce Banner’s (Eric Bana) search to uncover his repressed history and determine the reasons for his rage-induced monster, but well before Bruce Banner absorbs gamma radiation that unleashes his angry green giant, we learn the source of the scientist’s rage: an unstable and abusive father.

WED 17th JULY | 20:30
FRI 26th JULY | 15:00

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN [35mm]

In 1963, two shepherds, Ennis (Heath Ledger) and Jack (Jake Gyllenhaal) form and sexual and romantic relationship during their first summer together working on Brokeback Mountain but return to their respective lives at home, where they marry, have kids and struggle to live up to typical masculine expectations of mid-America and domesticity. But after their yearning grows years later, they decide to continue their relationship in secret.

MON 29th JULY | 20:30
WED 14th AUGUST | 15:00

LIFE OF PI

After deciding to sell their zoo in India and move to Canada, Santosh and Gita Patel board a freighter with their sons and a few remaining animals. Tragedy strikes when a terrible storm sinks the ship, leaving the Patels’ teenage son, Pi (Suraj Sharma), as the only human survivor. However, Pi is not alone; a fearsome Bengal tiger has also found refuge aboard the lifeboat. As days turn into weeks and weeks drag into months, Pi and the tiger must learn to trust each other if both are to survive.

THU 22nd AUGUST | 18:00
MON 2nd SEPTEMBER | 15:15