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BBC Radio Humberside feature – time travel films

Donnie Darko | Richard Kelly | 2001 | USA | Cert 15 | 113 mins

As well as our own weekly HIC Recommends feature, which reveals which film we were planning to show before our current season was cancelled, and recommending another title our audiences might like (read the latest edition here), we are also working with BBC Radio Humberside on a semi-regular feature recommending five films on a different theme each time.

These might not be the sort of films we would normally screen at HIC, but could be anything from epic Hollywood classics to family-friendly animation, action-packed thrillers to foreign-language gems, anything we think will have a broad appeal.

On Monday 27 April one of our fantastic volunteers, Molly, had a chat with Burnsy about five films she’s picked on the theme of time travel. You can listen again to the broadcast using the audio player below, and more details about the films she chose follow.

First up is ABOUT TIME, a romantic comedy from 2013 directed by Richard Curtis. Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) is fed up with his lack of success in love, when his father (Bill Nighy) tells him that members of his family can travel through time. Tim meets and falls in love with Mary (Rachel McAdams), only for a time-travel mishap that undoes everything. Tim must travel back in time – again and again – until he can win her heart once more. Unashamedly sentimental, ABOUT TIME is beautifully filmed and has a surprisingly powerful message about family relationships. Find out where to watch ABOUT TIME here.

About Time | Richard Curtis | 2013 | UK | Cert 12 | 123 min

Next is a modern classic science fiction film in the shape of Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR from 2014. With a great cast featuring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, the film follows a team of astronauts who travel far beyond the solar system in search of a new home for humanity. As they exploit the time-distorting effects of a wormhole to travel great distances they struggle to balance the demands of their mission with their desire to see home and family again. The film won a hatful of awards, in particular for its stunning visual effects and its fantastic score by Hans Zimmer. Find out where to watch INSTERSTELLAR here.

Interstellar | Christopher Nolan | 2014 | USA / UK | Cert 12 | 169 mins

Time travel takes on a rather more sinister form in THE TERMINATOR, the first of the long-running series about a war between humans and machines. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the unstoppable cyborg sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) in order to stop her becoming the mother of a future leader. Also sent back in time is a human soldier (Michael Biehn) given the seemingly impossible task of stopping the ruthless machine in its tracks. James Cameron’s 1984 film has an understated aesthetic abandoned by its inferior big-budget sequels and remains a hugely influential piece of science fiction filmmaking. Find out where to watch THE TERMINATOR here.

The Terminator | James Cameron | 1984 | USA | Cert 15 | 107 min

Back to romance for our next pick, Woody Allen’s 2011 film MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. Owen Wilson plays Gil, a screenwriter on a trip to Paris with his fiancée’s family. His nostalgia for what he imagines the city to have once been is fuelled when he finds himself mysteriously transported back to the Paris of the 1920s. Also starring Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard, the film picked up Best Original Screenplay awards at the Oscars and Golden Globes among plenty of other prizes. It might not quite have the depth of Allen’s very best work but its smart script and beautiful setting make it a thoroughly enjoyable literary fantasy. Find out where to watch MIDNIGHT IN PARIS here.

Midnight in Paris | Woody Allen | 2011 | USA / France / Spain | Cert 12 | 94 mins

A cult classic now with DONNIE DARKO. Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a troubled young man plagued with visions of Frank, a mysterious giant rabbit. Frank urges him to get involved in dangerous and destructive pranks, but also apparently saves his life when he leads him out of his home moments before a jet engine falls from the sky and destroys Donnie’s bedroom. Is Frank’s prophesy of the end of the world true, and how can Donnie deal with that along with everything else happening in his life? Richard Kelly’s 2001 debut feature has become a much-loved and much-discussed classic. Find out where to watch DONNIE DARKO here.

Donnie Darko | Richard Kelly | 2001 | USA | Cert 15 | 113 mins

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