Joseph Losey’s The Servant is about to receive a lovingly restored re-release for its 50th anniversary. Scripted by Harold Pinter and starring Dirk Bogarde and James Fox, it’s a disturbing tale of seduction, sexual and social tension and psychological control. Winner of three BAFTA awards, it is still recognised as one of the best portraits of British class warfare ever committed to screen. On Sunday 24th March there will be a special screening of The Servant at the Curzon Mayfair, London followed by a Q&A, introduced by director/actor Richard Ayoade, where original cast members James Fox, Wendy Craig and Sarah Miles will be reunited to join a discussion about the film and its legacy. The Servant is released in London cinemas on 22nd March and will receive a Blu-ray release on the 8th April.
Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds will screen at the Irish Film Institute on Sunday March 24th and Wednesday March 27th. This is part of the IFI’s marathon retrospective of Hitchcock, whereby the cinema will be screening all 52 of his surviving films.
Finally, there will be a season of films from Studio Ghibli screening at the Prince Charles theatre in April. Saturday 6th April will have screenings of the rip-roaring adventure Laputa: Castle in the Sky and the deeply moving Grave of the Fireflies, the tragic story of a pair of siblings struggling to survive after the bombing of Kobe. Sunday 28th April will have screenings of Miyazaki’s masterpiece My Neighbour Totoro, the charming story of a rotund woodland spirit who befriends two girls, and the delightful Kiki’s Delivery Service, the tale of a young witch who leaves home and starts a parcel delivery service using her broomstick. There will be opportunities to win copies of the Studio Ghibli Kamera Book.