Preview of the film York: Last Night in Soho and Aesthetica Short Film Festival


Edgar Wright makes the kind of movies that are deadly for the late night chain voyeur.

You know how it goes – it’s half past ten, you’re tired, you really should go to bed, but then you stumble upon Warm down on ITV2 again, well, maybe you’ll watch it until the commercial break… the TV off.

He’s back this week with his new dark and twisted tale Last night in Soho – don’t expect runaway swans in this one – as other scares are offered in the folk horror Drink, and a complex friendship is in the spotlight in Who passed.

Plus, the York Film Festival is back – and this time it’s hybrid …

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Last night in Soho

This psychological thriller from director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Baby Driver) takes us on a journey into the dark and eerie underworld that lurks just beneath the glamorous surface of swinging ’60s London.

The story sees Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie, Bunny Jojo) mysteriously transported back in time to 1966, where she becomes inextricably linked to Sandie’s fate (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit), a singer who arrived in the capital with dreams of celebrity.

Matt Smith (who is no stranger to time travel itself) stars as a charming but possibly dangerous club promoter Sandie is drawn into, while the supporting cast also has a host of stars. ’60s icons, from Terence Stamp to the late Lady Diana Rigg, in her latest film performance.

Certificate 18, 117 min
Cineworld, City Screen, Everyman, View
From Fri 29 Oct
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A school teacher reaches out to his struggling student, only to find out he has a terrifying secret, in this supernatural cooler.

When calm-voiced young Lucas (Jeremy J. Thomas) tells a disturbing version of the Goldilocks story in the classroom, teacher Julia (Keri Russell, Americans) suspects he’s having trouble at home – but as she delves deeper, she learns to her shock that the boy’s domestic horrors may have their roots in a local myth about a murderous horned beast.

It’s no surprise to see Guillermo del Toro as executive producer here, although critics indicate that’s not the total creature feature his trailer would suggest, with director Scott Cooper (whose latest movie was the western 2017 Hostiles) fusing the fantastic elements of the tale into a dark and realistic small town setting.

Certificate 15, 99 min
Cineworld, View
From Fri 29 Oct
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Who passed

This black-and-white drama set in 1920s New York marks the directorial debut of actress Rebecca Hall (Prestige, Godzilla vs. Kong).

Tessa Thompson (Creed) and Ruth Negga (Magnet(Alexandre Skarsgård, Real blood).

As the two get to know each other, their involvement in each other’s lives begins to cause mutual discomfort in this adaptation of Nella Larsen’s 1929 novel.

It airs on Netflix starting November 10, but you can catch it on Everyman throughout this week.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2021

This week sees the return of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival for its 11th year – and for the first time, the festival is taking place in a hybrid format, which means you can enjoy it in York or online through their digital platform.

Following a shift imposed by Covid to an online-only edition in 2020, ASFF’s expansive program of shorts, feature films and live events will return to theaters across town this year, with an expanded six-day festival that will run from Tuesday 2 to Sunday 7 November.

In response to the changes of the past 18 months, however, the festival will also be available for an online experience – live events such as masterclasses and panels included – from November 2 to 30, meaning you have a full month. to catch up. whatever you want to see.

As always, the program features a huge range of short films across 12 genres, including comedy, drama, thriller, animation, and documentary – not to mention the fascinating world of virtual reality.

This year, the films have been grouped into six conceptual strands: How it was, How is it, How will it be ?, Humanity on the edge, When life gives you lemons, Make lemonade, Glad to meet you, Mirror, Mirror and No one is free until everyone is free.

Open up the festival program and you’re sure to find something that intrigues you, be it a comedy about cleaning up dog poop (Fault), a mock documentary inspired by Cardi B (Wapidemia) or the excellently titled thriller The thing that ate the birds (I guess it wasn’t just a fox).

Along with the films, the usual exciting program of live events featuring personalities from the film industry, such as TV and film star Maxine Peake (Shameless, Peterloo) and directors including Asif Kapadia (Amy, Diego Maradona) and Prano Bailey-Bond, who caused a sensation this year with his first feature film Censor.

Tickets are available in Virtual, In the place and Hybrid formatting. In the place tickets start from £ 7.50 for a single in-person screening and £ 25 for a day pass, while Virtual tickets start from £ 25 for 24 hour access and Hybrid tickets (offering in-person and virtual festival access) start from £ 50 for a day pass plus unlimited virtual access from November 2-30. The full selection of ticket options is available for booking on the ASFF website.

Venues across York and online
Tue Nov 2 – Sun Nov 7 (Online Nov 2 to 30)
ASFF website

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