Norwich’s Cinema City hosts season of films as tribute to patron Sir John Hurt

Sir John Hurt was a passionate patron and champion of Cinema City in Norwich. Picture: Simon Buck

Sir John Hurt was a passionate patron and champion of Cinema City in Norwich. Picture: Simon Buck - Credit: Archant

Iconic roles in Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Naked Civil Servant and The Elephant Man feature together with two of the late actor's favourite films and an outdoor screening of Alien.

John Hurt spent seven hours in make-up for his role in David Lynch's The Elephant Man

John Hurt spent seven hours in make-up for his role in David Lynch's The Elephant Man - Credit: Archant

A special season of films is being screened at Cinema City as a tribute to the Norwich cinema's late patron Sir John Hurt.

The renowned actor, who lived in Norfolk and sadly died in January, was the patron of Cinema City and its new education centre was named in his honour.

Now to celebrate his life and work the cinema is also hosting a season of both films he appeared in and those that he loved. It begins with Francois Truffaut's freewheeling French New Wave classic Jules & Jim, which screens on Sunday (3pm) and Monday (1pm). Another of his personal favourites, King Hearts and Coronets, will be shown on May 28 and 29.

In 2013, Sir John curated both these films as part of a 'John Hurt Presents' season – complete with personal filmed introductions, and there will be another chance to see Sir John himself saying why the films were so special to him.

John Hurt in the biographical film The Naked Civil Servant, based on Quentin Crisp's 1968 book of th

John Hurt in the biographical film The Naked Civil Servant, based on Quentin Crisp's 1968 book of the same name. - Credit: Archant


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The season continues with the actor's role as Winston Smith in Michael Radford's adaptation of Nineteen Eighty-Four, screening on on May 21 when it will be introduced by Anna Blagrove.

The 1975 biographical film The Naked Civil Servant, based on Quentin Crisp's 1968 book of the same name, screens on May 28, introduced by Jan McLachlan.

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And one of Sir John's most iconic roles as Joseph Merrick in David Lynch's classic 1980 film The Elephant Man will be showing on June 4 and 5.

10 Rillington Place, in which the late actor appeared as Timothy John Evans subject of a miscarriage of justice involving serial killer John Christie, is being hsown on June 14 and 15.

John Hurt as Winston Smith in Michael Radford’s adaptation of Goerge Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four

John Hurt as Winston Smith in Michael Radfords adaptation of Goerge Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four - Credit: Archant

Meanwhile there will also a special outdoor screening of Ridley Scott's original 1979 Alien film — complete with the infamous alien bursting scene — in Plantation Gardens, off Earlham Road, on July 20.

Guy Martin, manager of Cinema City Education, said as patron, Sir John had been a tireless and immensely dedicated supporter and advocate both the cinema and the works of Cinema City Education.

He said: 'What struck us most in the time we knew Sir John was his seemingly boundless enthusiasm and his immense generosity with his time. Sir John was a great advocate for the charitable work we do and his passion for film was something to behold.'

• Full details of films and booking on 0871 9025724, www.picturehouses.com/cinema/Cinema_City

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