Welcome to your latest round-up of the week's new releases – scroll down for all the details.
What's the story? Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
What's the story? Devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchanan butts heads with a brash new recruit. Together, they uncover a local criminal plot that threatens the future of the Bay.
My Life as a Courgette (French)
What's the story? After his mother’s sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this often strange and hostile environment. Yet, with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.
British Museum Presents Hokusai (4th June, 3pm)
What's the story? This fascinating new cinema event, British Museum presents: Hokusai, is a groundbreaking documentary and exclusive private view of the forthcoming British Museum exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave. Filmed in Japan and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the great, bustling metropolis of Edo, modern Tokyo. Using extraordinary close-ups and pioneering 8K video technology, Hokusai’s paintings and prints are examined by world experts who are at the forefront of digital art history. Hokusai spent his life studying and celebrating our common humanity as well as deeply exploring the natural and spiritual worlds, using the famous volcano Mount Fuji as a protective presence and potential source of immortality. He knew much tragedy, was struck by lightning and lived for years in poverty, but never gave up his constant striving for perfection in his art. Hokusai is an artist who influenced Monet, Van Gogh and other Impressionists, is the father of manga and the only painter with his own emoji.
ROH Royal Opera 2016/2017 Season: Dream - Symphonic Variations - Marguerite and Armand (7th June, 7pm)
What's the story? The Royal Ballet's anniversary celebrations conclude with a tribute to the great Frederick Ashton The exceptional series of performances to mark the Royal Ballet's 70 years at the Royal Opera House draws to a close with a mixed programme highlighting the creative vision of founding choreographer Frederick Ashton. Choreographed to music by Mendelssohn, the one-act ballet 'The Dream' is a skilfully abridged version of Shakespeare's riotously comic A Midsummer Night's Dream. Set to Franck's brooding 'Variations Symphoniques', 'Symphonic Variations' is both historically and artistically significant. This remarkable celebration of pure movement was Ashton's first post-WWII work and one of the first to be performed on the ROH's huge main stage in 1946. Finally, 'Marguerite and Armand' is inspired by the 19th century novel 'La Dame aux Camelias', which also formed the basis of Verdi's 'La Traviata', and was created by Ashton specifically for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963.
Glyndebourne 2017 – La Traviata (8th June, 7.15pm)
What's the story? Alfredo, a young man from the provinces, falls in love with Violetta, the stylish toast of Paris. But she’s not the marrying kind – at least not until now. However, their dreams are threatened by both a merciless society that condemns Violetta’s racy past and an equally merciless disease. There’s rarely a dry eye in the house when this poignant tale unfolds through Verdi’s robust, tuneful, full-hearted and full-throated score, laced through with melodies as familiar as the story. Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva portrays the iconic role of Violetta, alongside American tenor Michael Fabiano as Alfredo. The visual beauty of Tom Cairns’s opulent production aptly echoes the irresistible allure of this beloved opera. Captured live in 2014. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.