Get ready for a busy month on the big screen

American Hustle.
American Hustle.

With the Academy Awards just one month away, the film industry is buzzing with excitement and heightened speculation about who will walk away with a much coveted prize.

Here at the South Holland Centre, audiences have already enjoyed some of the hottest movies on the Oscar shortlist.

Over 1,300 of you came to a screening of the gripping Philomena, a movie which has attracted nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress in a Leading Role (Judi Dench); and almost 1,000 tickets were bought for Captain Phillips and Gravity, two films which are also in the running for Best Picture.

February is a busy month for movies at the centre.

Three big titles include the thoughtful Nelson Mandela biopic Mandela – The Long Road to Freedom which runs from February 7; The Railway Man starring Colin Firth as real-life prisoner of war Eric Lomax from the 19th and August: Osage County, which stars Oscar tipped Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts from the 21st.

Things turn decidedly chilly during half term with Disney’s musical fantasy Frozen which runs from the 17th, and then the visually stunning Walking with Dinosaurs in 3D rounds off the holidays from the Friday.

This month’s special screenings include Buster Keaton’s 1926 masterpiece of epic stunts and runaway trains The General from the 8th; the award winning “coming of age” French filmJeune et Jolie is Movie Club’s title on the 24th and then National Theatre’s War Horse hit stage production is beamed live to us on the 27th.

The live broadcast sold out in record time but there is still some availability for the four encore screenings in early March.

Comedy comes from Will Ferrell in the Anchorman 2 from the 17th; a clutch of aging naughty boys (Michael Douglas, Kevin Kline) have a bachelor party in Last Vegas from the 25th ; and just stumbling into March, the oversized collared loon takes a leap onto the big screen in The Harry Hill Movie.

Meanwhile, we’re currently busy programming the March and April film season so look out for Oscar hopefuls American Hustle, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street and Twelve Years a Slave.

All film dates are detailed on the South Holland Centre website.