PREVIEW: Scalarama 2015 // Still Alice

We’re very pleased to announce that we’ll be returning to The Arch Café this September for a special dementia friendly screening of the award-winning Still Alice (2014) as part of the 2015 Scalarama celebration of cinema.

Anchored by an Academy Award winning performance from the ever-impressive Julianne Moore, Still Alice is the story of a linguistics professor, Alice, who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, adapted from Lisa Genova’s novel of the same name, the film highlights the ways in which Alice changes her dialy routine in order to live with the disease and depicts the changing relationships with her husband (Alec Baldwin) and children (Kirsten Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish) in light of the diagnosis.

The film received critical acclaim upon its release last year, as did Moore, who, along with an Academy Award for Best Actress, won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.

still-alice-2-xlargeThere are an estimated 850,000 people with dementia in the UK.

The word ‘dementia‘ describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. It is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes. Dementia is an umbrella term. It describes the symptoms that occur when the brain is affected by certain diseases or conditions. There are many different types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, although some are far more common than others.

The Arch Café is a social enterprise situated in Leeds city centre, just off The Headrow. A café with a social conscience, it occupies the Grade 2 listed Bradbury Building in St. John’s Yard. Dementia friendly, the café is owned by Age UK Leeds and all profits go directly into supporting their work with older people across the city. Our first collaboration with The Arch was in May 2015 as part of Leeds Indie Food Festival when we screened Jiro Dreams of Sushi to a sold out audience.

This event will be hosted under dementia friendly conditions; lights will be left slightly up during the screening and the audio will  be dropped down a notch to ensure that everyone feels comfortable throughtout. Although a dementia friendly screening, please note that the film’s subject matter may be distressing to viewers living with the condition. However, we hope that the event will help to highlight the needs of those living with dementia to those looking to learn more about it.

still-aliceStill Alice screens at The Arch Café in Leeds city centre on Saturday 19 September from 4PM. It will be preceded by a selection of short films and we encourage you join us in the café beforehand for a spot of afternoon tea. Tickets are available now from our online ticket office.

Scalarama is an annual celebration of cinema taking place every September. The season aims to unite all those who are passionate about showing films to one another, and to champion communal film watching and the cinema experience. Scalarama takes the form of a month long season of screenings taking place across the world at a wide range of venues, with all different types of exhibitors showcasing films from across the history of cinema and from all parts of the world.



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