That van is full, but why not opt a Danish drama at Royston's Picture Palace?

PUBLISHED: 21:42 16 February 2016

Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl

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If you were planning to potter down to the Picture Palace this weekend to catch The Lady In The Van, you should have stuck your thumb out a lot earlier to hitch yourself up to tickets.

There are four screenings planned over three days but Paddington levels of demand means that they all quickly sold out, and it’s house full at Royston’s community cinema for the duration.

So let’s look ahead to see what else is coming up this month, starting with The Danish Girl.

Eddie Redmayne has been tipped for further Oscar glory for his role as one of the earliest known people to undergo gender reassignment surgery, way back in the 1920s.

Alicia Vikander, who has also been nominated as supporting actress even though she has an equal role to play in this sensitive drama, is his other half who sticks by him.

And if you think the costumes look lovely, they’re up for an Oscar as well.

Director Tom Hooper’s previous successes should reassure anyone who thinks sex changes among the intelligentsia isn’t for them – if you liked The King’s Speech and Les Miserables you’ll probably find this very much to your taste.

It’s being screened at the Royston cinema on Friday, February 26 at 7.30pm.

Visit www.roystonpicturepalace.org.uk to book tickets and to find out what else is planned in the weeks ahead.

So what have the multiplex mammoths to offer if you can’t see Dame Maggie Smith growing old disgracefully? Well, if The Perfect Storm made you feel somewhat queasy and nervous about taking to the open sea, The Finest Hours is probably best avoided unless you rock up to the stalls with a sickbag secreted about your person.

Star Trek’s Chris Pine heads the cast in this rescue drama, based on a remarkable true story from the 1950s about a quartet of Coast Guard heroes who risked their lives to save 30 crew on a stricken tanker during one of the worst storms on record.

Eric Bana and Casey Affleck are also among the cast.

A lot less unsettling is How To Be Single, in which Dakota Johnson plays a newly unattached New Yorker learning to embrace her new life.

Rebel Wilson is the best friend convincing her that the best thing to do is get back in the game, and Drew Barrymore claims a production credit on a movie adapted from a book by Liz Tuccillo, who in her time has helped put words into the mouths of those Sex And The City sirens.

Of course, that may or may not be a recommendation...

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