10 Classic Films for Lockdown

There’s never been a better time to catch up on the classic films that you might not have had time to watch previously – or enjoyed so much, you are looking forward to seeing again.

What better place to snuggle down than our cinema room where you can have the added benefit of watching on a wide screen?

The King’s Speech
Colin Firth stars as the future King George VI who tries to overcome his stammer with the help of Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue, played by Geoffrey Rush. A special friendship develops between the two as George ascends to the throne, following the abdication of his brother, and slowly gains his confidence and control over his speech impediment.

One of the classic Hollywood films set during WWII. Humphrey Bogart plays Rick, owner of the famous ‘gin joint’, Rick’s cafe in Casablanca. The café has become a haven for various refugees seeking to acquire illicit documentation that will allow them to escape Vichy-controlled French Morocco. Among them is Rick’s former lover, played by Ingrid Bergman and her husband, Victor Laszlo, a Czech-resistance leader. Care-worn Rick has to decide whether or not to help them.

The Pink Panther
Peter Sellers stars as the hapless Inspector Jacques Clouseau, on the trail of David Niven as the suave but notorious jewel thief, who is after the famous diamond of the film’s title. A timeless comedy, this was the first in a series of a successful franchise featuring the clumsy detective.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

A young New York socialite, Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn, becomes interested in a struggling writer (George Peppard) who has moved into her apartment block. Both have mysterious pasts that threaten to get in the way of their developing relationship. Made in 1961, the film received numerous Academy Award nominations and won best song for Moon River.

Grumpy Old Men
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau reunite as Max and John, who have been bickering neighbours and former friends for more than 50 years. A love interest for both of them, in the shape of Ariel (Ann Margret) moves into the house across the street and their rivalry intensifies.

The Magnificent Seven

Yul Brynner leads this star-studded cast of US gunslingers hired by Mexican peasants to liberate their village from bandits. With stunning scenery and a memorable soundtrack, this is an American Western remake of the Japanese ‘Seven Samurai’. Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach and Charles Bronson also star.

Howards End

Howards End is a large, country house owned by the wealthy, British, Wilcox family. E.M. Forster’s tale of Edwardian class tension unfolds when Paul Wilcox becomes engaged to Helen Schlegel who hails from an Anglo-German bourgeoisie family. All is not well as other family members intervene. Beautiful costumes, interiors and countryside are enhanced by exceptional performances from Helena Bonham Carter, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Hopkins.

Notting Hill

Much-loved Rom-Com featuring Hugh Grant, in one of his best roles, as a recently-divorced British bookseller. When the famous Hollywood actress, Anna Scott (the effervescent, Julia Roberts) walks into his west London travel bookshop, love is the last thing on their minds. Fate, however, has other ideas.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

A group of British retirees travel to Jaipur, India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly refurbished hotel. All is not what it seems, either with the hotel or the seven Brits who have their own intriguing back stories. Judy Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy star in this charming film which appeals in unexpected ways.

Lawrence of Arabia Peter O’Toole stars as Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence, who, due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. Alec Guinness, Omar Sharif and Anthony Quinn co-star in this sweeping, historical epic.