Published: 17 January, 2013
by DAN CARRIER
IT is with great excitement that I can reveal Dustin Hoffman will be making a public appearance at the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley.
He will be part of a question-and-answer session at the cinema after a screening of his latest film, Quartet, tomorrow (Friday). Operations manager Carina Volks says that they were asked on Monday if they’d like to have him appear.
“We heard he may be able to come, and when it was confirmed, the tickets sold out in an hour,” she says.
The Phoenix, which has celebrated its 100 birthday in 2010, has recently been renovated – though I’m pleased to say the extraordinary plaster-cast friezes that snake down the walls of the 255-seat auditorium are very much still in place. The Phoenix is owned by a charitable trust and is enjoying a renaissance after facing closure in the 1980s.
Ms Volks added: “Dustin Hoffman really is one of the most incredible actors out there, and so well loved. The public response to the news has been amazing. We ran the film Quartet last week and it has done very well in ticket sales. It has been a big hit with our audience.”
And her favourite Hoffman film? “Of course, I love The Graduate, but, controversially, I also have a very big soft spot for I Heart Huckabees.”
l Meanwhile, the BFI Southbank is running a season of Roman Polanksi’s films. Oscar-winning flick The Pianist, starring Adrien Brody, is simply superb. Based on the true story of the Polish-Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, who managed to survive the Holocaust, it is one of the most moving films of the genre, and Polanski himself a survivor of the Nazi regime, poured all his genius into it. The Pianist is being screened on February 13, 17 and 19 at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, SE1.