3 days until a story of three potent eras …

The book on which this film is based is called Lady in Gold and was published in 2012. It traces the story of the creation of one of Gustav Klimt’s famous portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer, its seizure by Nazi authorities after the Austrian Anschluss in 1938, and the litigation ten years ago that ultimately led to its restitution and sale at auction, since which it has hung in the Neue Galerie in New York.  This book and now film, is so good because of the way it weaves three eras together: early 20th century Vienna, the Nazi era, and modern times.

Adele Bloch Bauer and her niece (and the plaintiff in the litigation) Maria Altmann, played by Helen Mirren, are portrayed in exquisite detail. The story captures the complexities of turn of the century Vienna – a potent mix of cosmopolitanism, late Empire vainglory, and mainstream political Anti-Semitism than is commonly remembered (particularly compared to Germany).  In no small irony, the Academy of Fine Arts that rejected Hitler as an artist is diagonally across a small park from where Altmann lived.

Box Office pops up at Farmers’ Market

We launched our Pop-Up Box Office on Saturday 15 August at the Farmers’ Market set in the market place at the centre of Aylsham. This was a great boost to our sales and we now only have a handful of tickets left for our first screening on the 28th August – Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren.

Thanks to Debby Besford for taking this great picture on the day and a big thank you to volunteers, Manny Gomes, Lorna Townsend, Paul Vater, Tim Bliss, Isabel Vasseur and James Layte for helping out on the day.