ON Saturday 11th October the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre will be screening Sidney Lumet’s award-winning courtroom drama 12 Angry Men. This 1957 seminal feature was surprisingly a box-office flop upon its initial release, but it has come to be regarded as a cinematic classic by many film critics and viewers alike.
Lumet’s feature, adapted from a teleplay of the same name by Reginald Rose, is an absorbing and compelling drama that reaches far beyond it’s drab courtroom setting. Henry Fonda gives a BAFTA award-winning performance as Juror #8, a dissenting voice determined to convince his fellow jury members that everything about the case of an eighteen-year-old boy accused of stabbing his father isn’t as straightforward as it would seem.
No names are used throughout the film, with the members of the jury only identified by their respective numbers and the defendant referred to merely as ‘the boy’. Much of the film’s tension comes from the intense conflict and tension between the jury members as the 12 men try to reach their verdict. If you’ve never seen this cinematic classic on a big screen before, now’s your chance.
The Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre is a superb facility situated at the heart of Limavady town. A flagship venue for the Limavady Borough Council since it opened in October 2010. The centre provides a dynamic cultural programme of activities throughout the year, including the very best of national and international theatre, music, visual arts and heritage exhibitions, film and engaging creative learning opportunities.
Tickets for this screening cost £3 and can be purchased directly from Centre’s website or by contacting their box-office directly on 02877760650.