"Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance is astonishing." - Philip French, The Observer
We promised ourselves that we'd try to stick to The Chain as much as possible this year, and limit Tribute Screenings to only exceptional cases. And so we're extremely sad to find ourselves scheduling a screening in tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman - one of the finest actors of his generation.
There's an embarrassment of riches to choose from when it comes to Hoffman's work, but seeing it was his incredible portrayal of the writer Truman Capote that saw him deservedly win the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005, we thought Capote the most appropriate film to screen.
Set in 1959, Capote deals with the New York writer's research into the brutal and senseless murder of a middle-class family in a small Kansas town - research that sees the writer befriending both the shell-shocked townspeople and the convicted killers. While the end result is Truman Capote's best-selling classic, In Cold Blood, the writing of the book takes Capote into very murky ethical waters and raises questions regarding artistic integrity and a writer's responsibility to telling the truth.
We hope you'll join us on Tuesday 11 February in paying our respects to this brilliant, brilliant actor.