Alban Arena films are the reel deal

FILM lovers have plenty of choice at the Alban Arena next week when they are showing a total of four movies.

The first is The Infidel on Tuesday, August 3 – a light-hearted drama which uses punchy comedy to explore the cultural divide between Muslims and the Jewish in Britain.

Written by David Baddiel, Mahmud Nasir (Omid Djalili) is presented as a loving father, doting husband and also a somewhat relaxed Muslim.

He may not be the most devout but he is happy and fundamentally believes in his faith until he makes a life-changing discovery following the death of his mother.

The film, which is being shown at 7.30pm, also stars Richard Schiff, Matt Lucas and Miranda Hart.

For younger film fans, Shrek Forever After: The Final Chapter, is being shown at 1.30pm from next Tuesday, August 3, until Friday, August 6.

The last chance to catch up with Shrek and the gang in the fourth and final film of the series, Shrek finds his life has changed considerably since fighting dragons and rescuing beautiful princesses.

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Having become something of a house husband and a tourist attraction, he is faced with a life of boredom and routine leaving him giving anything to go back to being a ferocious ogre. When he meets the conniving Rumpelstiltskin, he is drawn into a fateful deal.

The funny story of three friends trapped in a small town and dreaming of escape lies behind Cemetery Junction which is being shown at 7.30pm next Wednesday and Thursday evenings at the Arena.

Set in the seventies, it explores the relationship between three friends in a coming-of-age film which sees them ultimately forced to make life-changing decisions allowing them either to accept the life they have been alloted or break free in pursuit of their dreams.

Written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, it is infused with nostalgia and the dry British humour unique to its creators.

Next Friday, August 6, the Arena is putting on Four Lions, the controversial tale of four British-born Muslims who have a secret plan to create havoc across London. But the quartet all have opposing ideas abut what they wish to achieve and their haplessness, combined with an abundance of jokes and furry animal costumes, makes for comic results.

Directed by Chris Morris. it also starts at 7.30pm and is a satire which is dangerously relevant to the current political climate and has the ability both to shock and inform.

Tickets for all evening performances are �6 with concessions �2 off and for Shrek they are �4, available from the Arena box office on 01727 844488.