Alternative Cinema

First published in Local Screens Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Entertainments Editor

ANGELA Meade takes centre stage in Verdi’s thrilling early gem.

Salvatore Licitra is her mismatched lover, and all-star Verdians Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Ferruccio Furlanetto round out the cast.

Ernani from the Met Opera is showing at Harbour Lights Picturehouse tomorrow at 6pm.

n Alone in the Arctic Circle, two men work at a small meteorological station, taking readings from their radioactive surroundings. Sergei takes his job very seriously.

His new partner, bright eyed college grad Pavel, retreats to his MP3 player and video games.

One day while Sergei is out, inexperienced Pavel receives terrible news for Sergei from HQ. Intimidated, Pavel can’t bring himself to disclose the information.

When the truth is finally revealed, the consequences explode against a chilling backdrop of the merciless Arctic Sea.

How I Ended This Summer is Wednesday’s offering from Southampton University’s The Phoenix.

See thephoenix.org.uk.

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