Little Miss Sunshine (35mm) - Warwick Student Cinema

Event from Warwick Student Cinema

Saturday 07 November 2020, 6:30pm - 9pm

L3 (Science Concourse) 

A Family on the Verge of a Breakdown 

Come and see this film with your friends!

We will be enforcing social distancing; please keep to 'bubbles' or groups of 6 or fewer.
Please wear a mask during your visit.

See you there!

Ticket Information

Tickets are sold at the doors on the night.

Due to Coronavirus restrictions, tickets are limited to 39 per film and will be distributed on a 'First come, first served' basis.

Member: £3.00

Non-Member: £4.00

Payment by Eating At Warwick or Cash only

Technical Information

The first thing you should know about Warwick Student Cinema is that we do not show DVDs, Blu-rays or any other home cinema format media to our audience. Only industry standard equipment is used; this means either showing either real film – both 35mm and 70mm – or DCI compliant digitally-projected movies.

Our society is lucky enough to have installed the first 4K RGB laser projector in Coventry and Warwickshire, in February 2020. Unlike traditional cinema projectors (both digital and film), its light source comprises red, green and blue laser modules instead of a xenon arc lamp. This cutting-edge illumination technology facilitates superior black levels as well as a wider colour gamut to provide the best picture possible. The 4K resolution provides a four-fold increase in picture detail compared to standard 2K systems.


After five years in the making due to financial difficulties, Little Miss Sunshine was finally released at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival where Fox Searchlight purchased its distribution rights. The film focuses on the Hoover family who embark on a road trip to California where daughter Olive (Breslin) wants to enter the Little Miss Sunshine annual beauty pageant. This, however, is no normal family. Olive’s father (Kinnear) is a struggling motivational speaker, her mother (Collette) is a chain smoker who feeds her family fried chicken, her uncle (Carell) is a suicidal scholar and her brother (Dano) is a Nietzsche-loving, self-imposed mute. The challenge is, therefore, not only to get to California, but also to get there without the family having ripped each other to shreds – something that is not necessarily certain in a cramped Volkswagen camper van.

Little Miss Sunshine is undoubtedly one of the funniest films I have ever seen, and was truly the jewel in the crown of the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. Because of the way that it is filmed, the audience is transported with the Hoovers on their trip and you’ll miss them when the film ends. Although it has a superb cast comprising Academy Award nominees Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette, and Golden Globe-winning The Office (USA) star Steve Carell, they do not overshadow what is, in effect, an indie comedy. There is a superb chemistry between the actors and it would be unfair to call the Hoovers a dysfunctional family. The fact that they make it to California (admittedly, not all of them!) proves that they can overcome any obstacles they are faced with.

Ricky Wyatt

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