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Dame Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester in Winchester

Winchester (15, 99 mins) Horror, drama

Starring: Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook

Director: The Spierig Brothers

IN MARCH 1881, Sarah Winchester (Dame Helen Mirren) inherits a $20m fortune and a 50 per cent stake in the Winchester Repeating Arms Company following the death of her husband, William Wirt Winchester.

The inheritance makes her one of the wealthiest women in the world. Curiously, Sarah uses her fortune to construct a vast mansion on an isolated stretch of land located 50 miles outside of San Francisco.

Brilliant medic Eric Price (Jason Clarke) is summoned to the house by Sarah to assess her mental state because there are questions about her ability to preside over the munitions company.

As he assesses Sarah, the doctor learns about the Winchester curse and the shocking truth about a house that stands seven stories tall with hundreds of rooms.

It transpires that Sarah is not building a grand legacy for her niece (Sarah Snook) but an inescapable prison for vengeful ghosts that Sarah believes are destined to haunt her to the grave.

Day after day, she builds new rooms and corridors to keep the spectres at bay but many people around Sarah question the method in her escalating madness.

Royal Opera Live: Tosca (Certificate TBC, 180 mins) Opera, musical

Starring: Adrianne Pieczonka, Joseph Calleja, Simon Shibambu, Gerald Finley

Director: Jonathan Kent

Jonathan Kent directs Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka in the emotionally wrought title role of Puccini's thriller of misplaced jealousy and betrayal, which is broadcast live from the Royal Opera House in London under the baton of conductor Dan Ettinger.

Noble painter Mario Cavaradossi (Joseph Calleja) pledges to help a good friend, fugitive Cesare Angelotti (Simon Shibambu), evade the clutches of the sadistic chief of police, Baron Scarpia (Gerald Finley).

In revenge, Scarpia captures the painter and tortures him within earshot of his beautiful and passionate lover, singer Floria Tosca (Pieczonka).

She is persuaded to give herself to the chief of police in order to save Cavaradossi from a death sentence.

Tosca attempts to right this shocking injustice but her efforts lead to heartbreak that propels the spirited singer to the precipice of self-annihilation.

Released: February 7

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