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Hit The Road

Showing: 18th February 2024

Panah Panahi juggles joy, heartbreak and surreal humour in a road movie his imprisoned father would be proud of.

This charming, sharp-witted, and deeply moving comic drama takes the tradition of the Iranian road-trip movie and adds unexpected twists and turns. It follows a family of four — two middle-aged parents and their sons, one a taciturn adult, the other an ebullient six-year-old — as they drive across the Iranian countryside, bonding over memories of the past, grappling with fears of the unknown, and fussing over their sick dog.

Year: 2021
Director: Panah Panahi
Cast: Pantea Panahiha, Mohammad Hassan Madjooni, Rayan Sarlak
Language: Iranian
Duration: 93 Minutes
Cert: 12A

Joyland

Showing: 3rd March 2024

The Ranas–a happily patriarchal joint family–yearn for the birth of a baby boy to continue the family line. Their youngest son secretly joins an erotic dance theatre and falls for an ambitious trans starlet. Their impossible love story slowly illuminates the entire Rana family’s desire for sexual rebellion

Year: 2023
Director: Saim Sadiq
Cast: Ali Junejo, Rasti Farooq, Alina Khan
Language: Urdu
Duration: 126 Minutes
Cert: 12A

The Quiet Girl

Showing: 17th March 2024

This beautiful and compassionate film from first-time feature director Colm Bairéad, based on the novella Foster by Claire Keegan, is a child’s-eye look at our fallen world. Set in 1981, nine-year-old Cait is sent away from her overcrowded, dysfunctional family to live with her mother’s cousin in County Waterford for the summer. Quietly struggling at school and at home, she has learned to hide in plain sight from those around her. She blossoms, but in this house where there are meant to be no secrets, she discovers one painful truth. The Quiet Girl offers a deceptively simple reminder that the smallest stories can leave a large emotional impact.

Year: 2022
Director: Colm Bairéad
Cast: Carrie Crowley, Andrew Bennett, Catherine Clinch
Language: English & Irish
Duration: 95 Minutes
Cert: 12A

One Life

Showing: 31st March 2024

The true story of Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton, a young London broker who, in the months leading up to World War II, rescued 669 predominantly Jewish children from the Nazis. Nicky visited Prague in December 1938 and found families who had fled the rise of the Nazis in Germany and Austria, living in desperate conditions with little or no shelter and food, and under threat of Nazi invasion. He immediately realized it was a race against time. How many children could he and the team rescue before the borders closed? Fifty years later, it’s 1988 and Nicky lives haunted by the fate of the children he wasn’t able to bring to safety in England; always blaming himself for not doing more. It’s not until a live BBC television show, ‘That’s Life’, surprises him by introducing him to some surviving children – now adults – that he finally begins to come to terms with the guilt and grief he had carried for five decades.

Year: 2023
Director: James Hawes
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Lena Olin, Helena Bonham Carter
Language: English
Duration: 110 Minutes
Cert: 12A

Polite Society

Showing: 15th October 2023

Dedicated martial artist-in-training Ria Khan decides to rescue her older sister Lena from her impending marriage, recruiting her equally dangerous and determined friends to pull off the greatest wedding heist of all time. The resulting riot of action, wit and wise cultural commentary is an upbeat, fun and engaging take on modern family life and sisterhood in a sometimes complicated world. A must see film that will definitely make you laugh but is equally not afraid to confront important issues. With an endearing story and action-packed sequences, Manzoor’s Polite Society is a joyful movie that could potentially turn into an instant classic.

Year: UK 2023
Director: Nida Manzoor
Cast: Priya Kansara, Ritu Arya, Renu Brindle
Language: English
Duration: 103 Minutes
Cert: 12A

Brian and Charles

Showing: 29th October 2023

Brian is a lonely inventor in rural Wales who spends his days building quirky unconventional contraptions that seldom work. Undeterred by his lack of success, he soon attempts his biggest project yet. Using a washing machine and various spare parts, he invents Charles, an artificial intelligence robot that learns English from a dictionary and has an obsession with cabbages.

  • Filming location North Wales
  • BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film

Year: Wales 2022
Director: Jim Archer
Cast: David Earl, Chris Hayward, Louise Brealey
Language: English
Duration: 90 Minutes
Cert: PG

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

Showing: 19th November 2023

Enchanting Oscar-nominated drama about a daydreaming young teacher who is posted to a remote school in a Himalayan mountain village. Set against a haunting backdrop of extraordinary landscape and weather Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom is a simple story with a big heart — and a reminder of film’s ability to communicate universal truths across international borders.

Year: Bhutan China 2020
Director: Pawo Choyning Dorji
Cast: Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Kelden Lhamo Gurung
Language: Dzongkha English
Duration: 110 Minutes
Cert: PG

How to Blow up a Pipeline

Showing: 3rd December 2023

Presented by Friends of the Earth.

A crew of young environmental activists execute a daring mission to sabotage an oil pipeline. Daniel Goldhaber’s taut and timely thriller is part high-stakes heist, part radical exploration of the climate crisis. Based on the controversial book by Andreas Malm.

Year: US 2022
Director: Daniel Goldhaber
Cast: Ariela Barer Kristine Froseth Lukas Gage
Language: English
Duration: 104 Minutes
Cert: 15

Mrs Harris Goes to Paris

Showing: 17th December 2023

‘Them days are over when you can treat people like scum and expect loyalty in return’. Entertaining and Delightful!

Made in partnership with the House of Dior, this film adaption of Paul Gallico’s1958 novel follows Mrs Ada Harris on a remarkable journey to fulfil her wildest dreams. At first look you might think it is only about wanting to own a beautiful dress but really it’s much more about dreaming big and the value of friendship, love and family.

Widowed and making ends meet working as a cleaning lady, Mrs Harris falls in love with the beautiful Dior designed dresses owned by her super rich and aristocratic employer, Lady Dant. She decides she absolutely must own one herself.

Lesley Manville is completely convincing as Mrs Harris, who, for the next three years scrimps and saves every penny she earns and with a little boost of winnings she finally has enough money to travel to Paris to buy her very own Dior dress. Naively she assumes that once you have the money you can enter that exclusive world of design couture, but it soon becomes clear that there are barriers to break down that she never imagined..

Determined, unflinching and with the support of her wonderful new friends, she will not stop until her dream becomes reality.

  • A feel good movie with a fair slice of witty and wise social commentary.
  • Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

Year: UK 2022
Director: Anthony Fabian
Cast: Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Jason Isaacs, Alba Baptista, Lambert Wilson, Lucas Bravo, Anna Chancellor
Language: English
Duration: 115 Minutes
Cert: PG

Women Talking

Showing: 4th February 2024

The women of an isolated religious community grapple with reconciling their reality with their faith. Though the backstory, we see a community of women come together to figure out how they might move forward together to build a better world for themselves and their children. Stay and fight or leave. They will not do nothing

Year: 2022
Director: Sarah Polley
Cast: Rooney Mara, Claire Foy, Jessie Buckley
Language: English
Duration: 104 Minutes
Cert: 15