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Green Book

Showing: 22nd September 2019

A working-class Italian-American bouncer takes a job driving an educated African-American pianist on a tour of America’s Deep South. A ‘feel good’ road trip drama that is part buddy comedy, part history lesson and part social commentary on friendship and race.

Year: USA 2018
Director: Peter Farelly
Cast: Virgo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali
Language: English
Duration: 127 Mins
Cert: 12A

Capernaum

Showing: 6th October 2019

A hardened street-wise 12 year old boy runs away from his negligent parents and finds shelter with a refugee Ethiopian woman and her baby. The film brings home the meaning of poverty and desperation and, conversely, of love and humanity.

Year: Lebanon, France 2018
Director: Nadine Labaki
Cast: Zain Al Rafia, Yordanos Shiferaw
Language: Arabic, Amharic (English subtitles)
Duration: 126 Mins
Cert: 15

Stan and Ollie

Showing: 20th October 2019

With their golden era long behind them, Hollywood’s greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule and with the support of their wives, the pair’s love of performing, as well as for each other, ensures for them a place in the hearts of an adoring public.

Year: UK 2018
Director: Jon S. Baird
Cast: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson
Language: English
Duration: 98 Mins
Cert: PG

I Am Not a Witch

Showing: 3rd November 2019

Following a banal incident in her local village, 8 year old girl Shula is accused of witchcraft. After a short trial she is found guilty, taken into state custody and exiled to a witch camp. The Welsh/Zambian director says of her film: ‘In the end I can’t help what people get from it or take from it. I just hope they laugh and they feel the tragedy.’

Year: UK/Zambia 2017
Director: Rungano Nyoni
Cast: Benfors ‘Wee Do, Boyd Banda
Language: English
Duration: 93 Mins
Cert: 12A

Black Klansman

Showing: 17th November 2019

Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado in the 1970s, successfully manages to infiltrate the local branch of the Ku Klux Klan with the help of a Jewish surrogate. The comical disorganisation of the Klan does not mask the chilling evil of its aims and Spike Lee draws out the similarities with present-day society and government.

Year: USA 2018
Director: Spike Lee
Cast: John David Washington, Adam Driver
Language: English
Duration: 135 Mins
Cert: 15

Wajib

Showing: 1st December 2019

A father and his estranged son must come together to hand deliver his daughter’s wedding invitations as per local Palestinian custom. The tension between the two men, based on political and generational differences, reflects the pressures on the society around them but this coexists with terrific comedy as the wedding arrangements begin to unravel.

Year: Palestine/France 2017
Director: Annemarie Jacir
Cast: Mohammad Bakri, Saleh Bakri
Language: Arabic (English subtitles)
Duration: 96 Mins
Cert: 15

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Showing: 23rd September 2018

When her daughter is brutally murdered, Mildred Hayes confronts the local police, whose incompetent investigation of the crime reveals small-town lethargy and prejudice. The astonishing twists and turns of the plot and lurches from black comedy to sudden violence are surmounted by an outstanding performance by Frances McDormand as Mildred for which she won best actress at the Oscars.

Year: USA 2017
Director: Martin McDonough
Cast: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson
Language: English
Duration: 115 Mins
Cert: 15

A United Kingdom

Showing: 7th October 2018

The true story of King Seretse Khama of Botswana and how his marriage to an English woman created political and diplomatic turmoil in Africa and Britain. When the African prince and law student Seretse falls in love with London secretary Ruth, their romance stirs up a whirlwind of diplomatic conflict, revealing the deep-rooted racism of the post-war British establishment and the suspicion of Seretse’s subjects. Will their love overcome such massive obstacles?

Year: UK 2016
Director: Amma Asante
Cast: David Oyelowa, Rosamund Pike
Language: English/Tswana
Duration: 111 Mins
Cert: 12

Hotel Salvation

Showing: 21st October 2018

Like an aged elephant, 77 year old Dayanand feels his end is near and wants to spend his final days in the holy city of Varanasi. He enlists his businessman son to help him move but not everything goes to plan. A leisurely, wise and ultimately affecting meditation on father son relationships and the importance of family compromise.

Year: India 2016
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Cast: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Palomi Ghosh
Language: Hindi (English Subtitles)
Duration: 103 Mins
Cert: 12

In Between

Showing: 4th November 2018

Described as a Palestinian feminist revenge fantasy, this is the story of three very different Palestinian women, living and working in Tel Aviv. Tensions flair when Noor, who wears the hijab, moves in with the much more liberal and secular Laila and Salma. But all three find that they have more in common with each other than they expected. Conflicts with family and men produce a common bond of solidarity.

Year: Israel 2016
Director: Maysaloun Hamoud
Cast: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh
Language: Arabic (English Subtitles)
Duration: 96 Mins
Cert: 15