Category Archives: Season 2015-16

Boyhood

boyhoodFilmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Starring Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as Mason’s parents and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as his sister Samantha, Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before.

Cert 15 – USA 2014 – Director: Richard Linklater
Running time: 165 minutes – Language: English
Cast: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke

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Girlhood

girlhoodSixteen year-old Marieme is an immigrant girl living in the Paris suburbs. Having failed in school, she sees a future cleaning hotel rooms like her mother. However, joining a girl gang gives her a taste of a different life and we follow her through the exhilarating yet dangerous world of the ghetto as she swings between love, music, violence and an illusory sense of empowerment.

Cert 15 – France 2015 – Director: Celine Sciamma
Running time: 113 minutes – Language: French
Cast: Karidja Touré,  Assa Sylla, Lindsay Karamah.

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Wild Tales

wild-talesA compilation of six stories with themes ranging from air travel to car clamping, society weddings to road rage. If there is a common theme it may be that beneath the respectable, calm veneer of modern life there is a suppressed animal passion in each of us. These dazzling tales are replete with black humour, social comment, explosions, farce and above all a remarkable twist in each plot line which never fails to confound our expectations.

Cert 15 – Argentina 2015 – Director: Damian Szifron
Running time: 130 minutes – Language: Spanish
Cast: Ricardo Darin, Erica Rivas, Leonardo Sparaglio

 

Testament of Youth

testament-of-youthTestament of Youth is based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. With its beautiful filming and stunning performance by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander as Vera, it serves as a worthy tribute to Ms. Brittains’ timeless writing.

Cert PG  – UK 2015 – Director: James Kent
Running time: 129 minutes – Language: English
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Kit Harington

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