This is an archive of our previous seasons. Click on any film title for more details (courtesy of the International Movie Data Base).
THE 2016-17 SEASON (31st Season)
The Brand New Testament (Belgium 2014) 114 mins Comedy
22 March 2017
Did you know that God is alive and lives in Brussels with his daughter?
Director: Jaco Van Dormael
99 Homes (USA 2014) 108mins Cert.15 Drama
8th March 2017
Set amidst the 2008 housing market catastrophe, Dennis, a hard-working and honest man, can’t save his family home. Thrown to the streets with alarming precision by real estate shark Mike Carver, Dennis, out of work and luck, is given an opportunity – to join Carver’s crew and put others through the harrowing ordeal done to him in order to earn back what’s his.
Director: Ramin Bahrani. Stars: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern
Spotlight (USA/Canada 2015) 128mins Cert.15 Biographical Drama
22nd February 2017
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child abuse and cover-up in the local Catholic Archdiocese.
Director: Tom McCarthy. Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams
Timbuktu (France/Mauritania 2014) 97mins Cert.12A Drama
8th February 2017
An exquisite film set in Timbuktu, Mali. The Jihadists arrive and impose Sharia law on a simple pastoral community in which a peaceable herdsman accidently kills a neighbour who has shot one of his cows.
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako. Stars: Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki
Victoria (Germany 2015) 138mins Cert.15 Crime Drama
25th January 2017
A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret. This extraordinary film is shot in a single running take with mainly improvised dialogue.
Director: Sebastian Schipper. Stars: Lasa Costa, Frederick Desn, Franz Rogowski
The Apartment (USA 1960) 125 mins Cert.PG Comedy Romance
11th January 2017
This years’ retrospective is the multi-Oscar-winning masterpiece about a lonely corporate employee who, to climb the company ladder, lets his apartment out to his seniors for clandestine meetings. Jack Lemmon at his razor-sharp best.
Director Billy Wilder. Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley Maclaine, Fred MacMurray
Rams (Hrútar, Iceland 2015) 93mins Cert.15 Drama
7th December 2016
In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two brothers who haven’t spoken in 40 years have to come together in order to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep.
Director: Grímur Hákonarson. Stars: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
Dheephan (France 2015) 115mins Cert.15 Crime Drama
30th November 2016
Dheepan is a Tamil fighter. He flees, taking with him two strangers – a woman and a little girl – hoping it will be easier for him to claim asylum. In Paris, the ‘family’ moves from home to home until he finds work, He works to build a new life and a real home for his ‘wife’ and ‘daughter’, but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and Dheepan is forced to reconnect with his warrior’s instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family.
Director: Jacques Audiard. Stars: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kaliea Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby
Sing Street (Ireland 2016) 106mins Cert.12A – Comedy Drama
16th November 2016
Dublin in the 1980s, a 15-year-old boy is suffering from his parents’ strained relationship while trying to adjust to his new inner-city school. He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, cool and beautiful Raphina, and invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band…yet.
Director: John Carney. Stars: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aiden Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy
Tangerines (Mandariinid, Estonia/Georgia 2013) 87mins Cert.15 Drama
2nd November 2016
War in Georgia 1992. A village is empty, almost everyone has left. Two have stayed: Ivo and Margus. But Margus will leave as soon as he has harvested his crops of tangerines. In a bloody conflict wounded men are left behind, and Ivo is forced to take them in. But they are from opposite sides of the war.
Director/writer: Zaza Urushadze. Stars: Lembit Ulfsak, Elmo Nüganen, Giorgi Nakashidze
The Crow’s Egg (Kaakkaa Muttai, India 2014) 91mins Cert.PG Comedy
19th October 2016
The life and times of two kids growing up in a slum, who make their living stealing coal from the railway yard. Their dream is to try out a pizza from the newly opened pizza shop!
Director: M. Manikandan. Stars: Ramesh, J. Vignesh, Aishwarya Rajesh
Room (Canada/Ireland 2015) 118mins Cert.15 Drama
5th October 2016
Held captive for years in an enclosed space, a woman (Brie Larson) and her young son (Jacob Tremblay) finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson. Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridges
Taxi Tehran (Iran 2015) 82mins Cert.12 Comedy Drama
21st September 2016
When you are a filmmaker and you are not allowed to direct movies any more, you have to retrain. So why not pretend you are a taxi driver and make a film despite everything? This is what Jafar Panahi has done. Now he invites you into his cab, to ride through the streets of Tehran and discover its people.
Director & Star: Jafar Panahi
Hail, Caesar! (USA 2016) 106mins Cert.12A Comedy
7th September 2016
A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars in the industry.
Directors: Ethan & Joel Coen. Stars: Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich
THE 2015-15 SEASON (30th Season)
The Women on the Sixth Floor (France)
In 1960s Paris, a conservative couple’s lives are turned upside down by two Spanish maids.
The Selfish Giant (UK 2013) 15 91m (drama)
9 March 2016
A contemporary fable about two scrappy 13-year old working-class friends in the UK who seek fortune by getting involved with a local scrap dealer and criminal, leading to tragic consequences.
Dir: Clio Barnard. Starring Shaun Thomas, Conner Chapman, Sean Gilder
Ida (Poland/Denmark/France/UK 2014) 12A 82m (drama)
24 February 2016
Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the point of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.
Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski. Starring Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrod nik
Wild Tales (Argentina 2014) 15 122m (comedy/drama/thriller)
3 February 2016
A black comedy with six OTT tales of revenge, the film is a splendidly anarchic portrait of a world on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Dir: Damian Szifron. Starring Dario Grandinetti, Maria Marull, Monica Villa
La Jaula De Oro (Golden Dream, Mexico 2013) 12 108m (drama)
20 January 2016
Juan, Sara and Samuel, three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala, travel to the United States in search of a better life. On their journey they meet Chauk, who doesn’t speak a word of Spanish.
Dir: Diego Quemada-Diez. Starring Brandon Lopez, Rodolfo Dominguez, Karen Martinez
Intouchables (The Untouchables, France 2011) 15 112m (comedy/drama)
6 January 2016
In Paris the aristocratic Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who engages the services of a young African man, Driss, to be his carer. Driss, brilliantly played by Omar Sy, changes the boring life of Philippe and his employees.
Dir: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano. Starring Francois Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny
Dark Horse (UK 2015) PG 85m (documentary/drama)
16 December 2015
An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite ‘sport of kings’ and breed themselves a racehorse.
Dir: Louise Osmond
Force Majeure (Sweden 2014) 15 120m (drama/comedy)
2 December 2015
A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day. A wickedly funny and precisely observed psychodrama as their world is turned upside down.
Dir: Ruben Ostlund. Starring Johannes Kuhnhe, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Clara Wettergren
Far From The Madding Crowd (UK 1967) PG 169m (drama)
18 November 2015
Thomas Hardy’s famous novel, filmed in Dorset and Wiltshire, is our retrospective film this season. Bethsheba Everdene is a wilful, passionate girl who captures the lives and loves of three very different men.
Dir: John Schlesinger. Starring Julie Christie,Terence Stamp, Peter Finch, Alan Bates
Il Capitale Umono (Human Capital, Italy/France 2013) 15 111m (drama)
4 November 2015
The destinies of two families are irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit off the road by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve
Dir: Paolo Virzi. Starring Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Matilde Gioli, Valeria Bruno Tedesc
Love Is Strange (UK 2014) 15 94m (drama)
21 October 2015
Ben and George get married. George is fired from his teaching job forcing them to stay separately with friends while they sell their house and look for cheaper housing.
Dir: Ira Sachs. Starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei
Difret (Ethiopia 2014) 12 99m (drama)
7 October 2015
Outside Addis Ababa a bright 14year old girl is on her way home from school when men on horses swoop and kidnap her with the intent of abducting her into marriage.
Dir: Zeresenay Mehari. Starring Meron Getnet, Tizita Hagere, Haregewine Assifa
Of Horses And Men (Iceland/Germany/Norway 2015) 15 (comedy/romance)
23 September 2015
A country romance about the human streak in the horse and the horse in the human. Love and death become interlaced and with immense consequences.
Dir: Benedikt Erlingsson. Starring Ingvar Eggert Sigurasson, Charlotte Boring
Selma (USA 2014) PG 128m (documentary)
9 September 2015
A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
Dir: Ava DuVernay. Starring David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth
THE 2014-15 SEASON (29th Season)
PRIDE (UK 2014) comedy/drama 120m
It’s the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.
Starring; Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West .
MR TURNER (UK 2014) n/a 149m Biography/drama
The film explores the last quarter century in the life of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner. Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.
Dir: Mike Leigh. Starring Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson.
THE FAIRY (France/Belgium 2011) PG 93m Comedy/drama
Dom works the night-shift in a small hotel near Le Havre. One night a woman arrives with no luggage and no shoes. Her name is Fiona and she tells him she is a fairy and can grant him three wishes. She makes two of his wishes come true and then mysteriously disappears.
Dir: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon. Starring Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon, Bruno Romy
AMERICAN HUSTLE (USA 2013) 15 138m
A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner, Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it’s enchanting. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn could be the one to pull the thread that brings the whole world crashing down.
Dir: David O. Russell. Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper.
THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST (USA/UK/Qatar 2013) 15 130m Thriller
A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland.
Dir: Mira Nair. Starring Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland
THE ROCKET (Australia/Thailand/Laos 2013) 12 96m Drama
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he’s not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most dangerous competition of the year, The Rocket Festival.
Dir: Kim Mordaunt. Starring Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Sitthiphon
THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD (UK 1965)
Alec Leamas, a British spy, is sent to East Germany supposedly to defect, but in fact to sow disinformation. Tonight’s film is both our retrospective for the season and our tribute to the late Ossie Morris, our president and the film’s Director of Photography. Ossie won both BAFTA and British Society of Cinematographers award for his work on this film.
Dir: Martin Ritt. Starring Richard Burton, Oskar Werner, Claire Bloom.
NEBRASKA (USA 2013) 15 115m
An ageing, booze-addled father makes the trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son in order to claim a million- dollar Mega Sweepstakes Marketing prize. Told with deadpan humour and a unique visual style it’s ultimately the story of a son trying to get through to a father he doesn’t understand.
Dir: Alexander Payne. Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb
“Hundraåringen som klev ut genom fönstret och försvann”
114mins – adventure – comedy 15
Dynamite expert Allan Karlsson’s life, and the unlikely events following his escape from the old folk’s home on his 100th birthday
France/Luxembourg 2014 15 103mLucie presumes her husband Paul – an older neurosurgeon – is having an affair. Indeed, Paul has been acting strangely, but the truth behind it is dark and complicated. He meets a younger woman who claims he once operated on her….Dir: Philippe Claudel. Starring Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas, Leila Bekht
Ireland/UK 2014 15 100m Drama
After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him. McDonagh’s film is set in Sligo and, against a background of religious hypocrisy, he gives Gleeson probably his best role yet.
USA 2013 12A 98m Comedy/drama
Jasmine French used to be top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. She looks a million but isn’t bringing money, peace or love as her old pretensions and new deceits foul up
India/France/Germany/USA 2013 PG 103m
A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox.
USA/Germany 2014 15 100m Comedy
The adventures of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Mustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune
Dir: Wes Anderson
Season 28 – 2013 to 2014.
|In Love with Alma Cogan UK, 2011 12A 99m Director – Tony Britten. Starring Roger Lloyd-Pack, Niamh Cusack, Gwyneth Strong (drama)Amour France/Germany/Austria 2012 PG 127mDirector: Michael Hanneke. Starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert. (drama/romance)