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When people in Littlehampton - including conservative local Edith - begin to receive letters full of hilarious profanities, rowdy Irish migrant Rose is charged with the crime. Suspecting that something is amiss, the town's women investigate.
Fiery Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley) has little in common with the pious Edith Swan (Olivia Colman) aside from them being neighbours in the seaside town of Littlehampton in the 1920's. But one day, Edith starts receiving scandalous letters written with foul language as eccentric as it is obscene, and she immediately accuses Rose of being the poison pen writer behind them. As Rose stands to lose her freedom and the custody of her daughter, and outrageous letters continue to blight the town, police officer Gladys Moss (Anjana Vasan) begins to suspect something is amiss. Together with a group of resourceful women, Gladys endeavours to solve the mystery, liberate Rose, and catch the real culprit. Inspired by a real historical event from the 1920s, the charming seaside town of Littlehampton was a place where everyone knows everyone, and everyone is always on their best Christian behaviour. Filming for this thoroughly enjoyable and very funny film took place principally in Arundel throughout the Autumn of 2022. No doubt we will delight in recognizing our local surrounds on the big screen.
UK 2023 Thea Sharrock 102m
A novelist who is fed up with the establishment profiting from "Black" entertainment uses a pen name to write a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.
At once broadly comedic and bitingly barbed, ‘American Fiction’ is the story of Thelonious “Monk” Ellison (an outstanding Jeffrey Wright), a writer and malcontent who unwillingly finds himself back in his East Coast hometown. There he is confronted with the family turmoil he tries to avoid, heightened by growing irritation with the expectations he feels from the literary establishment about what “Black literature” ought to be. This is an extremely funny movie that lands some sharp blows, and a stellar feature debut from seasoned TV writer Cord Jefferson, where he confronts our culture's obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes.
USA 2023 Cord Jefferson 117m
A screenwriter drawn back to his childhood home enters into a fledgling relationship with a mysterious neighbour. Adapted by Andrew Haigh from a Japanese story, this unusual romance is aching, gorgeously shot and shimmering with sadness.
One night in his near-empty tower block in contemporary London, Adam (Andrew Scott) has a chance encounter with a mysterious neighbour Harry (Paul Mescal), which punctures the rhythm of his everyday life. As a relationship develops between them, Adam is preoccupied with memories of the past and finds himself drawn back to the suburban town where he grew up, and the childhood home where his parents (Claire Foy and Jamie Bell), appear to be living, just as they were on the day they died, 30 years before. Haigh, cinematographer Jamie D. Ramsay (‘Living’), and editor Jonathan Alberts utilize a lot of brilliant techniques to keep Adam slipping between worlds, to never fully resolve whether he is dreaming, is seeing ghosts, or is already one himself. A deeply moving film about loss and loneliness with a quartet of performances that blend together in a breathtaking way.
UK 2023 Andrew Haigh 105m
La Passion de Dodin Bouffant
This mouthwatering and sensual exercise in haute cuisine and late-flowering romance is set in 1885 and almost totally within the confines of a rustic kitchen in a chateau. This is our closing film of this year’s French Film Festival.
Tran Anh Hùng, the Vietnamese director, now living in France, of ‘The Scent of the Green Papaya’ based the film on the book ‘The Life and Passion of Dodin-Bouffant, Gourmet’ by Marcel Rouff. Peerless cook Eugénie (Juliette Binoche) has worked for the famous gourmet Dodin (Benoît Magimel) for the last 20 years. As time went by, the practice of gastronomy and mutual admiration turned into a romantic relationship. He realises, however, that while he schmoozes the rich and famous in the dining room, she remains in the kitchen but is clearly hugely responsible for his august reputation. There is talk of marriage, but Eugénie values her independence too much in a relationship that she considers should be of equal parts. Both Binoche and Magimel who were together in life for a considerable time, exude an effortless rapport. Chosen as France’s Oscar contender. Warning: Another film like the recent ‘Delicieux’ that should not be seen on an empty stomach! (Subtitles)
France/Belgium 2023 Tran Anh Hùng 134m
Jeder Für Sich und Gott Gegen Alle
A young man named Kaspar Hauser suddenly appears in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note.
When young German man Kaspar Hauser (a remarkable performance from Bruno S.) is suddenly released from an existence of inexplicable confinement, he is forced into regular society. Barely capable of communicating, Hauser is exploited in a circus sideshow until he is taken under the wing of the kind-hearted Professor Daumer (Walter Ladengast), who slowly helps him acclimatize to conventional life, even teaching him to read and write. Despite his best efforts, however, Hauser may not be able to escape the horrors of his past. Based on the true story of a 16-year-old youth who appeared out of nowhere in a German square in 1828, this is one of Herzog’s most remarkable films and now with a 4K remaster, it is a must see on the big screen. Look out also for ‘Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer’ and ‘Aguirre, Wrath of God’ also screening in February.
West Germany 1974 Werner Herzog 110m
This late addition to our Awards season programme recognizes a fearless, and mesmerizing film from start to finish, where three British teenage girls go on a rites-of-passage holiday.
Tara (Mia McKenna-Bruce), Skye (Lara Peake) and Em (Enva Lewis) arrive in Malia, Crete, intent to treat the resort town as their own hedonistic Neverland. A thousand miles from home – and their GCSE results – they’ll drink, “hook up” with boys, and have the best summer of their lives. But this amazing debut from Molly Manning Walker is no female offering of ‘The Inbetweeners’, it is 97% rated on Rotten Tomatoes, and has been hailed as one of the best British films of the year, and recognized as such with three Bafta nominations including Outstanding British Film.
Walker often lets the camera linger on McKenna-Bruce’s face and eyes that convey all the things she can’t find the words for. It is a shattering performance and made all the more devastating because it is so subtle. This coming-of-age story centred on a sexual awakening, in Walker’s hands (as both writer and director), produces results of unusual emotional intensity.
UK 2023 Molly Manning Walker 98m
The 2023/24 Season celebrates the centenary of Nicholas Georgiadis. This adaptation of Abbé Prévost’s novel embodies Kenneth MacMillan at his best, his acute insight into human psychology and his mastery of narrative choreography finding full expression in the impassioned duets of the central couple, visceral and urgent in their desire.
Thu 7 Mar 18:00
The amazing story of Ludvig Kahlen who pursued his lifelong dream: To make the Danish heath bring him wealth and honour.
In 1755, the impoverished Captain Ludvig Kahlen (Mads Mikkelsen) sets out to conquer the harsh, uninhabitable Danish heaths of Jutland with a seemingly impossible goal; to build a colony in the name of the King. In exchange, he will receive a desperately desired Royal name for himself. But the sole ruler of the area, the merciless Frederik de Schinkel (Simon Bennebjerg), arrogantly believes this land belongs to him. When de Schinkel learns that the maid Ann Barbara (Amanda Collin) and her serve husband have escaped for refuge with Kahlen, the privileged and spiteful ruler swears revenge, doing everything in his power to drive the captain away. Kahlen will not be intimated and takes up the unequal battle - not only risking his life, but also the family of outsiders that has formed around him. Shot with the sweep of a historical epic, featuring another superb example of Mads Mikkelsen’s stone-faced magnetism, plus a gallery of settlers, nobles and civil servants who could have stepped out of a Dutch masters painting. (Subtitles)
Denmark 2023 Nikolaj Arcel 127m
An introverted spy novelist is drawn into the activities of a sinister underground syndicate in this hugely entertaining film by Matthew Vaughn (‘Kingsman’).
Bryce Dallas Howard is Elly Conway, the reclusive author of a series of best-selling espionage novels, whose idea of bliss is a night at home with her computer and her cat, Alfie. But when the plots of Elly's fictional books - which centre on secret agent Argylle and his mission to unravel a global spy syndicate - begin to mirror the covert actions of a real-life spy organization, quiet evenings at home become a thing of the past. Accompanied by Aiden (Sam Rockwell), a cat-allergic spy, Elly (carrying Alfie in her backpack) races across the world to stay one step ahead of the killers as the line between Elly's fictional world and her real one begins to blur. The great cast features Samuel L. Jackson, Dua Lipa, Bryan Cranston and Henry Cavill as Argylle.
USA 2024 Matthew Vaughn 135m
Celebrates the life and music of legendary reggae musician Bob Marley, an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity.
Being a trailblazer, Marley (Kingsley Ben-Adir) was involved in the development of reggae as a musical genre. Jamaican culture became more popular because of his music, which was not just about sounds, but a way of life. Marley preached peace, harmony, and respect and was not afraid to use his music as a platform for his opinions on politics or religion. He has maintained such popularity over the years that you can find his poster hanging in modern-day student rooms, even though he hasn't produced any music since 1980. That is how much of an influence this man has had on music and pop culture. That being the case, the lead actor had to be perfect. Kingsley Ben-Adir was cast as Bob, after an extensive, yearlong and globe-spanning search by the studio.
USA 2024 Reinaldo Marcus Green
Unsung Heroines or Domestic Drudges?
Housewives and the Homefront in Second World War Films
To mark Women’s History Month this talk will look at the ways in which the women left at home during World War Two were portrayed in the films of the time.
The Second World War was fought not only on the battle-front but in fields, factories and homes. Women who entered the workforce as munitions workers, land girls and members of the women’s armed forces were celebrated in films like ‘The Gentle Sex’ (1943) and ‘Millions Like Us’ (1943). In this talk, featuring a range of clips, cultural historian and author Maggie Andrews will however focus on how the majority of women who were housewives struggling with rationing, evacuees and keeping the home fires burning were portrayed in film. ‘Mrs Miniver’ will be screened to complement this talk on Sun 17 March.
100m (inc 10 mins Q&A)
Sat 9 Mar 10:30 - In the Auditorium
Tickets only £6.50 (Students free)
A story in three places and times finding parallels between the experience of Indigenous communities in the Old West; South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation in the present day; and finally in the jungles of early-70s Brazil.
Grizzled gunslinger Murphy (Viggo Mortensen) has come to a desolate place in America’s west on a mission to rescue his kidnapped daughter, Molly (Viilbjørk Malling Agger). The film pivots to a house on the Pine Ridge Reservation, home to the Oglala Sioux people where we meet Alaina (Alaina Clifford), a policewoman handling a series of incidents, and her niece Sadie (Sadie Lapointe), a basketball coach looking to flee her increasingly depopulated turf. We finally end up in a remote corner of the Amazon where a small indigenous tribe wrestles with a gold rush threatening to upend their lives. Alonso’s latest is his most ambitious film, siding not with the white strangers in strange lands that had long featured in Alonso’s oeuvre, but with the native communities facing these invaders. (Some subtitles)
Argentina 2023 Lisandro Alonso 140m
Exhibition on Screen
Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.
Sat 9 Mar 15:30 (Plus Q&A)
Wed 13 Mar 12:30
Thu 14 Mar 16:00
Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Verdi’s 'La Forza del Destino', with stellar soprano Lise Davidsen, following a string of recent Met triumphs, in her role debut as the noble Leonora.
Sun 10 Mar 15:15
Andrew Scott (‘Fleabag’) brings multiple characters to life in the sold-out radical new production of Chekhov's ‘Uncle Vanya’. Hopes, dreams, and regrets are thrust into sharp focus in this one-man adaptation which explores the complexities of human emotions. ★★★★★ Time Out
Thu 22 Feb 20:30
Sun 25 Feb 15:15