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The Caretaker (PG)

The Caretaker

To complement the Chichester Festival Theatre’s June/July production of Harold Pinter’s ‘The Caretaker’, we present this classic 1963 film version which benefits from an outstanding cast.


Naive and lonely Aston (Robert Shaw) rescues the homeless and manipulative Davies (Donald Pleasence), inviting him to stay at his rundown family home. Aston's brother and guardian, Mick (Alan Bates), dislikes the shiftless Davies, but comes to see him as someone to unload the house onto when Aston proposes that Davies become its caretaker. Mick, fed up with his responsibilities, hopes Davies' duties as caretaker will extend to caring for his brother as well. Whilst he is best known for his theatrical work, Pinter was also an accomplished screenwriter; adapting several of his own works as well as many by other writers. In 1963, he wrote the treatment of his own play ‘The Caretaker’ for director Clive Donner. It turned out to be arguably his best. This is a triumph of a film which deserves to be reseen in an auditorium, and discovered by a new generation.

UK 1963 Clive Donner 105m


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Saturday 25 May 202413:15 Book Now

The Fall Guy (12A)

The Fall Guy

A down-and-out stuntman must find the missing star of his ex-girlfriend's blockbuster film in this hilarious and thoughtful tribute to the stunt community.


Colt Seavers (Ryan Gosling) is a stuntman. He gets blown up, shot, crashed, thrown through windows and dropped from the highest of heights, all for our entertainment. And now, fresh off an almost career-ending accident, this working-class hero has to track down the missing Tom Ryder (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), an international superstar with a lethal combo of arrogance and insecurity which Colt regularly stunt doubles for. But that is not all, he must also solve a conspiracy and try to win back the love of his life - Jody (Emily Blunt) - while still doing his day job. What could possibly go right? Gosling and Blunt are terrific together, but the film also gives them both space to shine separately, with the help of a great supporting cast led by a scene-stealing Hannah Waddingham.

USA 2024 David Leitch 126m


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Saturday 25 May 202415:15 Book Now

The Taste of Things (12A)

The Taste of Things

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


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Saturday 25 May 202417:45 Book Now

Monkey Man (18)

Monkey Man

A young man unleashes a campaign of vengeance against the corrupt leaders who systemically victimize the poor and powerless.


Inspired by the Indian legend of Hanuman, an icon embodying strength and courage, ‘Monkey Man’ stars Dev Patel as Kid, an anonymous young man who ekes out a meagre living in an underground fight club where, night after night, he gets paid for losing fights against the headliners. After years of suppressed rage, Kid discovers a way to infiltrate the enclave of the city's sinister elite. As his childhood trauma boils over, his mysteriously scarred hands unleash an explosive campaign of retribution to settle the score with the men who took everything from him. What starts a tale of a street-smart grief-stricken man living only for revenge slow morphs into the journey of a man who learns to stand for something greater than himself. Dev Patel (‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’) who stars, direct, writes and produces this film, is showing signs of being a future leader in British cinema.

USA/Canada/Singapore/India 2024 Dev Patel 121m


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Saturday 25 May 202420:15 Book Now