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Catching Fire: the Story of Anita Pallenberg (15)

Catching Fire: the Story of Anita Pallenberg

This intimate documentary reveals the story of a fierce rock 'n' roller, actress, muse and mother who rose to prominence in the 1960s and 1970s.


Anita Pallenberg was at many points in her life a newspaper headline: a "rock n' roll goddess," a "voodoo priestess," and an "evil seductress." She was accused of trying to break up the Rolling Stones, among other things. But those who loved her considered her an exciting cultural force, and a loving mother - and innocent of the accusations. Never-seen-before home movies and family photographs explore life with the Rolling Stones and tell a bittersweet tale of both triumph and heartbreak. From ‘Barbarella’ to the Swiss Alps, and the Lower East Side to London, Anita Pallenberg was a creative force ahead of her time. This has a perfect balance of heart, soul and humor that resonates within its core and just makes for some enjoyable and informative viewing.

USA 2023 Alexis Bloom & Svetlana Zill 110m


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Tuesday 18 Jun 202413:00 Book Now
Wednesday 19 Jun 202418:00 Book Now

The Beast (15)

The Beast

La Bête


Based on a Henry James novella ‘The Beast in the Jungle’, this is set partly in a near future in which artificial intelligence is in control of lives and human emotions are perceived as a threat.


The year is 2044: artificial intelligence controls a stoic society as humans routinely "erase" their feelings. Hoping to eliminate pain caused by their past-life romances, Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux) continually falls in love with different incarnations of Louis (George MacKay). Set first in Belle Époque-era Paris, Louis is a British man who woos her away from a cold husband, then in early 21st Century LA, he is a disturbed American bent on delivering "retribution." Visually audacious, this is suffused with a haunting sense of mystery, and is punctuated by a career-defining, three-role performance by Seydoux. This is the final element on our short strand on Henry James’ Women on Screen which includes a screening of ‘The Innocents’ and an illustrated talk on the author’s female characters on the big screen.

France 2023 Bertrand Bonello 146m


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Tuesday 18 Jun 202415:15 Book Now
Wednesday 19 Jun 202413:00 Book Now

The Almond and the Seahorse (15)

The Almond and the Seahorse

What happens when you're ambushed by time? An archaeologist and an architect fight to re-imagine a future after traumatic brain injury leaves them adrift from the people they love.


Sarah (Rebel Wilson) is an archaeologist who is trying to juggle professional and personal responsibilities, while her partner Joe (Celyn Jones) slips away a piece at a time. He has trouble retaining memories and often forgets who and where he is – leaving Sarah reliant on various routines which safely control his day.  Toni (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and her partner Gwen (Trine Dyrholm) form the other part of this relationship equation. Gwen suffered a similar injury following a car crash and has been losing pieces of herself for over ten years. Linking both relationships together is Doctor Falmer (Meera Syal), who continues to treat both Gwen and Joe, even though their respective partners seem to be in perpetual denial. This is a life-affirming drama about loved ones dealing with long-term brain injury, with Rebel Wilson (seen in a new light here) and Charlotte Gainsbourg being the highlights.

UK 2022 Celyn Jones & Tom Stern 96m


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Tuesday 18 Jun 202418:15 Book Now

Rosalie (15)

Rosalie

An amazing true story about a sensuous, unusual woman ahead of her time, who just happened to be the first bearded lady attraction.


Rosalie lives in a small French village of the 1870s, she is a young woman unlike any other. However, she hides a secret: Rosalie was born with a face and body covered in hair, a peculiarity she has concealed her all her life to stay safe, shaving to fit in. Until Abel, an indebted bar owner unaware of her secret, marries Rosalie for her dowry. Will Abel be able to love Rosalie and see her as the woman she is? This is a delicate drama about a woman who refused to accept social beauty standards of her time, with terrific charismatic lead performances from Nadia Tereszkiewicz as Rosalie and Benoît Magimel as her husband. The film has plenty of applications to modern times - not least of all in its appeal for tolerance of others’ differences - but the film works best as a quiet study in accepting oneself.


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Tuesday 18 Jun 202420:15 Book Now
Wednesday 19 Jun 202415:45 Book Now
Thursday 20 Jun 202415:15 Book Now (Film Starts 15:25)

American Fiction (15)

American Fiction

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


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Wednesday 19 Jun 202420:15 Book Now

The Trust Fall (15)

The Trust Fall

Julian Asange


The story of a man who risked everything to bring the truth to light.


Having dominated headlines in the 2010s, the WikiLeaks founder has dropped out of sight having been confined at London’s Belmarsh prison since 2019. And that was kind of the plan, this impassioned documentary asserts, with the aid of staunch defenders including the late John Pilger, Tariq Ali, Jill Stein, Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsworth and Assange family members. “The persecution of Julian has been a long, slow form of killing somebody,” says Pilger; witnessing Assange’s trajectory from a buccaneering truth-teller to a frail, mentally damaged prisoner, perpetually denied justice, it’s hard to disagree. The film documents in detail WikiLeaks’ role in exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, including graphic footage of a helicopter attack in Baghdad in 2007 that killed several innocent civilians and two Reuters photographers. And it convincingly argues that the US has sought to punish him ever since, aided by successive, supine UK and Australian governments.

Australia 2023 Kym Staton 128m


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Thursday 20 Jun 202412:45 Book Now (Film Starts 12:55)

A House in Jerusalem (12A)

A House in Jerusalem

The story of a Jewish British girl who is moved from England to Jerusalem for a new start that can help her heal from the death of her mother.


12-year-old Rebecca (Miley Locke), following the death of her mother, relocates to Jerusalem with her grieving father to begin a new life in a house which once belonged to her grandfather. The house has an older past which she has not reckoned with, and her discovery of this goes hand in hand with her developing awareness of the political climate surrounding her. After a supernatural encounter, her father wants her to see a psychologist as she did after her mother’s death, but this leads her to seek comfort with her new ghostly companion, a girl who insists that she's not dead, just hiding in the house where she grew up, waiting for her family to return. An eerily suspenseful and beautifully told heart-warming story exploring the strength of memory and the power of love.

Germany/Palestine/UK 2023 Muayad Alayan 103m


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Thursday 20 Jun 202417:30 Book Now

Nye (15)

Nye

NT Live

Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state and created the NHS.

Thu 20 Jun 19:45

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Thursday 20 Jun 202419:45 Book Now
Sunday 23 Jun 202413:00 Book Now

Freud's Last Session (15)

Freud's Last Session

Sigmund Freud (Anthony Hopkins) and converted atheist C.S. Lewis (Matthew Goode) meet as their worlds are going through drastic change.


September 1939, Hitler has just invaded Poland and set Europe at war. Freud arrived in London a year earlier, after the Nazis marched into Vienna, whilst Lewis is an Oxford don who has not yet written his beloved Narnia books, but has recently embraced Christianity after years as a nonbeliever. These two titans of 20th-century thought meet at the psychoanalyst’s London home to discuss God, father figures and, of course, sex. This lavish film is based on a modest off-Broadway play that captivated theatre audiences a decade ago. Playwright Mark St. Germain worked with director Matthew Brown to reshape his two-character drama into this intriguing film, which also benefits from wonderful cinematography and production design.

UK 2023 Matthew Brown 108m


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Friday 21 Jun 202413:30 Book Now
Friday 21 Jun 202418:00 Book Now
Saturday 22 Jun 202415:30 Book Now
Saturday 22 Jun 202417:45 Book Now
Sunday 23 Jun 202420:30 Book Now
Monday 24 Jun 202415:30 Book Now
Monday 24 Jun 202420:15 Book Now

Hard Miles (12A)

Hard Miles

A prison social worker assembles a cycling team of teenage convicts and takes them on a transformative 1,000-mile ride. An exhilarating, inspirational and uplifting true story.


At a medium-security correctional school in Colorado, beleaguered coach Greg Townsend (Matthew Modine) rounds up an unlikely crew of incarcerated students for a seemingly impossible bike ride from Denver to the Grand Canyon. As the beginner cyclists battle heatstroke, speed wobbles, and the greatest enemy of all cyclists - a chafed crotch - they must learn to stop fighting and ride together as a peloton. As caring social worker Haddie (Cynthia Kaye McWilliams) attempts to be the voice of reason, coach Townsend pushes the boys to their limit, and cracks begin to form. This is an inspiring, positive role-model film, and visually, Hanna and cinematographer Mack Fisher beautifully capture the rugged and harrowing landscapes.

USA 2023 R.J. Daniel Hanna 108m


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Friday 21 Jun 202415:45 Book Now
Saturday 22 Jun 202420:00 Book Now
Monday 24 Jun 202418:00 Book Now

Hit Man (15)

Hit Man

Richard Linklater’s latest sees a professor moonlighting as a hit man of sorts, descending into dubious territory when he finds himself attracted to a woman who enlists his services. Wildly enetertaining and laugh-out loud clever.


This neo-noir comedy stars Glen Powell as strait-laced professor Gary Johnson, who moonlights as a fake hit man for the New Orleans Police Department. Gifted at inhabiting different guises and personalities to catch hapless people hoping to bump off their enemies, Gary descends into morally dubious territory when he finds himself attracted to one of those potential criminals, a beautiful young woman named Madison (Adria Arjona). As Madison falls for one of Gary's hit man personas - the mysteriously sexy Ron - their steamy affair sets off a chain reaction of play acting, deception, and escalating stakes. This deceptively dark thriller is loaded with laughs, and one of the most purely entertaining films of Linklater's (‘Before Sunrise’, ‘Boyhood’) career.

USA 2023 Richard Linklater 115m


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Friday 21 Jun 202420:15 Book Now
Sunday 23 Jun 202418:15 Book Now

Quintessentially Irish (PG)

Quintessentially Irish

We are delighted to welcome director Frank Mannion for a Q&A (Sat screening only) following his acclaimed feature documentary, described by the Daily Mail as “a love letter to everything great and Irish” and “a fast paced and entertaining look” at the Emerald Isle.

 

An all-star cast led by Pierce Brosnan, two Presidents, a Prince, a pop star and an unconventional Irish Lord, the film is a journey through Ireland's cultural heritage, exploring the origins of whiskey production, the world-famous Guinness brewery, age-old equestrian pursuits, traditional Gaelic athletics and the enchanting appeal of Dunsany Castle. Featuring interviews with various celebrities and other well-known figures talking about what it means to be Irish. But not just your conventional celebrities, there are some very interesting chats such as with Irish-Nigerian broadcaster and author Emma Dabiri painfully remembering growing up as the only black girl in school in Dublin and the exploration of the prejudices faced by Irish immigrants to the US and the UK.

Ireland 2024 Frank Mannion 119m


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Saturday 22 Jun 202412:30 Book Now (PLUS DIRECTOR Q&A)

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry (15)

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry

Shashvi Shashvi Maq'vali


In this critically acclaimed drama, a single woman unexpectedly falls for a man, catching her between the choice of a relationship or independence.


Etero (a brilliant Eka Chavleishvili), a 48-year-old woman living in a small village in Georgia, has chosen to remain unmarried. She cherishes her freedom, as much as her cakes, but her choice to live alone is often the cause of gossip among her fellow villagers. Unexpectedly, she finds herself falling into a passion with a man and is suddenly faced with the decision of whether to pursue the traditional route of coupling or continue to pursue a life of independence. This is a film which tells us what most films contrive to ignore: love and sex is not just for the lovely and the sexy and the young. This is a gentle, sensual gem of a film. (Subtitles)

Georgia 2023 Elene Naveriani 100m


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Sunday 23 Jun 202416:00 Book Now

The Teachers’ Lounge (12A)

The Teachers’ Lounge

Das Lehrerzimmer


Incredibly well-reviewed film where a teacher’s student is suspected of theft, so decides to get to the bottom of the matter. Caught between her ideals and the school system, the consequences of her actions threaten to break her.


Carla Nowak (Leonie Benesch) starts her first job at a high school where she stands out among the new staff because of her idealism. When a series of thefts occur and one of her students is suspected, she decides to get to the bottom of the matter on her own. Between outraged parents, opinionated colleagues and aggressive students, she is relentlessly confronted with the structures of the school system. The more desperately she tries to do everything right, the more the young teacher threatens to break.

A smart and provocative modern parable with the heart of a thriller, ‘The Teachers' Lounge’ brilliantly uses its setting as the backdrop for a look at how quickly even tight-knit communities can be destabilized.

Germany 2023 Ilker Çatak 98m


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Monday 24 Jun 202413:15 Book Now