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Britain on Film: Black Britain (1901 – 1985)

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Dir. Various / Cert. 12A / 91mins

Friday 8 September 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Explore the history of the UK through the eyes and voices of black Britons throughout the 20th century.

Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, it offers incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of black British life on screen. Watch miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire and Yorkshire; and soldiers from across the Empire joining the services to fight for King and ‘mother country’ in World War I. See rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957, a Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964, and touching interviews with black school leavers in 1965; witness growing racial tensions on a Liverpool housing estate and in New Cross, London; communities in search of their roots and partying on the streets of Notting Hill during Carnival.
Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain is not just an important way to understand our collective history – offering audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality – but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen.

Machines (2016)

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Dir. Rahul Jain / Cert. 12A / 71mins

Friday 1 September 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Moving through the corridors and bowels of an enormous and disorientating structure, the camera takes the viewer on a descent down to a dehumanized place of physical labor and intense hardship. This gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India might just as well be the decorum for a 21st century Dante’s Inferno. In his mind-provoking yet intimate portrayal, director Rahul Jain observes the life of the workers, the suffering and the environment they can hardly escape from. With strong visual language, memorable images and carefully selected interviews of the workers themselves, Jain tells a story of inequality, oppression and the huge divide between rich, poor and the perspectives of both.

I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

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Dir. Raoul Peck / Cert. 12A / 92mins

Friday 25 August 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson and with unprecedented access to James Baldwin’s original work, award-winning filmmaker Raoul Peck (Murder in Pacot, Moloch Tropical, Sometimes in April, Lumumba), has completed the cinematic version of the book Baldwin never wrote – a radical narration about race in America that tracks the lives and assassinations of Baldwin’s friends, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Whilst it is partly anchored in the struggle for equality in the 50s and 60s, I Am Not Your Negro is about what it means to be black in America today.

By confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of these three men we uncover a larger narrative of America’s historical and current denial and irrational relationship with race. This ‘history of violence’ is also told through the long simplified narrative that Hollywood recounts as a story between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ or ‘right and wrong’, reflects our current racial precariousness. I Am Not Your Negro is also the autopsy of the American racial imagery and iconography.

The Sense of an Ending (1985)

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The Sense of an Ending (1985)


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Dir. Ritesh Batra / Cert. 15 / 106mins

Friday 18 August 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

Tony Webster, divorced and retired, leads a reclusive and relatively quiet life. One day, he learns that the mother of his university girlfriend, Veronica, left in her will a diary kept by his best friend who dated Veronica after she and Tony parted ways.
Tony’s quest to recover the diary, now in Veronica’s possession, forces him to revisit his flawed recollections of his friends and of his younger self. As he digs deeper into his past, it all starts to come back; the first love, the broken heart, the deceit, the regrets, the guilt… Can Tony bear to face the truth and take responsibility for the devastating consequences of actions he took so long ago?

Letter to Brezhnev (1985)

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Letter to Brezhnev (1985)

Dir. Chris Bernard / Cert. 15 / 95mins

Friday 4 August 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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A romantic comedy with a heart of gold but also passionate political force, Letter to Brezhnev is arguably the definitive Merseyside film. Two Liverpool lasses hook up with a pair of Russian sailors, only for their night of fun to turn serious when love beckons for one of the girls, and she begins to wonder if life might be better behind the Iron Curtain.

A film emboldened by the strength of its contrasts, Letter to Brezhnev combines its earthy humour with a bitter depiction of urban deprivation, illuminating the hope at the heart of a neglected city and imparting the belief that human contact can counteract the prejudices of international politics.



Certain Women (2016)

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Certain Women (2016)

Dir. Kelly Reichardt / Cert. 12A / 107mins

Friday 28 July 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)


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A portrait of three women living subtly interlocking lives in rural Montana, striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide-open plains of the American Northwest. Laura, a lawyer living and working in Livingston, struggles to handle an increasingly difficult and unpredictable client who refuses to accept that his personal injury claim will not be successful.

Gina’s determination to build her dream home outside of town puts her at odds with her husband, daughter and neighbours as her relentless drive causes tension in their shared lives. And, in the remote town of Belfry, a lonely ranch hand working a winter job stumbles upon a night class taught by a young law graduate with whom she develops an ambiguous bond.



Exhibition on Screen: Michelangelo – Love and Death

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Exhibition on Screen: Michelangelo – Love and Death 

Friday 21 July 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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This film explores the life and work of renowned sculptor, painter, architect and poet Michelangelo.

Michelangelo – Love and Death offers a cinematic journey through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican, to the print and drawing rooms of Europe, to explore Michelangelo’s tempestuous life. The film goes in search of a greater understanding of this charismatic and enigmatic figure, both through his relationships with his contemporaries and his ongoing artistic legacy.

It invites audiences to intimately examine Michelangelo’s art and artistic process – from the Carrara quarries where Michelangelo sourced hismarble, to the new technology being used toattribute works. The film also offers a rare chance to get up close to the mesmerising Rothschild Bronzes, which, following an extensive research project carried out by Academics in Cambridge in 2015, were positively attributed to Michelangelo after over a century of debate.

Key contributors to the film include art critics Martin Gayford and Jonathan Jones, Deputy Director of the Vatican Museums Professor Arnold Nesselrath and contemporary artist Tania Kovats.

Filming locations include Casa Buonarroti in Florence, Carrara marble mines, the Medici Chapel and the Vatican. These beautiful locations, combined with high-resolution views of Michelangelo’s greatest works, convene to create a staggering visual experience.

Jackie (2016)

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Jackie (2016)

Dir. Pablo Larraín / Cert. 15 / 97mins

Friday 14 July 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Jackie is a searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Jackie places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to establish her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that she created and loved so well.

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond (2017)

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It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond (2017)

Dir. Alan G. Parker / Cert. 12A / 118mins

Friday 7 July 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

Includes a Q&A with the director, Alan G. Parker


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On 1st June, 1967 The Beatles released what would become the world’s first concept album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as “The most important rock & roll album ever made…” the album not only changed the course of music but went on to become one of the biggest selling records of all time. Featuring interviews with former employees, fellow musicians, family members and journalists, and supported by a vast array of original and exclusive never-seen-before footage, the film offers a fascinating insight into the swinging sixties and the twelve months surrounding the album’s release. Examining the band’s disillusionment with touring, their changing relationship with manager, Brian Epstein, and the advent of the Summer Of Love, this star-studded rockumentary explores the creation and recording of one of the most ground-breaking and influential albums in pop history.


Chronic (2015)

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Chronic (2015)


Dir.  Michel Franco / Cert. 15 / 91mins

Friday 30 June 2017 / 7.30pm / £6 (concessions £4)

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Oscar nominee Tim Roth (The Hateful EightSelma) is David, a nurse who works with terminally ill patients. Efficient and dedicated, he develops strong and intimate relationships with each person he cares for. But outside of his work, David is struggling with an ongoing burden of guilt and remorse. As the weight becomes unbearable, David must face his past in order to heal.

Winner of the 2015 Cannes Best Screenplay award, Chronic is an enigmatic and deeply moving character study from Mexican auteur Michel Franco (After Lucia). Poignant and reflective, but also unsentimental and challenging in its intriguing moral dimensions, it features a career-best performance from Roth as a man at the end of his emotional tether.