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A teacher decides to hide the fact that he's losing his sight.

Inspired by an incredible true story, this is a feel-good movie about a high school history teacher who - fearing he might lose his job and dignity - decides to hide the fact that he's losing his sight. Director Lusi?ski comments: "The article I came across was very intriguing "Lublin teacher in fear of losing his job hides his disease". I went looking for him, and then began to observe his life. I witnessed the lectures he gave, his personal get-togethers and everyday struggles. Within few months I felt ready to sit down and write it all down. Despite the main character's complicated fate, I wanted the film to be filled with optimism and leave the viewer filled with hope." Maciej Bia?ek, the original Kacper, still teaches in a Lublin High School and is highly respected and loved by his students. (Subtitles)
Poland 2015 Jacek Lusi?ski 106m

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Friday 26 Aug 201611:30 Book Now


A coolly gripping account of one of the most bizarre true-crime stories ever to emerge from the film world.

The secretly taped voice of Kim Jong-il sounds more good-humoured than you'd expect, but it nonetheless sends a chill through 'The Lovers and the Despot,' a coolly gripping documentary account of one of the more bizarre true-crime stories ever to emerge from the film world. Delving into the 1978 kidnappings of the South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee and director Shin Sang-ok - ordered by the dictator himself, in a bid to elevate North Korea to major-player status in the global film biz - British filmmakers Robert Cannan and Ross Adam employ a straightforward approach bolstered by excellent access to the surviving parties and those illicit Kim recordings. While a more thorough archival survey of Choi and Shin's work together (pre- and post-abduction) would have allowed for a deeper perspective, this real-life romantic thriller/escape saga still boasts enough fascinating details and angles to qualify as essential stranger-than-fiction viewing Highly acclaimed shortly after the film's Sundance world premiere.
UK 2016 Robert Cannan/Ross Adam 95m

With thanks to Soda Pictures

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Thursday 25 Aug 201616:00 Book Now (Closed)


Darbareye Elly

The mysterious disappearance of a kindergarten teacher during a picnic in the north of Iran is followed by a series of misadventures for her fellow travellers.

A gripping tale of secrets and lies amongst a tight-knit group of friends holidaying on the Caspian Sea. Three middle class couples from Tehran rent a dilapidated villa at the Caspian Sea for a few days holiday. Along with them they bring two unattached individuals. Ahmad, the brother of one of the wives and Elly a sweet rather shy girl in her early 20s who is a teacher. With an expertly paced narrative and an impressive ensemble cast, 'About Elly' is a cinematic master-class that works as both a thriller and a convincing character study. Intelligent, shrewd and meticulously crafted. (Subtitles)
Iran 2009 Asghar Farhadi 119m

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Thursday 25 Aug 201618:30 Book Now


Two of our Surprise Films have recently won the Audience Award for Best Film ('Untouchable' and 'Pride'), so don't miss what will surely be an unforgettable experience.

Following the launch of a Surprise Film in the Festival 6 years ago, we continue this idea where you settle down for a film, not knowing what it will be, and finding out along with your fellow patrons once the opening scene or credits give it away.

In past years our surprise films have been 'Julie & Julia' (which became one of our most popular films when it was finally released), 'Jane Eyre', 'Untouchable' (which became the most popular French film in 2012), 'Blue Jasmine', and 'Pride' - an impressive list. So what will we have on Thursday 25th August? Join in the fun and take the opportunity to gamble by booking in advance for hopefully a very worthwhile surprise!

- Roger Gibson.

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Thursday 25 Aug 201618:45 Book Now

MIRROR (1974) (U)

MIRROR (1974)
This is the celebrated Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's most autobiographical work in which he reflects upon his own childhood and the destiny of the Russian people.

The film's many layers intertwine real life and family relationships - Tarkovsky's father, the poet Arseny Tarkovsky, reads his own poems on the soundtrack and Tarkovsky's mother appears as herself - with memories of childhood, dreams and nightmares. From the opening sequence of a boy being cured of a stammer by hypnotism, to a scene in a printing works which encapsulates the Stalinist era, 'Mirror' has an extraordinary resonance and repays countless viewings. (Subtitles)
USSR 106m

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Thursday 25 Aug 201620:45 Book Now


A heavily stylized mixture of modern western and bloody thriller set on the US/Mexico border.

'The Hollow Point' sees US-based Spanish director Gonzalo Lopez Gallego seeking to bring a new angle to the bad men in the Badlands genre. As homage, the film is visually striking, littered with moments of real cinematographic intelligence, and always watchable, which makes a brave stab at fusing the intensity of noir with the standard pleasures of the Western. New sheriff Wallace (Patrick Wilson, Bone Tomahawk), with 'good guy' seemingly chiselled into his firm jaw and clear eyes returns to his godforsaken border town to try and tackle the trafficking of ammunition, which the bad old sheriff Leland (Ian McShane) has failed to do: legally-bought bullets are being bought in bulk in Arizona and smuggled across the border for use by Mexican criminal groups. It's a Tarantino-esque crime thriller punctuated with gripping violent moments, vibrant lead performances and great support from Lynn Collins, James Belushi and John Leguizamo. Premiered at Edinburgh Film Festival.
USA 2015 Gonzalo López-Gallego 97m

Thanks to Altitude Films

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Thursday 25 Aug 201621:00 Book Now


A highly stylised version of T.S. Eliot's verse drama in a rarely seen restored version.

This astonishing adaptation of T S Eliot's classic verse drama recounts the love-hate relationship between twelfth-century British monarch Henry II and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett. Featuring a cast of mainly non-professional actors, the voice of Eliot himself, and music by the internationally renowned composer Lŕszló Lajtha, Hoellering's exquisitely realised film tells the story of Beckett's temptations before his murder in Canterbury Cathedral in II70. When T.S. Eliot consented to an adaptation of his 1935 verse drama 'Murder in the Cathedral', he predicted a "very unusual film". George Hoellering's picture is a cold, austere vision, full of linguistic poetry; undeniably stagy but also packing in moral crises that remind us of Ingmar Bergman and Carl Dreyer. The resultant incantation-like verse structure, delivers a strangely ethereal quality on screen. The Archbishop himself, is played by non-actor and actual East End priest John Croser, who adds sincerity and poise to the role. He's cast alongside a number of actors of the era, many from the Old Vic (soon then to be Olivier's National Theatre), making the film perhaps most notable as a time capsule of British theatre of the time. The cast includes Michael Aldridge, Leo McKern, Niall MacGinnis, Paul Rogers, David Ward, Jill Balcon and the voice of T.S. Eliot. It was the Bishop of Chichester George Bell who had encouraged Eliot to write 'Murder in the Cathedral' for the 1935 Canterbury Festival. This rarely seen film is released for the first time in a beautiful newly remastered version.
UK 1951 George Hoellering 140m

Tickets £8.50
(Available from both the Cathedral and Cinema Box Offices)

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Thursday 25 Aug 201621:15 Book Now


Jim Wormold (Alec Guinness) is a vacuum cleaner salesman, participating as an agent in the British Secret Service in this digitally restored print of the classic Carol Reed film written by Graham Greene.

Graham Greene wrote this witty comedy inspired by Cold War paranoia. Wormald is an Englishman selling vacuum cleaners in Cuba on the cusp of the revolution, whilst British intelligence agent Hawthorne (Noel Coward) is looking for information on Cuban affairs, and recruits Jim to act as a spy. Jim has no experience in espionage and no useful knowledge to pass along, but Hawthorne is willing to pay for his services, and since Jim's daughter Milly (Jo Morrow) has expensive tastes, he can use the money. To keep Hawthorne happy (and his paycheques coming in), he turns in reports on the Cuban revolution that are copied from public documents, "hires" additional agents who don't exist, and presents blueprints of secret weapons that are actually schematics of his carpet sweepers.
UK 1959 Carol Reed 111m

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Friday 26 Aug 201611:00 Book Now



Teenage friends get the chance to be boys for a while in this supernatural, gender-change fantasy.

Teenage friends Kim, Bella and Momo face misogynist, homophobic bullying every day from the boys at school. The teachers either turn a blind eye to it or tell them to toughen up. It seems life would be easier if they were boys. Then one night, a strange plant blossoms in Momo's greenhouse, its nectar temporarily transforming the trio into male-bodied versions of themselves. For Bella and Momo, it's an exciting experiment. But for Kim, the change is a dream come true. Attracted to Tony, the local bad boy, Kim suspects there might be something tender beneath his tough guy act. However, masculinity has its own rules and there is a high price to pay for those who break them. Meanwhile, Momo and Bella are feeling left out. This moody and on occasion very dark genderchange fantasy, directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining , is brimming with thwarted desire and teenage angst. (Subtitles)
Sweden 2015 Alexandra-Therese Keining 105m

Thanks to Peccadillo Pictures

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Friday 26 Aug 201613:30 Book Now


A trip back to China in the first half of the 20th century with this collection of extraordinary, rare and beautiful travelogues, newsreels and home movies.

These films - all from the collection of the British Film Institute National Archive - were made by a wealth of British and French filmmakers, from professionals to intrepid tourists, colonial-era expatriates and Christian missionaries. Exploring 50 years of Chinese history across a diverse range of footage, the collection includes what might be the oldest surviving film to be shot in China - unseen for over 115 years. Set to a musical score composed by Ruth Chan, 'Around China with a Movie Camera' charts the geography and culture of pre-revolutionary China from the perspective of British and European visitors. "See Shanghai's bustling, cosmopolitan Nanjing Road in 1900, the Great World Amusement Park in 1929 and a day at the Shanghai races in 1937. Wander the streets around the Qianmen, Beijing, in 1910. Cruise Hangzhou's picturesque canals in 1925. Visit China's great cities including Hong Kong, Chongqing and Guangzhou and visit remote villages in Hunan and Yunnan provinces." - Edward Anderson, BFI Curator.
UK 2016 BFI Film Archive 68m

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Friday 26 Aug 201614:00 Book Now


The life of Tao, and those close to her, is explored in three different time periods: 1999, 2014, and 2025.

China, 1999. Childhood friends Liangzi and Zhang are both in love with Tao (Tao Zhao), the town beauty. Tao eventually decides to marry the wealthier Zhang. They soon have a son he names Dollar... From China to Australia, the lives, loves, hopes and disillusions of a family over two generations in a society changing at breakneck speed. 'Mountains May Depart' is divided into three parts (each in a broader aspect ratio than the last), revisiting these characters in 2014 and 2025 as their lives change in unexpected ways. It hinges on a strong, troubling performance by Tao Zhao. A bold study of what it means to be Chinese in the modern age, it explores the monumental through the personal and the intimate. (Subtitles)
China 2015 Zhangke Jia 131m

Thanks to New Wave

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Friday 26 Aug 201615:45 Book Now


A life affirming and heart-warming story of the chance meeting of two suicidal strangers on a Bridge over the Ganges, both experiencing immense emotional distress.

Their meeting initially brings great challenges but eventually, 'healing' and wholeness to both lives. As they must find out and regain a sense of meaning and belonging to life, a 'Bridge' of trust and bonding brings forth transformative changes. Directed by Amit Ranjan Biswas as his debut film, made with a shoe string budget and a group of passionate and reputed international cast and crew, this indie film provides a unique transformative quality to the genre of drama. The director is a child psychiatrist by profession, and his inspiration of the story came from his direct experience of clinical work with young people and families to whom he is highly indebted. (Subtitles)
India 2016 Amit Ranjan Biswas 100m

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Friday 26 Aug 201616:00 Book Now


Jodaeiye Nader az Simin

Winner of Golden Bear, Berlin 2011. A couple, Nader and Simin, have opposite ideas about living abroad, (away from Iran), but the same opinions about divorce.

Nader (Peyman Moaadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami) argue about living abroad. Simin prefers to live abroad to provide better opportunities for their only daughter, Termeh. However, Nader refuses to go because he thinks he must stay in Iran and take care of his father (Ali-Asghar Shahbazi), who suffers from Alzheimers. However, Simin is determined to get a divorce and leave the country with her daughter. A gripping moral and social drama set in present-day Iran, the brilliance of the film is the way it manages to keep afloat, at the same time, our compassion for the two children in the case. Asghar Farhadi's follow-up to the fine 'About Elly' should be compulsive viewing for anyone wondering what has happened to Iranian cinema. It is compelling viewing for just about everybody. Tense and narratively complex, formally dense and morally challenging, it is also the first-ever movie to win 3 Bears from the Berlin Film Festival. (subtitles)

Iran 2010 Asghar Farhadi 128m

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Friday 26 Aug 201618:15 Book Now


In the mould of 'Little Miss Sunshine', a super-dad Viggo Mortensen determined to raise his kids on his own terms takes his family on a road trip.

Not to be confused with the plethora of superheroes currently smashing each other to bits on our cinema screens, Matt Ross' 'Captain Fantastic' is an effective, comic road movie. Mortensen plays Ben, a man who has taken his family into the wilds to live the "good life". However, when their absent mother Leslie (Trin Miller) dies, their world is completely rocked. Although initially reluctant, Ben loads up the family bus (named "Steve") and the group head off to New Mexico in time to pull off "Operation: Rescue Mother". The predictable clash of cultures is pulled off with real flair. A trip to a diner, a supermarket and a tussle with a traffic policeman are all managed with wit, and there are some great comic moments. Things become markedly more serious when they arrive at the funeral where they have to confront Leslie's parents (Frank Langella) and the possible fact that their lifestyle is no longer sustainable as all the forces of reaction line up against them. 'Captain Fantastic' is a slickly made comedy with a witty, politically articulate script and some wonderful cinematography by former Jacques Audiard regular Stéphane Fontaine. The children are very funny and Mortensen is wonderful in the title role, showing himself a light hand at comedy. Acclaimed at Sundance and Cannes (in competition).
USA 2016 Matt Ross 119m

Thanks to E1 Entertainment

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Friday 26 Aug 201618:30 Book Now
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War in Georgia, Apkhazeti region in 1990. An Estonian man Ivo has stayed behind to harvest his crops of tangerines.

In a bloody conflict in their miniature village, wounded men are left behind, and Ivo is forced to take them in - but they are from opposite sides of the war. This is a touching anti-war story about Estonians who find themselves in the middle of someone else's war. How do they handle it? How do the enemies act under third-party roof? It's a rather lovely film, despite having subject matter that would be seen as glum or dry. There is something of the tragicomic humour of Samuel Beckett about the men's predicament, particularly in the way that Margus and Ivo are waiting for soldiers promised by a local major to help them pick the fruit. Equally, the absurdity of two injured men desperate to kill one another is quickly established, although Urushadze also finds plenty of pathos and poignancy in the situation. The first Estonian film (it is a Georgian co-production) to make the foreign language Oscar shortlist. (Subtitles)
Estonia/ Georgia 2014 Zaza Urushadze 90m

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Friday 26 Aug 201620:45 Book Now


Un Homme ŕ la Hauteur

Jean Dujardin ('The Artist'), thanks to digital effects, plays a 4-foot-5 man wooing a "normal-height" woman.

Diane is a well-known lawyer, divorced for three years. She loses her mobile telephone and receives a call from the person who finds it. That person is Alexandre (Dujardin), a charming man and the perfect gentleman. They make a connection over the phone and agree to meet up the following day. But when Alexandre arrives, there's a surprise in store when Diane discovers he is only 4'6" tall. From that moment on, Diane tries to overcome the prejudices of society and her own fears to experience the best time of her life... In their customarily successful efforts to pepper this fledgling intrigue with laughs there are many humorous situations, including an incredible car scene that pushes the absurd further than expected and convincing special effects. Dujardin's tasteful performance gives weight to the script in voicing the pain of lifelong ostracism. Warm, charming, amusing and serious(?). The cast includes Virginie Efira, Cedric Kahn and Manoelle Gaillard. (Subtitles) France 2015 Laurent Tirard 97m Thanks to Soda Pictures.

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Friday 26 Aug 201621:00 Book Now

FAUST 1926 (PG)

FAUST 1926
Murnau's visually-stunning epic of love and hate, faith and temptation, good and evil with special organ accompaniment by Ben Hall (Head of Music - University of Chichester).

Director F.W. Murnau is best known for 'Nosferatu,' the classic vampire film (shown in St. John's Chapel with Ben in 2013). However, his equally impressive 'Faust' is often overlooked, despite some remarkable visuals, solid acting, a truly sinister villain, and an epic tale of love, loss and evil. The story concerns Faust (Gösta Ekman), an old and disheartened alchemist who forms a pact with Satan's evil demon, Mephisto (Emil Jannings). As God and the Devil wage a war over Earth, the two opposing powers reach a tentative agreement: the entire fate of Mankind will rest on the soul of Faust, who must redeem himself from his selfish deeds before the story is complete. With striking visuals, 'Faust' contains some truly stunning on screen imagery, most memorably the inspired shot of Mephisto towering ominously over a town, preparing to sow the seeds of the Black Death. A combination of clever optical trickery and vibrant costumes and sets makes the film an absolute delight to watch, with Murnau employing every known element - fire, wind, smoke, lightning - to help produce the film's dark tone, as well as effective use of double exposure. This expressionist masterpiece continues our tradition of screenings in the Gothic atmosphere of St. John's Chapel with the inventive Ben Hall bringing spine tingling sounds on the organ heightening the impact of the film.
Germany 1926 F.W. Murnau 107m

Tickets £12.50

At St John's Chapel

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Friday 26 Aug 201621:15 Book Now


Andrei Tarkovsky's final film from 1986, which was given the Grand Prix Spécial du Jury at Cannes.

The setting is a Bergmanesque summer house in Sweden, in which Bergman's own repertory player Erland Josephson plays Alexander, a retired actor and author of great distinction, who is about to celebrate a sombre and faintly melancholy birthday in the company of his beautiful English-born wife Adelaide, played by Susan Fleetwood, along with children, servants, friends and locals. A radio announcement warns of an imminent nuclear apocalypse, and that night Alexander begs God to spare the world and in return he will destroy his family and everything he holds dear. The next morning everything has returned to normal, and it is apparently now up to Alexander to fulfil his side of the bargain with God. (In Swedish with English Subtitles)
Sweden/ UK/ France 149m

Following the morning screening of 'The Sacrifice' the distinguished film historian Ian Christie will give an illustrated talk on the films of Tarkovsky in the Studio

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Saturday 27 Aug 201611:00 Book Now

HOME CARE (cert-tbc)

Domácí Péce

Wryly humorous and bittersweet, Slavek Horak's debut puts a poignant spin on that perennial staple of the Czech cinema, the village dramedy.

Dedicated home care nurse Vlasta (Alena Mihulova - winner at Karlovy-Vary 2015) lives for her husband Lada, her daughter and her patients. But then one day things change and Vlasta is forced to reach outside of her comfort zone. Now Vlasta, whose entire life was devoted to saving others, must find salvation for herself. Her journey to self-knowledge and self-actualization is sparked by her friendship with Mlada (Tatiana Vilhelmova), the daughter of one of her patients; she's a sensitive woman who leads the rational nurse on an exploration of spirituality and alternative medicine. As Vlasta passes through stages of grief, denial, anger, depression and acceptance, the action always feels emotionally honest, the comedy never pandering. Drama and gentle humour intertwine as Vlasta realizes that she might need some care too. As in the best village dramedies from the likes of Milos Forman, and Jiri Menzel, Horak here neatly captures the details of small-town life through piquant observation. Even the local frogs have a significant part to play. (Subtitles)
Czech Rep/Slovakia 2015 Slavek Horak 92m

Thanks to M-Appeal

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Saturday 27 Aug 201611:30 Book Now


Trying to make sense of a myth

An illustrated talk by Ian Christie

Andrei Tarkovsky became Soviet cinema's most famous filmmaker since Eisenstein, in a career that faced similar obstacles and allowed him to make only the same small number of films. Often cast as a dissident and a martyr, he also enjoyed great privileges and belonged to a generation that called Soviet dogma and cliche into question. Thirty years after his death, and nearly as long since the Soviet system collapsed, are we any closer to understanding this complex figure and his films? Ian Christie is a film historian who interviewed Tarkovsky on his first visit to Britain in 1981 and edited the first book about him by a Russian. He has written extensively on Russian cinema and organised many retrospectives and exhibitions.

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Saturday 27 Aug 201614:00 Book Now


aka Plots with a View

A charming, low-key romantic comedy revolving around a timid funeral director named Boris Plots (Alfred Molina), set in rural Wales.

Boris receives a second chance at love after his childhood crush abruptly re-enters his life. And although Betty (Brenda Blethyn) reveals that she feels the same way about Boris, the two are unable to pursue a relationship due to Betty's marriage to a sleazy councilman (Robert Pugh). Boris concocts a plot to fake Betty's death, allowing the couple to run away together guilt-free - though the plan doesn't exactly go off without a hitch. Originally called 'Plots with a View' and delayed for several years, the movie features Naomi Watts, pre-'The Ring', as a slutty secretary), Christopher Walken playing a rival mortician who specializes in theme funerals (e.g. a Star Trek-inspired ceremony) who delivers an expectedly engaging and often hilarious performance, while Molina and Blethyn have genuine chemistry with one another. A rare film and even rarer screening, this was a Miramax release in the USA during the Disney takeover, but the film was never released in the UK.
UK/USA/Germany 2003 Nick Hurran 94m

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Saturday 27 Aug 201616:00 Book Now (Low)


The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church, to obtain a divorce and remarriage, shown in a fabulous restored print from its original 1966 release.

This tells the better known part of the story of Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield), who was raised from lawyer and then judge to become Lord Chancellor or England, only to be sentenced to death and beheaded for treason, having failed to take an oath which would legitimize the divorce of Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) from his Spanish wife and his soon-following marriage to Anne Boleyn. Scofield is magnificent in his first major film role and Shaw stands out as an energetic, youthfully impetuous Henry. Featuring some of the best British film actors of the time, as well as Orson Welles (playing the previous Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey), director Fred Zinnemann never allows his primarily stage-trained actors to indulge in theatrical over-emoting. The screenplay by the unrivalled Robert Bolt was adapted from his stage play.
UK 1966 Fred Zinnemann 120m

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Saturday 27 Aug 201616:15 Book Now


Moje Córki Krowy

Two sisters. Two ways of life. One family drama.

In Kinga Debska's jaunty domestic caper, Agata Kulesza, who won international plaudits as the suicidal aunt in 'Ida', flexes comic muscles as one of two feuding sisters barely coping with their parents' impending mortality. When their mother (Malgorzata Niemirska) suffers a stroke, sisters Marta (Kulesza) begin fighting almost as soon as they get to the hospital. With a domineering father (Marian Dziedziel) into the bargain, the stage is set for some serious family strife. With questions around inheritance lurking in the background, unutterable, the two sisters try to convince themselves that, somehow, their parents will always be there for them. Each has her own spiritual angle on this which the other decries as nonsense. The film won the Audience Award, the Journalists' Award and the Arthouse Cinemas Network Award at the Gdynia Film Festival. (Subtitles)
Poland 2016 Kinga Debska 88m

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Saturday 27 Aug 201618:30 Book Now


A comedy drama much in the vein of the brilliant 'Frances Ha', about an aimless young woman returning to her hometown, and falling into the same rut that initially caused her to flee.

After a failed attempt at working on a foreign film set, 26 year-old Ana returns to her hometown of Strasbourg. Over the scorching summer that follows, she decides to replace her grandmother's bathtub with a walk-in shower, eat peas and carrots with ketchup, drive a Porsche, harvest plums, lose her driver's license, sleep with her best friend and get back together with her ex. In short, over this particular summer, Ana tries to get her life together. With gender and sexuality such hot topics these days, Ana makes a quirky kind of rebel. More apathetic than idealistic, she turns slackness into a political statement. An amiably gentle comedy drama set in the French city of Strasbourg (and not the German spa town of its title), 'Baden Baden' has much in common with its main character, an amiably aimless misfit just coasting through life. 'Baden Baden' is provocative, edgy and unconventional, it mixes comedy, tragedy and simple ordinary life in the best ways possible. (Subtitles)
France/Belgium 2016 Rachel Lang 96m

Thanks to Jour de Fete Films, France

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Saturday 27 Aug 201618:45 Book Now


Le Passé

A tight-knit family drama as gripping as any thriller featuring an unforgettable central performance by Bérénice Bejo (The Artist).

Following a four-year separation, Ahmad returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his French wife Marie's request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure. During his stay, Ahmad quickly discovers the conflicting nature of Marie's relationship with her daughter, Lucie. The couple are faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. But Ahmad's attempts to build bridges between the two soon begin to encroach on Marie's new partner, Samir (Tahar Rahim, 'A Prophet'), and as tensions begin to mount it soon becomes clear that the past is only close behind. (Subtitles)
France/Italy/Iran 2013 Asghar Farhadi 130m

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Saturday 27 Aug 201620:30 Book Now


El Clan

The true and chilling story of the Puccio Clan, a family who kidnapped and killed people in the 80s, delivered with Scorsese-like swagger.

The Puccios... A model family? There are few that could match them. The father played by Guillermo Francella appears a dignified man, (honest) storekeeper by trade, who cares about his five children, going as far as to supervise the homework of his youngest daughter. The mother is a dedicated teacher. The children? Well-educated and promised to a bright future. Alejandro, for one, is already an admired rugby star. Except that... all this respectability is nothing but a smokescreen! The truth is that Arquimedes Puccio is also - and mainly - the tyrannical leader of a criminal gang composed of... his wife and children. Puccio's undercover activities? He had helped with disappearing dissidents as an intelligence officer for the recently fallen military dictatorship, has adapted his expertise to put some ransom money into his own coffers consisting in kidnapping rich people (preferably young), detaining them in his own house, torturing them gratuitously and doing away with them after cashing the ransom. The Puccios, a model family? Yes, but a model evil family. This audaciously entertaining true-crime saga will put a grin on the face of any 'Goodfellas' fan. Produced by the Almodovar brothers, and acclaimed at both Toronto and Venice Festivals. (Subtitles)
Argentina 2015 Pablo Trapero 108m

Thanks to Curzon/Artificial Eye

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Saturday 27 Aug 201621:00 Book Now
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Following its recent London premiere, we are delighted to close the Festival with this comedy drama starring a magnificent Brian Cox as an ageing acting legend.

Brian Cox is at his theatrical best in this enjoyably mannered comedy drama, starring as Sir Michael Gifford (echoes of Sir Donald Wolfit), a retired Shakespearean actor suffering from Parkinson's that has left him frustrated and gloriously grumpy, at his country manor. His family insists he has a carer and he ends up with Hungarian refugee Dorottya (Coco König) who has acting aspirations of her own. The late Gilbert Adair is amongst the credited writers, though apparently Cox himself contributed the wonderful speech Gifford gives at an awards ceremony. When the question is to be or not to be, there is only one answer.
UK 2016 János Edelényi 89m

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Sunday 28 Aug 201611:00 Book Now
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Our Chinese section concludes with a stunning preview of this docu-drama following the journey of a group of Tibetans on a bowing pilgrimage across the world's highest plateau to Lasa, the holy capital of Tibet.

Road movies are a staple of cinema but they are rarely as breath-taking, immersive and intense as Zhang Yang's ('Shower') fascinating docu-fiction hybrid. The director 'cast' a group of Tibetan villagers who were planning the traditional Buddhist pilgrimage to Lhasa - a sort of once-in-a-lifetime act of devotion akin to the Islamic Hajj - and structured a lose narrative around their incredible 1,200-mile journey. The reason it is incredible is not simply because of the distance - although it's worth noting that this is a major feat in itself, given the fact that it involves scaling any number of mountains in all weathers - but because of the very specific manner in which this sort of pilgrimage must be conducted, with each person kow-towing once every 10 feet. In the West, the term kow-towing has become synonymous with tugging your forlock, but the truth of the action is considerably more physically intense. The fact it was produced and approved for distribution in China is a not so minor miracle. This is a moving testament to a mutual devotion of spirituality, a fantastic and refreshingly benevolent look at a different culture. Blurring the confines between documentary and fiction, it takes the empathetic viewer on an incredible journey. (Subtitles)
China 2015 Zhang Yang 115m

Thanks to CineFile

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Sunday 28 Aug 201613:00 Book Now



Jafar Panahi is banned from making movies by the Iranian government, he poses as a taxi driver and makes a movie about social challenges in Iran.

When you are a filmmaker and you are not allowed to direct movies any more, you have to retrain. So why not become a taxi driver? Or better, why not pretend you are a taxi driver and make a film despite everything? This is what Jafar Panahi (in our 4th and his latest film) has done. Now he invites you to get into his cab for the price of a cinema ticket, to ride through the streets of Tehran and discover its people in the persons of his various passengers. Entirely set in a taxi, well, the cameras never leave the car, but the car roams around the city, Tehran. A real time movie that runs for 80 minutes, a wonderfully subversive act in itself. Often very funny, this is a classic of guerrilla cinema. (Subtitles) .
Iran 2015 Jafar Panahi 82m

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Sunday 28 Aug 201613:30 Book Now


Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert) and Gérard (Gerard Depardieu) go to a strange appointment in Death Valley, California.

They have not seen each other for years (as in reality, Huppert and Depardieu had not worked together for over 35 years). Here, the two stars are long-divorced former spouses, brought unhappily together by the suicide of their adult son, Michael. Both parents have received a letter from Michael - presumably penned before his death six months prior, though enigmatically referring to the event in the past tense - instructing them to meet in Death Valley on a specific November date, whereupon he claims he will briefly appear to them. Nicloux's appropriation of shimmeringly atonal, semi-hymnal compositions by American modernist composer Charles Ives supports an ethereal atmosphere of mystery. There are gentle rewards to be gained from the initially brittle, gradually tender rapport between two actors of contrasting greatness, appropriately cast as estranged partners working toward a shared understanding of the distance between them. (Subtitles)
France 2015 Guillaume Nicloux 92m

Thanks to Curzon/Artificial Eye

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Sunday 28 Aug 201615:15 Book Now


A charming British comedy about four male friends that will try literally anything to save their favourite local pub from closing down.

After brainstorming through ideas, the group decides to write a chick lit, or more specifically, a 'mummy porn' novel following the huge success of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. Soon after, the novel gets picked up! Now, the only problem is that the publisher insists that the young woman 'author' does press and publicity. Desperate to keep their involvement a secret, the four guys hire an out of work actress to 'role play' the part of the author. This leads to her becoming the star in the film adaptation of the book and turns the tables on the guys as she is now the one in control - leaving them with the awful prospect of having to secretly churn out sex novels for the foreseeable future. The film is funny, witty, charming and above all, entertaining. The impressive star cast is led by Christian McKay as David, alongside David Troughton, Dakota Blue Richards, Caroline Catz, Miles Jupp, James Wilby, Tom Palmer, with Dame Eileen Atkins and Sir John Hurt, as literary agents 'Bonar & Law'.
UK 2016 Tony Britten 93m

We are delighted to welcome director Tony Britten, and we also hope that lead actor Christian McBride will join us for a Q&A after the screening. Thanks to Capriol Films

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Sunday 28 Aug 201615:30 Book Now


A romantic thriller, a film full of fun, music, drama, and a lasting message for today.

John and Mary meet at an over 50's Speed Dating event at their local Village Hall. Serendipity has brought them together. Their like minds, their loves, their hates, all pave the way to the ultimate romance. Mary, a part-time teacher, longs for soul-mate companionship, and John, a semi-retired bachelor, seems to be her dream come true. Apprehensive at first, Mary is soon seduced by John's apparent simpatico views. They celebrate their mutual passions and loves in music and song, yet what might turn out to be a night of new beginnings, develops into something far darker and unexpected. With touches of 'Pennies from Heaven', the cast burst into song including 'You're Just in Love', 'I Got You Babe', 'Fools Rush In' and 'You're a Lady'. Starring Elaine Paige (former local girl), Linda Marlowe (Sylvie Carter in EastEnders), Neil McCaul (recently seen in Chichester's Production of 'Guys and Dolls') and a few other well-known faces, as well as some local performers who play the speed daters. All shot in and around West Sussex.
UK 2016 Kevin Short 80m

We are delighted to welcome Elaine Paige and writer/director Kevin Short to introduce their film on Sunday 14th August.

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Sunday 28 Aug 201618:00 Book Now

The Meddler (12A)

The Meddler
An aging widow (Susan Sarandon) from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.

With a new iPhone, an apartment near the Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini has happily relocated to LA to be near her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others - as well as her own - and find a new purpose in life. Much like its main character, 'The Meddler' exudes an irresistible charm.
USA 2015 Lorene Scafaria 100m

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Friday 2 Sep 201613:30 Book Now
Monday 5 Sep 201615:45 Book Now
Tuesday 6 Sep 201620:30 Book Now

David Brent: Life on the Road (15)

David Brent: Life on the Road
A camera crew catches up with David Brent, the former star of the fictional British series, "The Office" as he now fancies himself a rock star on the road.

Now working as a rep selling cleaning products up and down the country, David Brent hasn't given up his dream of becoming a rock star - or more specifically, singer/songwriter for fledgling rock band 'Foregone Conclusion'. As he assembles a group of mercenary session musicians, a talented sidekick for street cred and an overpriced yet underwhelmed tour manager, he embarks upon a self-financed UK tour coming to a venue near every major city near you.
UK 2016 Ricky Gervais 96m

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Friday 2 Sep 201620:45 Book Now
Sunday 4 Sep 201620:30 Book Now
Monday 5 Sep 201620:45 Book Now
Tuesday 6 Sep 201613:30 Book Now
Wednesday 7 Sep 201620:30 Book Now
Thursday 8 Sep 201615:45 Book Now

Florence Foster Jenkins (PG)

Florence Foster Jenkins
A wealthy New York heiress attempts to become an opera singer despite having a terrible singing voice.

Born in 1868, Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) was a child prodigy as a pianist who performed at the White House in her youth, but fell into poverty after an arm injury left her unable to play the piano. While living with her mother in New York, Jenkins began to dream of becoming an opera singer - despite her lack of natural talent. She fell in love with St Clair Bayfield, a British Shakespearean actor (Hugh Grant) who supported her ambition, and later became her agent and common-law husband. Rebecca Ferguson and Simon Helberg ('The Big Bang Theory's Howard) also co-star in this biopic directed by Stephen Frears ('The Queen', 'Philomena').
UK 2016 Stephen Frears

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Saturday 3 Sep 201613:30 Book Now
Sunday 4 Sep 201615:45 Book Now
Wednesday 7 Sep 201615:30 Book Now
Thursday 8 Sep 201613:15 Book Now

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (15)

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Joining our two 'heroes' (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are June Whitfield, Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, Rebel Wilson, Jon Hamm, Joan Collins, Celia Imrie, Dawn French, Kathy Burke... shall we go on?

Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London's trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!
UK 2016 Mandie Fletcher

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Friday 9 Sep 201613:30 Book Now
Saturday 10 Sep 201615:45 Book Now
Wednesday 14 Sep 201617:00 Book Now
Thursday 15 Sep 201613:30 Book Now

Chick Lit. (12A)

Chick Lit.
A charming British comedy about four male friends that will try literally anything to save their favourite local pub from closing down.

After brainstorming through ideas, the group decides to write a chick lit, or more specifically, a 'mummy porn' novel following the huge success of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. Soon after, the novel gets picked up! Now, the only problem is that the publisher insists that the young woman 'author' does press and publicity. Desperate to keep their involvement a secret, the four guys hire an out of work actress to 'role play' the part of the author. The film is funny, witty, charming and above all, entertaining. The impressive star cast is led by Christian McKay as David, alongside David Troughton, Dakota Blue Richards, Caroline Catz and Sir John Hurt.
UK 2016 Tony Britten 93m

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Friday 9 Sep 201615:45 Book Now
Saturday 10 Sep 201613:15 Book Now
Sunday 11 Sep 201620:30 Book Now
Monday 12 Sep 201618:00 Book Now
Tuesday 13 Sep 201613:15 Book Now

Julieta (15)

Pedro Almodóvar's new film sees a broken-hearted woman deciding to confront her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter.

With strong resonances of 'All About My Mother', Almodóvar's new film sees him back on familiar female territory with his typical striking visual style and remarkable storytelling. Julieta (played by two actresses - Adriana Ugarte as her younger self and Emma Suárez as the older woman) has a chance meeting in the street with an old friend, who brings her up to speed with various friends and relations, not least her daughter whom it transpires she has not seen since she was 18. The girl, Antia, disappeared while on a mountain retreat but despite Julieta's considerable efforts to find her, remained elusive. Almodóvar proves again that he is a master of delving deep into the female psyche. His distinctive voice grows in texture and depth with each new production. A beautiful film. (Subtitles)
Spain 2016 Pedro Almodóvar 96m

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Friday 9 Sep 201618:00 Book Now
Saturday 10 Sep 201620:45 Book Now
Sunday 11 Sep 201612:45 Book Now
Sunday 11 Sep 201618:15 Book Now
Monday 12 Sep 201615:45 Book Now
Monday 12 Sep 201620:15 Book Now
Tuesday 13 Sep 201618:15 Book Now
Tuesday 13 Sep 201620:45 Book Now
Wednesday 14 Sep 201612:15 Book Now
Thursday 15 Sep 201616:00 Book Now

Jason Bourne (12A)

Jason Bourne
The next 'Bourne' chapter finds the CIA's most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has most of his memory back, but lacks info on the CIA program that ended with the murder of his father. Guilt eats at him for what he did as a government-built, $100 million killing machine. He picks up bare-knuckle fights to punish and be punished. But during an austerity riot in Greece, Bourne is contacted by former colleague Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles) and learns that new CIA director Robert Dewey (Tommy Lee Jones at his devilish best) is building his own shadow government with the help of compromised tech kingpin Aaron Kalloor (a terrific Riz Ahmed). The result could be something "worse than Snowden."
USA Paul Greengrass 123m

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Friday 9 Sep 201620:15 Book Now
Saturday 10 Sep 201618:00 Book Now
Tuesday 13 Sep 201615:30 Book Now
Wednesday 14 Sep 201614:45 Book Now

Richard III (2016) (15)

Richard III (2016)
Almeida Theatre Encore

An explosive new adaptation of ‘Richard III’, directed by Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold with Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret.

War-torn England is reeling after years of bitter conflict. King Edward is ailing, and as political unrest begins to stir once more, Edward’s brother Richard – vicious in war, despised in peacetime – awaits the opportunity to seize his brother’s crown.

Through the malevolent Richard, Shakespeare examines the all-consuming nature of the desire for power amid a society riddled by conflict. This searing new production hones a microscopic focus on the mythology surrounding a monarch whose machinations are inextricably woven into the fabric of British history.

Cast includes: David Annen, Joseph Arkley, Tom Canton, Daniel Cerquiera, Simon Coates, Susan Engel, Ralph Fiennes, James Garnon, Mark Hadfield, Scott Handy, Finbar Lynch, Aislín McGuckin, Joseph Mydell, Vanessa Redgrave, Joshua Riley, Joanna Vanderham. (Time tbc inc Interval)

Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Sunday 11 Sep 201614:45 Book Now (Encore)

French Cuisine (12A)

French Cuisine
Pension Compléte

François (Franck Dubosc) and Charlotte's (Pascale Arbillot) marriage faces a crisis when their priorities differ.

François and Charlotte manage a seaside, gastronomic hotel-restaurant together, but their marriage is not in a good state. François, a relentless obsessive, wants his Michelin Guide star, whereas Charlotte, hitting forty, dreams only of having a first child. This already complicated situation literally explodes the day that Charlotte's former husband, Alex, whom everyone thought was killed in the horrendous tsunami in 2004, arrives on the scene. Cheeky, clumsy (in a good way) and full of sass, this is a lively and convivial movie that tickles both appetite and warm feelings.
France/Belgium Florent-Emilio Siri 81m

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Monday 12 Sep 201613:30 Book Now
Thursday 15 Sep 201621:30 Book Now

Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years (PG)

Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years

A film by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard, with the World Premiere Event broadcast live to New Park Cinema.

Based on the first part of The Beatles' career (1962-1966) - the period in which they toured and captured the world's acclaim. Ron Howard's film will explore how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, "The Beatles."

It will explore their inner workings - how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together - all the while, exploring The Beatles' extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. The film will focus on the time period from the early Beatles' journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966. UK/USA Ron Howard 160m

Tickets £12.50 (Friends/Students £10.00)

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Thursday 15 Sep 201618:30 Book Now (Live)

The Wait. (15)

The Wait.

A mother (Juliette Binoche) unexpectedly meets her son's fiancée at a villa in Sicily and gets to know her as she waits for her son to arrive.

Binoche's Anna, a single mother living in a remote Sicilian villa, mourns the death of her son, Giuseppe, when she is caught off-guard by the arrival of Jeanne (Lou de Laage), who claims to be his lover. Instead of admitting the truth, Anna decides to hold off "for the right time to tell her,". And so they wait. A clear disciple of Italian master Paolo Sorrentino, the film-school-trained Piero Messina served as assistant director on 'The Great Beauty', and he adopts many of his mentor's stylistic predilections on his first feature. With its beautiful imaginary and haunting score, 'The Wait' has the charm of a dark fairy tale and quickly draws you in. (Subtitles)
Italy 2015 Piero Messina 100m

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Friday 16 Sep 201613:30 Book Now
Monday 19 Sep 201618:15 Book Now
Thursday 22 Sep 201614:45 Book Now

Café Society (12A)

Café Society
A love story drenched in nostalgia, this bittersweet romance from Woody Allen is a film of rare beauty.

Set in the 1930s, we follow Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life. Centring on events in the lives of Bobby's colourful Bronx family, the film is a glittering valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians, and gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age. With a great jazzy soundtrack (what else could we expect from a Woody Allen film?), this is a beautifully-shot film by Allen regular Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. A blend of comedy and drama that ends in a transcendently wistful final montage.
USA 2016 Woody Allen 96m

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Friday 16 Sep 201616:00 Book Now
Friday 16 Sep 201620:45 Book Now
Saturday 17 Sep 201618:00 Book Now
Sunday 18 Sep 201620:30 Book Now
Monday 19 Sep 201615:45 Book Now
Tuesday 20 Sep 201613:15 Book Now
Tuesday 20 Sep 201620:45 Book Now
Wednesday 21 Sep 201618:15 Book Now
Thursday 22 Sep 201617:00 Book Now

The BFG (PG)

The tale of a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant, who set out on an adventure to capture the evil, man-eating giants who have been invading the human world.

The highlight of The BFG is its star - Mark Rylance, Spielberg's newest muse, who gave a performance of tragic simplicity and economy in last year's 'Bridge of Spies' and collected an Oscar for it. There, Rylance played a Soviet agent who had long ago sublimated whatever passion he had for his cause. Here, his BFG exudes explosive joy, rambling Dahl's gleeful nonsense dialogue as he furrows and knits his CGI brow. Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Roald Dahl's book (the first big-screen version) takes full advantage of all the fancy technology required to render the eponymous giant in all his big, friendly glory.
UK/Canada Steven Spielberg 117m

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Saturday 17 Sep 201612:00 Book Now
Sunday 18 Sep 201612:15 Book Now
Tuesday 20 Sep 201618:00 Book Now
Wednesday 21 Sep 201615:30 Book Now

The Deep Blue Sea (NT LIve) (cert-tbc)

The Deep Blue Sea (NT LIve)
The Deep Blue Sea
Recorded live

A new National Theatre production of Terence Rattigan's devastating masterpiece.

Helen McCrory ('Medea' and 'The Last of the Haussmans' at the National Theatre, 'Penny Dreadful', 'Peaky Blinders') returns to the National Theatre playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Tom Burke ('War and Peace', 'The Musketeers') also features in Carrie Cracknell's critically acclaimed new production. A flat in Ladbroke Grove, West London. 1952. When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing. 165m approx inc. interval

Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Saturday 17 Sep 201614:30 Book Now
Monday 26 Sep 201620:00 Book Now (Encore)

The Idol (PG)

The Idol
Ya Tayr El Tayer

Mohammed Assaf, an aspiring musician living in Gaza, sets a seemingly impossible goal: to compete on the program "Arab Idol."

Gaza. Synonymous to so many with conflict, destruction and despair but to Mohammed Assaf, and his sister Nour, Gaza is their home and their playground. It's where they, along with their best friends Ahmad and Omar, play music, football and dare to dream big. Their band might play on second hand, beaten up instruments but their ambitions are sky-high. For Mohammed and Nour, nothing less than playing the world famous Cairo Opera Hall will do. It might take them a lifetime to get there but, as Mohammed will find out, some dreams are worth living for. Beautifully shot, and with a powerful performance from Barhom, this is a biopic at its best. (Subtitles)
Netherlands/UK 2015 Hany Abu-Assad 100m

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Saturday 17 Sep 201620:30 Book Now
Wednesday 21 Sep 201613:00 Book Now

Turandot - Sydney Opera (cert-tbc)

Turandot - Sydney Opera
Recorded live

Puccini's last great opera featuring the famous Nessun Dorma aria. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

After last year's hugely successful 'Aida' on Sydney Harbour, Handa Opera return with their most exciting opera yet: 'Turandot'. When the heroic high notes of 'Nessun Dorma' ring out, your soul stirs. It's impossible to resist - the climax of an exotic adventure, captured perfectly in music. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Sydney Opera House, Puccini's 'Turandot' recounts the Chinese fable of the beautiful and powerful Princess Turandot, who challenges her many suitors to answer three riddles on pain of death. No one has ever succeeded, until a young brave Prince named Calaf declares his love for the princess and answers correctly. Don't miss this incredible annual opera event with lavish sets, extraordinary costumes and a spectacular firework display from Sydney's beautiful harbour.
135m inc. interval

Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Sunday 18 Sep 201615:00 Book Now

The Threepenny Opera - Nt Live (cert-tbc)

The Threepenny Opera - Nt Live

A landmark of twentieth-century musical theatre, 'The Threepenny Opera' comes to the National Theatre in a bold new production starring Rory Kinnear.

In this vivid and darkly comic new adaptation by award-winning playwright Simon Stephens, ('Port', 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time') Brecht's book and lyrics meets Kurt Weill's extraordinary score. Rory Kinnear plays Macheath. London scrubs up for the coronation. The thieves are on the make, the whores on the pull, the police cutting deals to keep it all out of sight, Mr and Mrs Peachum are looking forward to a bumper day in the beggary business, but their daughter didn't come home last night and it's all about to kick off… Mack the Knife is back in town. 180m approx inc. interval
Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Thursday 22 Sep 201619:00 Book Now (Live)

The Student and Mister Henri (12A)

The Student and Mister Henri
L'Étudiante et Monsieur Henri

Writer-director Ivan Calberac directs veteran Claude Brasseur in a very funny adaptation of a Paris Boulevard stage hit.

An elderly curmudgeon (Claude Brasseur) lets out a room in his large apartment rent-free to a young student (Noémie Schmidt) - on condition that she does everything in her power to ruin his son's marriage. Strapped for cash, she accepts Henri's offer of a free room if she can drive a wedge between his son Paul (Guillaume de Tonquedec) and his airhead daughter-in-law Valerie (Frederique Bel). Constance deploys her seductive skills and soon enough the forty-something Paul is falling for her, dressing in cool leather jackets, clubbing and sending text messages in (misspelt) suburban slang. If all this sounds like the premise for a farce, it's because that is precisely how this movie started out in real life. (Subtitles)
France 2015 Ivan Calbérac 98m

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Friday 23 Sep 201612:30 Book Now
Sunday 25 Sep 201612:30 Book Now
Tuesday 27 Sep 201618:15 Book Now
Thursday 29 Sep 201615:30 Book Now

TALK: Shakespeare 400 and the Autumn of our Years (U)

TALK: Shakespeare 400 and the Autumn of our Years
This autumn, we have two 3 week courses looking at some of the “Seven Ages of Man”.

As befits this Shakespearian quotation and remembering that we are still in the year of SHAKESPEARE 400, the first three sessions look at our journey through life in three Shakespeare plays and their film versions.

We then move on to look in detail at the latter time in the lives of men and women in a new course, THE AUTUMN OF OUR YEARS. In this 3 week course we will look at classic films about aging that you will not have seen recently and their linked novels.

Our finale on December 2nd will run for three hours and brings together Shakespeare’s masterclass on aging in two versions of KING LEAR. We will also dip into the film and award winning novel by Jane Smiley, A THOUSAND ACRES, which moves the story of Lear to the grain belt of America and the Cook family whose father decides to divide his farm among this daughters with tragic consequences.

It may be helpful, but not essential, to have read or dipped into the plays and novels before you come.

Rosemary Coxon is the Education Officer at Chichester Cinema at New Park.

Tickets £6/Session Or £30 for the whole course (7 Sessions - Save £12)

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Friday 23 Sep 201613:30 Book Now (Romeo and Juliet)
Friday 30 Sep 201613:30 Book Now (Othello)
Friday 7 Oct 201613:30 Book Now (Richard III)
Friday 21 Oct 201613:30 Book Now (Notes on a Scandal & Tatie Danie)
Friday 4 Nov 201613:30 Book Now (About Schmidt & Wild Strawberrie)
Friday 11 Nov 201613:30 Book Now (Still Alice)
Friday 2 Dec 201613:30 Book Now (King Lear and A Thousand Acres)

Captain Fantastic. (15)

Captain Fantastic.
In the mould of 'Little Miss Sunshine', a super-dad Viggo Mortensen determined to raise his kids on his own terms takes his family on a road trip.

Not to be confused with the plethora of superheroes currently smashing each other to bits on our cinema screens, Matt Ross' 'Captain Fantastic' is an effective, comic road movie. Mortensen plays Ben, a man who has taken his family into the wilds to live the "good life". However, when their absent mother Leslie (Trin Miller) dies, their world is completely rocked. Although initially reluctant, Ben loads up the family bus (named "Steve") and the group head off to New Mexico in time to pull off "Operation: Rescue Mother". The predictable clash of cultures is pulled off with real flair. A trip to a diner, a supermarket and a tussle with a traffic policeman are all managed with wit, and there are some great comic moments. Things become markedly more serious when they arrive at the funeral where they have to confront Leslie's parents (Frank Langella) and the possible fact that their lifestyle is no longer sustainable as all the forces of reaction line up against them. 'Captain Fantastic' is a slickly made comedy with a witty, politically articulate script and some wonderful cinematography by former Jacques Audiard regular Stéphane Fontaine. The children are very funny and Mortensen is wonderful in the title role, showing himself a light hand at comedy. Acclaimed at Sundance and Cannes (in competition).
USA 2016 Matt Ross 119m

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Sunday 25 Sep 201620:15 Book Now

Anthropoid (15)

Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich.

Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution, was the Reich's third in command behind Hitler and Himmler and the leader of Nazi forces in Czechoslovakia. The film follows two soldiers from the Czechoslovakian army-in-exile, Josef Gab?ík (Cillian Murphy) and Jan Kubi (Jamie Dornan), who are parachuted into their occupied homeland in December 1941. With limited intelligence and little equipment in a city under lock down, they must find a way to assassinate Heydrich, an operation that would change the face of Europe forever. In Hemingway-esque fashion, 'Anthropoid' examines the manner in which the true characters of men and women are revealed during what the writer called "the moment of truth," the instant one comes face to face with death.
UK/Czech Republic 2016 Sean Ellis 120m

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Friday 23 Sep 201617:45 Book Now
Saturday 24 Sep 201615:15 Book Now
Saturday 24 Sep 201620:45 Book Now
Sunday 25 Sep 201615:15 Book Now
Monday 26 Sep 201614:30 Book Now
Tuesday 27 Sep 201612:45 Book Now
Wednesday 28 Sep 201614:30 Book Now
Thursday 29 Sep 201618:00 Book Now

DAY COURSE: Out of this World (PG)

DAY COURSE: Out of this World
Hollywood's Flight from reality in Troubled Times
Day Course by Nick Smedley

Hollywood film-makers have always understood the fascination of conjuring up fantasy worlds. Indeed, some might say that Hollywood cinema is a fantasy world in itself. With 'Star Wars' back on the agenda, this one day course looks at American cinema's preoccupation with imagining a different world from the one we all inhabit. Why do American film-makers have this obsession and what does it tell us about American life and values?

Can we trace a development in these kinds of films over time? Nick Smedley, our presenter, is an independent film historian who has written and lectured on this topic. There will be plenty of scope for discussion and Q and A in this stimulating and lively day course. Come back to the future with Nick on 24th September at New Park!!

Tickets £12.00 (Friends/Students £10)

Sat 24 Sep 10:00 - 15:30 (Studio)

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Saturday 24 Sep 201610:00 Book Now

Michael Bublé - Tour Stop 148 (U)

Michael Bublé - Tour Stop 148
A front row seat to the superstar's phenomenally successful sold out 'To Be Loved' Tour which concluded in 2015 and was seen globally by over two million fans.

Filmed for the big screen with superb 5.1 surround sound, 'Michael Bublé - Tour Stop 148' showcases thrilling live performances of many of the Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter's biggest hits, including 'Home', 'Haven't Met You Yet', 'Cry Me A River' and 'Feelin' Good'. The performance is intercut with never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage of Team Bublé bringing this moveable feast from arena to arena for two years. This must-see event includes a special 15 minute introduction with Michael Bublé exclusive to cinemas - don't miss it! 105m

Tickets £12.50 (Friends/Students £10)

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Sunday 25 Sep 201618:00 Book Now

Bridget Jones's Baby (15)

Bridget Jones's Baby
The continuing adventures of British publishing executive Bridget Jones as she enters her 40s.

Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth are back, this time ably assisted by Emma Thompson as Bridget's doctor. It's been over 10 years since we've had a run in with Bridget Jones. Our heroine is expecting, and as Bridget will always be Bridget, she is unsure who the father of the baby is. Is it long-term love turned ex Mark Darcy (Firth) or newcomer Jack Qwant (Patrick Dempsey)? Three different endings to the film have been shot, so not even the cast know who it is. The film is directed by Sharon Maguire (who also directed the first movie) and is based on columns written by Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding for 'The Independent' between 2005 and 2006.
UK/Ireland 2016 Sharon Maguire

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Friday 30 Sep 201613:15 Book Now
Friday 30 Sep 201620:30 Book Now
Saturday 1 Oct 201613:00 Book Now
Saturday 1 Oct 201618:00 Book Now
Sunday 2 Oct 201617:30 Book Now
Sunday 2 Oct 201620:15 Book Now
Monday 3 Oct 201616:00 Book Now
Monday 3 Oct 201620:45 Book Now
Tuesday 4 Oct 201613:15 Book Now
Tuesday 4 Oct 201618:15 Book Now
Wednesday 5 Oct 201615:30 Book Now
Wednesday 5 Oct 201620:30 Book Now
Thursday 6 Oct 201613:15 Book Now
Thursday 6 Oct 201620:45 Book Now

Wiener-Dog (15)

A dachshund passes from oddball owner to oddball owner, whose radically dysfunctional lives are all impacted by the pooch.

Solondz's film is not only a state-of-the-art movie, it's a state-of-the-world movie. It cracks open hilarious, jaw-dropping perplexities in modern American life, yet also recognizes everyday tragedies. The eponymous dachshund travels through people's lives in four linear segments: A dad (Tracy Letts) gives the dog to his son, Remi (Keaton Nigel Cooke), who is recuperating from cancer; Dawn (Indie darling Greta Gerwig) is on a road trip with Wiener-dog; it appears with college film teacher Danny DeVito who is trying to sell a script to Hollywood; and finally, Wiener-dog is as a pet named 'Cancer' with Grandmother Nana (Ellen Burstyn). The American Eccentric level of self-conscious filmmaking and social commentary makes 'Wiener-Dog', frankly, amazing.
USA 2016 Todd Solondz 88m

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Friday 30 Sep 201615:45 Book Now
Monday 3 Oct 201618:30 Book Now
Thursday 6 Oct 201616:00 Book Now

Things to Come. (15)

Things to Come.

A philosophy teacher (Isabelle Huppert) soldiers through the death of her mother, getting fired from her job, and dealing with a husband who is cheating on her. A heartfelt portrait of middle age.

Nathalie teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie's husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life. Key to the story is the wonderful central performance from Isabelle Huppert, a superb actress (who is also appearing in Valley of Love on Aug 28), Huppert dominates every scene in this film, her character the catalyst for every turn in the plot, and the person we share every emotion with. She commands her role from the off and dominates proceedings throughout. Another impressive work by an auteur who manages to transform everyday stories into a singular vision. (Subtitles)
France 2016 Mia Hansen-Lřve 100m

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Friday 30 Sep 201618:00 Book Now
Saturday 1 Oct 201620:30 Book Now
Monday 3 Oct 201613:30 Book Now
Wednesday 5 Oct 201613:00 Book Now
Thursday 6 Oct 201618:15 Book Now

El Sur (PG)

El Sur
The South

This digitally re-mastered Spanish classic is by the director of 'The Spirit of the Beehive'.

This is the story of Estrella (Iciar Bollain), a little girl from Southern Spain who has been uprooted to the North. Estrella maintains a sentimentalized attachment to the region of her birth, an attachment manifested in her love for her father (Omero Antonutti). The girl's rose-coloured memories are shattered when she learns that her beloved dad once carried on affair with a Southern woman-and that the flames of passion still smoulder within him. Victor Erice's first film ('The Spirit of the Beehive') is a masterpiece - an honour that can be bestowed on very few arthouse directors. Like that film, 'El Sur' draws on childhood memories and imagination. Estrella, might well be a grown-up version of Isabel from 'The Spirit of the Beehive'. (Subtitles)
Spain/France 1983 Víctor Erice 95m

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Saturday 1 Oct 201615:45 Book Now
Tuesday 4 Oct 201620:45 Book Now

The Wave (15)

The Wave

Although anticipated, no one is really ready when the mountain pass above the scenic Norwegian fjord Geiranger, collapses and creates a huge tsunami.

Nestled in Norway's Sunnmřre region, Geiranger is one of the most spectacular tourist draws on the planet. With the mountain Ĺkerneset overlooking the village, it is also a place where cataclysm could strike at any moment. The very day geologist Kristian (Kristoffer Joner) is about to drive his family to their new life in the city, he senses something isn't right. No one wants to believe that this could be the big one, especially with tourist season at its peak, but when that mountain begins to crumble, every soul in Geiranger has ten minutes to get to high ground. This film is indeed a rarity - without skimping on the spectacle that glues eyeballs to the screen, it takes the time to develop its characters. (Subtitles)
Norway 2015 Roar Uthaug 105m

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Sunday 2 Oct 201612:00 Book Now
Tuesday 4 Oct 201615:45 Book Now
Wednesday 5 Oct 201618:00 Book Now

Norma - ROH (cert-tbc)

Norma - ROH

Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Bellini's operatic masterpiece, directed by Ŕlex Ollé.

This new production of 'Norma' for The Royal Opera is distinguished by a superlative cast of internationally renowned singers. Bellini's classic bel canto opera is full of wonderful melodies and opportunities for star singing. But it is especially known for Norma's stunning showpiece aria, 'Casta diva'. Ŕlex Ollé of innovative Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus directs, bringing a modern edge to this timeless tale of love, rivalry and betrayal, set against a backdrop of war driven by the extremes of a fanatically religious society. Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this stunning cast, including Joseph Calleja as Norma's secret lover Pollione, and Sonia Ganassi as the priestess Adalgisa, in a striking new production, which opens the 2016/17 Season. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Norma - tba; Pollione - Joseph Calleja; Adalgisa - Sonia Ganassi. Music - Vincenzo Bellini; Conductor - Antonio Pappano; Director - Ŕlex Ollé. 180m approx inc interval

Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Sunday 2 Oct 201614:00 Book Now (Encore)

Ben-Hur (PG)

The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur ((Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army.

Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves (Nazanin Boniadi), Judah is forced into slavery. He survives years of slavery under the Romans and attempts to get revenge by challenging his adoptive brother in a grand chariot race, while being forever changed after a series of encounters with Jesus of Nazareth (Rodrigo Santoro), who unlike in the original film has a prominent role in this version. Morgan Freeman plays Sheik Ilderim, a wealthy Nubian sheik who trains Ben-Hur to become a charioteer to take revenge on his brother.
USA 2016 Timur Bekmambetov 123m

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Friday 7 Oct 201612:45 Book Now
Sunday 9 Oct 201620:15 Book Now

The Infiltrator (cert-tbc)

The Infiltrator
Based on a true story, U.S. Customs agent Robert "Bob" Mazur (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar's blood-soaked drug trafficking scene.

Teamed with impulsive and streetwise fellow agent Emir Ebreu (John Leguizamo) and rookie agent posing as his fiancée Kathy Ertz (Diane Kruger), Mazur befriends Escobar's top lieutenant Roberto Alcaino (Benjamin Bratt). Navigating a vicious criminal network in which the slightest slip-up could cost him his life, Mazur risks it all building a case that leads to indictments of 85 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money, along with the collapse of one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world. Cranston ('Trumbo') again showcases his versatility with his portrayal of a cunning and hard-nosed investigator whose arrogant and prickly personality frequently makes him a better fit among drug traffickers and money launderers than among his own colleagues.
UK 2016 Brad Furman 127m

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Saturday 8 Oct 201620:30 Book Now
Sunday 9 Oct 201617:30 Book Now
Monday 10 Oct 201613:15 Book Now
Tuesday 11 Oct 201618:00 Book Now
Wednesday 12 Oct 201612:15 Book Now
Thursday 13 Oct 201620:30 Book Now

Summertime. (15)

La Belle Saison

A country girl falls for Cecile De France in this gently tragic French romance, which welcomes audiences into the powerful glow of their relationship.

1971. Farmers' daughter Delphine (Izďa Higelin) moves to Paris to break free from the shackles of her family in Limousin, and to gain her financial independence. Carole (Cecile De France) is a Parisian actively involved in the stirrings of the feminist movement. Their unlikely encounter turns their lives upside down as they fell passionately in love. Delphine's father has a stroke, and she has to go back home to help her mother (Noémie Lvovsky) run the family farm, but Carole, who is so smitten by Delphine, cannot stand the estrangement and decides to join her lover at the farm. It is hard not to judge her by contemporary standards, in part because the film is so modern in its acceptance of their connection, and yet the film does a splendid job of putting events into their historical context. A sweet, unpretentious love story, a peek into a fun moment of feminist history, and a realistic take on the difficulties of coming out. (Subtitles)
France 2015 Cécile De FranceIzďa 105m

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Friday 7 Oct 201618:15 Book Now

Hell or High Water (15)

Hell or High Water
Texas brothers Toby (Chris Pine), and Tanner (Ben Foster), come together after years divided to rob branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land.

For them, the hold-ups are just part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that seemed to have been stolen from under them. Justice seems to be theirs, until they find themselves on the radar of Texas Ranger, Marcus (Jeff Bridges. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a showdown looms at the crossroads where the values of the Old and New West murderously collide. Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges are stand outs in a film directed by Scotsman David Mackenzie ('Perfect Sense', 'Starred Up'), and with a screenplay by Taylor Sheridan, who continues his hot streak here after last year's 'Sicario'.
USA 2016 David Mackenzie 102m

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Friday 7 Oct 201620:45 Book Now
Monday 10 Oct 201620:45 Book Now
Tuesday 11 Oct 201613:15 Book Now

Equity (cert-tbc)

A senior investment banker attempts to navigate the cutthroat world of Wall Street when a company's Public Stock-market listing threatens to derail the career she's built.

Set on Wall Street, Meera Menon's financial thriller proves that female executives can be just as cold-hearted, cut-throat and corrupt as the male majority who surround them. "I like money - I like knowing I have it," declares hot-shot investment banker Naomi (Anna Gunn - Skylar on 'Breaking Bad'). She has once again been passed over for a global position by her boss (Lee Tergesen) at Remson Partners on the basis of one underperforming stock listing in her otherwise impressive Silicon Valley start-ups portfolio. Determined to prove her worth, workaholic Naomi goes after a San Francisco-based, billion-dollar social network/security business, run by a British tech entrepreneur (Samuel Roukin). Problem is: Naomi's equally ruthless, hedge-funder boyfriend, Michael Connor (James Purefoy), steals her info about the upcoming IPO, so he can do some insider trading.
USA 2016 Meera Menon 100m

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Saturday 8 Oct 201613:15 Book Now
Sunday 9 Oct 201613:00 Book Now
Tuesday 11 Oct 201620:45 Book Now
Thursday 13 Oct 201618:00 Book Now

The Childhood of a Leader (12A)

The Childhood of a Leader
A look at the childhood life of a post-World War I leader. A grippingly dispassionate period psychodrama.

Set against the backdrop of the 1919 Paris peace conference that led to the Treaty of Versailles, US actor Brady Corbet's directorial debut is a tautly drawn drama that juxtaposes the rise of fascism in context of an apparently angelic young boy's tantrums and power struggles with his parents and carers in a large country house. Robert Pattinson has a series of telling cameos, though at the heart of the film is 10-year-old Tom Sweet as the manipulative boy Prescott, tussling with his parents, played by Berenice Bejo ('The Artist') and Liam Cunningham. Based partly upon a story by Sartre and loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th Century, 'The Childhood of a Leader' is an ominous portrait of emerging evil. Great design and a memorable soundtrack by Scott Walker. Cast also includes Stacy Martin and Yolande Moreau. (Some subtitles)
UK / Hungary / France 2015 Brady Corbet 116m

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Saturday 8 Oct 201618:00 Book Now
Wednesday 12 Oct 201617:00 Book Now

Yarn (cert-tbc)


Every stitch tells a tale. International artists and knitters take a simple skein of yarn to create their extraordinary ideas and stories.

Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colourful tradition, 'Yarn' weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers. Despite sharing a medium, the artists profiled here produce wildly different work. In Iceland, Tinna veers political, crocheting "Free Palestine" into textiles that she tacks up in public. In Italy, another artist crochets enormous, spiderweb-like structures for children to climb on. In New York, Olek challenges the stereotype that yarn is inherently feminine. The film offers fascinating insight into what yarn can do in the talented hands of those determined to elevate mere craft to high art.
Netherlands/Cuba 2016 Bórdur Bragi Jónsson 76m

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Thursday 13 Oct 201613:30 Book Now

Under the Shadow (PG)

Under the Shadow
As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 80s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

A thriller from Iran which was a critical success at the Sundance Film Festival, and scores top marks (100%) on the 'Rotten Tomatoes' critics review website. Distrust and paranoia underscore the story of Shideh (Narges Rashidi), an Iranian progressive who finds her path to a medical degree cut off under Sharia law. She lives in a small apartment building in Tehran with her husband Iraj, a doctor drafted into service during wartime, and their daughter Dorsa. A missile tears through the upper floor of the building, and while it fails to explode, it leaves deep cracks in Shideh's living room ceiling… and perhaps much more. When thriller fans get to have their cake and eat it too - in this case real, developed characters in a harrowing situation coupled with bump-in-the-night thrills - they know they have a great film on their hands. (Subtitles)
Iran 2016 Babak Anvari 84m

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Monday 10 Oct 201618:45 Book Now

Little Men. (12A)

Little Men.
Two New York teens struggle to keep their parents' personal business from sabotaging their connection.

13-year-old Jake's (Theo Taplitz) drawing of yellow stars against a green sky is dismissed by a burnt-out middle-school teacher. It may seem like a rather insignificant moment, but just contrast the potential influence that adult comment has on his artistic future with the more overtly encouraging conversations he shares with Tony (Michael Barbieri), the son of the immigrant seamstress who rents his grandfather's store. The fact is, what these two boys share is beautiful. Instead of laying on the melodrama, Sachs ('Love is Strange') keeps things subtle, telling his story almost exclusively through quiet moments. The performances are impeccable. Sachs is a master of expressive understatement, and that applies both to the young actors playing the boys - there's not a false moment from either of them - and to the adults. Sachs cites two Ozu films about children in conflict with their parents as the initial spark. This is a little gem. Premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
USA 2016 Ira Sachs 85m

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Friday 14 Oct 201613:00 Book Now
Saturday 15 Oct 201615:30 Book Now
Tuesday 18 Oct 201618:30 Book Now
Wednesday 19 Oct 201616:00 Book Now
Thursday 20 Oct 201614:15 Book Now

Cosmos (15)

This loopy absurdist comedy is the final work of Andrzej Zulawski, the famed Polish filmmaker who died in February.

Witold who has just failed the bar, and his companion Fuchs, who has recently quit his fashion job, are staying at a guesthouse run by the intermittently paralytic Madame Woytis. Upon discovering a sparrow hanged in the woods near the house, Witold's reality mutates into a whirlwind of tension, histrionics, foreboding omens, and surrealistic logic as he becomes obsessed with Madame Woytis's daughter Lena, newly married to Lucien. This literary adaptation suffused with Zulawski's trademark freneticism, transforms Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz's novel of the same name into an ominous and manic exploration of desire. It's a surreal piece of mischief, equal parts breezy fun and maddening confusion. (Subtitles)
France/Portugal 2015 Andrzej Zulawski 103m

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Friday 14 Oct 201615:15 Book Now
Saturday 15 Oct 201620:45 Book Now
Tuesday 18 Oct 201620:45 Book Now
Thursday 20 Oct 201612:15 Book Now

Free State of Jones (15)

Free State of Jones
An epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newton Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.

Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight (Matthew McConaughey) launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War. McConaughey pitches his performance right into that sweet spot of feral nobility that marks his best work, and it's effortless. The photography of French cinematographer Benoit Delhomme underlines a thoughtful approach from director Gary Ross, everything framed just so: the emerald chamber of the swamp where the rebels hide out; a soldier's head caved in by a bullet. The camera quietly observes all.
USA 2016 Gary Ross 139m

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Friday 14 Oct 201617:45 Book Now
Saturday 15 Oct 201617:45 Book Now
Sunday 16 Oct 201612:45 Book Now
Monday 17 Oct 201615:15 Book Now
Tuesday 18 Oct 201613:00 Book Now
Wednesday 19 Oct 201613:00 Book Now
Thursday 20 Oct 201616:00 Book Now

TALK: The Western Hero (PG)

TALK: The Western Hero
Illustrated Talk by Gareth Evans

Little in cinema is quite as iconic, instantly identifiable or parodied as the hero of the Western genre. From a fresh faced, assertive young John Wayne in Stagecoach, to the post-war, grizzled gunslingers of The Wild Bunch, to the damaged and melancholic former soldiers of Open Range, we will look at the definitive films of the genre and the characters that embody them. This event will take an overview of Western cinema from across the decades and look at to what extent these tales have relevance in the modern film landscape.

Gareth Evans is Head of Media Studies at Bishop Luffa School. He has an MA in Film and Cultural Management and writes educational film resources for INTO Film. He has written film reviews and features for Little White Lies, Sorted Magazine and Media Magazine.

Tickets £6

Fri 14 Oct 18:30 (Studio)

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Friday 14 Oct 201618:30 Book Now

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG)

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser, which reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age), and those who help us along the way.

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside with his new foster family: loving Aunt Bella, cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush creating a national manhunt: should they go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi ('What We Do in the Shadows') masterfully weaves lively humour with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. This is the kind of adorable, coming-of-age dramedy that Pixar would proudly create if it made live-action movies and not cartoons.
New Zealand 2016 Taika Waititi 101m

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Saturday 15 Oct 201613:00 Book Now
Monday 17 Oct 201613:00 Book Now
Wednesday 19 Oct 201618:15 Book Now

Golden Age - Bolshoi (cert-tbc)

Golden Age - Bolshoi
Bolshoi Live

A satire on Europe during the Roaring '20s, 'The Golden Age' makes for an original, colourful and dazzling show with its jazzy score by Dimitri Shostakovich and music-hall atmosphere.

In a seaside town where business and the Mafia are flourishing, the Golden Age cabaret is the favourite nightly haunt of dancers, bandits and young revellers. The young fisherman Boris falls in love with Rita, a beautiful dancer, but she is also the friend of a local gangster.

This ballet - which can only be seen at the Bolshoi - has everything: mad rhythms, vigorous chase scenes and decadent cabaret numbers. With this passionate love story featuring beautiful duets between Boris and Rita, the Bolshoi dancers plunge magnificently into every stylised step and gesture. Choreography - Yuri Grigorovich; Libretto: Yuri Grigorovich and Isaak Glikman. 140m approx including interval.

Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Sunday 16 Oct 201616:00 Book Now (Live)

Miss Saigon (cert-tbc)

Miss Saigon
25th Anniversary Performance

The legendary Miss Saigon, in cinemas for one night only. including Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga.

This spectacular, sell-out 25th Anniversary Gala Performance of the global stage sensation also features appearances by the original cast including Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga. This acclaimed new production was described as "the most thrilling, soaring and emotionally stirring musical with magnificent performances" by the Daily Telegraph. This epic love story tells the tragic tale of the young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with American GI Chris - but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.
180m approx inc. interval

Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Sunday 16 Oct 201619:00 Book Now (25th Anniversary Performance)

Cosi Fan Tutte - ROH (12A)

Cosi Fan Tutte - ROH
ROH Opera Live

Semyon Bychkov conducts a cast of young and up-and-coming talent including American soprano Corinne Winters in a new production of Mozart and Da Ponte's opera on the nature of love.

How much do you love your partner? How much do you trust them? And can they trust you? Mozart's classic opera puts two pairs of lovers to the test - with great music but distinctly unexpected results. For this new production, director Jan Philipp Gloger creates a richly theatrical world as the playground for this quirky comedy, where two men try to woo each other's partners for a bet.

Don Alfonso - the puppet master of this experiment in love - is here a theatre director who uses all the sets, props and tricks of his trade to invent new scenes to challenge the lovers' affections. This lively, youthful and imaginative take on one of the world's best-loved operas is performed by a cast of rising stars conducted by Semyon Bychkov. Sung in Italian with English subtitles. 195m inc interval.

Fiordiligi - Corinne Winters; Dorabella - Angela Brower; Ferrando - Daniel Behle; Guglielmo - Alessio Arduini; Don Alfonso - Johannes Martin Kränzle; Despina - Sabina Puértolas. Music - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Conductor - Semyon Bychkov; Director - Jan Philipp Gloger.

Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Monday 17 Oct 201618:30 Book Now (Live)
Sunday 23 Oct 201614:00 Book Now (Encore)

Macbeth (Verdi) - Live From Barcelona (cert-tbc)

Macbeth (Verdi) - Live From Barcelona
Barcelona Opera Live

Giuseppe Verdi felt inspired by Shakespeare's work and his devotion led to this, his first opera based on one of the writer's texts.

General of the victorious Scottish armies, Macbeth hears a prophecy from three witches that predict he will be the next King of Scotland. Believing this premonition, his wife encourages him to kill the King. His divine right drives Macbeth to be bloodthirsty with friends and opponents alike but alone and racked with guilt, he faces his last battle and death.

Verdi's enthusiasm gave him the will of achieving "something extraordinary" with the iconic writers work. In this version, Christof Loy directs the action in a classic timeless space with surrealistic touches dominated by blacks and whites, adding to the great dramatic intensity.

Macbeth - Ludovic Tézier; Banquo - Vitalij Kowaljow; Lady Macbeth - Martina Serafin; Macduff - Saimir Pirgu; Malcolm - Albert Casals. Conductor - Giampaolo Bisanti; Stage Director - Christof Loy; Costumes - Ursula Renzenbrink; Lighting - Bernd Purkrab; Chorus Master - Conxita García. 220m inc. 15m intro and intervals.

Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Thursday 20 Oct 201618:45 Book Now (Live)

The Girl on the Train (cert-tbc)

The Girl on the Train
A mystery thriller drama based on Paula Hawkins' 2015 best-selling debut novel of the same name.

Every day Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt) takes the train in to work in London, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband (Justin Theroux), who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down - Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott Hipwell (Luke Evans). She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing. A gripping film!
USA 2016 Tate Taylor approx 105m

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Friday 21 Oct 201613:15 Book Now
Friday 21 Oct 201618:15 Book Now
Saturday 22 Oct 201612:15 Book Now
Saturday 22 Oct 201620:45 Book Now
Sunday 23 Oct 201617:45 Book Now
Sunday 23 Oct 201620:15 Book Now
Monday 24 Oct 201614:15 Book Now
Monday 24 Oct 201616:45 Book Now
Tuesday 25 Oct 201615:30 Book Now
Tuesday 25 Oct 201620:30 Book Now
Wednesday 26 Oct 201614:15 Book Now
Wednesday 26 Oct 201616:45 Book Now
Thursday 27 Oct 201614:00 Book Now
Thursday 27 Oct 201616:15 Book Now
Friday 28 Oct 201616:00 Book Now
Saturday 29 Oct 201612:30 Book Now
Sunday 30 Oct 201620:30 Book Now
Monday 31 Oct 201612:15 Book Now
Tuesday 1 Nov 201618:00 Book Now
Wednesday 2 Nov 201612:15 Book Now
Thursday 3 Nov 201613:30 Book Now

Courted (cert-tbc)

L'Hermine French writer-director Christian Vincent's latest stars Fabrice Luchini and 'Borgen' star Sidse Babett Knudsen as a judge and juror who have a shared past.

Michel Racine (Luchini) is a feared president of Assize Court, as strict with himself as with others. Everything changes when he meets again Ditte (Knudsen) when she's selected as a juror in a criminal trial over which he presides. The film begins like a Moliere-style comedy, then moves to a more procedural courtroom drama. (Subtitles)
France 2015 Cristian Vincent 98m

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Friday 21 Oct 201615:45 Book Now
Tuesday 25 Oct 201618:00 Book Now

Aloys (15)

A unique noir-like French tale of mystery and private eyes.

Aloys (Georg Friedrich) is a lonely private investigator is contacted by a mysterious woman (Tilde von Overbeck) who pulls him into a mind game known as 'telephone walking'. Fascinated by her voice, he discovers an imaginary universe that allows him to break out of his isolation. This film was highly acclaimed at festival screenings, with comparisons to filmmaker Michel Gondry ('Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind') and writer Charlie Kaufman ('Being John Malkovich', 'Adaptation'). Director Nölle's greatest achievement is to keep the magic realm firmly anchored to the real so that reality feels touched by imagination rather than smothered by it. This is a showcase for Nölle's technical prowess, a genre-defying curiosity that marks its director out as a name to watch. (Subtitles)
Switzerland/France 2016 Tobias Nölle 91m

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Friday 21 Oct 201620:45 Book Now
Saturday 22 Oct 201618:30 Book Now

DAY COURSE: Coen Brothers: The Art of Laughter (PG)

DAY COURSE: Coen Brothers: The Art of Laughter
Day Course by Richard Cupidi

Since their debut feature Blood Simple in 1984, Joel and Ethan Coen have created some of the most original, idiosyncratic and intelligent filmworks anywhere. Transcending genres, the Coens have produced film dramas with surreally funny moments and film comedies with seriously dark undertones.

Their films remind us that within our collective human condition, tragedy and comedy usually co-exist. Or, as the brothers simply put it: "it seems to us that comedy is a part of life." In this informal and interactive workshop, we'll discuss the nature of comedy using short examples drawn from the brothers' films.

And, to help us understand how their humour "works" cinematically, we'll look closely at a selection of the Coens' films, along with their scripts, interviews and cultural references. And, not unlike many of their films, we'll also throw in a few seemingly random elements such as the Talmud, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, Trickster mythology and bowling balls.

The aim, ultimately, is to answer that most existential of questions about the Coen brothers: They do make comedies, don't they? Everyone welcome but please remember to bring along your sense of humour.

Tickets £12.00 (Friends/Students £10)

Sat 22 Oct 10:00 - 15:00 (Studio)

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Saturday 22 Oct 201610:00 Book Now

Cymbeline (PG)

RSC Encore

Britain is in crisis. Alienated, insular and on the brink of disaster. Can it be saved? This is the basis of Shakespeare's rarely performed drama.

An ineffectual Queen Cymbeline rules over a divided dystopian Britain. Consumed with grief at the death of two of her children, Cymbeline's judgement is clouded. When Imogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart Posthumus in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. Behind the throne, a power-hungry figure plots to seize power by murdering them both.

In exile Imogen's husband is tricked into believing she has been unfaithful to him and in an act of impulsive jealousy begins a scheme to have her murdered. Warned of the danger, Imogen runs away from court in disguise and begins a journey fraught with danger that will eventually reunite Cymbeline with a long-lost heir and reconcile the young lovers. The themes of Cymbeline are as relevant today as they were when Shakespeare first wrote them. With echoes of Brexit and questions of national identity, Melly Still's direction of Shakespeare's rarely performed play feels surprisingly contemporary.

Cymbeline mashes up a variety of different Shakespeare stories (Hamlet, Othello and Romeo and Juliet to name a few). Melly Still directs Gillian Bevan in the role of Cymbeline, the first woman to take on the role for the RSC, and Bethan Cullinane (King Lear, 2013 Globe Theatre) as a critically-acclaimed Imogen. 200m approx inc. interval

Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Saturday 22 Oct 201614:45 Book Now (Encore)

The Battle of the Somme (cert-tbc)

The Battle of the Somme
Special Anniversary Event

On October 23rd 1916, citizens of Chichester gathered in large crowds to watch 'The Battle of the Somme' at Poole's Pictures on East Street (Corn Exchange Building). One hundred years to the day after its first showing in Chichester, we can watch this wartime classic and reflect upon the remembrance of the First World War.

This film (a documentary with some re-enacted footage) depicts the terrible and largest WWI battle; it took place in a long front north and south of the River Somme in northern France, and more than a million lives were lost from the various nationalities involved. This classic depiction of warfare on the Western Front that was released to the British public in 1916. The film had a tremendous impact on individuals and communities as it allowed a connection to the war at the front, and records show that 20 million tickets were sold for the film, at a time when the country had a population of 43 million! For Chichester, this film brought the war to life for many people who had family or friends serving on the Western Front. Just as the film allowed a closer connection to what was experienced by individuals during the war, so the film today allows us a closer connection to what wartime life in Chichester was like.
UK 1916 BFI 77m

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Sunday 23 Oct 201612:00 Book Now

Kubo and the Two Strings (PG)

Kubo and the Two Strings
A visually stunning action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA.

Clever, kind-hearted Kubo (Art Parkinson) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town. But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens. Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen - a magical musical instrument - Kubo must battle gods and monsters (including Ralph Fiennes and Rooney Mara), to unlock the secret of his legacy, reunite his family, and fulfil his heroic destiny.
USA 2016 Travis Knight 101m

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Monday 24 Oct 201612:15 Book Now
Tuesday 25 Oct 201613:00 Book Now
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Disney/Pixar's new animated feature is the eagerly awaited follow up to 'Finding Nemo'.

Disney/Pixar's 'Finding Dory' reunites everyone's favourite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Directed by Andrew Stanton ('Finding Nemo', 'WALL-E') the film features the voices of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton. 'Finding Dory' swims into Priory Park for one special engagement only. Sold out at the Priory Park Open Air Screening which launched this year's Chichester International Film Festival.
USA 2016 Andrew Stanton 103m

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Thursday 27 Oct 201612:00 Book Now
Friday 28 Oct 201613:30 Book Now

The Entertainer - Branagh (cert-tbc)

The Entertainer - Branagh
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Live

The final production of this season's Kenneth Branagh Theatre with Kenneth Branagh starring in John Osborne's modern classic set against the dying days of the music hall.

Now Branagh's first season concludes with John Osborne's follow-up to his ground-breaking Look Back in Anger. This has at its centre the memorably sad, middle-aged figure of fading music-hall star Archie Rice, whose failing career is set against the backdrop of post-Colonial decline and personal tragedy.

Archie was famously played by Laurence Olivier in the original production at the Royal Court Theatre in 1957 (and on film). Branagh himself has frequently been compared to Olivier, so anticipation will be at fever pitch when he takes on this iconic role in his artistic associate Rob Ashford's production. 180m approx inc. interval

Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Thursday 27 Oct 201619:00 Book Now (Live)
Saturday 29 Oct 201615:00 Book Now (Encore)

TALK: Sufferin' Succotash (PG)

TALK: Sufferin' Succotash
Cartoons and Animation on Film
Illustrated Talk by Michael Cox

The Education Section of Chichester Cinema present a 90 minute illustrated talk led by trustee Michael Cox and projectionist Paul Stanley. The presentation will cover the output of the major studios from Disney to Pixar (from Pencil to Pixel) and some very interesting independents.

A host of familiar figures from Shorts and Features will make an appearance. Background information on their creators and any technical influences will be highlighted. From Mickey Mouse to Roger Rabbit to Wallace & Gromit.

That's all Folks!

Tickets £6.00


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Friday 28 Oct 201618:30 Book Now

The Girl with All the Gifts (15)

The Girl with All the Gifts
A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie.

Humanity has been all but destroyed by a disease that eradicates free will and turns victims into flesh-eaters - only a small group of children seem immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied by cruel biologist Dr. Caldwell (Glenn Close). The children attend school lessons daily, guarded by the ever watchful Sergeant Parks (Paddy Considine). But one little girl, Melanie (Sennia Nanua), stands out from the rest. When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with her favourite teacher Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton), Sergeant Parks and Dr. Caldwell. A smartly compelling, emotionally engaging and stylishly executed film.
UK/USA 2016 Colm McCarthy 111m

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Friday 28 Oct 201618:30 Book Now
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Monday 31 Oct 201614:30 Book Now

The Blue Room (15)

The Blue Room
La Chambre Bleue

Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in this sexy, brain-teasing thriller.

Mathieu Amalric ('The Diving Bell and the Butterfly', 'Grand Budapest Hotel') directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled in a steamy love affair with a married woman (Stéphanie Cléau) who makes a startling suggestion. Suddenly Julien is caught up in a police investigation-but just what exactly happened? Based on a novel by celebrated crime writer Georges Simenon, this beguiling cinematic puzzle unfolds in an elliptical style that keeps the audience guessing every step of the way. A dazzling deconstruction of the mystery genre that turns its conventions on their heads. (Subtitles)
France 2014 Mathieu Amalric 76m

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Friday 28 Oct 201621:00 Book Now
Tuesday 1 Nov 201613:30 Book Now
Thursday 3 Nov 201620:45 Book Now

The First Monday in May (PG)

The First Monday in May
We follow the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition in history, "China: Through The Looking Glass," an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.

With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collusion of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired every year by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour. Featuring a cast of renowned artists in many fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier and John Galliano) as well as a host of contemporary pop icons like Rihanna, the movie dives into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art. There are many deliciously revealing moments, including discussions about who will sit where at the gala - there has to be a celebrity at every table - and whether Vogue can afford to pay Rihanna twice the usual fee to entertain the guests.
USA 2016 Andrew Rossi 90m

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Saturday 29 Oct 201621:00 Book Now
Thursday 3 Nov 201616:00 Book Now

My Scientology Movie (cert-tbc)

My Scientology Movie
Louis Theroux's first theatrical feature documentary, from the Oscar TM winning producer of SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN and MAN ON WIRE, sees the renowned filmmaker delve into the world of Scientology, one of the worlds most mysterious and powerful religions, in what he regards as 'the Holy Grail of Stories'.

With a lifetime of experience dealing with eccentric, unpalatable and unexpected human behaviour, the unassuming Theroux won't take no for an answer when his request to enter the Church of Scientology headquarters is turned down. Inspired by the Church's alleged techniques, and aided by former Scientology members-turned-whistleblowers, Theroux uses actors to recreate incidents people claim to have experienced as members in an attempt to better understand the way it operates. However, in a bizarre twist, it becomes clear that Louis is not the only one making a documentary… Suffused with a good dose of humour and moments worthy of a Hollywood script, MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE is as outlandish as it is revealing.
UK/USA 2015 John Dower 99m

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Sunday 30 Oct 201613:00 Book Now
Wednesday 2 Nov 201616:45 Book Now

Dare to be Wild (PG)

Dare to be Wild
Irishwoman Mary Reynold's journey from rank outsider to winner of a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Mary (Emma Greenwell) is a young Irish woman with a passion for nature and gardens, and is looking to break into the world of garden design. She gets her first opportunity with 'celebrity garden designer' Charlotte Heavey (Christine Marzano), which eventually turns sour when she finds herself robbed of original work and out of a job. Not to be defeated, she bounces back with a determination to take home the winning prize at the esteemed Chelsea Flower Show, despite all obstacles. On her way she meets and falls for heart-throb botanist Christy (Tom Hughes), eventually following him on a trip to Ethiopia, to win his heart as well as the aid of his botany skills. A visual feast!
Ireland 2015 Vivienne De Courcy 100m

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Sunday 30 Oct 201615:30 Book Now
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Monday 31 Oct 201616:45 Book Now
Tuesday 1 Nov 201615:30 Book Now
Tuesday 1 Nov 201620:30 Book Now
Wednesday 2 Nov 201614:30 Book Now
Thursday 3 Nov 201618:15 Book Now

Anastasia - ROH (cert-tbc)

Anastasia - ROH
The Royal Ballet LIVE in three acts

Kenneth MacMillan's full-length ballet is a compelling exploration of identity in the turbulent wake of the Russian revolution.

An identity in crisis; a country in revolution. 'Anastasia' is a ballet about one of the great historical mysteries of the 20th century, only recently solved. At the height of the Russian Revolution the royal family were executed, but afterwards a young woman appeared - apparently a surviving royal princess, the Grand Duchess Anastasia.

Known as 'Anna Anderson', she couldn't remember her past and she was presumed to be an imposter. Many wanted to forget the massacre and the Revolution; many believed, or hoped, that a princess could have survived, a remnant of the old world.

One of Kenneth MacMillan's first creations on becoming Director of The Royal Ballet in 1970, 'Anastasia' is a dramatic and haunting exploration of Anna's nightmare of memory and identity. To music by Tchaikovsky and Martinu, we follow the events leading to the murder of a family, and Anna's confused dreams - or memories. A powerful, psychological challenge for the principal ballerina, this is a rare opportunity to see a landmark ballet by a major choreographer.

Choreography - Kenneth Macmillan; Music - Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky and Bohuslav Martinu; Electronic Music - Fritz Winckel and Rüdiger Rüfer; Conductor - Simon Hewett.

Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Wednesday 2 Nov 201619:15 Book Now (Live)

I, Daniel Blake (15)

I, Daniel Blake
Ken Loach's 2016 Cannes Palme D'Or Winner is not to be missed. A middle aged carpenter, who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

59-year-old Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle, but now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with a single mother Katie (Hayley Squires) and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie's only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn't know, some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man's land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of 'striver and skiver' in modern day Britain. Loach tells his tale straight and with the confidence of someone who knows that they have a story to tell, with no need for bells and whistles. It's a spare film, muted in colour and unflashy - and it's all the more powerful and urgent for it. The quiet beauty of "I, Daniel Blake" - the reason it's the rare political drama that touches the soul - is that we believe, completely, in these people standing in front of us, as Ken Loach and the actors have imagined them. And when the movie ends, we feel like we won't forget them.
UK/France 2016 Ken Loach 100m

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Friday 4 Nov 201613:00 Book Now
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Les Cowboys (cert-tbc)

Les Cowboys
When his daughter goes missing from their prairie town east of France, Alain and his young son, Kid, head out to find her.

A vast prairie, a country & western gathering somewhere in the east of France. Alain (François Damiens) is a central figure in this community. He's dancing with his daughter Kelly (Iliana Zabeth), 16, as his wife and their young son Kid (Finnegan Oldfield) watch from the side-lines. But on this day, Kelly disappears, and the family falls apart. Alain embarks on a relentless search for his daughter, even though it costs him everything and takes him to some far-off places. Dark, unsettling places, where his sole support is Kid, who sacrifices his youth to accompany his father on this seemingly endless quest. Director Bidegain skilfully entwines what is essentially a 1950's Western, with a very modern premise. (Subtitles)
France 2015 Thomas Bidegain 104m

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Friday 4 Nov 201615:30 Book Now
Tuesday 8 Nov 201618:30 Book Now

Inferno (12A)

Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon ('The Da Vinci Code' and 'Angels & Demons').

In director Ron Howard and screenwriter David Koepp's adaptation of author Dan Brown's bestselling novel, Langdon uses Dante's The Divine Comedy as a tool in the race to prevent a devastating global pandemic. However, there is a problem, Langdon finds himself in Florence, but has no memory or idea of how he got there.
USA 2016 Ron Howard 121m

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Friday 4 Nov 201620:30 Book Now
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Thursday 10 Nov 201618:15 Book Now

King Lear - RSC (cert-tbc)

King Lear - RSC
RSC Encore

Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his days without the burden of power. A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgment, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known.

Misjudging his children's loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth and power he had taken for granted. Alone in the wilderness he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point. Following his performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's great 20th century American tragedy Death of a Salesman, Antony Sher returns to play King Lear, one of the greatest parts written by Shakespeare. The production is directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran. Approx 200m with intervals.

Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Saturday 5 Nov 201614:45 Book Now (Encore)

The Bright Stream (U)

The Bright Stream
Bolshoi Ballet Recorded Live

Alexei Ratmansky invokes the genius of Shostakovich's score, creating a laugh-out-loud masterpiece with slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions, false identities.

During harvest festival on a collective farm, a visiting dance troupe reunites a ballerina with her childhood friend, Zina. In order to teach her unfaithful husband a lesson, Zina, the ballerina and the ballerina's husband decide to swap roles for the evening.

Alexei Ratmansky invokes the genius of Shostakovich's score, creating a laugh-out-loud masterpiece with slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions, false identities (including Principal Dancer Ruslan Skvortsov dressed as a sylph) and many colourful characters! The Bolshoi bursts with vivid life and bright spirits in Ratmansky's brilliantly choreographed smash. Captured live on 29 Apr 2012. 150m approx including interval.

Tickets £17.50 (Friends/Students £15)

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Sunday 6 Nov 201615:00 Book Now

The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (PG)

The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch
Exhibition on Screen

The first of a new series of Exhibition on Screen from the Netherlands.

Based on the critically acclaimed, once-only exhibition which brought together practically all his major paintings and drawings from around the world to his home town of Den Bosch, Netherlands; a powerful exhibition that saw almost half a million visitors marvelling at Bosch's quirky creations.

This film asks just who is Hieronymus Bosch? Why are his strange and fantastical paintings so popular? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds? Where did his unconventional and timeless visions come from? UK 2016 90m approx

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Thursday 10 Nov 201616:00 Book Now