Dir: Gurinder Chadha, UK/In, 2017, 106 mins
Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Hugh Bonneville
The love story of a Hindu servant and a Muslim woman set against the political and religious tensions, intrigues and turmoil in India during the final days of British colonial rule under Lord Mountbatten, the final viceroy before partition and independence.
Dir: Icíar Bollaín, Sp/Ger, 2016, 84 mins, Spanish dialogue with subtitles
Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez, Pep Ambròs
A fable about a young Spanish farmer resolute in trying to reclaim her grandfather’s dearly loved olive tree from foreign ownership. A wonderful combination of comedy, environmental consciousness and family drama.
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Dir: Mel Gibson, Aus/US, 2016, 139 mins
Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey
The true account of a principled pacifist, who served courageously and nobly after becoming caught up in the brutality of World War Two. A gripping account of the visceral reality of war and the moral dilemmas it creates.
Dir: Barry Jenkins, US, 2016, 111 mins
Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson
A drama following the impact a young man's upbringing in poor and crime-infested South-Miami has on his life. This intimate coming of age story insightfully challenges gender and racial stereotypes.
A visually lush comedy following the adventures of two naughty twins who may be in for their worst ever summer holiday. Although in Spanish with subtitles, this visual treat is accessible to those aged 9 & over. 97 mins
Dir: Olivier Assayas, 2016, Fr/Ger, 105 mins, English & French dialogue
Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz
A unique ghost story following Maureen, a grieving personal shopper for a rich actress, who is trying to contact her deceased twin brother in her spare time. A mysterious and haunting drama with an exquisite central performance from Steward that won Assayas the Best Director award at Cannes last year.
Dir: Onur Tukel, US, 2016, 95 mins
Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone
Struggling artist Ashley and wealthy housewife Veronica were friends at college, but their paths have not crossed since. When they find themselves attending the same event, their initial thinly-veiled verbal pleasantries soon take a turn, leading to an all-out brawl and all-consuming rivalry. Catfight turns the portrayal of women’s fights in movies on its head in the most violent of ways possible, landing a killer satirical blow at modern day society.
Dir: Asghar Farhadi, Iran, 2016, 124 mins, Persian dialogue with subtitles
Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti, Babak Karimi
An expertly crafted emotional drama about a couple who are forced to relocate from their unstable apartment to a new flat. Their relationship is soon challenged after a stranger violates their privacy and their life is turned upside down. Although banned from entering America for the Oscar ceremony, Farhadi still won the Best Foreign language Film award.
A dark fairy tale about a boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s terminal illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world with the help of a tree monster. 106 mins
Ushers' Choice: Cinema of the 80s
The first film in a new short season of films chosen by our volunteer ushers.
Dir: Stanley Kubrick, US, 1980, 144 mins
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
From a script he co-adapted from the Stephen King novel, Kubrick melds vivid performances, menacing settings and shock after shock into a milestone of the macabre. In a signature role, Jack Nicholson plays Jack Torrance, who's come to the elegant, isolated Overlook Hotel as off-season caretaker with his wife and son. A ghostly time warp of madness and murder.
Dir: James Gray, US, 2016, 141 mins
Tom Holland, Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller
A true-life drama telling the story of the English explorer Percy Fawcett who in 1925 disappeared in the Amazonian rainforest trying to uncover a lost civilisation. A sincere epic about class, obsession and the profound arrogance of progress.
Dir: Ahmed Jamal, Pakistan, 2016, 104 mins, Urdu dialogue with subtitles
Nayyar Ejaz, Sajid Hasan, Sanam Saeed
Adapted from William Shakespeare's 'Measure for Measure', this thought-provoking Pakistani drama follows a woman who has to choose between her honour or saving her brother's life. A story about hypocrisy and the value of forgiveness in corrupt times.
Dir: Anna Biller, US, 2016, 118 mins
Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell
Moving to a small picturesque town, Elaine, seeking love, uses potions and spells to catch a man but her magic has unfortunate side effects. A tribute to the glorious technicolour fantasy & horror films of the early 70s, this is a wholly engaging straight-faced melodrama with barbed feminist footnotes.
Dir: Tim Grabham & Jasper Sharp, US, 2015, 81 mins
Distant cousins of fungi, slime moulds are equally beautiful to some and terrifying to others as this superb documentary shows. From well-preserved collections in labs to turn of the century slide shows to a pretty hilarious thought experiment where a gaggle of humans turns out to be barely as smart as a slime mould, this is a highly entertaining film about an unlikely topic, delivered with an infectious but never over the top enthusiasm.
Dir: Terence Davies, US, 2016, 125 mins
Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff
A sensitive study of 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson, looking at the influences that shaped her art and portraying her as a strong, independent and opinionated woman through her life. Witty, funny and ultimately tragic with a heart-felt performance from Nixon.
Dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil, 2016, 146 mins, Portuguese dialogue with subtitles
Sonia Braga, Maeve Jinkings, Irandhir Santos
A character study focusing on an indomitable retired teacher as she stands resolute in her apartment, unwilling to sell to a construction company looking to replace the building. An intelligent meditation on the way physical spaces merge with our memory and identity.
Dir: Robert Mullan, UK, 2016, 105 mins
David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Gambon
Mad To Be Normal reveals the story of R.D. Laing, the famous psychiatrist and one of Scotland’s greatest ever minds. Laing performed various daring experiments on people who were diagnosed as mentally disturbed. His revolutionary methods involved experimenting with LSD on his patients, causing outrage and controversy in the medical profession and radically changing attitudes and perceptions of mental health around the world.
Dir: Pete Travis, UK, 2016, 110 mins
Riz Ahmed, Billie Piper, James Floyd
In the bustling multi-cultural metropolis of London, a down-at-heel private eye finds the missing persons case he’s investigating exposes dark secrets and some uncomfortable truths. This taut and economical modern day film noir packs a mean punch.
Dir: Pablo Larraín, Chile/Arg, 2016, 108 mins, Spanish dialogue with subtitles
Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Alfredo Castro
A fictionalised historical drama following the flight of communist poet and politician Pablo Neruda from Chile as he is chased by a determined police inspector. An intelligent and poetical cat and mouse thriller with outstanding performances.
Dir: Christopher Menaul, UK, 2016, 103 mins
Jenny Seagrove, John Hannah, Julian Kostov
During World War II, when the island of Jersey was occupied by the Nazis, a woman takes in an escaped Russian POW and hides him over the course of the war as, amid growing tension the community began to fray under the pressures of hunger, occupation and divided loyalty. Based on the true story of Louisa Gould, this is an impressive costume drama.
The story of Afrobeat pioneer, multi-instrumentalist and human rights activist Fela Kuti is told in the joyous, moving Finding Fela! by Oscar-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney (ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room, We Steal Secrets).
Born in Nigeria in 1938, Kuti rose to fame in the 1970s by creating Afrobeat, which fused jazz, funk, high-life, psychedelic rock, and traditional West African chants; a polyrhythmic sound that became the backdrop to Africa’s postcolonial activism and quest for freedom. He founded a commune and recording studio for his extended musical family named the Kalakuta Republic; but while his music gained international renown, its lyrics – promoting revolutionary ideals, modernity and openness – enraged Nigeria’s ruthless military regime; and with each successive album their attacks on the Republic and specifically on Kuti himself became ever more extreme.
Eleven years after Kuti’s death, Gibney records the rehearsals and performances of a Broadway musical, 2011’s Fela!, which magnetised new audiences to Kuti’s work; and sets the musical against his own non- fiction exploration of a truly extraordinary man – offering us new insights into a complex, provocative and undeniably brilliant performer. ney,
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Dir: Andrew L. Stone, US, 1943, 77 mins
Bill Robinson, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller
Dancing great Bill Williamson sees his face on the cover of Theatre World magazine and reminisces: just back from World War I, he meets lovely singer Selina Rogers at a soldiers' ball and promises to come back to her when he "gets to be somebody." Years go by, and Bill and Selina's rising careers intersect only briefly, since Selina is unwilling to "settle down." Will she ever change her mind? A musical like no other, Stormy Weather celebrates the African-american stars of the day in all-star extravaganza of music and song.