Cinema Schedule Main Auditorium - Screen 1

Friday 21 January 2022

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OUR SECURE PAYMENT GATEWAY IS LIMITED TO ANY NUMBER OF TICKETS FOR ONE FILM PURCHASE PER TRANSACTION.
Until further notice, all our screenings are a maximum 29 seat capacity (in our 68 seater auditorium) to allow suitable distancing.
The Box Office, situated in the Arts Bar, is open 30 minutes before the start of each film.
The Arts bar is open for refreshments 30 minutes before each evening screening.

PETITE MAMAN
2021 | Dir Céline Sciamma | 72 mins | France

Nelly has just lost her grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods. One day she meets a girl her same age building a treehouse.

Tuesday 25 January at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Thursday 27 January at 2.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Thursday 27 January at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)

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Eight year old Nelly goes to visit her mother Marion’s childhood home following her grandmother’s death. Left to her own devices, she wanders into the nearby woods, where she meets a girl who looks very like her. The two work on a hut that her new friend has started to build. She takes her new friend, who is called Marion, back to the house, which has now subtly changed… Award-winning writer/director Sciamma has created a simple ghost story that is beautiful and very moving. French with English subtitles.

C’MON C’MON
2021 | Dir Mike Mills | 109 mins | USA

When his sister asks him to look after her son, a radio journalist embarks on a cross-country trip with his energetic nephew to show him life away from Los Angeles.

Wednesday 26 January at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Tuesday 01 February at 2.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Tuesday 01 February at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)

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When his estranged sister needs him most, radio journalist Johnny takes in her precocious young son, Jesse. Thrust into a full-time caretaking role for his nephew, Johnny gains a new appreciation of the world, how difficult it is to be a parent and the many moments of joy and frustration that come with it. Shot in glowing black-and-white, C’mon C’mon is a wonderfully hopeful movie, with a superb performance from Joaquin Phoenix at its heart.
The film’s main assets are three extraordinary performances: Joaquin Phoenix, rumpled and emotionally untucked as Johnny; Gaby Hoffman, loving and hurting fiercely as Viv; and Woody Norman, delivering one of the most remarkable performances, by a child or otherwise, of the year. Wendy Ide in The Guardian.

GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER(S)
2021 | Dir David Wilkinson | 175 mins | UK

99% of those who carried out the murders in the Holocaust were never prosecuted. Why not?

Saturday 29 January at 1.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)

Screened with no trailers and an intermission of 15 mins duration

David Wilkinson’s epic investigation into the Nazis who escaped a postwar reckoning shows the difficulty of prosecuting this technocratic atrocity” Peter Bradshaw’s 5* review in The Guardian

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This epic documentary investigates the legal aftermath of the Second World War – beyond the drama of the Nuremberg trials, the vast majority of Holocaust perpetrators and collaborators were never prosecuted. David Wilkinson brilliantly interweaves the human stories of survivors and their descendants, the physical legacy of memorials and camps, and the political history of how post-war Europe decided to look the other way. 

A HERO
2021 | Dir Asghar Farhadi | 127 mins | Iran France

Wednesday 02 February at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Thursday 03 February at 2.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Thursday 03 February at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)

Tickets on sale from Thursday 20 January at 9.00am

Out of jail for two days, debtor Rahim’s girlfriend finds a stash of gold coins – but their plans to use this to persuade his creditor to forget the debt go awry.

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While Rahim is on day-release from debtors’ prison, his girlfriend finds a potential fortune. They decide to return the money to its owner and instead make the most of the publicity as their story goes viral, but these imperfect ‘heroes’ discover that no good deed goes unpunished… Oscar-winning director Farhadi continues his mastery of the tense, enthralling moral drama, examining how the media can build people up and tear them down again. Persian with English subtitles.

THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN
2021 | Dir Will Sharpe | 111 mins | UK

Tuesday 08 February at 2.30pm (reduced seating – max 29) *HOH
Tuesday 08 February at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Wednesday 09 February at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
*HOH subtitles for those with hearing loss on 08 February (2.30pm)
Tickets on sale from Thursday 20 January at 9.00am

An exhibition of Louis Wain’s work is currently being held at the Bethlem Museum of the Mind in Beckenham until 13 April 2022.

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Louis Wain is best remembered as an eccentric artist, credited with changing public perception of cats at the start of the 20th Century by creating wonderfully adorable anthropomorphic images of our feline friends. But Will Sharpe’s feature draws a larger picture, framing Wain’s tragic personal life and struggles with mental health alongside his greatest successes. Featuring impressive performances from Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy, The Electrical Life is a whirlwind of emotions, and a beautiful watch.

LICORICE PIZZA
2021 | Dir Paul Thomas Anderson | 133 mins | USA

Thursday 10 February at 2.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Thursday 10 February at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Tuesday 15 February at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)

Tickets on sale from Thursday 20 January at 9.00am

15 year old Gary falls for Alana, a photographer’s assistant 10 years his senior, in this romantic comedy set in 1970’s California.

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The latest feature from auteur Paul Thomas Anderson, director of cult hits (Boogie Nights, Punch Drunk Love) and award winners (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia) alike, focuses on the quirky relationship between mid-twenties Alana Kane and teen actor/self-made businessman Gary Valentine in the early seventies. With explosive cameo performances from the likes of Sean Penn and Bradley Cooper, Licorice Pizza languishes in nostalgia, promising hilarity and a whole host of colourful short sleeve shirts.

BELLE: THE DRAGON AND THE FRECKLED PRINCESS
2021 | Dir Mamoru Hosoda | 121 mins | Japan

Wednesday 16 February at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Thursday 17 February at 2.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Thursday 17 February at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)

Tickets on sale from Thursday 20 January at 9.00am

In this Japanese anime loosely based on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, Suzu is a shy country schoolgirl who blossoms when she enters a virtual world and becomes singer Belle.

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In this wonderful present-day rendering of Beauty And The Beast, shy, bereaved high-schooler Suzu becomes a singing sensation in a virtual world – only to cross paths with a mysterious avatar known as The Dragon. As with his previous David Lean hits Wolf Children and Mirai, Hosada marries a soaring imagination and memorable visuals with humour, compassion and a belief in the value of human connection. Japanese with English subtitles.

PARALLEL MOTHERS
2021 | Dir Pedro Almodóvar | 123 mins | Spain

Tuesday 22 February at 2.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Tuesday 22 February at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Wednesday 23 February at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)

Penélope Cruz stars in Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film as one of two woman with different views on motherhood who meet in a hospital room.

Tickets on sale from Thursday 20 January at 9.00am

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Pedro Almodóvar’s latest film mixes melodrama with a political message that emerges in the second half. Two single mothers, one a 40 year old photographer, the other a teenager, meet in a maternity ward and immediately bond, only discovering later how closely they are linked. Meanwhile, the older woman’s lover is helping to exhume the remains of those killed during the Spanish civil war. The film shows how the past still affects the present in Spain, and Penélope Cruz gives an assured performance in her eighth film collaboration with Almodóvar. Spanish with English subtitles.

BOILING POINT
2021 | Dir Philip Barantini | 92 mins | UK

Thursday 24 February at 2.30pm (reduced seating – max 29) *HOH
Thursday 24 February at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
Tuesday 01 March at 7.30pm (reduced seating – max 29)
*HOH subtitles for those with hearing loss on 24 February (2.30pm)

In this gritty film, shot in one take, top chef Andy Jones (Stephen Graham) juggles professional and personal problems on the busiest night of the year for his restaurant.

Tickets on sale from Thursday 20 January at 9.00am

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Shot in one take and set in a restaurant kitchen, Boiling Point stars Stephen Graham as Andy, the head chef of a busy London restaurant. On the busiest night of the year, and with his personal life under strain, he must deal with an unannounced visit from a health and safety inspector, as guests, including Andy’s ex-boss, a well-known TV chef, fill the overbooked eatery. Director Philip Barantini, threatened with his production being locked down by Covid, shot the film with his second take. “Stephen Graham is on fire in nerve-jangling night in hell’s kitchen” Mark Kermode in The Guardian.

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