BOMBSHELL – THE HEDY LAMARR STORY – Subtitled

This documentary shows the surprising and complex life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor.
When Nazi U-Boats torpedo a ship carrying 83 school children during WWII, Lamarr, after shooting her scenes on set, works on a secret radio system that will allow the Allies to torpedo U-Boats with deadly accuracy.
Her sketches remain ideas until a chance encounter with an eccentric composer enables her to transform them into useful technology that would change history. Recognition (and compensation) proved elusive in Lamarr’s lifetime, but in this marvellous documentary, a brilliant woman finally gets her due. Full details. Subtitled for those with a hearing loss. Presented in conjunction with Croydon Hearing as part of Deaf Awareness Week.

THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT

Weeks before the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Noredin (Fares Fares), a police officer in Cairo’s corrupt system, investigates the murder of a famous club singer at the Nile Hilton Hotel. What initially seems to be a crime of passion turns into something that concerns the very power elite of Egypt. Full details.

THE MAGIC FLUTE

Ingmar Bergman puts his indelible stamp on Mozart’s exquisite opera in this sublime rendering of one of the composer’s best-loved works: a celebration of love, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of man. The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten) stars Josef Köstlinger as Tamino, the young man determined to rescue a beautiful princess from the clutches of parental evil. Full details.

THE MAGIC FLUTE

Ingmar Bergman puts his indelible stamp on Mozart’s exquisite opera in this sublime rendering of one of the composer’s best-loved works: a celebration of love, forgiveness, and the brotherhood of man. The Magic Flute (Trollflöjten) stars Josef Köstlinger as Tamino, the young man determined to rescue a beautiful princess from the clutches of parental evil. Full details.

YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

Joe (Joaquin Phoenix) searches for the daughter of a local politician who is involved in a child trafficking ring. But as depicted by Lynne Ramsay’s staccato editing style, Joe does not think in linear fashion. His mind is a tangle of memories and flash-forwards and what-ifs, all rendered in short, sharp, shock cuts.
Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood provides the threatening electronic score which breathlessly pursues our troubled hero. Full details.

LADY BIRD – Babes In Arms Screening

Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, she creates a coming-of-age story that is wry, funny and touchingly real. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Full details. Babes In Arms Screening. Contains very strong language and brief strong nudity.

SWEET COUNTRY

An Australian western set in 1920’s Northern Territory, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defence and goes on the run.
Middle-aged Aboriginal Sam’s (Hamilton Morris) relationship with his cruel and ill-tempered neighbour Harry (Ewen Leslie) quickly deteriorates, culminating in a shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence. As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. Full details.

SWEET COUNTRY

An Australian western set in 1920’s Northern Territory, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defence and goes on the run.
Middle-aged Aboriginal Sam’s (Hamilton Morris) relationship with his cruel and ill-tempered neighbour Harry (Ewen Leslie) quickly deteriorates, culminating in a shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence. As a result, Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and is forced to flee with his wife across the deadly outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. Full details.

THE SQUARE

Disaster strikes when a curator hires a public relations team to build some buzz for his renowned Swedish museum, in a hilarious takedown of the elitism found in art circles. Full details.

FINDING YOUR FEET

Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton), who, while celebrating her husband of 40 years (John Sessions) retirement, discovers he’s been having an affair with her best friend. Stunned, and needing somewhere to figure things out, she finds refuge with her estranged, bohemian older sister Bif (Celia Imrie), a woman who couldn’t be more different from Sandra if she tried. Full details.