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.

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.

JOURNEY’S END

In March 1918, an army company take their posting on a front-line trench, knowing that a German attack is imminent. With supplies as low as the men’s morale, this is no place for new recruit Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), who has requested a placement with Stanhope (Sam Claflin), his sister’s fiancé, now much changed through war stresses and alcohol. Director Saul Dibb (The Duchess) captures the dread-inducing claustrophobia of the trenches in this outstanding adaptation of RC Sherriff’s 1928 play.  Full details.

PHANTOM THREAD

In 1950s London, distinguished couturier Reynolds Woodcock dresses socialites, movie stars and royalty with unique style and flair. He lives a carefully tailored life with women coming and going, until he is entranced by Alma, a young, headstrong woman, who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover – yet refuses to submit to his usually unbending will. Daniel Day-Lewis is enthralling in what may be his final screen role, complemented by an equally captivating Lesley Manville and newcomer Vicky Krieps. Full details.

THE SHAPE OF WATER

It’s the Cold War era: America, 1962. A mute, isolated woman, named Elisa (Sally Hawkins), works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government lab. When she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a classified experiment – a mysterious, scaled creature from South America – their lives are set to change forever, especially as their new friend’s fate lies in the hands of a malevolent government agent and marine biologist. Hawkins plays Elisa with delicate nuance, in del Toro’s spellbinding and romantic tale of the inexplicable. Full details.