When accountant Eric (Rob Brydon) seeks to win back his wife, he stumbles upon a surprising solution in the form of a male synchronised swimming team: Men Who Swim. Eric believes he can win back his wife Heather (Jane Horrocks) by diving into the world of male synchronised swimming. Also stars Jim Carter (Downton Abbey) and Thomas Turgoose (This is England). “The Full Monty” in Speedos! Full details.
Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. Full details.
Adapted by Ian McEwan from his bestselling novel, this drama centres on a young couple of drastically different backgrounds in the summer of 1962. Edward (Billy Howle) and Florence (Saoirse Ronan), newly-married and very much in love, arrive at a grand old inn on the Dorset coast for their honeymoon; they’ll leave with a very different understanding of who they are and what they actually want out of life.
While downstairs the hotel is full of guests, they are achingly alone with each other and the momentous thing that is supposed to happen. As pressure mounts in the hotel room the Director, Dominic Cooke, smoothly tells their backstories in a series of flashbacks, each stimulated by something the couple says or feels. Full details. BabesInArms screening.
“Septic” Baird has just joined a front line RAF squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain. This is the story of “The Few” and how they managed to fight off the might of the Luftwaffe despite overwhelming German air power. Full details.
If you think that modern comedy is still lacking in gender equality, then this tough, streetwise British film shows that it’s also made giant strides since the in-your-face chauvinism of working men’s clubs in decades past. And yet, ill-treatment by men is something our eponymous heroine is grimly used to, from childhood beatings to an abusive husband.
More a film about the power of laughter and how to transform pain into humour than a straight-up comedy, “Funny Cow” is a fitting showcase for Maxine Peake. So often dazzling on stage and television, she’s hilarious and heart-breaking here. There’s fine support too from cast-against-type Paddy Considine as her middle-class paramour and a swooning, melancholic soundtrack by Richard Hawley. Full details.
Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) is a 15-year-old who has no stability in his life. He wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of a year. But as the son of a single father (Travis Fimmel), working in warehouses finding some stability is hard.
Hoping for a new start they move to Portland where Charley earns cash helping out likable old racing hand Del (Steve Buscemi), who races horses in scrappy local competitions, sometimes with the help of past-it jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny). Charley quickly becomes best friends with a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete. Full details.
The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor. The film is a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage. Full details. English/French/Italian with English subtitles.
The untold story of the last days in the tragic times of Oscar Wilde, a person who observes his own failure with ironic distance and regards the difficulties that beset his life with detachment and humor. The film is a deeply felt, tremendously acted tribute to courage. Subtitled for those with a hearing loss. Full details.
From the earliest days of movie-making to the present day, through rare and unseen footage, we see the changing relationship the British have with their land. From images of local celebrations and festivals to agricultural practices through the seasons, village life and lost crafts. Full details.
Hiromasa Yonebayashi – animator on Studio Ghibli masterpieces ‘Spirited Away’, ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’, and ‘Ponyo’, and director of ‘When Marnie Was There’ and ‘The Secret World of Arrietty’ has created this dazzling new adventure about a young girl named Mary, who discovers a flower that grants magical powers, but only for one night.
In Japanese with English subtitles. Full details.