GIRL (15) – 2018 Belgium/Netherlands 109 mins – Flemish and French with subtitles

Director: Lukas Dhont
Stars: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Katelijne Damen

Lara is turning 16, with a loving father who has moved job and home to enable her ballet school dream. Fitting in isn’t simple – her pointe work is weak, and her peer relationships charged with curiosity, as Lara was born a boy. Her excitement at starting hormonal treatment curdles to anxiety as these stresses mount, and her desire for privacy becomes more urgent… Polster – a 14-year-old, cisgender boy – gives an astonishing, heartrending performance in this Cannes Queer Palme winner, whose realism only makes its drama more compelling.

One of the most agonisingly well-observed films about being an adolescent that I’ve ever seen – ★★★★★ Nicholas Barber, BBC Film Review


The programme will also include our current BRIT School Showcase film Something That I Never Thought I’d Do (PG), a music video directed by Richard Russell.

David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Tuesday 16 April 2019

Show starts at 7.30 pm, ticket prices £7.50, £6.00 (concessions), £5.00 aged 25 and under.

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Latest News 14 May 2019

This week we have two different views on people trying to overcome the prejudice of others to succeed in their chosen professions.

Tuesday’s film is GIRL, a Belgian film directed by Lukas Dhont which won the Caméra d’Or award, for best first feature film, as well as the Queer Palm at Cannes. The main protagonist is Lara, a teenager who is undergoing hormone treatment prior to surgery, and is also studying dance in a demanding ballet school. Although her family and the school are supportive, Lara is finding the pressures difficult to deal with, and becomes more and more introverted.

Thursday’s film, ON THE BASIS OF SEX portarys the early career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, affectionately known as the “Notorious R.B.G.” by her many admirers, who throughout her career has been an advocate for women’s rights and gender equality.

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