Winter Programme

 

A United Kingdom

Thursday 11th January - at 3pm and 7:30pm

Dunkirk (12A) - 105 mins Action, Drama, History

Dunkirk is a tour de force of cinematic craft and technique, but one that is unambiguously in the service of a sober, sincere, profoundly moral story that closes the distance between yesterday’s fights and today’s." New York Times

 

May/June 1940. 400,000 British soldiers are holed up in the French port town of Dunkirk. The only way out is via sea, and the Germans have air superiority, bombing the British soldiers and ships without much opposition. The situation looks dire and, in desperation, Britain sends civilian boats to try to evacuate the beleaguered forces. This is that story, seen through the eyes of a soldier amongst those trapped forces, two RAF fighter pilots and a group of civilians on their boat, part of the evacuation fleet.  Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance.

 


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Thursday 8th February - at 3pm and 7:30pm

The Limehouse Golem (15) -109 mins Horror/Thriller

A tale of theatrical murder drenched in the rich hues of classic-period Hammer, this gaslit treat sets Bill Nighy's Scotland Yard detective on the trail of a grisly killer in 1880s London. Swinging between the ghoulish gaiety of the music hall and the grim stench of the morgue, The Limehouse Golem is a deliciously subversive affair, nimbly adapted by Jane Goldman with an impressive ensemble cast. The Guardian

 

In high Victorian London, a newly promoted police inspector, John Kildare, played by Bill Nighy is charged with investigating a gruesome series of Ripper-type killings in the East End, attributed to a terrifying "golem", a monster from Judaic mythology. Kildare narrows down the possible candidates to 4: Karl Marx, George Gissing, the cross-dressing music-hall star Dan Leno, and an unsuccessful playwright and journalist called John Cree, who is dead, apparently poisoned by his wife Lizzie. 

 


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Thursday 8th March - at 3pm and 7:30pm

The Death of Stalin(15) -106 mins Biography/Comedy/Drama

"The Death of Stalin is superbly cast, and acted with icy and ruthless force by an A-list lineup. There are no weak links. Each has a plum role; each squeezes every gorgeous horrible drop." Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian

 

Not all audiences will find this to their taste, but Armando Iannucci’s black comedy has garnered rave reviews.  It follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.  Standout performances from Simon Russell Beale (Beria), Michael Palin (Molotov) and Andrea Riseborough (Stalin’s daughter Svetlana).