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Friday 9th Feb - at 7:30pm

The Great Escaper (12A) -96 mins Drama

In 2014, near-nonagenarian Bernie Jordan (Michael Caine) is sad to miss out on an official group outing to the D-Day anniversary in France. Encouraged by wife Rene (Glenda Jackson), he sneaks out from his care home and goes on one last big adventure to cross the Channel, while reminiscing about his wartime experiences.

 

"There's a real emotional heft to the storytelling and Caine, at 90, is a knockout." The Guardian

" A moving and surprisingly nuanced drama offering far more than flag-waving nostalgia. Superb performances from Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson ensure the latter's final screen role is fittingly dignified." Empire

"The real draw is watching Caine, who plays his role with complete dignity. Jackson, too, is an irascible presence, and her performance will move many. The final shots of the two of them on the promenade suggest two epic acting careers that are coming to a close – and suitably, doing so hand-in-hand." Radio Times

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Friday 8th Mar - at 7:00pm

Past Lives (12A) -105 mins Drama/Romance

Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood best friends, are separated when Nora's family emigrates from South Korea to Canada. Twenty years later, they are reunited for one fateful week as they confront notions of love and destiny.

 

It was nominated for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.

 

"Song, who was born in South Korea, draws on her own history and culture in crafting this truly special feature debut, a treasure that is at once achingly autobiographical and disarmingly universal." Variety

 

"Celine Song's Past Lives is delicate, slow-burning, powered by subtly changing facial expressions and conundrums of the heart. But such is its emotional punch, it leaves you reeling." Empire;



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Friday 12th April - at 7:30pm

One Life (12A) - 110 mins Drama/History/Biography

ONE LIFE tells the true story of Sir Nicholas 'Nicky' Winton, a young London broker who, in the months leading up to World War II, rescued 669 predominantly Jewish children from the Nazis. Nicky visited Prague in December 1938 and found families who had fled the rise of the Nazis in Germany and Austria, living in desperate conditions with little or no shelter and food, and under threat of Nazi invasion. He immediately realized it was a race against time. How many children could he and the team rescue before the borders closed? Fifty years later, it's 1988 and Nicky lives haunted by the fate of the children he wasn't able to bring to safety in England; always blaming himself for not doing more. It's not until a live BBC television show, 'That's Life', surprises him by introducing him to some surviving children -- now adults -- that he finally begins to come to terms with the guilt and grief he had carried for five decades.