15 - Suitable for 15 and over

Paterson

Jim Jarmusch, USA, 2016

A very special film. An award-winning sublime, lovely mellow comedy about a New Jersey bus-driving poet from America’s leading independent film-maker.

Sherpa

Jennifer Peedom, Australia, 2015

Gripping, absorbing and visually magnificent documentary of changing attitudes of Sherpas and climbers on the world’s highest mountain during the 2014 ice avalanche disaster.

Day of Anger - Film & Talk

Dir. Tonino Valerii (Italy/Germany 1967, 109mins 15)
Written and directed by one-time Sergio Leone assistant Tonino Valerii, this is one of the very best spaghetti westerns. The great Lee van Cleef dominates and owns the film as the ruthless lone gunfighter in a series of bloody, but well-staged gunfights. Introduced by Lee Broughton of the University of Leeds as part of a season of post-US Civil War westerns supported by the Levenhulme Trust.

The Admiral: Roaring Currents

Dir. Han-Min Kim (South Korea 2014, 126mins 15)
Stunning battle scenes and thrilling action in this entertaining nationalistic celebration of the tiny Korean fleet’s triumph over the massive armada of their Japanese enemies in the decisive war of 1597. A real war blockbuster that was a smash hit at the box office.

45 Years

Dir. Andrew Haigh (UK 2015, 95mins 15)
Charlotte Rampling is stunning and gives a simply brilliant performance (and Tom Courtney is good too) in this haunting British romantic adult drama about a stylish marriage that hides a devastating truth at its core.

Room

Dir. Lenny Abrahamson (Canada/Ireland 2015, 118mins 15)
Directed with real skill, this muscle-clenching suspenseful and heartrending drama of a mother and five year-old son held captive by a psychotic abuser for a number of years was one of the year’s most successful movies with audiences.

Mahler (Afternoon with Robert Powell - Sunday)

Dir. Ken Russell (UK 1974, 115mins 15)
British actor Robert Powell gives a superb performance in his international breakthrough role as tormented Viennese composer, Gustave Mahler. Due a reassessment, Russell’s brilliant symbolic and baroque spectacle of the great romantic artist is, surprisingly, also his most personal film. Don't forget the Robert Powell event on Sunday afternoon.

Macbeth - Shakespeare - 400th Anniversary - Film & Talk

Dir. Justin Kurzel (UK 2015, 113mins 15)
Devastatingly gorgeous visually with stunning images, this faithful version of the Scottish play
has a dream team at its centre, Marion Cotillard and a mesmerising Michael Fassbender,
in a an innovative and brutal film that is soaked in blood. Talk by Todd Andrew Borlick,
University of Huddersfield specialist on Shakespeare.

The Big Short

Dir. Adam McKay (USA 2015, 130mins 15)
A smart and immensely entertaining and scathingly funny Oscar-nominated movie with a
starry cast (Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carrell and Ray Gosling) about the 2008 financial
crisis that reveals a world of misfits, corruption and villains who have escaped punishment.

Steve Jobs

A towering performance from Michael Fassbender as the co-founder of Apple Inc. Somewhat ignored by the Americans, this is one of the best films of the year with a brilliant script by Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing).

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