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Turn of the Tide

Dir. Norman Walker, UK, 1935

Splendid first British feature from J Arthur Rank about rivalry between old and new fishing families in the seaside village of Robin Hoods Bay. Based on a book by Leo Walmsley who lived in the bay, where much (and Whitby) of the film was made.

Valley of the Lost Ants

Dir. Thomas Szabo/Helen Giraud, France, 2013

 

Bugs, beasties and ants go into battle in this wonderful and endlessly inventive, charming and dialogue free animation film. Plus the screening and prize giving from Red Ledge for Dr Simpo's Psychedelic Milkshake film competition and animation workshops.

Asunder

Dir. Esther Johnson, UK, 2016

Evocative documentary of archive footage tells the story of the North East's involvement in the First World War with text by Bob Stanley (St Etienne) and soundtrack by Field Music.

The Eagle Huntress

Dir. Otto Bell, UK, Mongolia, 2016

An awesome real-life documentary for family audiences. The first Kazakh girl in Mongolia in a 1,000 years to learn how to hunt with a golden eagle. A visual treat in which the camera simply flies. 

The Lego Batman Movie

Dir. Chris McKay, US, 2017

Dizzyingly funny block-buster computer animated Batman comedy. Clever, very entertaining and a visual treat for all the family.

Moana

Dir. Ron Hall et al, US, 2016

Big Tunes, great characters and a magical return to form in this traditional Disney princess saga set in Polynesia. The best animated family feature of the year.

The Maggie

Dir. Alexander MacKendrick, UK, 1954

Restored and remastered this is a wonderful, charming, sentimental Ealing comedy about attempts to con a wealthy American to pay for a cargo trip for the decrepit puffer boat, Maggie, to a Scottish Island.

Rivers and Tides

Dir. Thomas Riedelsheimer, Germany, Finland, UK, 2011

Gorgeously shot and masterfully directed portrait of the international bohemian artist Andy Goldsworthy who creates beautiful sculptures for the outdoors from natural materials. Award-winning documentary only now available is immensely enjoyable.

The Man Between

Dir Carol Reed, UK, 1953

Carol Reed's excellent, newly restored Cold War thriller set in the wreckage of post-war Berlin and starring James Mason, Claire Bloom and Hildegard Knef is very much in the mould of The Third Man.

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