Dir. Kirsten Johnson, USA, 2016

Sundance award winner from veteran documentary film-maker and cinematographer, Kirsten Johnson, who interweaves 25 years of film-making into an absorbing and fascinating tapestry, revealing the relationship between her and the subjects.

It Happened Here & Talk

Dir. Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo, UK, 1965

1940: the Nazis successfully invade the UK. The television series SS-GB was a poor fantasy, this pseudo-documentary made by a young Brownlow and Mollo about the British rebels' attempt to free the country is an extraordinary achievement of independent film-making made with invention.


The Third Man

Dir Carol Reed, UK, 1947

The greatest British film of all time according to critics and audiences alike. From cuckoo clocks to...


The Garden of Words

Dir. Makoo Shinkai (Japan 2013 46mins 12)

Stunning anime film about a high school student who skips school to sketch in a rainy garden.

Showing as a part of the outdoor theatre experience at the Old Bridge Hotel.


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.

A Day Out

Dir. Stephen Frears (UK 1972, 49mins PG)


Alan Bennet's first play for television is a charming comedy centred on a Halifax cycling club trip in 1911 to the Yorkshire countryside.


Train to Busan

Dir. Yeon Sang-Ho, South Korea, 2016

You may be wary of zombie movies but this is one of the best films of the year. Fast paced, astonishingly well-directed, it never lets up in the invention stakes. A metaphor for clashing class-based moral values, it is, simply, terrific fun.

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 Edge of Seventeen

Dir. Kelly Freemon Craig, US, 2016

High school life gets too much for Nadine... Hailee Steinfeld is outstanding in the lead role with great back-up from Woody Harrelson. A sharp script transcends the usual teen fare to make for a warm, funny delight and the best teen-flick of the year.

A Monster Calls

Dir. J A Bayona, US, 2016

Splendid melodrama of a boy who seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his single mother's terminal illness. Great performances in a deeply affecting movie that brings a lump to the throat. Partly filmed around Marsden.


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