Love & Friendship

Dir. Whit Stillman, Ireland, France, 2016


Witty, sophisticated version of Jane Austen's novella, Lady Susan, starring a deliciously racy Kate Beckinsale that makes for a hugely pleasurable costume drama. One of the best films of the year.


Dir. Barry Jenkins, US, 2016

The highly acclaimed Oscar winner is an insightful, compassionate and heartrending character study of a young black boy growing up in Miami. A genre-defying film that is visually splendid and brilliantly crafted.

In memory of Karen Summers Eight Days a Week (The Beatles) & Jab Jab

A special event in memory of long time committee member of the festival team and great film enthusiast Karen Summers, who passed away shortly after last year's Festival. Profits will go to the charity Bloodwise.  

Innocent, optimistic days, memories of the early sixties flood back in this wonderfully entertaining compilation of live footage and interviews chronicling the concerts of The Beatles, Karen's favourite group. 

Little Devil

Dir. Max Barber, UK, 2014

Multi-award-winning Brit Indie comedy drama in which a mischievous disabled girl (marvellously played by Samantha Ranka) absconds to London to find love but hooks up with a washed up male escort.


Dir. Antonio Campos, US/UK, 2016

The forgotten episode of the TV reporter who committed suicide on air in 1974. British actor Rebecca Hall is simply brilliant in the real-life role of the ambitious 1970s' news anchor on a Florida television station, Christine Chubbuck, whose life starts to spiral out of control.  A tragic, sometimes funny film which is also revealing about the media.


Men & Chickens

Dir. Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark, 2016 

Weirdly entertaining, this dark, strange tale of two brothers and their surreal, bizarre relatives stays just the right side of wackiness with exceptional performances from Mads Mikkelsen and other Danish favourites.



Before the Flood

Dir. Fisher Stevens, US, 2016

Wonderfully filmed, crucial, breath-taking, eye-opening documentary about the effects of climate change presented by Leonardo DiCaprio. It might have been depressing but it does offer a glimmer of hope and presents a case that even in the Holme Valley, a difference can be made.


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...



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