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.

Toni Erdmann

Dir. Maren Ade. Germany/Austria, 2016

The best foreign language film of the year. A practical joking father tries to connect with his hard working daughter. Surreal, very, very funny, very German, and, ultimately, tragic.

Nightmare Before Christmas


Dir. Henry Selick, US 1993, 73mins PG

Burton's most beloved film is Disney at its best.  A stop-motion animated dark fantasy in which Santa Claus is kidnapped. Not for all children this spooky film just shows how brilliant Christmas is.

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Dir. Denzel Washington, US, 2016

The Pulitzer-winning play becomes a Great American Film in the hands of director/actor Denzel Washington. Multi-award winner, brilliant acting from Viola Davis and spellbinding language in a drama of 1950s' working-class Afro-America.


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