12 - Suitable for 12 and over

Girl Asleep

Dir. Rosemary Myers, Australia, 2017

 

Really charming Australian coming-of-age drama that is surreal, offbeat and big-hearted in the style of Wes Anderson. A little gem that signposts Director Myers and teenage actress, Bethany Whitmore, as talents for the future.

The Salesman

Dir. Asghar Farhadi, Iran/France, 2016

Best Foreign Film Oscar winner. One of the world's best directors with a potent, intelligent and suspenseful plot, turning the mysteries of personality into a gripping and disquieting drama.

A United Kingdom

Dir. Amma Asante, Czech Rep, UK, USA, 2015)

Botswana's Prince Khama shocks the world when he marries a white woman in London. A true, crowd-pleasing story of love and tolerance told with conviction and warmth with superb central performances from David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike.

Colliding Dreams

Dir. Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky, USA, Israel, Palestine, 2015

 

It may not seem possible given its highly controversial nature but this is an engrossing, balanced and intelligent documentary with archival material and interviews by award-winning directors on the tortured history of Zionism and its impact on Arabs and the Israel-Palestine issue.

Hindle Wakes - Silent Film and live music - Jonathan Best

Dir. Maurice Elvey, UK, 1927

The original silent classic melodrama celebrating working class leisure life in the mill town of Hindle and on a trip to Blackpool with innovative and wonderful cinematography. Accompanied live on the piano by local silent film specialist Jonathan Best.

Zachariah + Talk

Dir. George Englund, US, 1971 

Dr Lee Brought is back to introduce to the first and only Electric Psychedelic western with two gunfighters who experience surreal visions on their journey through the West. Music from Country Joe and the Fish and the James Gang.

Doctor Strange

Dir. Scott Derrickson, USA, 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch is excellent as the flawed doctor with magical powers who battles dark forces. Hugely enjoyable mind-bending superhero tale based on the 60s' psychedelic Marvel comic.

Curry & Film- A Street Cat Named Bob

Dir. Roger Spottiswoode, UK, 2016

 

Lovely, uplifting feel good film based on James Bowen's own story as a London street musician and recovering drug addict who is saved by a stray ginger cat.

Requiem for the American Dream

Dir. Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks, Jared P Scott, Denmark, 2015

 

Absolutely gripping series of likely to be last conversations with America's most important and influential political philosopher, Noam Chomsky, with a vision of a society in accelerating decline and an urgent call to wake up to the power of corporations and the super-wealthy.

Keeper of the Flame

Dir. George Cukor, US, 1942

 

Real curiosity that ventures into Citizen Kane territory and presages the rise of Trump. Journalist Spencer Tracey reports on the life of a recently deceased super-patriot who wanted to be president, and builds a relationship with his widow, Katharine Hepburn. 

 

 

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