Cinema

The Great Escaper (12a)

Monday 4 March 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

In the summer of 2014, the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, octogenarian Bernie Jordan made global headlines.

 

He’d staged a “great escape” from his care home to join fellow war veterans on a beach in Normandy, commemorating their fallen comrades. It was a story that captured the imagination of the world – Bernie seemed to embody the defiant, “can-do” spirit of a generation that was fast disappearing. But of course, it wasn’t the whole story. It was the story we all tell ourselves to make war and old age bearable. The bitter-sweet script explores the reality with wit and a very big heart. Bernie’s adventure, spanning a mere 48 hours, also marked the culmination of his 60-year marriage to Irene – the story celebrates their love without sentimentality and with an eye to the lessons we can all learn from the Greatest Generation.

 

Starring Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson, John Standing

Tickets £5 (Concessions £4)

Exhibition on Screen: Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse (U)

Thursday 7 March 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

Based on the sell-out show at the Royal Academy of Arts, London

 

Claude Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, but he was not alone. Great artists like Van Gogh, Bonnard, Sorolla, Sargent, Pissarro and Matisse all saw the garden as a powerful subject for their art. These great artists, along with many other famous names, feature in an innovative and extensive exhibition from the Royal Academy of Art, London.

 

From the exhibition walls to the wonder and beauty of artists’ gardens like Giverny and Seebüll, the film takes a magical and widely travelled journey to discover how different contemporaries of Monet built and cultivated modern gardens to explore expressive motifs, abstract color, decorative design and utopian ideas. Guided by passionate curators, artists and garden enthusiasts, this remarkable collection of Impressionists, Post-Impressionists, and avant-garde artists of the early twentieth century will reveal the rise of the modern garden in popular culture and the public’s enduring facination with gardens today. Long considered spaces for expressing colour, light and atmosphere, the garden has occupied the creative minds of some of the worlds greatest artists. As Monet said, ‘Apart from painting and gardening, I’m no good at anything’. For lovers of art or lovers of gardens, this is an ideal film.

 

Filmed and Directed by David Bickerstaff
Produced by Phil Grabsky

Tickets £10 (Concessions £8)

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (12)

Monday 11 March 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

 

The true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain, whose playful, psychedelic pictures transformed the public’s perception of cats forever.

 

Set in the early 1900s, we follow Wain as he seeks to unlock the “electrical” mysteries of the world and, in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson.

 

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy and Andrea Riseborough

Tickets £5 (Concessions £4)

She Said (15)

Thursday 14 March 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

 

New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor break one of the most important stories in a generation – a story that helped ignite a movement and shattered decades of silence around the subject of sexual assault in Hollywood.

 

Starring Carey Mulligan, Zoe Kazan, Patricia Clarkson

Tickets £5 (Concessions £4)

The Shawshank Redemption (15)

Monday 18 March 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

 

 

When an innocent male banker is sent to prison accused of murdering his wife, he does everything that he can over the years to break free and escape from prison. While on the inside, he develops a friendship with a fellow inmate that could last for years.

Starring Bob Gunton, Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins

Tickets £5 (Concessions £4)

National Theatre Live: The Motive and the Cue (15)

Thursday 21 March 2024

7.00pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

 

 

A new play by Jack Thorne
Directed by Sam Mendes

 

Sam Mendes (The Lehman Trilogy) directs Mark Gatiss as John Gielgud and Johnny Flynn as Richard Burton in this fierce and funny new play.

 

1964: Richard Burton, newly married to Elizabeth Taylor, is to play the title role in an experimental new Broadway production of Hamlet under John Gielgud’s exacting direction. But as rehearsals progress, two ages of theatre collide and the collaboration between actor and director soon threatens to unravel.

 

Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and designed by Es Devlin (The Crucible), the Evening Standard award-winning best new play was filmed live during a sold-out run at the National Theatre.

Tickets £10 (Concessions £8)

The Miracle Club (12a)

Monday 8 April 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

 

 

There’s just one dream for the women of Ballygar to taste freedom: to win a pilgrimage to the sacred French town of Lourdes. With a little benevolent interference from their local priest, a group of close friends get their ticket of a lifetime.

 

Starring Laura Linney, Maggie Smith, Kathy Bates

Tickets £5 (Concessions £4)

One Fine Morning (15)

Thursday 11 April 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

 

 

Set in Paris, Sandra – a young, widowed mother who juggles her job as a translator with caring both for her young daughter and elderly father. Sandra’s life is further complicated when she embarks on a passionate affair with Clement, an old friend in an unhappy marriage.

 

Starring Léa Seydoux, Pascal Greggory, Melvil Poupaud

Tickets £5 (Concessions £4)

One Life (PG)

Monday 15 April 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

 

 

An incredible true story of bravery and heroism – One Life features Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton, a young London broker who, in the months leading up to the Second World War, rescued 669 children from the Nazis. Nicky visited Prague in December 1938 and found families who had fled the rise of the Nazis in Germany and Austria, living in desperate conditions with little or no shelter and food, and under threat of Nazi invasion. He immediately realised it was a race against time. How many children could he and the team rescue before the borders closed?

 

Starring Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Flynn, Lena Olin, Romola Garai, Alex Sharp, Marthe Keller, Jonathan Pryce and Helena Bonham Carter

Tickets £5 (Concessions £4)

Exhibition on Screen: John Singer Sargent

Thursday 18 April 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

Directed by David Bickerstaff

 

John Singer Sargent is known as the greatest portrait artist of his era. What made his ‘swagger’ portraits remarkable was his power over his sitters, what they wore and how they were presented to the audience. Through interviews with curators, contemporary fashionistas and style influencers, Exhibition on Screen’s film will examine how Sargent’s unique practice has influenced modern art, culture and fashion.

 

Filmed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Tate Britain, London, the exhibition reveals Sargent’s power to express distinctive personalities, power dynamics and gender identities during this fascinating period of cultural reinvention. Alongside 50 paintings by Sargent sit stunning items of clothing and accessories worn by his subjects, drawing the audience into the artist’s studio.

 

Sargent’s sitters were often wealthy, their clothes costly, but what happens when you turn yourself over to the hands of a great artist? The manufacture of public identity is as controversial and contested today as it was at the turn of the 20th century, but somehow Sargent’s work transcends the social noise and captures an alluring truth with each brush stroke.

 

Step into the glittering world of fashion, scandal and shameless self-promotion that made John Singer Sargent the painter who defined an era.


Explore the unique creative process of the late 19th century’s favourite portrait artist and the way in which his portraits captured the spirit of a vibrant and rapidly changing age.

Tickets £10 (Concessions £8)

Scrapper (12)

Monday 22 April 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

This vibrant and inventive father-daughter comedy follows Georgie (Lola Campbell), a resourceful 12-year-old girl who secretly lives alone in her flat in a working class suburb of London following the death of her mother. She makes money stealing bikes with her best friend Ali (Alin Uzun) and keeps the social workers off her back by pretending to live with an uncle.

 

Out of nowhere, her estranged father Jason (Harris Dickinson; Triangle of Sadness, Beach Rats) arrives and forces her to confront reality. Uninterested in this sudden new parental figure, Georgie is stubbornly resistant to his efforts. As they adjust to their new circumstances, Georgie and Jason find that they both still have a lot of growing up to do.

 

Winner of a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Scrapper is full of spirit, humor, and formal inventiveness that sets it apart from much of British working-class cinema. Dickinson and remarkable newcomer Campbell imbue irresistible charm into this moving and frequently hilarious story of two emotionally tangled people: a grieving kid thrust into adulthood and a father in over his head.

 

Starring Lola Campbell, Alin Uzun, Cary Crankson

Tickets £5 (Concessions £4)

Clockwise (U)

Monday 29 April 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

 

 

Partially shot in and around Much Wenlock in 1986.

 

Brian Stimpson (John Cleese) is the headmaster of a comprehensive (high) school in England. He sets himself, his staff, and pupils very high standards. On the way to a conference at which he is to talk, all manner of disasters strike.

 

Starring John Cleese, Alison Steadman, Penelope Wilton

Tickets £5 (Concessions £4)

Driving Madeleine (15)

Thursday 2 May 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

 

 

Madeleine, 92 years old, calls a taxi to take her to the retirement home where she will be living. Charles, a disillusioned driver with a tender heart, agrees to drive by the places that affected Madeleine’s life. Through the streets of Paris, her extraordinary past is revealed. They don’t know it yet, but they will forge a friendship during this drive that will change their lives forever.

 

Starring Line Renaud, Dany Boon, Alice Isaaz

Tickets £5 (Concessions £4)

National Theatre Live: Nye (12a)

Thursday 21 March 2024

7.00pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

 

 

A new play by Tim Price
Directed by Rufus Norris

 

Michael Sheen plays Nye Bevan in a surreal and spectacular journey through the life and legacy of the man who transformed Britain’s welfare state and created the NHS.

 

Confronted with death, Aneurin ‘Nye’ Bevan’s deepest memories lead him on a mind-bending journey back through his life; from childhood to mining underground, Parliament and fights with Churchill.

 

Written by Tim Price and directed by Rufus Norris (Small Island), this epic new Welsh fantasia will be broadcast live from the National Theatre.

Tickets £10 (Concessions £8)

Living (12a)

Monday 13 May 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

 

 

 

An English-language adaptation of the script of “Ikiru” (1952), set in London in the 1950s. A veteran civil servant receives a medical diagnosis that inspires him to move to the south coast and cram some fun into his remaining days. He meets a sunny young female colleague who seems to have the pep that had previously escaped him.

 

Starring Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp

Tickets £5 (Concessions £4)

Close (12)

Thursday 16 May 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

 

 

Thirteen-year-olds Léo and Rémi are inseparable; they spend every waking moment together, playing in the flower fields and sleeping at each other’s houses. However as they start a new school year, the pressures of early adolescence challenge their bond with unexpected and far-reaching consequences.

 

Starring Eden Dambrine, Gustav De Waele, Émilie Dequenne

Tickets £5 (Concessions £4)

Wonka (U)

Monday 20 May 2024

7.30pm (bar opens 6.30pm)

 

 

Focusing on a young Willy Wonka, prior to the events of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Wonka tells the wondrous story of how the world’s greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.

 

Starring Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Colman, Hugh Grant

Tickets £5 (Concessions £4)