PREVIEW SCREENINGS

Peterloo by Mike Leigh : 1h30 With Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell…

An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protestors were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.

A Girl From Mogadishu by Mary McGuckian : 1h52 With Aja Naomi King, Barkhad Abdi, Martha Canga Antonio…

Circumcised at 8. Raped by wandering militiamen at 12. Fully infibulated again at 13, and then married off to a fifty-year-old man who regularly beat her, Ifrah Ahmed finally runs away. She makes the extraordinary journey out of war-torn Somalia and arrives not in Minnesota, USA, as she had been lead to believe, but Dublin, Ireland.
Finally finding some sense of safety, her fears begin to subside. Channelling her feelings of shame and anger, she learns English at break-neck speed and unearths an enviable technical talent for harnessing social media.
Thus commences her now lauded professional career as an international activist

Brighton, by Stephen Cookson : 1h30
With Marion Bailey, Phil Davis, Larry Lamb, Lesley Sharp…

Two couples, Derek and Dinah, and Dave and Doreen travel from East London to enjoy a day at the beach. They reflect on their memories whilst observing that Brighton has changed, and that society is changing. These two couples trapped in past times are confronted with many changes, the friends are unable to adapt to the times and comprehend the liberation of many minorities…

Carmilla, by Emily Harris : 1h36
With Hannah Rae, Devrim Lingnau, Jessica Raine, Tobias Menzies…

Fifteen-year-old Lara lives with her father and her strict governess, Miss Fontaine, in total isolation and is struggling to find an outlet for her curiosity and burgeoning sexuality. When a carriage crash nearby brings a young girl, Carmilla, into the family home to recuperate, Lara is enchanted by the newcomer.

Denmark, by Adrian Shergold : 1h46
With Rafe Spall, Joel Fry, Steve Speirs, Simone Lykke, Benedikte Hansen……

Herb’s life is a mess. He’s lost his welfare, can’t hold a job, can’t talk to his son, and a diet that consists mainly of cheap beer and mushy peas. It’s no way to live and he knows it.
When he learns from a TV news report that Danish prisoners have it way better than he does, he says goodbye to his dingy flat and smuggles himself to Denmark, landing in a quaint town with everything he needs — including a bank to rob…

Fisherman’s Friends, by Chris Foggin : 1h52
With Tuppence Middleton, James Purefoy, Dave Johns, Daniel Mays…

A fast-living, cynical London music executive heads to a remote Cornish village on a stag weekend where he’s pranked by his boss into trying to sign a group of shanty singing fishermen. He becomes the ultimate ‘fish out of water’ as he struggles to gain the respect of the unlikely boy band who value friendship and family over fame and fortune.

For Sama, by Waad Al-Kateab & Edward Watts : 1h35 – Documentaire 

For Sama traces the journey of a young woman, Waad al-Kateab, through love, marriage and motherhood across five years of the revolution in Aleppo, Syria.
An intimate, visceral documentary about the female experience of war, Waad faces an impossible decision: should she flee the city to protect her young daughter’s life? But to leave means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, by Ben Wheatley : 1h35
With Neil Maskell, Charles Dance, Hayley Squires, Joe Cole, Sam Riley, Alexandra Maria Lara, Sura Dohnke …

Colin hires a lavish country manor for his extended family to celebrate New Year. Unfortunately for Colin his position of power in the family is under serious threat from the arrival of his estranged brother David.

Hope Gap, by William Nicholson : 1h40
With Annette Benning, Bill Nighy, Josh O’Connor, Aiysha Hart...

A couple’s visit with their son takes a dramatic turn when the father tells him he plans on leaving his mother.

In Fabric, by Peter Strickland : 1h58
With Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Gwendoline Christie, Hayley Squires, Sidse Babett Knudsen…

A haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store. It follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences.

Little Joe, by Jessica Hausner : 1h40
With Emily Beecham, Kerry Fox, Ben Wishaw, Phénix Brossard, Kit Connor…

Alice, a single mother, is a dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a very special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy…

Mr Jones, by Agnieszka Holland : 1h59
With Vanessa Kirby, James Norton, Peter Sarsgaard…

1933. Gareth Jones is an ambitious young Welsh journalist who gained fame after his report on being the first foreign journalist to fly with Hitler. Whilst working as an advisor to Lloyd George, he is now looking for his next big story. The Soviet “utopia” is all over the news, and Jones is intrigued as to how Stalin is financing the rapid modernisation of the Soviet Union…

Postcards from the 48%, by David Wilkinson : 1h49 – Documentary
With Joan Bakewell, Catherine Bearder, Vince Cable…

A documentary film made by and featuring those who voted Remain, the 48%, to show the other 27 EU Member States that it was far from a landslide victory and just why we are fighting to stay part of the EU.

Red Joan, by Sir Trevor Nunn : 1h41
With Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Hughes…

In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly her tranquil existence is shattered as she’s shockingly arrested by MI5. For Joan has been hiding an incredible past; she is one of the most influential spies in living history… Forced to reveal her secrets, Joan recalls her time as a physics’ student at Cambridge, where she fell in love with Leo, a young man linked to the Russian Communist Party.

Sorry We Missed You, by Ken Loach : 1h40
With Kris Hitchen, Debbie Honeywood, Rhys Stone…

Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It’s hard work, and his wife’s job as a carer is no easier. The family unit is strong but when both are pulled in different directions everything comes to breaking point.

Wait and Sea, by Simon Coss and Antoine Tracou : 0h53 – Documentary

My name’s Simon. I’m English and I’ve lived in Brittany, France for over 20 years with my French wife and our two kids. In June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union. Losing EU citizenship meant I’d also risk losing the automatic right to keep coming home to my family every evening. It felt like Brexit was ripping me in half. My friend and fellow director Antoine Tracou suggested we make a film together. But which film? What both unites and divides the UK and France? The sea of course. So we hitched a ride on a fishing boat in the Breton port of Guilvinec and headed across the Channel to Newlyn, in the UK county of Cornwall.