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All films start at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated.

Thursday 17 May

BEAST (15)

Moll is a beautiful and unhappy young woman who has a terrible job as a tour guide on Jersey, she is the black sheep of her oppressive, stiff-upper-lipped family and stifled by the small island community. After being upstaged at her own birthday party by her sister, Moll drifts away, finding herself drawn to fellow outcast, Pascal, the local poacher with an opaque past. He's just the tonic she needs but when a local teenage girl goes missing following a string of murders, Moll must decide what, and whom, to trust. Shot with an intense visual style and with an eye for detail that recalls Andrea Arnold, this is a smartly layered British psychological thriller, a superb debut from its director Michael Pearce.

UK, 2017, 107 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Friday 18, Saturday 19, Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 May

THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY (12A)

The much anticipated adaption of Mary Ann Shaffer's novel from Four Weddings And a Funeral Director, Mike Newell. In a charming period drama, Lily James plays Juliet Ashton, a free-spirited journalist who hopes to tell the story of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club whose love of fiction kept them going through the German occupation of the channel islands. Upon visiting Guernsey, Juliet finds herself beguiled by the locals, especially Dawsey Adams (Game of Thrones' Michiel Huisman), as she gains a deeper understanding of how the islanders survived.

USA/UK, 2018, 124 mins.

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May

FUNNY COW (15)

Maxine Peake gives a formidable performance as an aspiring female comedian known only as Funny Cow, standing up to her violent husband and the sexist 1970s Northern England club circuit. Funny Cow is hilarious and heart-breaking, a film about the power of laughter and how to transform pain into humour. Richard Hawley provides a melancholic soundtrack and appears as a would be musical turn, auditioning alongside Kevin Eldon, Vic Reeves and others as club entertainers with simply sublime acts.

UK, 2017, 102 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Thursday 31 May

GHOST STORIES (15)

Ghost Stories is an atmospheric anthology of creepy supernatural tales in the British tradition of portmanteau films from the 1960s, such as Dr Terror’s House of Horrors and the Ealing classic Dead of Night. Adapted from their own hit stage show by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, the stage is set by TV celebrity and arch sceptic Professor Phillip Goodman, who embarks upon a terror-filled quest when he stumbles across a long-lost file containing details of three cases of inexplicable 'hauntings'. A terrific ensemble cast is lead by Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse and Nyman himself as the Professor, whose scientific cynicism is tested to breaking point.

UK, 2017, 98 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Friday 1 and Saturday 2 June

THE LEISURE SEEKER (15)

Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland take to the road as Ella and John Spencer, an impulsive couple keenly aware that John is in the first stages of dementia and determined to make one last road trip in their cranky old Winnebago. Their destination is a house in Key West formerly occupied by Ernest Hemingway; making the journey something of a pilgrimage for John, a retired literature professor prone to quoting the author to bemused strangers.

The Leisure Seeker is a bittersweet comedy, charting the couples evolving relationship and Ella’s heartbreaking fear of the future and her inevitable transition from spouse to carer.

Italy/France, 2017, 112 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Thursday 7 June

PANDORA’S BOX (PG)

One of the truly great silent films, GW Pabst’s Pandora’s Box is acclaimed for its sensational storyline, sparkling Weimar-period setting and the sublime performance from its iconic star Louise Brooks. Brooks plays Lulu, a spirited but innocent showgirl, whose sheer sexual magnetism wreaks havoc on the lives of men and women caught in the wake of her rise and fall. Controversial in its day, then underappreciated for decades, Pandora’s Box is timeless and sophisticated, a daring and stylish masterpiece of silent cinema.

Germany, silent, B/W, 1929, 133 mins

Friday 8 June

Staffordshire University ARTS, MEDIA & DESIGN SHOW, 2018

Final graduation films from film production students and class of 2018, featuring comedy and action drama, non-fiction and documentary, experimental and personal short films. The films may also be seen throughout the following week in the shoot studio in the university media centre in the Henrion Building. Further information on the screenings is available in the Film Theatre foyer and on the 'Show & Tell' website.

Show & Tell

Saturday 9 and Thursday 14 June

LEAN ON PETE (15)

Andrew Haigh’s first feature since 45 Years is a heartfelt portrait of a lonely and neglected 15 year old boy, the tale of a modern day Huckleberry Finn on a journey across America’s sparse Northwest. After taking a part-time job with an itinerant horse trainer and jockey (Steve Buscemi and Chloë Sevigny), Charley forms a deep bond with the nearly-knackered horse Lean on Pete, with whom he shares his thoughts and dreams. Adapted from Willy Vlautin’s novel, Haigh’s subtle observational style and Charlie Plummer’s fine, naturalistic performance, combine to create an emotional low-key road movie that neatly sidesteps expectations.

UK, 2017, 122 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer :: The Telegraph ::

Friday 15 June

THE CURED (15)

The Cured is an inventive post-zombie film set in Ireland six years after a virus ravaged Europe and transformed the majority of its population into feral, zombie-like flesh eaters. A cure has been discovered, but social tensions abound after people who were formally infected are discriminated against by society and their own families.

When friends Senan and Conor are released from quarantine, they find themselves widely feared and are treated as second class citizens, leading Conor to take a stand against his oppressors.

Sam Keeley and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor play Senan and Conor in director David Freyne’s assured debut, that also features Ellen Page as the widow of Senan’s brother Luke, who has stayed in Dublin to raise their child.

Ireland, 2017, 93 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: 

Saturday 16 and Thursday 21 June

REDOUBTABLE (15)

Godard Mon Amour (original title)

Redoubtable is Michel Hazanavicius’ biopic of French cinema’s most notorious director, Jean-Luc Godard, adapted from the autobiographical novel Un an après by actor Anne Wiazemsky. Redoubtable portrays her marriage to Godard and its unravelling in the midst of his spectacular philosophical and artistic meltdown. Hazanavicius offers an abundance of playful Godardian cinematic flourishes, both parodic and affectionate, in an audacious tribute to the great innovator.

Louis Garrel and Stacy Martin amuse and convince as the politicised and occasionally pompous director and his muse, in a brilliantly realised evocation of the chaos of1968 France.

France/Myanmar/Italy (French dialogue with English subtitles), 2017, 108 mins

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer ::

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June

ON CHESIL BEACH (12A)

Adapted by Ian McEwan from his own Booker Prize-winning novella, On Chesil Beach stars Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle as Florence and Edward, newly-weds on honeymoon in Dorset. Despite the love between them, the young couple’s issues with intimacy and societal pressure lead to a disastrous wedding night. In the morning, confused and ill-equipped to talk of their fears and desires, they do not yet know how this tragicomic situation will shape the rest of their lives.

National Theatre director Dominic Cooke’s quietly heart-breaking cinematic debut, featuring supporting roles for Emma Watson, Samuel West and Anne-Marie Duff and gracefully captures the intricacies of the source material.

UK, 2017, 110 mins

Thursday 28 June

REVENGE (18)

Jen and her millionaire boyfriend Richard’s romantic weekend at a remote desert villa, takes a disturbing turn with the unexpected arrival of two of his friends. Initially disquieting and unseemly, the interlopers behaviour escalates into a terrifying sexual assault that Richard would prefer to sweep under the carpet. Something that Jen is not going to stand for, triggering a bloody game of cat and mouse.

Director Coralie Fargeat’s powerful debut feature is a visceral and stylised feminist revenge thriller; a white-knuckle tale of transgression and transformation that blurs the lines of vengeance and survival.

France (French dialogue with English subtitles), 2017, 108 mins

Further information regarding scenes used by the BBFC to determine the film's certification, may be found at the extended classification link - please note that this page contains spoilers.

Reviews: :: The Guardian :: The Observer ::

Friday 29 June

EDIE (12A)

Sheila Hancock stars as the intrepid Edith ‘Edie’ Moore, an 83 year old woman living independently for the first time after the death of her controlling husband George. While her determination to retain her independence strains an already fraught relationship with her her daughter Nancy, Edie’s plans don’t stop there. She has decided to fulfil a lifelong dream of climbing a mountain. Dauntless, she sets off to Scotland, employing an engaging young guide to aid her preparation for the gruelling climb.

Edie is a touching and tender portrait of late-life adventure and self-discovery in the Scottish Highlands, with a terrific performance from Hancock.

UK, 2017, 101 mins

Saturday 30 June

THE BREADWINNER (12A)

The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a headstrong 11 year old girl growing up in Afghanistan in 2001, whose family is cast into dire straits when her father is wrongfully imprisoned. In Taliban-controlled Kabul, women and girls are not permitted to leave the house unescorted, earn money or shop in the market. So the resourceful Parvana must disguise herself as a boy to support her family.

Working alongside her friend Shauzia, Parvana discovers a new world of danger and freedom, drawing strength from the fantastical stories she invents, as she embarks on a quest to find her father and reunite her family.

Equal parts thrilling and enchanting, The Breadwinner is an inspiring animated tale about the power of stories to sustain hope and carry us through dark times.

Ireland/Canada/Luxembourg (English dialogue), 2017, 93 mins

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