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All films start at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday 3 July

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

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

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