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The Boy and the Heron

The Boy and the Heron (12A)

Sunday 25 Feb 20243:00pm

SUBTITLED VERSION - JAPANESE WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES


The first film in a decade from Hayao Miyazaki is a ravishing, endlessly inventive fantasy that is destined to be ranked with the legendary animator’s finest, boldest works.


While the Second World War rages, the teenage Mahito, haunted by his mother’s tragic death, is relocated from Tokyo to the serene rural home of his new stepmother Natsuko, a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the boy’s mother. As he tries to adjust, this strange new world grows even stranger following the appearance of a persistent gray heron, who perplexes and bedevils Mahito, dubbing him the “long-awaited one.” Indeed, an extraordinary and grand fate is in store for our young hero, who must journey to a subterranean alternate reality in the hopes of saving Natsuko—and perhaps himself.


Uniting the countryside surreality of My Neighbor Totoro with the Alice in Wonderland–like dream logic of Spirited Away and the personal historical backdrop of The Wind Rises, yet fabricating something ingeniously original, The Boy and the Heron is a deeply felt work of eccentric beauty brimming with inspired images that lodge in the mind, from the adorable to the grotesque. Moving from earthbound serenity to a universe of boundless imagination, Miyazaki’s long-anticipated film seeks, once and for all, a world without malice.

The Smallest Show on Earth

The Smallest Show on Earth (U)

Sunday 25 Feb 20246:00pm

A young couple inherit a run-down cinema and must turn it around with the help of the eccentric staff in this funny but very much forgotten classic of British cinema.


When the McKennas inherit a cinema they discover that it isn't a sumptuous modern palace, but the decrepit Bijou, known locally as 'the fleapit', all moth eaten chairs, creaking floor boards, leaking roof and questionable heating system. Their business is threatened by the far more modern Grand Cinema around the corner, but instead of selling off the fleapit to its owner, they succumb to the inept charms of the crazed, aged staff - including boozy old projectionist Peter Sellers, doddery commissionaire Bernard Miles and dotty ticket lady Margaret Rutherford. Can they take on the odds and win?


Douglas Slocombe’s use of light and shadow is a masterclass on how to enhance a simple set like a classic cinema’s auditorium and make it spellbinding. Whether it is a small glint of light through a cracked window or the light of the projector onto the cinema’s screen, every shot within the space of the Bijou is superbly put together. With an impressive cast of Ealing regulars The Smallest Show on Earth is a wonderful snapshot through the world of cinema-going in the 1950s. A real rare treat for all cinephiles!


Screening as part of our year-long season - CINEMA ON SCREEN

Sexy Beast

Sexy Beast (18)

Monday 26 Feb 20242:30pm

Ex-villain Gal Dove (Ray Winstone) has served his time behind bars and is blissfully retired to a Spanish villa paradise with a wife he adores. The idyll is shattered by the arrival of his gangster nemesis Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), intent on persuading Gal to return to London for one last big job. Desperate not to sacrifice his enchanted existence, Dove is drawn into a shocking and explosive battle of wills with Logan, and takes part in a sensational underwater heist, risking everything to protect the woman he loves.


Screening as part of our Jonathan Glazer retrospective, which also includes his other films - Birth with Nicole Kidman and Lauren Bacall, Under the Skin with Scarlett Johansson and his latest critically acclaimed and multi-nominated film, The Zone of Interest, starring Anatomy of a Fall's Sandra Hüller.

Birth

Birth (15)

Monday 26 Feb 20245:00pm

Jonathan Glazer’s underrated metaphysical masterpiece—co-written by Jean-Claude Carrière and shot by Harris Savides—ranks among the most glorious head-scratchers of American cinema this century. Nicole Kidman stars as Anna, a Manhattan widow on the verge of remarrying Joseph (Danny Huston). But when a mysterious young boy (Cameron Bright) shows up out of nowhere claiming to be the reincarnation of Anna’s deceased husband, the film leaps into a gripping investigation of the uncanny, the possibility of miracles, and love’s refusal to die alongside the flesh. Steadicam—operated by Garrett Brown—is used in Birth to startling effect as Central Park is transformed into a haunted space where death and rebirth are one and the same.


Screening as part of our Jonathan Glazer retrospective, where we shall also be screening his other work - Sexy Beast with Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley, Under the Skin with Scarlett Johansson, and his latest film The Zone of Interest which is already multi-nominated and stars Anatomy of a Fall's Sandra Hüller.

Under the Skin

Under the Skin (15)

Monday 26 Feb 20247:30pm

From director Jonathan Glazer comes a work of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial, or something in between.


A gorgeous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) cruises the streets of Scotland in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber, Under the Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine, and in order to maximize the realism of the story, Glazer had Johansson interact with non-actors, whose unscripted performances were captured using hidden cameras. This nameless alien creature is an extraterrestrial femme fatale, who gradually acclimates to her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results, in this surrealist body horror story.  


Screening as part of our Jonathan Glazer retrospective, we are also screening his other films - Sexy Beast starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley, Birth starring Nicola Kidman and Lauren Bacall, and his latest film the already multi-nominated The Zone of Interest starring Anatomy of a Fall's Sandra Hüller.



The Zone of Interest

The Zone of Interest (12A)

Tuesday 27 Feb 20242:00pm4:30pm
Wednesday 28 Feb 20242:30pm5:00pm7:30pm
Thursday 29 Feb 20242:30pm5:00pm7:30pm
Friday 26 Apr 20245:00pm
Monday 29 Apr 20242:00pm
Tuesday 30 Apr 20245:00pm

In his chilling, oblique study of evil, British director Jonathan Glazer situates the viewer at the centre of frighteningly familiar banality. It’s summer in the mid-1940s, and a German family merrily idles by a river. Father Rudolf Höss (Christian Friedel) and mother Hedwig (Sandra Hüller fresh from her multi-nominated performance in Anatomy of a Fall) tuck their kids in bed at night. They entertain family and guests in their vast backyard garden on the weekends. In the mornings, she oversees chores with a cadre of housekeepers and cooks; he goes to work as head Commandant of Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Their domestic life is paradisiacal. Yet over the wall abutting their home, we can see smokestacks, and at night we hear screams and occasional gunshots. Loosely inspired by the 2014 novel of the same name by Martin Amis, Glazer has created a singular, unsettlingly timeless representation of inhumanity and our capacity for indifference in the face of atrocity, filmed and edited with aptly cold precision and punctuated with an ominous score by Mica Levi.


Screening as the centre-piece for our retrospective of British filmmaker's, Jonathan Glazer, work this month when we are also screening his other films - Sexy Beast starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley, Birth with Nicola Kidman and Lauren Bacall, and Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson.


BAFTA AND OSCAR NOMINATIONS


BAFTA: 9 nominations including Best British Film, Best Film not in the English Language, Best Supporting Actress, Editing, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Sound, Production Design, Cinematography


OSCARS: 5 nominations including Best Film, International Feature, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Sound

NTL: Vanya

NTL: Vanya (15)

Tuesday 27 Feb 20247:30pm

Andrew Scott brings to life multiple characters in Simon Stephen’s radical new version of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.


Comedic and tragic, Chekhov’s examination of our shared humanity - our hopes, dreams, regrets - is thrust into sharp focus in VANYA.


This production explores the kaleidoscope of human emotions, harnessing the power of the intimate bond between actor and audience to delve deeper into the human psyche.

Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon (15)

Friday 1 Mar 20242:30pm
Tuesday 5 Mar 20246:30pm

Martin Scorsese's epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro, Lily Gladstone, Brendan Fraser and Jesse Plemons.


Martin Scorsese’s period crime opus charts the complex human relationships at the centre of a grand conspiracy against the Native American Osage Nation.


In early 1920s Oklahoma, the discovery of large oil deposits made the Osage Nation incomparably wealthy, and the target of white greed. In his bestselling book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, David Grann presents a detailed account of the lawmen who uncovered this reign of terror. For the film adaptation, Scorsese and co-writer Eric Roth switch focus to the protagonists of this story, exploring this brutal moment of 20th-century American history through the lives of indigenous woman Mollie (another stunning performance by Lily Gladstone) and her white husband Ernest (a career-best Leonardo DiCaprio) who willingly does the criminal bidding of his nefarious uncle, played with devilish malevolence by Robert De Niro. One of the great chroniclers of American life and an undisputed giant of cinema, Scorsese’s 26th feature is a riveting drama, grand in scope and one of this year’s unmissable big-screen events.


One of its many 5 Star Reviews


BAFTA AND OSCARS WEEK SCREENING


BAFTA: 9 Nominations including Best Film, Supporting Actor, Casting, Cinematography, Costume, Editing, Make Up, Score, Production Design


OSCARS: 10 Nominations including Best Film, Director, Actress, Supporting Actor, Score, Song, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume 

Barbie

Barbie (12A)

Friday 1 Mar 20247:00pm
Saturday 2 Mar 20241:30pm4:15pm

In Barbie Land, perfection reigns supreme. That is, unless you find yourself grappling with an existential crisis… or happen to be Ken. When Barbie ventures beyond her idyllic world and embarks on a real-life journey, she encounters both the joys and challenges of living among humans. Acclaimed writer and director Greta Gerwig (Little Women, Lady Bird) brilliantly breathes life into the dazzlingly pink universe of Barbie in this sly comedy, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.


BAFTA AND OSCARS WEEK SCREENING


BAFTA: 5 Nominations including Best Actress, Supporting Actor, Production Design, Adapted screenplay, Costume


OSCARS: 8 Nominations including Best Film, Original Song, Actress, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Costume, Production Design

Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer (15)

Saturday 2 Mar 20247:00pm
Wednesday 6 Mar 20243:00pm
Thursday 7 Mar 20243:00pm (HoH Subtitles Screening)

The latest opus from Christopher Nolan (Dark Knight Trilogy, Dunkirk) is arguably his most daring yet. Robert Oppenheimer was the ‘father of the Atomic Bomb’. Seen as a hero to many, within a few years Oppenheimer would be vilified as a turncoat and a threat to his country. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of Robert Oppenheimer, Nolan’s film stars Cillian Murphy, in his sixth collaboration and first leading role with the filmmaker. He’s joined by an extraordinary cast that includes Florence Pugh, Matt Damon and Robert Downey Jr.


BAFTA AND OSCARS WEEK SCREENING


BAFTA: 13 Nominations including Best Film, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Score, Cinematography, Editing, Make Up, Costume, Sound, Make Up


OSCARS: 13 Nominations including Best Film, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Score, Cinematography, Editing, Sound, Costume, Production Design, Make Up

Painting the Modern Garden

Painting the Modern Garden (PG)

Sunday 3 Mar 20243:00pm

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

Dune (1984)

Dune (1984) (12A)

Sunday 3 Mar 20246:00pm

Following a notorious aborted attempt by Alejandro Jodorowsky in the 1970s, Frank Herbert's bestselling sci-fi epic Dune finally made it to the big screen as the third film by emerging surrealist wunderkind David Lynch, featuring an all-star cast that includes several of Lynch's regular collaborators.


The year is 10,191, and four planets are embroiled in a secret plot to wrest control of the Spice Melange, the most precious substance in the universe and found only on the planet Arrakis. A feud between two powerful dynasties, House Atreides and House Harkonnen, is manipulated from afar by ruling powers that conspire to keep their grip on the spice. As the two families clash on Arrakis, Duke Atreides son Paul (Kyle MacLachlan, in his screen debut) finds himself at the centre of an intergalactic war and an ancient prophecy that could change the galaxy forever.


Though its initial reception ensured that Lynch largely eschewed mainstream filmmaking for the rest of his career, Dune has since been rightly re-evaluated as one of the most startlingly original and visionary science fiction films of the 1980s…


Screening as part of our year-long retrospective - Dreaming of Darkness: The Films of David Lynch

Maestro

Maestro (12A)

Monday 4 Mar 20241:45pm4:45pm
Wednesday 6 Mar 20247:00pm

Bradley Cooper cements his position as a world-class filmmaker with his second feature, a passionate, enthralling biopic of Leonard Bernstein.


One of the towering figures of 20th-century American arts and culture, Bernstein was a gifted artist. Cooper celebrates this alongside Bernstein’s complexity as an individual. The composer of West Side Story, winner of countless accolades and the first American conductor to receive international acclaim, Bernstein was a titan of the classical world. Cooper’s film encompasses his life through the prism of his 30-year marriage to Chilean-American actor Felicia Montealegre. Spanning the decades following the end of the Second World War, the film skilfully weaves the couple’s story into the fabric of American cultural and political life. Cooper takes the lead role, capturing the intensity and charisma of his subject. Carey Mulligan brings strength and grace to her role as Montealegre, while Maya Hawke and Sarah Silverman shine in key supporting roles. Made with the cooperation of the couple’s three children, Maestro is a glorious symphony of life and art.


BAFTA AND OSCARS WEEK SCREENING


BAFTA: 7 Nominations including Best Actor, Actress, Director, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Make Up, Sound


OSCARS: 7 Nominations including Best Film, Actor, Actress, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound, Make Up

3 Minutes: A Lengthening

3 Minutes: A Lengthening (12A)

Monday 4 Mar 20247:45pm (Closed)

Please note this film is being screened as part of the Woodbridge Film Society's 2023/2024 season and is therefore not open to the general public. You can read more about becoming a member here.


Bianca Stigter’s documentary transforms rare colour home-movie footage shot in 1938 Poland into a testament to victims of the Holocaust.


Home movies may be the most haunting cinema of all, taking on the lustre of loss and mortality with each passing year. The home movies Glenn Kurtz found in his parents’ home in Florida were rarer and more precious still. His award-winning book, Three Minutes in Poland, explores the amateur footage his grandfather shot on a European trip in 1938, focusing on members of the Jewish community in Nasielsk, Poland, just one year before the Nazis invaded on their murderous campaign.


In Three Minutes – A Lengthening, Bianca Stigter transforms David Kurtz’s shimmering images from over 80 years ago into a remarkable meditation on what it means for a lost community to be captured on film. Instead of 8mm stock, Kurtz shot on colour 16mm film. His footage gives Stigter rich material to illustrate the detective work needed to recover the stories of a village destroyed by the Holocaust.


As Stigter runs Kurtz’s original footage sometimes in slow motion, sometimes still, forwards and backwards to draw meaning from each frame, the distance originally created by looking at 83-year-old fashions and hairstyles collapses into the immediate present: those faces. To see children grinning or people craning their necks to get into the shot is to watch humanity as it always exists in the presence of a camera.


At the end of 1939, the people visible in the film, and all the Jews in Nasielsk, were deported to ghettos, then sent to the Treblinka extermination camp. Kurtz’s footage, which had almost rotted just before it was discovered and restored, is the only visual record remaining. Stigter’s film, produced by Steve McQueen and narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, serves as a thoughtful testament to their memory

Anatomy of a Fall

Anatomy of a Fall (15)

Tuesday 5 Mar 20243:00pm
Thursday 7 Mar 20247:00pm

Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival (and Neil's favourite film of the year!), this gripping courtroom drama/investigative thriller from director Justine Triet (Sibyl) follows the spiralling life of a German writer (Sandra Hüller, Toni Erdmann) suspected of her husband’s murder.


When her husband Samuel is mysteriously found dead in the snow below their secluded chalet, Sandra becomes the main suspect when the police begin to question whether he fell or was pushed.


The trial soon becomes not just an investigation, but a gripping psychological journey into the depths of Sandra and Samuel’s complicated marriage.


With conflicting evidence and inconsistent testimony, words are wielded like weapons and shocking truths come to light in this acclaimed Palme d’Or winning drama.


BAFTA AND OSCARS WEEK SCREENING


BAFTA: 7 Nominations including Best Film, Actress, Director, Foreign Language, Original Screenplay, Casting, Editing


OSCARS: 5 Nominations including Best Film, Director, Actress, Original Screenplay, Editing

All of Us Strangers

All of Us Strangers (15)

Friday 8 Mar 20242:30pm5:00pm7:30pm
Sunday 10 Mar 20246:00pm
Monday 11 Mar 20244:30pm
Tuesday 12 Mar 20242:30pm5:00pm
Wednesday 13 Mar 20242:00pm7:45pm
Thursday 14 Mar 20242:30pm (HoH Subtitled Screening)

Adam, a screenwriter, lives a lonely existence in a plush, modern apartment in London. He might be the only occupant, until one evening he catches the eye of a mysterious new neighbour. To say more would reveal some of the precious secrets of Andrew Haigh’s (Weekend, 45 Years) magnificent new feature. The award-winning director has crafted a potent and moving reflection on grief and loneliness, while a stellar cast – which includes the sizzling chemistry of Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal – helps to deliver one of the most heart-breaking films of the year.


6 BAFTA Nominations: Outstanding British Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Casting, Best Supporting Actress

Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. (PG)

Saturday 9 Mar 202410:30am

Finally the Mario’s Bros film we’ve all been waiting for has arrived. Directed by the team who brought us both the Teen Titans Go! films and a screenplay from Matthew Fogal who wrote The LEGO Movie 2 we follow Mario (Chris Pratt) and Luigi (Charlie Day) as they are transported to the Mushroom Kingdom via a Warp Pipe. Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy), Toad (Keegan-Michael Key) and others journey through the kingdom to stop the menacing Bowser (Jack Black) from taking over the world. Along the way there’s Luigi to be rescued and of course, encounters and battles with the legendary Donkey Kong. Gaming and Super Mario Bros. has been a beloved past time for many generations since the original Nintendo game of the same name launched in 1985 and The Super Mario Bros. Movie is suited for both younger audiences and the young at heart, and the slightly nostalgic age as well.

Mean Girls

Mean Girls (12A)

Saturday 9 Mar 20242:00pm4:45pm7:30pm
Thursday 14 Mar 20245:00pm

From the comedic mind of Tina Fey comes a new twist on the modern classic, MEAN GIRLS.


New student Cady Heron (Angourie Rice) is welcomed into the top of the social food chain by the elite group of popular girls called “The Plastics,” ruled by the conniving queen bee Regina George (Reneé Rapp) and her minions Gretchen (Bebe Wood) and Karen (Avantika). However, when Cady makes the major misstep of falling for Regina’s ex-boyfriend Aaron Samuels (Christopher Briney), she finds herself prey in Regina’s crosshairs.


As Cady sets to take down the group’s apex predator with the help of her outcast friends Janis (Auli’i Cravalho) and Damian (Jaquel Spivey), she must learn how to stay true to herself while navigating the most cutthroat jungle of all: high school.

Hamlet

Hamlet (15)

Sunday 10 Mar 20243:00pm

Two-time Academy Award nominee and Shakespearian titan, Ian McKellen, stars in this thrilling and uniquely modern take on The Bard’s classic tragedy. In cinemas nationwide for a special one day event, the screening will include an exclusive recorded Q&A with Ian McKellen and Director, Sean Mathias.


A tale of revenge that has stood the test of time, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is reimagined for the modern day as a gripping psychological thriller! Transcending the confines of the stage in a uniquely modern take, the film utilises nearly every room of the Theatre Royal Windsor to transform it into the immortal Elsinore Castle, from basement dungeon to roof-top battlement.


Ian McKellen - reprising his lead role as Hamlet, a man who descends into madness as he seeks vengeance against his uncle for the apparent murder of his father - leads a stellar cast including stage and screen legend, Steven Berkoff, and stars of the critically acclaimed, recent stage cast of ‘Hamlet’: Frances Barber (King Lear, Chekhov’s The Seagull), Jonathan Hyde (King Lear, Titanic, Crimson Peak), Jenny Seagrove and BAFTA-winner Francesca Annis, bringing their iconic roles to life in this compelling new film adaptation.


The Color Purple

The Color Purple (12A)

Monday 11 Mar 20241:30pm
Tuesday 12 Mar 20247:30pm
Wednesday 13 Mar 20244:30pm

Celie Harris (Fantasia Barrino) is an African-American woman living in the South during the early 1900s. Torn apart from her sister and her children, Celie faces many hardships in life, including an abusive husband, but with support from a sultry singer named Shug Avery (Taraji P. Henson), as well as her stand-her-ground stepdaughter, Celie ultimately finds extraordinary strength in the unbreakable bonds of a new kind of sisterhood.


A story of the powerful connection between three unbreakable women, Alice Walker's classic novel The Color Purple is transformed into a profound, unforgettable big-screen musical.

Dune Part 1

Dune Part 1 (12A)

Monday 11 Mar 20247:00pm

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.


The film stars Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name,” “Little Women”), Rebecca Ferguson (“Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep,” “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”), Oscar Isaac (the “Star Wars” franchise) Oscar nominee Josh Brolin (“Milk,” “Avengers: Infinity War”), Stellan Skarsgård (HBO’s “Chernobyl,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), Dave Bautista (the “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, “Avengers: Endgame”), Stephen McKinley Henderson (“Fences,” “Lady Bird”), Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming,” HBO’s “Euphoria”), Chang Chen (“Mr. Long,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), David Dastmalchian (“Blade Runner 2049,” “The Dark Knight”), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Netflix’s “Sex Education”), with Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years,” “Assassin’s Creed”), with Jason Momoa (“Aquaman,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), and Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”).


Screening ahead of Dune Part 2 which starts with us from Friday 15th March

Samsara

Samsara (U)

Thursday 14 Mar 20247:45pm

Berlin Film Festival award winner Lois Patiño’s assured third feature transports us to magical places in Laos and Zanzibar, where the visible and the invisible merge.


Patiño’s film envelops us in a work of collective meditation and cinematic reincarnation. We observe the daily rituals of a Buddhist temple in Laos and a seaweed farm in Zanzibar, captured on 16mm with an ethnographic eye (and ear) for detail. Infused with sonic wonders, the spiritual becomes profoundly sensorial; at one point we’re even invited to enjoy Samsara’s uniquely transformative spaces with our eyes closed. Transcendental.


Please note this film contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy


Please also be aware that although this is a "Maverick Monday" film, we are screening it on a Thursday as unfortunately we had limited options available to us!

Dune Part 2

Dune Part 2 (12A)

Friday 15 Mar 20243:00pm7:00pm
Saturday 16 Mar 20243:00pm7:00pm
Tuesday 19 Mar 20243:00pm
Wednesday 20 Mar 20243:00pm7:00pm
Thursday 21 Mar 20243:00pm (HoH subtitled screening)
Saturday 27 Apr 20243:00pm7:00pm

Part Two explores the mythic journey of Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) as he unites with Chani (Zendaya) and the Fremen while on a warpath of revenge against the conspirators who destroyed his family. Facing a choice between the love of his life and the fate of the known universe, he endeavors to prevent a terrible future only he can foresee. The all-star ensemble cast consists Rebecca Ferguson, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Charlotte Rampling, Stephen McKinley Henderson. Austin Butler joins the cast of the film as the notorious Feyd Rautha with Christopher Walken set to portray the Emperor. Florence Pugh, Léa Seydoux, and Souheila Yacoub also star.

American Fiction

American Fiction (15)

Sunday 17 Mar 20243:00pm6:00pm
Monday 18 Mar 20242:00pm5:00pm
Tuesday 19 Mar 20247:00pm

Jefferson’s debut, who has honed his craft working in the writing rooms of Succession, The Good Place and Master of None, is an hilarious satire with heart.


Monk, a critically acclaimed author and English professor, finds his writing career stalling because his work isn’t deemed ‘Black enough’. While his latest book struggles to attract publishers, he watches the incredible rise of a hot new bestseller called We’s Lives In Da Ghetto. Frustrated with successful Black writers seemingly being limited to topics of trauma and ‘raw’ stories, he writes a new novel under a pseudonym that is full of these clichés.  


Jeffrey Wright is stunning as Monk, delivering a career-best, magnificently nuanced performance.


BAFTA AND OSCARS NOMINATIONS


BAFTA: 1 Nomination for adapted screenplay 


OSCARS: 5 Nominations including Best Film, Best Actor, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Score

U2 Rattle and Hum

U2 Rattle and Hum (15)

Monday 18 Mar 20247:45pm

"U2 Rattle & Hum" is one of the best rock documentaries produced because it not only showcases a band at work on stage and in the studio at the peak of their success, but also because it shares with us a rock group in the middle of a discovery. That discovery is U2's first wide-scale American tour, in which they start to explore American "roots" music, namely Elvis Presley and B.B. King, among others. Aside from the blistering live performances in Denver, San Francisco and Phoenix, the band makes 'holy pilgrimages' to Graceland, Sun Studios and a Harlem church.


U2 were criticized for supposedly saddling themselves up against American musical icons (B.B. King collaborates with them on a tune, they record 5 tracks at Sun Studios, and haggle a Graceland tour guide into letting them photograph one of Elvis' motorcycles), but once the mechanics of the band's relationship are understood, it's obviously clear they are only peeking into this world in an introverted manner instead of trying to include themselves in it. U2 have always been a band with sharp detractors because they place an importance upon music to suggest that it can BE more than just music. This attitude has enabled them to arguably remain the most consistent and important band of the last 20 years.


The live performances are just amazing. "Exit," Bad," "Pride," "Bullet The Blue Sky," and "Sunday Bloody Sunday" are delivered with ferocious energy. The film is mostly in black-and-white, which lends itself that needed 'documentary' feel, except for 5 songs performed in colour. The energy of the band onstage guarantees this to be a film that will sustain its liveliness no matter how many times you see it.


Screening as part of our Music Monthly programme kindly supported by Old Jet, Decoy Sound Studios, Whizzy Wallop Vinyl, Sundowners DJ's, Stephen "Foz" Foster and Stoddart Music

The Motive and the Cue

The Motive and the Cue (15)

Thursday 21 Mar 20247:00pm

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.


★★★★★ ‘A brilliant, compassionate new play’ (Financial Times)

★★★★★ ‘Immaculately directed by Sam Mendes’ (Times)

★★★★★ ‘Mark Gatiss gives the performance of his career’ (Telegraph)

★★★★★ ‘Smooth and sophisticated’ (WhatsOnStage)

★★★★ ‘Will give you goosebumps’ (Independent)

One Life

One Life (12A)

Friday 22 Mar 20242:30pm
Sunday 24 Mar 20243:00pm
Monday 25 Mar 20242:00pm
Thursday 28 Mar 20245:00pm

ONE LIFE tells the true story of Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton, a young London broker who, in the months leading up to World War II, rescued 669 predominantly Jewish 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?


Fifty years later, it’s 1988 and Nicky lives haunted by the fate of the children he wasn’t able to bring to safety in England; always blaming himself for not doing more. It’s not until a live BBC television show, ‘That’s Life’, surprises him by introducing him to some surviving children – now adults – that he finally begins to come to terms with the guilt and grief he had carried for five decades.


Wicked Little Letters

Wicked Little Letters (15)

Friday 22 Mar 20245:00pm7:30pm
Saturday 23 Mar 20242:30pm5:00pm7:30pm
Sunday 24 Mar 20246:00pm
Monday 25 Mar 20244:30pm
Tuesday 26 Mar 20242:00pm4:30pm
Thursday 28 Mar 20242:30pm (HoH subtitle screening)

A truly scandalous tale from the 1920s. Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley reunite playing neighbours who get on each other’s nerves in this pitch-dark comedy following a small English town where residents start receiving anonymous, expletive-laden letters!


Edith Swan (Colman) a pious pillar of the community just so happens to be on the receiving end of these character assassination mail drops. Law enforcement reluctantly investigate but Edith harbours a theory that her neighbour Rose (Buckley) might be the culprit.


Rose is the opposite of Edith, loud and brash, and when police arrest Edith assuming guilt due to her “loose moral character,” it does not sit well with Police Officer Gladys Moss and with superiors unwilling to listen, she gathers a group of resourceful female volunteers to get to the bottom of this mailout mystery.


This post marked whodunnit is fuelled by the stellar cast, including razor sharp turns from Colman and Buckley with support by Timothy Spall, the narrative offers astute commentary on misogyny, hypocrisy, and repression while delivering a profoundly stifling social commentary that is brimming with blush worthy curse words and purse clutching performances.

NTL: Dear England

NTL: Dear England (15)

Monday 25 Mar 20247:00pm

It’s time to change the game.


The smash-hit production of Dear England transfers to the West End this Autumn, following a sold-out run at the National Theatre.


The country that gave the world football has since delivered a painful pattern of loss. Why can’t England’s men win at their own game?


The team has the worst track record for penalties in the world, and manager Gareth Southgate knows he needs to open his mind and face up to the years of hurt to take team and country back to the promised land.


Joseph Fiennes portrayal of Gareth Southgate is ‘pitch-perfect’ (Time Out) in this ‘thrilling’ (Sunday Times) new play by James Graham, with set design by Es Devlin. Graham reunites with director Rupert Goold, following their acclaimed productions of Tammy Faye and Ink, in this gripping ’new stage epic’ (Telegraph) about both nation and game.


Please note: This production contains flashing lights, loud noises and some offensive language.

Madama Butterfly ROH 2024

Madama Butterfly ROH 2024 (12A Live)

Tuesday 26 Mar 20247:15pm

Cio-Cio-San, the young Japanese bride of American naval officer Lieutenant Pinkerton, finds her romantic idyll shattered when he deserts her shortly after their marriage. She lives in hope that one day he will return.


Three years later, Cio-Cio-San and her son, Dolore, see Pinkerton’s ship in the harbour. She excitedly awaits his visit – but when Pinkerton and his American wife Kate arrive and learn about Dolore's existence, they ask to take the boy away, and raise him in America. Cio-Cio-San bids her son farewell and takes her own life.


When the young geisha, Cio-Cio-San, marries American Naval Officer Pinkerton, she believes she is entering a real, binding marriage for life. Forsaking her religion and community, she learns all too late that for Pinkerton, their marriage is merely an illusion – with tragic consequences.


With a score that includes Butterfly’s aria, 'Un bel dì, vedremo' (‘One fine day’) and the Humming Chorus, Giacomo Puccini’s opera is entrancing and ultimately heart-breaking. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier’s exquisite production takes inspiration from 19th-century European images of Japan.


Asmik Grigorian and Hrachuhí Bassénz share the role of Cio-Cio-San, with Kevin John Edusei conducting.


Cast: Asmik Grigorian, Joshua Guerrero, Lauri Vasar, Hongni Wu, Ya-Chung Huang, Jeremy White, Josef Jeongmeen Ahn, Veena Akama-Makia, Romanas Kudriašovas

Conductor: Kevin John Edusei

Director: Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier


Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise (15)

Thursday 28 Mar 20247:30pm
An exquisitely understated ode to the thrill of romantic possibility, the inaugural installment of The Before Trilogy opens with a chance encounter between two solitary young strangers. After they hit it off on a train bound for Vienna, the Paris university student Celine and the scrappy American tourist Jesse impulsively decide to spend a day together before he returns to the U.S. the next morning. As the pair roam the streets of the stately city, Richard Linklater’s tenderly observant gaze captures the uncertainty and intoxication of young love, from the first awkward stirrings of attraction to the hopeful promise that Celine and Jesse make upon their inevitable parting.
Migration

Migration (U)

Friday 29 Mar 20242:30pm
Saturday 30 Mar 20242:30pm
Sunday 31 Mar 20243:00pm
Monday 1 Apr 20242:30pm
Tuesday 2 Apr 20242:30pm
Wednesday 3 Apr 20242:30pm
Thursday 4 Apr 20242:30pm
This year, Illumination, creators of the blockbuster Minions, Despicable Me, Sing and The Secret Life of Pets comedies, invites you to take flight into the thrill of the unknown with a funny, feathered family vacation like no other in the action-packed new original comedy, Migration.
Bob Marley: One Love

Bob Marley: One Love (12A)

Friday 29 Mar 20245:00pm
Saturday 30 Mar 20247:30pm
Tuesday 2 Apr 20245:00pm
Wednesday 3 Apr 20245:00pm
Thursday 4 Apr 20247:30pm
BOB MARLEY: ONE LOVE celebrates the life and music of an icon who inspired generations through his message of love and unity. On the big screen for the first time, discover Bob’s powerful story of overcoming adversity and the journey behind his revolutionary music. Produced in partnership with the Marley family and starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as the legendary musician and Lashana Lynch as his wife Rita,
The End We Start From

The End We Start From (15)

Friday 29 Mar 20247:30pm
Saturday 30 Mar 20245:00pm
Monday 1 Apr 20245:00pm
Tuesday 2 Apr 20247:30pm
Thursday 4 Apr 20245:00pm (HoH subtitled screening)
As London is submerged below floodwaters, a woman gives birth to her first child. Days later, she and her baby are forced to leave their home in search of safety. They head north through a newly dangerous country seeking refuge from place to place.

“Jodie Comer is a beacon of light at the end of the world. The actor is the beating heart of a film that looks at the momentous decision to love and raise a life in the face of disaster.”
???? Ella Kemp, London Evening Standard

“Comer’s vulnerability and idealism are authentic as are her determination and a dash of real ruthlessness... She carries everything with unselfconscious strength and style”
???? Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

“It’s nourishing, frequently moving, and ends with heroic understatement, where a cruder film would have gone all out for the heartstrings.”
???? Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph

“The movie’s other strength, besides Comer, is the realism it finds in environmental catastrophe.”
???? Kevin Maher, Times

“The End We Start From eschews epic special effects in favour of an intimate, close-up immediacy.”
???? Neil Smith, Total Film
Cinema Laika

Cinema Laika (12A)

Sunday 31 Mar 20246:00pm

Croatian film director Veljko Vidak recently spent more than a year in Karkkila, Finland documenting step by step how a new cultural oasis, Kino Laika, founded by director Aki Kaurismäki and writer Mika Lätti, was born on the local factory estate and quickly gained great popularity and a cult reputation.


The end result, however, expands into something greater than the sum of its parts, into a poetic tableau of an entire warm-hearted community – an authentic Kaurismäki fairy tale land and artists’ (of life) collective – that in its own charming way has fallen far from the horrors of modern times, where people still have time to tend their horses, repair their Cadillacs, smoke a philosophical pipe around a chessboard or play a few rounds of billiards near the jukebox.


In addition to the completion of the cinema hall, we will also follow the realisation of the values and worldview conveyed by Kaurismäki’s works in everyday life. In addition to the maestro himself, friends and villagers, collaborators of many decades, and younger colleagues all have a voice, but the real star role of the documentary, seen as the last island of uncorrupted innocence – a kind of almost illegitimate love child of Innisfree and Brigadoon – is Karkkila, the outermost strip of a personal paradise of rushing waters, lush forests and misty fields, a place where dogs still run free, beer flows cool and creativity breeds more creativity.


Screening as part of our year-long season - CINEMA ON SCREEN

Other People's Children

Other People's Children (15)

Monday 1 Apr 20247:45pm (Closed)

Please note this film is being screened as part of the Woodbridge Film Society's 2023/2024 season and is therefore not open to the general public. You can read more about becoming a member here.


Virginie Efira shines in a drama that broaches a rarely dealt with topic – the bond that grows between a child and their parent’s new partner.


Rachel has no children of her own. She has been with Ali (Roschdy Zem) just a short time. Their life is good, but her relationship with his five-year-old daughter Leila (Callie Ferreira-Goncalves) has flourished. So much so that people assume she is the girl’s mother, even commenting on the striking resemblance between them; Rachel rarely corrects anyone, and when she does, she appears unwilling to. The pair’s bond proves so strong in such a short amount of time, even the girl’s mother, Alice (Chiara Mastroianni), appears happy with the amount of responsibility Ali has passed on to his new girlfriend. And yet, the situation remains precarious for Rachel and Leila, and Ali’s attitudes cause both to question where they stand in this complex family dynamic.


Rebecca Zlotowski’s understated yet hugely accomplished film engages with modern relationships from a perspective – that of the new partner in a fractured familial environment – which is rare, refreshing and quietly revelatory. The cast are uniformly superb, with Efira (Benedetta, An Impossible Love) once again excelling as a woman exploring her options at an age when some will soon no longer be available to her.

Luca

Luca (U)

Friday 5 Apr 20242:30pm
Saturday 6 Apr 20242:30pm
Sunday 7 Apr 20243:00pm
Monday 8 Apr 20242:30pm
Tuesday 9 Apr 20242:00pm
Wednesday 10 Apr 20242:30pm
Thursday 11 Apr 20242:30pm
Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Disney and Pixar’s original feature film “Luca” is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca (voice of Jacob Tremblay) shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, Alberto (voice of Jack Dylan Grazer), but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface. “Luca” is directed by Academy Award® nominee Enrico Casarosa (“La Luna”) and produced by Andrea Warren (“Lava,” “Cars 3”).
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (12A)

Friday 5 Apr 20245:00pm7:45pm
Saturday 6 Apr 20245:00pm7:45pm
Monday 8 Apr 20245:00pm7:45pm
Tuesday 9 Apr 20244:30pm
Wednesday 10 Apr 20245:00pm7:45pm
Thursday 11 Apr 20245:00pm (HoH Subtitled Screening)7:45pm
The Spengler family returns to where it all started – the iconic New York City firehouse – to team up with the original Ghostbusters, who've developed a top-secret research lab to take busting ghosts to the next level. But when the discovery of an ancient artifact unleashes an evil force, Ghostbusters new and old must join forces to protect their home and save the world from a second Ice Age.
Blue Velvet

Blue Velvet (18)

Sunday 7 Apr 20246:00pm

David Lynch's suburban nightmare is often named the best American film of the 1980s


Jeffrey (MacLachlan) is the contemporary knight in slightly tarnished armour, a shy adolescent inhabitant of Lumberton, USA. After discovering a severed ear in an overgrown backlot, he embarks upon an investigation that leads him into a hellish netherworld, where he observes - and comes to participate in - a terrifying sado-masochistic relationship between damsel-in-distress Dorothy (Rossellini) and mad mobster Frank Booth (Hopper).


Grafting on to this story his own idiosyncratic preoccupations, Lynch creates a visually stunning, convincingly coherent portrait of a nightmarish substratum to conventional, respectable society. The seamless blending of beauty and horror is remarkable - although many will be profoundly disturbed by Lynch's vision of male-female relationships, centred as it is on Dorothy's psychopathic hunger for violence - the terror very real, and the sheer wealth of imagination virtually unequalled in recent cinema.


Screening as part of our year-long retrospective - Dreaming of Darkness: The Films of David Lynch

Macmillan Triple ROH 2024

Macmillan Triple ROH 2024 (12A Live)

Tuesday 9 Apr 20247:15pm

Danses Concertantes, commissioned by Ninette de Valois in 1955, was MacMillan’s first major work. An early sign of the incredible artistic output that would follow, the work’s critical success spurred MacMillan to abandon performing in favour of choreography. It is followed by Different Drummer, MacMillan’s complex and haunting balletic interpretation of Woyzeck, Georg Büchner's play about a soldier’s descent into madness. The mixed programme concludes with Requiem, his 1976 work for Stuttgart Ballet, created in memory of its late artistic director, MacMillan’s friend and former Royal Ballet dancer and choreographer John Cranko.



The Iron Claw

The Iron Claw (15)

Friday 12 Apr 20242:00pm7:30pm
Saturday 13 Apr 20245:00pm
Tuesday 16 Apr 20242:00pm7:30pm
Wednesday 17 Apr 20245:00pm
Thursday 18 Apr 20242:00pm (HoH Subtitled Screening)7:30pm

The Iron Claw is a biographical sport film based on the true story of professional wrestler Kevin Von Erich and the Von Erich family. It was written and directed by Sean Durkin and produced by A24. The film stars Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, Maura Tierney, Holt McCallany and Lily James.


The film is centred around the Von Erich family, a dynasty of wrestlers from the 1960s onwards that had enormous success, and popularized the iron claw professional wrestling hold. However, they not only had to battle inside the ring, but fight the "Von Erich curse" outside of it, which resulted in just one of the six brothers outliving their father.



Drive-Away Dolls

Drive-Away Dolls (15)

Friday 12 Apr 20245:00pm
Saturday 13 Apr 20242:30pm8:00pm
Monday 15 Apr 20242:30pm5:00pm
Tuesday 16 Apr 20245:00pm
Wednesday 17 Apr 20242:30pm8:00pm
Thursday 18 Apr 20245:00pm

This hotly-anticipated comedy caper follows Jamie (Margaret Qualley), an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian (Geraldine Viswanathan) who desperately needs to loosen up.


In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way.


Directed by Ethan Coen (Fargo, The Big Lebowski) and co-written by Coen Brothers’ frequent collaborator Tricia Cooke, the film also features a stacked supporting cast including Beanie Feldstein, Colman Domingo and Pedro Pascal.

Cobain: Montage of Heck plus Q&A

Cobain: Montage of Heck plus Q&A (15)

Sunday 14 Apr 20246:00pm

Screening to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the passing of Kurt Cobain


Cobain – Montage of Heck invites you to experience Kurt Cobain’s life, art and mind through his own unique lens, bringing you as close to the generation-defining icon as it’s possible to get.


Experience Kurt Cobain like never before in the first fully-authorized portrait of the famed rock music icon. Director Brett Morgen (Moonage Daydream) expertly blends Cobain's personal archive of art, music, and never-before-seen home movies with animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest confidantes. Following Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen, WA, through the height of his fame, a visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist at odds with his surroundings emerges.


While Cobain craved the spotlight even as he rejected the trappings of fame, his epic arc depicts a man who stayed true to his earliest punk rock convictions, always identifying with the 'outsider' and ensuring the music came first. Fans and those of the Nirvana generation will learn things about Cobain they never knew while those who have recently discovered the man and his music will know what makes him the lasting icon that he is.


Screening as part of our Music Monthly programme kindly supported by Old Jet, Decoy Sound Studios, Whizzy Wallop Vinyl, Sundowners DJ's, Stephen "Foz" Foster and Stoddart Music


Following the film there will be pre-recorded Q&A between our manager, Neil, and the film's director, Brett Morgen.

Four Daughters

Four Daughters (12A)

Monday 15 Apr 20247:30pm

One of the year's most acclaimed releases, this riveting documentary by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania (The Man Who Sold His Skin) uses an audacious formal conceit to tell the story of Olfa Hamrouni and her four daughters. Attempting to answer the question of how and why the Tunisian woman’s two eldest were radicalized, Ben Hania reveals a complex history. We watch as the family relives key events in their lives with help from professional actors standing in for the missing girls. Winner of the Best Documentary award at the Cannes Film Festival, Best Documentary Feature at the Gotham Awards, and Best Writing at the IDA Documentary Awards, Four Daughters is a compelling portrait of five women and a unique and ambitious work of nonfiction cinema that pushes against the conventional boundaries of the documentary form to explore the nature of memory, rebellion, and the ties that bind mothers and daughters.


“A revelatory, poignant blend of drama, memory, and self-scrutiny." – Richard Brody, The New Yorker


“Formally daring, emotionally gripping…a heartbreaker about mothers and daughters, the cruelty of repression and the slippery but revealing nature of performance.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

Poor Things

Poor Things (18)

Friday 19 Apr 20243:00pm7:00pm

When a young woman in Victorian England committed suicide, little did she know how much life lay in store for her. Re-animated by her de facto guardian, the scientist Dr Goodwin Baxter, Bella Baxter’s mind soon becomes increasingly alive to the opportunities the world offers. She eventually embarks on a global adventure and, unshackled by the mores of the era, sets her sights on sating all her carnal and spiritual desires. Lanthimos continues his creative collaboration with Emma Stone, who is revelatory as Bella – a performance that will help define her place as one of the most thrilling and daring actors of her generation. Lanthimos’ direction is as impeccable as ever and the screenplay, by Tony McNamara, is a pitch-perfect adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s 1992 novel.


You can count on Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek film-maker behind such strange creations as The Killing of a Scared Deer, The Lobster and The Favourite, to deliver on oddities. Poor Things is indeed fabulously weird.


Lanthimos has concocted a hypnotic and singular world for Bella Baxter (Emma Stone), the Frankenstein-esque creation by mad scientist Dr Baxter (Willem Defoe, plus garish prosthetic facial scars) in Victorian-era London. Part monochrome, part oversaturated picture book, Poor Things is a visual treat throughout, like a colored engraving come to life. As in The Favourite, Lanthimos makes ample use of a fish-eye lens, barrels into the base functions of the human body and revels in delectable torsions of dialogue. But the real reason to watch is Stone, in a career-best performance.


BAFTA AND OSCAR NOMINATIONS


BAFTA: 10 nominations including Best Film, Best Actress, Best British Film, Original Score, Editing, Make Up, Special Visual Effects, Costume, Adapted Screenplay, Production Design, Cinematography


OSCARS: 11 nominations including Best Film, Actress, Supporting Actor, Director, Original Score, Cinematography, Adapted Screenplay, Production Design, Costume, Make Up, Editing

John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent (PG)

Sunday 21 Apr 20243:00pm

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.

Empire of Light

Empire of Light (15)

Sunday 21 Apr 20246:00pm

Following his BAFTA Best Film winner 1917, Sam Mendes returns with this majestic, personal work, set in a 1980s English coastal town.


Hilary (Olivia Colman) manages a seafront picture palace. Once an opulent multiscreen cinema with a dance hall overlooking the sea, now only one screen remains open, albeit a grand one. In preparation for a regional premiere of Chariots of Fire, Hilary and her colleagues – played by a heavyweight ensemble that includes Toby Jones, Colin Firth, Tom Brooke and Micheal Ward – spruce up the venue. Outside, the town itself is crumbling, with a rising far-right presence and Stephen (Ward) regularly harassed by skinheads. Mendes delivers a stirring ode to the cinema – as a space for collective experience, offering the pleasures and balms of watching films in darkness together.


Alongside regular producer Pippa Harris, Mendes collaborates with an outstanding and mostly British creative team, including legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, designer Mark Tildesley, editor Lee Smith and casting director Nina Gold. Together, they craft a vivid, tactile sense of 1980s Britain. With Colman and Ward magnificent at the heart of the film, Empire of Light is an elegant exploration of the potential of both community and cinema to help us find light in the darkness


Screening as part of our year-long season - CINEMA ON SCREEN

The Promised Land

The Promised Land (15)

Monday 22 Apr 20248:00pm

In this reteaming of the star and director of A Royal Affair, Mads Mikkelsen displays his mettle as a former soldier trying to tame Jutland in 18th-century Denmark.


For all the strengths that make Nikolaj Arcel’s sixth feature such a richly satisfying historical drama, the most compelling may be the least surprising. That’s the old-school screen charisma that Mads Mikkelsen exudes in great abundance as a man whose taciturn nature and rugged fortitude are tested by nearly every conceivable hardship that can be dished out in 18th-century Denmark.


The film reunites Mikkelsen with Arcel, who previously directed him in A Royal Affair. The actor stars as Ludvig Kahlen, the illegitimate son of a maid and a nobleman, who defied his low status to succeed in Denmark’s military. Though many had already tried and failed to realize the hopes of King Frederik V for the wild heath of Jutland to be tamed and cultivated, Kahlen believes he has the necessary mettle to triumph over the inhospitable soil, roving thieves, and many other obstacles. His most formidable enemy proves to be Frederik de Schinkel (Simon Bennebjerg), the landowner who knows that any progress on the heath will cost him his power. For all his stoic self-reliance, Kahlen soon realizes he can’t succeed without allies such as Ann Barbara (Amanda Collin), a worker who comes under his protection, and Edel Helene (Kristine Kujath Thorp), de Schinkel’s cousin and very reluctant betrothed.


Arcel equips it all with a sense of sweep and swagger that evokes a John Ford western. And with Mikkelsen’s robust yet nuanced performance being matched by the whole of the cast, The Promised Land boasts a vitality that’s all too uncommon in such handsomely mounted period fare.

NTL: Nye

NTL: Nye (12A Live)

Tuesday 23 Apr 20247:00pm

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.


Swan Lake ROH 2024

Swan Lake ROH 2024 (12A Live)

Wednesday 24 Apr 20247:15pm

Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.


Von Rothbart, arbiter of Odette's curse, tricks the Prince into declaring his love for the identical Odile and thus breaking his vow to Odette. Doomed to remain a swan forever, Odette has but one way to break the sorcerer's spell.


Out hunting, Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans. One among them transforms into the beautiful human Odette and he is immediately enamoured. But Odette is bound by a spell which keeps her captive as a swan during the day. Can Siegfried free her?


Tchaikovsky’s sensational score combines with the evocative imagination of choreographer Liam Scarlett and designer John Macfarlane to heighten the dramatic pathos of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov’s quintessential ballet classic. Opening in Spring and returning in Summer, Swan Lake remains to this day one of the best-loved works in the classical ballet canon.


Cast: TBC

Choreography: Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov

Music: Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Additional Choreography: Frederick Ashton


Back to Black

Back to Black (15)

Friday 26 Apr 20242:00pm7:30pm
Monday 29 Apr 20245:00pm7:30pm
Tuesday 30 Apr 20242:00pm7:30pm
Wednesday 1 May 20243:00pm
Thursday 2 May 20242:00pm (HoH Subtitled Screening)4:30pm

A celebration of the most iconic – and much missed – homegrown star of the 21st century, BACK TO BLACK tells the extraordinary tale of Amy Winehouse. Painting a vivid, vibrant picture of the Camden streets she called home and capturing the struggles of global fame, BACK TO BLACK honours Amy’s artistry, wit, and honesty, as well as trying to understand her demons. An unflinching look at the modern celebrity machine and a powerful tribute to a once-in-a-generation talent. Featuring many of Amy’s hit songs recorded and performed in the film by Marisa Abela, BACK TO BLACK is made with the full support of Universal Music Group and SONY Music Publishing.

Genesis Visible Touch Tour

Genesis Visible Touch Tour (12A Live)

Sunday 28 Apr 20247:30pm

GENESIS VISIBLE TOUCH : THE LONGS & SHORTS TOUR 2024 - LIVE ON STAGE


Genesis Visible Touch are the ultimate celebration of Phil Collins-era Genesis!


For their 2024 ‘Longs & Shorts’ tour, GVT are doing exactly that - playing a mixture of Genesis’ longer songs alongside some of their shorter ones, from hits to old classics.


Expect anything from “Follow You Follow Me” to “Dance On A Volcano” with some favourites both old and not so old for good measure!


“The best exponents of Collins-fronted Genesis I’ve seen”

(Nick Davis, Genesis’ producer)


“A ‘must see’ show!”  

(Dave Hutchins, Genesis’ engineer on The Lamb…)


“Genesis fan or not, go see them, you won’t be disappointed!”

(Cardiff Live)



Carmen ROH 2024

Carmen ROH 2024 (12A Live)

Wednesday 1 May 20246:45pm

Carmen declares that any man she loves should beware. However, even she is unprepared for what will happen when she decides to seduce Don José, an army corporal who initially appears uninterested in her charms. Don José soon abandons his sweetheart Micaëla and his army job for Carmen, and joins her and her smuggler friends in the mountains. But Carmen quickly wearies of Don José's possessiveness. When she turns her attentions to the dashing toreador Escamillo, Don José's jealousy erupts into violence.


Damiano Michieletto's sizzling new production evokes all the passion and heat of Bizet's score, which features Carmen’s sultry Habanera and the rousing Toreador song. Antonello Manacorda and Emmanuelle Villaume conduct an exciting international cast, with Aigul Akhmetshina and Vasilisa Berzhanskaya sharing the title role.


Cast: Aigul Akhmetshina, Piotr Beczala, Kostas Smoriginas, Blaise Malaba, Sarah Dufresne, Olga Kulchynska,  Gabrielė Kupšytė, Pierre Doyen, Vincent Ordonneau, Grisha Martirosyan

Conductor: Antonello Manacorda

Director: Damiano Michieletto


Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart (18)

Sunday 5 May 20246:00pm

David Lynch’s most Oz-inspired film, a road movie about lovers Lula and Sailor, who leave a trail of sex and carnage in their wake.


Sailor (Nicolas Cage) and Lula (Laura Dern) are passionately in love. The only issue is that Lula’s mother is set on sending a string of various gangsters and weirdos to take out Sailor and keep the lovers apart. The David Lynch film with the most The Wizard of Oz DNA, Wild at Heart is a hyper-violent, dizzying romantic love story and an essential big screen watch.


Contains scenes of strong violence and sexual threat, flashing images which may affect viewers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.


Screening as part of our y ear-long retrospective - Dreaming of Darkness: The Films of David Lynch

Decision to Leave

Decision to Leave (15)

Monday 6 May 20247:45pm (Closed)

Please note this film is being screened as part of the Woodbridge Film Society's 2023/2024 season and is therefore not open to the general public. You can read more about becoming a member here.


In this sublime, Hitchcockian noir thriller from Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden), a detective gets a little too close to the murder he’s trying to solve.


Busan Detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) is happily married, although work means spending too much time apart from his wife. When a climber’s body is found, suspicious photos on his phone lead to a murder investigation, and Hae-joon to the man’s young wife, Seo-rae (an entrancing Teng Wei) and a stakeout of her home. But even as her alibi clears her, Hae-joon finds himself unable to end his surveillance. Is this his detective’s instinct, or something more?


His questioning of Seo-rae at the police station reveals an evident chemistry between them, but it’s unclear whether she is genuine in her behaviour or cleverly manipulating the detective.


Director Park has crafted a mystery plotted with virtuoso aplomb – one breathless, twisting story-turn after another. Every shot is marked by its boldness and visual beauty, while the intricacy of the details on display harmonises with the ingeniously crafted plot. And at its centre are the mesmeric performances of Teng Wei and Park Hae-il.


Decision to Leave finds director Park working at the dizzying peak of his powers.


5 Star Review in The Observer


5 Star Review in the Financial Times

Battle of Britain & Talk

Battle of Britain & Talk (U)

Sunday 12 May 20246:00pm (Call Box Office)

We are delighted to be collaborating with Bawdsey Radar Trust for this special screening of the 1969 film THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN starring Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Susannah York, Christopher Plummer and Harry Andrews.


Most of you will know the story of the Battle of Britain when the gallant ‘few’ defended our shores in their Spitfires and Hurricanes. What is far less well known is that experimental developments carried out in Suffolk in the years leading up to the outbreak of war enabled this success. Using radio waves to detect the presence of aircraft was first demonstrated in 1935. As a result, a team of scientists and engineers were sent initially to Orfordness and then to Bawdsey Manor. This work, carried out in haste and in great secrecy, turned the idea into a chain of coastal radar stations ready and able to defend the country.


Before the showing of the film Graham Murchie, from Bawdsey Radar Trust, will describe the development of radar, the contribution of the team at Bawdsey Manor and explain how the system was used to direct the British fighters to intercept the incoming attacks.


A percentage of the ticket sales will go to the amazing work being done by the Bawdsey Radar Trust.


TICKETS ON SALE FROM 26TH FEBRUARY

Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing

Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing (U)

Sunday 19 May 20243:00pm

From the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam


Given complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, this is a major film about one of the world’s favourite artists.


This film provides viewers with the moving and inspiring experience of seeing Vincent’s iconic masterpieces close-up on the screen and presents new insights and interpretations by specially invited guests including V. Willem van Gogh great grandson of Theo van Gogh and contemporary artist Lachlan Goudie.


Vincent’s illuminating letters to his family and friends are brought to life by dramatisation which puts flesh on the bones of new biography. Recent research question the many myths surrounding Vincent’s troubled life.


We look closely at the life of a man who reminds us that, “Art is long and life is short.”


“A revolutionary ‘gallery’ experience” – Canberra Times


“Paintings shown in breath-taking detail” – Daily Mail


Screening to coincide with a major forthcoming exhibition at The National Gallery from September 2024

The Winter's Tale ROH 2024

The Winter's Tale ROH 2024 (12A Live)

Wednesday 22 May 20247:15pm

King Leontes is increasingly overpowered by unfounded jealousy, believing his pregnant wife Hermione to be having an affair with his childhood friend King Polixenes. Leontes's actions tear the two friends' families apart across generations. Hermione’s baby daughter is abandoned and Hermione is believed to have died of distress. But the baby Perdita is rescued by a shepherd, and grows up to fall in love with Florizel, son of Polixenes. The young couple is reunited with the remorseful Leontes, and Hermione is miraculously returned to life.


Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. It received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent and emotionally powerful storytelling through exquisite dance. With striking designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is widely considered a modern ballet classic


The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child, and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and the apparent miracle of a statue coming to life – the ending is uplifting as it brings forgiveness and reconciliation. The two lands between which the drama unfolds are vividly portrayed in movement, sound and image. The Sicilia of King Leontes grows in threatening coolness and darkness, while the Bohemia of King Polixenes is a pastoral idyll of lyricism and sun-saturated colour.


Cast: TBC

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Music: Joby Talbot


Talking About Trees

Talking About Trees (PG)

Sunday 26 May 20246:00pm

In Sudan, cinema is a thing of the past, but four directors and lifelong friends refuse to accept it. They learned their art abroad—one of them is jokingly referred to as the Sudanese Eisenstein by the others. With their Sudanese film club, the men struggle to keep their film culture alive. Much of their work has been lost, but a few excerpts are included in the documentary.


To introduce others to the magic of film, they decide to rent a dilapidated old open-air cinema for a big free screening. But how do you do this in a country where there are power cuts, you lack the equipment and infrastructure, and the call to prayer blares out from mosques on all sides? “How did we used to do it?” they wonder, laughing. Then they realize that there didn’t used to be a call to prayer. Sudan’s repressive and violent history remains in the background, but film is clearly still out of favor with the regime. Nevertheless, the men remain hopeful.


Screening as part of our year-long season - CINEMA ON SCREEN

Message in a Bottle ROH 2024

Message in a Bottle ROH 2024 (12A)

Thursday 30 May 20247:20pm

The peaceful village of Bebko is alive with joyous celebrations. Suddenly, under attack, everything changes forever. Three siblings, Leto, Mati and Tana, must embark on perilous journeys in order to survive.  


Message In A Bottle is a spectacular dance-theatre show from five-time Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince, inspired by and set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Walking On The Moon and more. With a mix of exhilarating dance styles, high-energy footwork and breath-taking athleticism, Message In A Bottle tells a unifying and uplifting story of humanity and hope.


Message In A Bottle is the latest masterpiece from the ground-breaking creator behind West End hits Some Like it Hip Hop, Into the Hoods, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (choreography) and SYLVIA (Old Vic), and features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.


Cast: TBC

Choreography: Kate Prince Music: based on the songs of Sting


Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me

Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me (18)

Sunday 2 Jun 20246:00pm

In the town of Twin Peaks, everybody has their secrets—but no one more than Laura Palmer. In this prequel to his groundbreaking 1990s television series, David Lynch resurrects the teenager found wrapped in plastic at the beginning of the show, following her through the last week of her life and teasing out the enigmas that surround her murder. Homecoming queen by day and drug-addicted thrill seeker by night, Laura leads a double life that pulls her deeper and deeper into horror as she pieces together the identity of the assailant who has been terrorizing her for years. Nightmarish in its vision of an innocent torn apart by unfathomable forces, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me is nevertheless one of Lynch’s most humane films, aching with compassion for its tortured heroine—a character as enthralling in life as she was in death.


Screening as part of our year-long retrospective - Dreaming of Darkness: The Films of David Lynch

Chile 76

Chile 76 (15)

Monday 3 Jun 20247:45pm (Closed)

Please note this film is being screened as part of the Woodbridge Film Society's 2023/2024 season and is therefore not open to the general public. You can read more about becoming a member here.


Manuela Martelli places the viewer in a historical moment fraught with anxiety: the early years of Augusto Pinochet’s regime in Chile. Her narrative presents Pinochet’s oppressive reign from the unusual and surprising perspective of Carmen (a superb Aline Küppenheim), an upper-middle-class woman whose life begins to unravel after local priest Father Sánchez (Hugo Medina) implores her to use her summer beach house, under renovation, to hide an injured young man (Nicolás Sepúlveda) whom she comes to suspect is a victim of political persecution. As Carmen descends into danger, she experiences a gradual moral awakening. Martelli’s film is a taut, evocative, and impressively assured depiction of the inescapable, ever-tightening noose of patriarchal, governmental dictatorship and how its effects gradually bleed into our everyday experiences.

My National Gallery

My National Gallery (PG)

Sunday 9 Jun 20243:00pm

The National Gallery of London is one of the world’s greatest art galleries. It is full of masterpieces, an endless resource of history, an endless source of stories. But whose stories are told? Which art has the most impact and on whom? The power of great art lies in its ability to communicate with anyone, no matter their art historical knowledge, their background, their beliefs.


This film gives voice to those who work at the gallery – from cleaner to curator, security guard to director – who identify the one artwork that means the most to them and why. An assortment of people from all walks of life who have a strong connection to the gallery make surprising choices of both well-known and lesser-known artworks. Finally, some well-known celebrities explain what they head for when they visit the gallery.


These stories are used as a lens through which to explore the 200-year history of the National Gallery and what the future may hold for this spectacular space.


Everyone in this film has a special connection to the National Gallery, making for some heart-warming, moving and surprising stories.


Beloved celebrities, devoted staff members and world class experts come together to paint a unique portrait of this iconic British institution for its 200th birthday.

Andrea Chenier ROH 2024

Andrea Chenier ROH 2024 (12A Live)

Tuesday 11 Jun 20247:15pm

The poet Andrea Chénier attends a party at the Countess di Coigny's mansion. He expresses outrage at the corruption in King Louis XVI's government and the poverty of many Frenchmen. This moves the Countess's daughter Maddalena, and inspires the footman and revolutionary-in-the-making Carlo Gérard to quit his servitude. Soon after, the French Revolution begins.


Five years on, Louis XVI has been executed, the Jacobin party are in power, and their leader Robespierre has imposed 'The Terror'. Gérard has become a leading Jacobin, but Chénier has fallen out of favour with the authorities and is in danger. He delays his flight from Paris to meet a mysterious woman who has written to him. She reveals herself to be Maddalena, and the pair quickly realize they are in love. However, Gérard also desires Maddalena. When Chénier is arrested by the authorities, Gérard realizes that he has the power to destroy the man who once inspired him. As his conscience is tested, so too is the love of Andrea and Maddalena.


At a glittering party in 18th-century Paris, the poet Andréa Chenier delivers an impassioned denunciation of Louis XVI. Five years later, the Revolution has given way to the Terror, transforming the power balance between Chénier, his beloved Maddalena, and Gérard, the man who could destroy him...


Jonas Kaufmann headlines David McVicar’s spectacular staging, under the baton of long-time collaborator Antonio Pappano – who conducts Giordano’s epic historical drama of revolution and forbidden love in his last production as Music Director of The Royal Opera.


Cast: Jonas Kaufmann, Sondra Radvanovsky, Amartuvshin Enkhbat

Conductor: Antonio Pappano

Director: David McVicar


Made in Dagenham

Made in Dagenham (12A Live)

Wednesday 19 Jun 20247:30pm (Closed)
Thursday 20 Jun 20247:30pm (Closed)
Friday 21 Jun 20247:30pm (Closed)
Saturday 22 Jun 20242:30pm (Closed)7:30pm (Closed)

The Riverside Musical Theatre Company are back on stage again in June with their next musical - Made in Dagenham, drawn from the real-life 1968 sewing machinists strike at the Ford factory in Dagenham, Essex, this strike was influential in the passing of the Equal Pay Act of 1970.


The leader of the strike, Rita O’Grady, encourages the women of the Ford factory to walk out after they are re-classified as unskilled workers, while their male counterparts see their wages increase.


After Rita is patronized and snubbed by the factory at a union meeting, the women’s grievances over their worker status turn into a fight for equal pay. Determined not to be treated like the poor relation, the women vote unanimously to strike (“Everybody Out”) and encourage the women at the Liverpool factory to strike also.


However, when the American bosses fly in and lay off 5,000 men as a result, including Rita’s husband Eddie, cracks begin to show in the women’s solidarity. Risking her marriage and her friendships, Rita continues with her efforts for equality and gives a rousing speech at a televised Trade Union Conference (“Stand Up”), leading to the passing of equal pay within the union.


As Eddie finally recognises his wife’s achievements, the women celebrate their life-changing success.


RMTC Creative team

Director and Choreographer - Sam De Vita

Musical Directors - Mike Wren and Jade Tournay-Godfrey

Producer - Mike Warden

Assistant Director - Rachel Lansdowne

Assistant Choreographer - Sarah Wheatley


Age guidance is 12+ and show runs for 2hr 30mins with interval


Made in Dagenham the Musical


Book by Richard Bean

Music by David Arnold

Lyrics by Richard Thomas                            

 

Based on the Woolley/Karlsen/Number 9 Motion Picture

 

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International

All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI

www.mtishows.co.uk


For this production we shall be supporting The Blossom Appeal


A Useful Life

A Useful Life (12A)

Sunday 30 Jun 20246:00pm

Jorge has been devoted to his job at the Cinemateca in Montevideo for 25 years, and his cosy rut is neatly documented in the first half of this concise film. He wanders through the film library, tests and repairs broken seats, introduces tardy guest filmmakers, and struggles to drum up scant business on a local radio show.


When drastic funding cuts threaten the closure of the institution, this professional crisis precipitates a charmingly mild personal revolution for Jorge. We observe him awkwardly negotiating life in the outside world with the subtle assistance of the many movie lives he’s experienced while effacing his own.


This wry, melancholic film is slyly observed by second-time director Federico Veiroj, and graced with superb black-and-white chiaroscuro and an inventive soundtrack that juxtaposes old movie music with the raucous clatter of projectors and the monastic silence of libraries and archives.


Screening as part of our year-long season - CINEMA ON SCREEN

The Eight Mountains

The Eight Mountains (12A)

Monday 1 Jul 20247:45pm (Closed)

Please note this film is being screened as part of the Woodbridge Film Society's 2023/2024 season and is therefore not open to the general public. You can read more about becoming a member here.


An epic journey of friendship and self-discovery, The Eight Mountains is a landmark cinematic experience as intimate as it is monumental, as deep as it is expansive. Adapting the award-winning novel by Paolo Cognetti, directors Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch (The Broken Circle Breakdown) portray through observant detail and stunning landscape photography the profound, complex relationship between Pietro (Luca Marinelli) and Bruno (Alessandro Borghi), who first meet as children when Pietro’s Milan family vacations in an isolated village at the base of the Alpine slopes. As they mature, Pietro becomes estranged from his business-minded father (Filippo Timi) even as Bruno—emotionally abandoned by his own father—takes up the role of surrogate son. Pietro’s father’s death reunites the two in realizing his dream of constructing a cabin on the Alps, and the project and subsequent explorations of the awe-inspiring mountain range bond Pietro and Bruno in a shared purpose. Yet despite their connection, the purity of nature and the demands of society both threaten to drive the men to pursue different, possibly irrevocably divergent paths on the vertiginous terrain of life.

The Impressionists

The Impressionists (PG)

Sunday 7 Jul 20243:00pm

Monet, Cezanne, Degas, Renoir: some of the world’s most popular artists. Their works, and that of their contemporaries, fetch tens of millions of dollars around the globe. But who were they really? Why & how exactly did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal?


To help answer these questions, this unique film secured unparalleled access to a major exhibition focussing on the man credited with inventing impressionism as we know it: 19th-century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel. This eagerly anticipated international exhibition is possibly the most comprehensive exploration of the Impressionists in history.


It was Durand-Ruel’s brave decision to exhibit the Impressionists in New York in 1886 that introduced enlightened wealthy Americans to this modern French painting. In doing so, he not only filled great American galleries with Impressionist masterworks but kept Impressionism alive at a time when it faced complete failure. This energetic and revealing film will tell his remarkable story along with that of the Impressionists themselves.


A pictorial movement that revolutionised the history of art celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2024

Lost Highway

Lost Highway (18)

Sunday 7 Jul 20246:00pm

After a pulsating Bowie song - accompanied by a moronic cruise down a (presumably lost) highway, there is a disconcerting 20 minute overture. Pullman as Fred Madison puts in a splendidly foul-stenched performance opposite a high voltage Arquette (playing his wife Renee) - clad in the best wig and super sexy clothes since Uma T. in Pulp Fiction.


Things go pear-shaped when each morning, mysterious videos are left outside their house, the contents of which become more disturbing each day. Pullman starts hallucinating witchlike images of his wife. He kills her but doesn't remember doing it, is imprisoned, dies and comes back as car mechanic Pete Dayton (Getty) who is working at a garage under the supervision of Arnie (Richard Pryor).


Meanwhile, Arquette returns as a blonde siren (called Alice Wakefield) who is stepping out with mob man Mr. Eddy (Robert Loggia). She has an affair with Dayton and in search of a fast buck tries to get him to commit murder. But will she double-cross and kill him? And so the dream becomes - as things are wont to do on Planet Lynch - a nightmare, signposted by the recurring presence of a Dracula-type Mystery Man (Robert Blake) who will try to destroy them all. There's also numerous other oddities including a cameo by visceral US rocker Marilyn Manson as a porn star. And much disturbance later, we're back for a laconic drive down the highway.


Confused? Oh well, go with it. Interested? You should be.


Screening as part of our year-long retrospective - Dreaming of Darkness: The Films of David Lynch


WARNING: THIS FILM CONTAINS FLASHING IMAGES THAT MAY CAUSE DISCOMFORT OR TRIGGER SEIZURES FOR PEOPLE WITH PHOTOSENSITIVE EPILEPSY.

Pictures of Ghosts

Pictures of Ghosts (15)

Sunday 28 Jul 20246:00pm

The classic movie palaces of central Recife are all but gone now. This film by Kleber Mendonça Filho is a love letter to cinema and this Brazilian city, which for the director are inextricably bound together. It was at cinemas such as Art Palácio, Trianon, and São Luiz that Mendonça Filho discovered the art form that would shape his life. Recife has changed dramatically, and Mendonça Filho has come to take stock of its cinematic ruins.


This seaside metropolis was the setting for the director’s earlier films Aquarius (2016) and Neighboring Sounds (2012). Now it is the springboard for an emotionally moving and playful essay about his parental home, the former movie houses in the city, genre cinema, and the Nazi ties that film distribution had there in the past.


The three chapters are suffused with a love of film. Mendonça Filho wanders through the apartment where he grew up, and visits a now-closed cinema. Archive footage recalls the golden era when stars like Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis visited Recife. The third chapter explores the relationship between film and religion: the Eldorado and Albatroz cinemas were, tellingly, converted into churches. We thus see the director creating a new, personal map of the city, through the lens of cinema.

The Straight Story

The Straight Story (U)

Sunday 4 Aug 20246:00pm

The Straight Story is a bedrock film in which Lynch inverts all his places, objects and characters by exposing all of them without exception towards the sun. Clearly, it is a film of contrast, capable of demonstrating that the “matter” of Lynch’s cinema, when solarized, can take on a classic and moving tone…


An elderly man wants to reach his brother to make peace with him but has only one way of getting there: taking a small tractor across half of America. The Straight Story recaptures, although in  a deconstructed version, the spirit of the classic road movie. Somehow, Lynch intends to suggest that The Straight Story is Wild at Heart turned upside down: Big Tuna is replaced with a hospitable and very human rural community, the most ferocious accidents are replaced with tragic conflicts of a benign nature, and man-on-man violence is healed through a journey and forgiveness. Now, there are two ways of interpreting The Straight Story: there are those who think that Lynch has not changed much and look for the film’s disturbing elements to prove that we are still dealing with a world that is more like a nightmare than a dream; and those who think Lynch is (too) conciliatory… Both seemingly feuding factions are wrong. The Straight Story is pure Lynch, but upside down. The film seems to be an easy win: use all of Lynch’s materials, expose them “to the sun”, shape them positively and tell the story of America… The Straight Story is a story of decency, dignity and honour in all its forms through a journey in stages (and a false start) that presents itself as “straight” like the direct and stubborn protagonist. The deviations do not impede the journey – unlike its antithesis Wild at Heart – on the contrary, they reinforce it. In fact, Alvin not only chose to make the journey, but he chose to do it slowly. Respectful of his age, the protagonist travels at eight kilometres an hour and takes the time he needs to walk across the slab of America that separates him from his sick brother. The road becomes the space of earning forgiveness.


Screening as part of our year-long retrospective - Dreaming of Darkness: The Films of David Lynch

Goodbye Dragon Inn

Goodbye Dragon Inn (12A)

Sunday 25 Aug 20246:00pm

Like the Royal Theater in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW and the title movie house in CINEMA PARADISO, the Fu-Ho is shutting down for good. A palace with seemingly mile-wide rows of red velvet seats, the Fu-Ho’s valedictory screening is King Hu’s 1967 wuxia epic DRAGON INN, playing to a motley smattering of spectators. The standard grievances persist — patrons snack noisily and remove their shoes, treating this temple of cinema like their living room — but as we watch the enveloping film deep into a pandemic, the sense that moviegoing as a communal experience is slipping away takes on a powerful and painful resonance.


Yet GOODBYE, DRAGON INN, released nearly two decades ago, is too multifaceted to collapse into a simple valentine to the age of pre-streaming cinephilia…. By the time the possibility arises that the cinema is haunted, we’ve already identified it as a space outside of time — indeed, two stars of Hu’s original opus, Miao Tien and Shih Chun, watch their younger selves with tears in their eyes, past and present commingling harmoniously and poignantly.


Screening as part of our year-long season - CINEMA ON SCREEN

Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive (15)

Sunday 1 Sep 20246:00pm

David Lynch’s distinctive take on the city of dreams is a compelling must see.


A love story in the city of dreams . . . Blonde Betty Elms (Naomi Watts) has only just arrived in Hollywood to become a movie star when she meets an enigmatic brunette with amnesia (Laura Harring). Meanwhile, as the two set off to solve the second woman’s identity, filmmaker Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux) runs into ominous trouble while casting his latest project. David Lynch’s seductive and scary vision of Los Angeles’s dream factory is one of the true masterpieces of the new millennium, a tale of love, jealousy, and revenge like no other.


"Mulholland Drive is pure cinema - a gorgeous, noir-narcotic loop of heartbreak in the "dream place" of Los Angeles." - Financial Times


Screening as part of our year-long retrospective - Dreaming of Darkness: The Films of David Lynch

Honey & The Bear - Live

Honey & The Bear - Live (12A Live)

Sunday 22 Sep 20247:30pm
Celebrating a decade of Honey & The Bear with selection of songs from across those years, three studio albums and earlier material.

Featuring special guests Evan Carson (Drums/Percussion) & Archie Churchill-Moss (Diatonic Button Accordion) and more...

Honey & the Bear were a tour de force on the UK Folk Festival circuit in 2023. The British folk and roots duo combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with emotive and evocative songwriting. With a diverse range of sounds and textures, and rhythms that flow from the fast and furious to gentle ballads, their live performances are spirited and dynamic. Conjuring stories in song, they tell tales of Suffolk folklore, courageous people they admire and their passion for nature which has been enchanting audiences up and down the country.

The multi-instrumentalist pair, comprised of songwriters Jon Hart (guitar, bass, bouzouki) and Lucy Hart (guitar, ukulele, bass, banjo, mandolin & percussion), are often joined on-stage by band guests Evan Carson (percussion) and Toby Shaer (Fiddle/Flutes/Whistles) who also feature on both Honey & The Bear studio albums. Together they have played at many revered venues and festivals across the UK as well as travelled across the channel for their first European tour. They supported Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys on two UK tours and opened for The Shires at world renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall. They returned to Snape Maltings under their own steam just two years later to perform a sold out show. Third album 'Away Beyond The Fret' was released 3rd November 2023.


The Movie Man

The Movie Man (12A)

Sunday 29 Sep 20246:00pm

THE MOVIE MAN  introduces us to colorful entrepreneur Keith Stata and his bizarre multiplex set deep in the forest of small-town Ontario, Canada. After 40 years in business, Keith is forced to confront his current limitations, dwindling health, and a global pandemic. The future of his quixotic cinema becomes more and more uncertain as the film unfolds.


Has the pandemic ended movies as we knew them? Is the collective experience of sitting in the cinema quickly fading away?


The film explores Highlands Cinemas and it’s importance to the town of Kinmount as a microcosm of the world facing COVID-19. What happens to a small town when it’s only allure is forced to close? Will 2022 be the last season at Highlands Cinemas?


Keith Stata opened Highlands Cinemas during the summer of 1979. What began as a single screen, transformed into a 5-screen multiplex showing first-run films over the course of it’s 40-year history. Changes in technology, dwindling ticket sales, a popcorn-eating bear, and his 50 cats all contribute to the chaos.


Despite his steadfast passion, we follow Keith as he is beaten down with issues and complications due to COVID-19. With no family and few friends to help, Keith is confronted with insurmountable challenges of keeping his unlikely cinema open for another season.


Screening as part of our year-long season - CINEMA ON SCREEN

Inland Empire

Inland Empire (15)

Sunday 6 Oct 20246:00pm

Inland Empire is to-date the last feature film by renowned director, David Lynch. One of his most challenging and provocative works, known for its complex, nonlinear narrative and dreamlike visuals, the film is an intense, ethereal experience made to be seen in cinemas.


The film follows the story of Nikki (Laura Dern) who lands a role in a new film directed by Kingsley (Jeremy Irons). As Nikki delves deeper into her character, she becomes entangled in a surreal and nightmarish web of reality and illusion. As the film within the film unfolds, Nikki finds herself facing a series of bizarre and inexplicable events that challenge her perception of what is real and what is imagined.


Lynch's trademark use of enigmatic symbolism and haunting imagery creates a sense of unease and throughout and demands multiple viewings to unravel its layers of meaning.


Screening as part of our year-long retrospective - Dreaming of Darkness: The Films of David Lynch

Splendor

Splendor (15)

Sunday 27 Oct 20246:00pm

The beauty of cinemas as a cultural hub and gathering place for the community is explored in this touching story set within the aisles of a cinema named Splendor and focusing on three main characters: Jordan, Luigi, and Chantal. Jordan, portrayed by the great Marcello Mastroianni, is an old projectionist who has dedicated his life to the cinema. Luigi, played by Massimo Troisi, is a man who inherits the old theatre and tries to keep it running despite facing financial difficulties and Chantal, portrayed by Marina Vlady, is the woman who both Jordan and Luigi love.


Echoes of Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso flow through the narrative as it presents themes of love, nostalgia, and the passage of time. It reflects on the magic and significance of cinema as a place where dreams and reality intertwine.


Receiving critical acclaim for its heartfelt storytelling and the remarkable performances of its cast, particularly Marcello Mastroianni and Massimo Troisi, Splendor remains a cherished gem among cinephiles and is indeed an ode to the golden age of cinema.


Screening as part of our year-long season - CINEMA ON SCREEN

Short Films of David Lynch

Short Films of David Lynch (12A)

Sunday 3 Nov 20246:00pm

Delve deeper into the labyrinthine psyche of surrealist nightmare-weaver David Lynch with these unsettling, hallucinatory shorts that reflect the origins and evolution of his singular style. Spanning the early experimental and painterly works that laid the foundation for his cult sensation ERASERHEAD through his darkly absurdist web animation series DUMBLAND, these films are replete with the sinister, uncanny imagery that could have emerged only from an artist so deeply in tune with his subconscious.


Six Men Getting Sick (1967): 1 minutes film projected on sculptured screen. The Alphabet (1968): 16mm 4 minutes The Grandmother (1970): 16mm 34 minutes The Amputee (1973): Video - 2 versions 5 minutes / 4 minutes The Cowboy And The Frenchmam (1988): 35mm 26 minutes Lumiere (1995): 35mm 55 seconds using original Lumiere Brothere's camera, Weather Report (2020) - 1min


Screening as part of our year-long retrospective - Dreaming of Darkness: The Films of David Lynch

Scala (2022) & Riverside Archive

Scala (2022) & Riverside Archive (12A)

Sunday 24 Nov 20246:00pm

First the chandelier is dismantled in the foyer, each string of lamps lowered to the floor one by one. The other retro light fittings come later, after the curtain that lines the walls of the auditorium has been pulled down and before the seats are unscrewed and carried out. As the director narrates in impassive voiceover, the Scala has recently ceased operations, the last of the three great cinemas built in Bangkok in the 1960s to close its doors to the public. Her father used to work at the already shuttered Siam, and she spent much of her childhood there, sleeping behind the projection room, her sheets of the same fabric as the curtains. Her recollections flow into those of who appear on camera, those whose lives are just as linked to such spaces as hers and who now strip it bare. As the space empties out ever further, it is perversely filled by something else: an almost unbearable sense of melancholy that infects director, staff and audience alike, at a life, at a culture, at a community that will soon disperse, even if its importance remains undimmed, here and elsewhere too. In the dark windows behind the palms, the only moving images are reflections of the glowing billboards.


Following SCALA (2022) we will be screening a selection of short films from the Riverside film archive covering various significant events that have happened at The Riverside over the last 40+ years.

David Lynch: The Art Life

David Lynch: The Art Life (15)

Sunday 1 Dec 20246:00pm

Speaking into a vintage microphone from his painting studio in the hills above Hollywood, Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through his youth. He talks about his childhood in small-town America, his family, the awkward teenage years, his anxieties and fears, and the people who helped him become who he is. Lynch recounts the influence his youth had on him as an artist and his subsequent move into filmmaking.


Combining home movies, stock footage, moody artworks and observations of him working on his paintings and sculptures, David Lynch: The Art Life, which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in 2016, is an immersive and compelling experience. He’s an entrancing storyteller who delivers fascinating anecdotes. And the soundtrack, as you’d expect, is deliciously strange, dark and beautiful.


Screening as part of our year-long retrospective - Dreaming of Darkness: The Films of David Lynch

Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso (12A)

Sunday 29 Dec 20246:00pm

A celebration of youth, friendship and the everlasting magic of the movies, Cinema Paradiso won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and is considered a classic of world cinema. Restored in 4K.


Giuseppe Tornatore’s loving homage to the cinema tells the story of Salvatore, a successful film director, returning home for the funeral of Alfredo, his old friend who was the projectionist at the local cinema throughout his childhood.


Soon memories of his first love affair with the beautiful Elena and all the highs and lows that shaped his life come flooding back, as Salvatore reconnects with the community he left 30 years earlier.


A homage to the inspirational power of the moving image, played out to a gorgeous score by the maestro Ennio Morricone..


Screening as part of our year-long season - CINEMA ON SCREEN