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The Odyssey
The Odyssey Cinema opened on the London Road in 2015 and is St Albans' only dedicated cinema. 

It was restored to its original glory by a combination of voluntary donation and investment.
 

What's on at the Odyssey


  • Wed 29 Jan - Little Women (U)

    1:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 15mins Though Louisa May Alcott’s 151-year-old novel has seen many great adaptations already, Greta Gerwig’s new take never feels redundant or old-fashioned. During the Civil War in New England, four sisters face adolescence, poverty, and fatherly absence together, each with different gifts and longings: vain Amy (Florence Pugh) paints and wants to enter high society, gentle Beth (Eliza Scanlen) plays the piano and wants to keep the family together, organised Meg (Emma Watson) wants security and tradition, and tomboy Jo (Saoirse Ronan) wants to write at any cost, while their charming neighbour Laurie (Timothée Chalamet) is caught in between. Eventually, the girls grow up and set these longings against the world, and each other. In depicting a beloved, much-seen world, Gerwig enriches the book without ever distorting it: the cosy nostalgia of family gathering is here, but so is the trenchant exploration of female prospects and limited opportunities. Skilled writing, immersive performances, and fine period detail all make the familiar story seem like a fully realised world, in a way that seems to flow from the novel rather than against it. Supplying both a warm, classic familiarity and a sharp, modern touch, Gerwig’s adaptation is ideal holiday fare. Find out more...

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  • 12:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 51min Put you paws together for what will undoubtedly be the most talked about film of the year. A purrfect cast of professional singers, ballet dancers, film actors and stage stalwarts have been assembled by Tom Hooper, the visionary director of Les Misérables and The King’s Speech, to bring to the screen the Broadway perennial: Cats. Idris Elba, Jason Derulo, Taylor Swift, Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Rebel Wilson and James Corden are among the clowder. The film’s an adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical, itself based on the 1939 poetry collection Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T S Eliot and tells the story of the Jellicle Ball, an annual event where one cat will be chosen by wise Old Deuteronomy to journey to the Heaviside Layer and there be reborn into a new life. A mixture of vivid lighting, scaled sets, and what has been termed ‘digital fur technology’ give the film a look unlike any other, a dazzling hallucinatory trip into a magical world. It includes such unforgettable songs as Mr Mistoffelees, Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats and Memory as well as a brand-new song written especially for the film by Webber and Swift. Find out more...

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  • Thu 30 Jan - Weathering With You (S) (12A)

    8:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 52mins We are proud to present a special, one night only screening of the latest animated feature from Makoto Shinkai and CoMix Wave Films. The first Anime submitted for the Best International Film Oscar in 20 years. When teenage student Hodaka runs away from home to start a new life in Tokyo, he finds himself living in isolation on the rain soaked streets of Shinjuku. After befriending an orphan girl named Hina, he discovers that she possesses a very special gift… the ability to summon the sun and stop the constant rainfall that plagues the area, but Hodaka soon learns that her power comes at a heart-breaking price. Directed by Makoto Shinkai and produced by Genki Kawamura, the creative team behind 2016’s global phenomenon Your Name. Weathering With You contains stunning, almost photorealistic scenery, combined with dazzling use of light and colour, refracted through the constant rain soaked streets of Tokyo. Winner of Best Animated Feature Film at the 13th Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Weathering With You is a treat for the senses and unmissable for both seasoned and new fans of the genre. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 22mins The saga ends… Episode IX brings to a close the legendary Skywalker story. But with a title that is such an open-ended question, how will things conclude for Rey, Kylo Ren, Luke Skywalker, and the rest of the galaxy? The trailers have offered no answers, instead ramping up the speculatory hype. Palpatine’s voice is heard in them — is he alive? A force ghost? How Carrie Fisher is due to posthumously appear leaves a huge question mark. And Princess Leia’s brother Luke appeared to become one with the force in The Last Jedi — will he play a role here? Billy Dee Williams also reprises the greatly loved Lando Calrissian — joining Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. Episode IX will be composer John Williams’ final Star Wars film, a man who has played such a huge part in the magic of this saga. A year after the events of The Last Jedi, the remnants of The Resistance regroup to face the dark might of The First Order. Meanwhile, the millenia-old conflict between the Jedi and the Sith, now centring around Kylo Ren and Rey, reaches its explosive end. Find out more...

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  • Sat 01 Feb - Knives Out (12A)

    7:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h 10mins The classic, old dark house whodunit is given a modern upgrade in Rian Johnson’s wickedly fun murder mystery. Crime novelist Harlan Thrombey has gathered a number of his close relatives to the family estate on his 85th birthday, unfortunately he is found dead after delivering some potentially bad news and every one of these so-called “self-made over achievers” is a suspect. Can the gentleman sleuth Benoit Blanc solve the case? Combining classic Agatha Christie stylings with delicious black humour, Knives Out features a tightly woven script and stand-out performances from an all-star cast, including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer and the long overdue return of Don Johnson (who is enjoying a career renaissance at the moment with his role in HBO’s Watchmen). Budding detectives will have the time of their lives negotiating the labyrinth of clues and red herrings, exploring the “real-life Cluedo board” setting and battling their way through the blackly comic social satire of a family at war with itself to uncover the mystery. So dust off your magnifying glass and don’t lose the plot. This one’s to die for! Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 52minWarning – no babies for 15 Cert. Keira Knightley and the director of Eye in the Sky bring a true, timely, and thrilling true story of national corruption and the dangers of exposing it. In 2003, government translator Katharine Gunn (Knightley) is frustrated at Britain’s slide towards war with Iraq, clearly seeing that it cannot be justified. A chance to act arrives when she receives an email from American espionage, asking for help from the UK in blackmailing diplomats into agreeing to the invasion. Furious at this international breach of ethics, she leaks the document to the press, leading to a mass outcry. Potential reprisals against her colleagues oblige Katharine to reveal her role in the whistleblowing, even as its cost to herself and her loved ones becomes clear. Knightley excels as a government pawn put under immense pressure for an act of defiance, displaying both the necessary courage and vulnerability without ever upending the film’s realism through grandstanding. Likewise, director Gavin Hood does not distort the facts with melodrama but allows the power of the real story to shine through: one that is exciting as any vintage political thriller, but, in a time of deception on a mass scale, also immensely relevant. Find out more...

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  • Fri 07 Feb - Jojo Rabbit (12A)

    5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h48m Taika Waititi broadens his distinctive cinematic worldview with a silly yet soulful coming-of-age story, set in Nazi Germany. Living alone with his mother (Scarlett Johansson), ten-year-old Jojo is eager to become a man and defend his country, even adopting Hitler as a manic imaginary friend and joining a Youth retreat to become a better soldier; but only gains mockery for refusing to kill a rabbit and scars for an overenthusiastic approach to explosives. An opportunity for redemption arrives when he discovers his quietly subversive mother’s secret: a teenaged Jewish girl hidden in the attic. Afraid to expose her directly, Jojo attempts to glean enemy secrets from her to show the authorities, but his blindly patriotic ambitions are weakened by emergent feelings for the girl and visions of a better way of life. Waititi paints the Nazis with his typically dry but absurd comic touch, getting copious black humour from their ridiculous rituals and ideals, but gradually reveals a greater seriousness, balancing the grim truth of the situation with a hard-won optimism about people. Against the threat of bad taste, Waititi presents a heartfelt story of love triumphing over fascism, by way of riotous comedy. Find out more...

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  • 11:30 AM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 43mins Three years after the events of the first film, Elsa starts to hear a strange sound from the north calling her. Together with her sister Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, they embark on a new journey beyond their homeland of Arendelle in order to discover the origin of Elsa’s magical powers and save their kingdom. Veteran voice cast Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad reprise their greatly loved roles from 2013’s Frozen, with new recruits including Sterling K. Brown, Evan Rachel Wood and Rachel Matthews. Those who loved the original will be delighted to hear the Academy Award-winning team Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are back at the director’s helm. Alongside them are Oscar-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez back with more catchy songs for you to belt out. It’s grown into a more emotionally mature story, continuing everything you love about the first movie and upping the ante while maintaining the intimacy of the original. Gorgeous animation, wonderful new characters and (FINALLY) a Kristoff song! Find out more...

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  • Sat 08 Feb - 1917 (15)

    8:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h48m Warning – no babies for 15 Cert. At the height of the First World War, two young soldiers are tasked with crossing the German lines to deliver a message that, if delivered in time, could prevent a bloody massacre of their British comrades. Director Sam Medes (American Beauty, Skyfall) has based this film on the fragment of a story he was told by his grandfather, World War I veteran and novelist Alfred Mendes. To achieve this mammoth task of a contemporary, immersive war film Mendes has enlisted an impressive cast of Mark Strong, Andrew Scott, Richard Madden, Claire Duburcq, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The two starring roles, however, are very much the biggest yet for George MacKay (Sunshine on Leith, Captain Fantastic), and Dean-Charles Chapman, best known as King Tommen in Game Of Thrones. Lance Corporal William Schofield (MacKay) and Lance Corporal Tom Blake (Chapman) must hand-deliver a message to the 2nd Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment. The Regiment is closing in on the German forces, who have feigned a retreat in order to ambush and destroy their British enemies. Roger Deakins’ cinematography makes 1917 a simply breathtaking experience. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h37m Warning – no babies for 15 Cert. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson are a wonderfully matched duo in Sofia Coppola’s masterwork in an alternative love story for this Valentine’s eve. Directing from her own script, Coppola leapt from the modest success of her debut, The Virgin Suicides, to this remarkably assured film of two strangers meeting in a strange land and finding sanctuary in their brief encounter. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) are two Americans in Tokyo. Bob is a movie star in town to shoot a whisky commercial, while Charlotte is a young woman tagging along with her workaholic photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi). Unable to sleep, Bob and Charlotte cross paths one night in the luxury hotel bar. This chance meeting soon becomes a surprising friendship. Charlotte and Bob venture through Tokyo, having often hilarious encounters with its citizens, and ultimately discover a new belief in life’s possibilities. The city itself becomes as much a character as Bob and Charlotte, with the jangling tumult of the streets and arcades and the constant buzz of neon creating a soundscape that is alien and mildly unnerving. A marvellous, exquisite movie. Don’t miss! Find out more...

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  • Fri 14 Feb - His Girl Friday (1940) (U)

    5:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h32m The Odyssey celebrates Valentine’s Day with the classic screwball battle of the sexes and one of Cary Grant’s greatest comedies. Unscrupulous news editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) is furious to learn that his star reporter and ex-wife Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) is quitting to become a housewife. As bait, Burns offers her the prime story of Earl Williams (John Qualen), a timid bookkeeper on the verge of execution by the corrupt authorities. Determined to resist Burns’ pull, Hildy still finds herself tempted by the chance to save a wrongfully convicted man from death, and riveted by the dubious, exhilarating thrills of both the newsroom and her ex-husband, just as said man is setting his criminal connections on her new husband and his mother. From the great stage comedy, The Front Page, director Howard Hawks and writer Charles Lederer spin a relentlessly brilliant farce, combining incendiary romantic chemistry with a tart, cynical take on love and the media, all through a sharp script played at high speed. Grant and Rosalind Russell express their love through a ruthless war of words, skewering each other with furious wit and elegance, and so creating a timelessly modern, unsentimental romance. Find out more...

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  • 9:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h55m “My bounty is as boundless as the sea.” This Valentine’s Day, don’t miss the original love story itself in Baz Lurhmann’s take on Shakespeare’s master-work that feels as vitally contemporary as ever. Starring as Romeo Montague is a 21-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio, back in his full ‘Leo’ heartthrob days, sporting that curtains hairstyle that was copied all around the world. And joining him is a 17-year-old, Claire Danes as Juliet Capulet, best known these days in her starring role as Carrie Mathison in the spy-thriller series Homeland. There are also appearances from Paul Rudd as Juliet’s fiancé and the mercurial Pete Postlethwaite as Father Laurence. Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge) puts his distinctly recognisable spin on Shakespeare’s play by transforming the Montagues and Capulets into warring mafia empires. In Verona Beach, California, the murderous war between the gangs of the Capulets and the Montagues descends into gunfights in the streets. But when Romeo Montague gatecrashes a Capulet party and falls upon Juliet, their instantaneous love for each other can only deepen their families feud. Find out more...

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  • Sat 15 Feb - Spies in Disguise (PG)

    12:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 42mins Will Smith is back as “the world’s most awesome spy”, that is until he’s transformed into a pigeon by Tom Holland, voicing a teenage genius/uber-nerd. How are they to stop the evil tech-terrorist Killian now? Indeed, the super-suave Will Smith stars as the even suaver Lance Sterling, a celebrity spy who protects the world from grave threats. That is until he becomes a stout-bodied bird. Tom Holland, meanwhile, is no stranger to an American accent after starring as Spiderman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Said American accent is lent to Walter Beckett, a socially anxious boy genius who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at 15. Much of Sterling’s spy-success is thanks to Beckett’s gadget inventions, although his ‘biodynamic concealment’/pigeon incident throws a feathery spanner into the works. The cast is rounded out by Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, and DJ Khaled. Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One, Captain Marvel) voices Killian, Lance Sterling’s arch enemy. He’s a powerful threat whose left arm is bionic and home to a vast array of lethal weaponry. An animated caper that is sure to appeal to spies of any age. Find out more...

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  • 4:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h13m Revisit Disney’s classic musical romance, Lady and the Tramp. Walt’s self-confessed ‘happiest film.’ Lady, a pampered Cocker Spaniel, lives a happy life in the suburbs until she finds herself pushed aside in her owner’s affections by the arrival of a new baby. Lady decides to run away with the charming but roguish Tramp as he shows her the excitement and freedom that can be found on the streets. However, danger lurks around the corner in the form of the evil dogcatcher. Can Lady and the Tramp avoid his evil grasp? Beautiful hand-drawn animation, memorable songs such as He’s A Tramp, Lu La Lu and The Siamese Song and a great score from the masterful Oliver Wallace (who also scored Cinderella, Dumbo and Pinocchio) combine to make this an unforgettable cinematic experience. A tale of love blossoming between an elegant society lady and a charming drifter from the wrong side of the tracks has become something of an archetypal romance that has influenced many an on-screen pairing (think Leia and Han in Star Wars, Hepburn and Bogey in The African Queen, Rose and Jack in Titanic, or indeed Disney’s own Aladdin). You’ll be howling for more! Find out more...

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  • Sat 15 Feb - Bombshell (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h49m Warning – no babies for 15 Cert. A powerful drama based on shocking real life events and told by the women who bravely brought down Roger Ailes, the Fox News CEO for sexual harassment. Depicted in the notoriously right wing Fox Headquarters Hollywood titan, Nicole Kidman portrays Gretchen Carlson, the senior anchor, whom after years of tolerating the openly misogynistic atmosphere, is the first to come forward against Ailes in the legal saga. Charlize Theron is Megyn Kelly, the famous news anchor and John Lithgow plays Ailes both of which are barely recognisable in heavy prosthetics. Margot Robbie is the young and ambitious producer Kaya Pospisil, a fictional character created to represent Ailes’ younger victims, also coerced and propositioned. Director Jay Roach (Trumbo) intercuts real life footage throughout and uses Kelly’s character to break the fourth wall as a reminder this is an uncomfortable reality for many women in the workplace still today. Written by Charles Randolph (The Big Short) the film sets aside politics but highlights the continual importance of the Me Too movement and is a trailblazer in reiterating Hollywood and the main stream media’s responsibility to bring light to these realities and question its own complicity. Not to miss! Find out more...

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  • 11:00 AM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h03m Three years after the events of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Spencer, Anthony, Martha and Bethany organise a players reunion but when Spencer fails to show up they find out that he has not only repaired the Jumanji game, he has once again been sucked into it. They quickly follow him into the game but they soon realise that the clock is ticking, the rules have changed and they have to brave scorching deserts, snow-capped mountains and dense perilous jungles in a race against time to find Spencer and find a way to escape. But the game has more than a few new tricks up its sleeve. The old gang return with Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black leading the way with (unwilling) recruits Danny Glover and Danny DeVito joining the adventure. With Director Jake Kasdan also back on board and new villain Rory McCann (Game of Thrones) as the diabolical Jurgen the Brutal, the stakes could never be higher and the excitement and fun are unrelenting. So sit back, strap yourself in and… Welcome back to the jungle! Find out more...

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  • Sun 16 Feb - NT: Present Laughter – Encore (PG)

    8:00 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h56m Matthew Warchus, Artistic Director at London’s Old Vic theatre since September 2015, directs Andrew Scott in Noel Coward’s classic 1939 comedy, Present Laughter. Forming part of our series of live recorded stage shows from the National Theatre, Coward’s play takes its name from a line in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night: ‘Present mirth hath present laughter’ which could be paraphrased as ‘enjoy yourself whilst you can because things might not be so rosy later. Which is a surprisingly prescient choice of name considering the play’s release had to be delayed by three years due to the outbreak of WWII. Scott (thanks to Fleabag’s global success, now universally known as ‘Hot Priest’) stars as vainglorious actor Garry Essendine as he prepares for a tour of Africa. He must resist the advances of arduous young admirers (Enzo Cilenti) whilst placating his estranged wife (Indira Varma) and long-suffering secretary (Sophie Thompson) in a series of farcically escalating events that ultimately represents a timely depiction of the hollow nature of fame. Scott is in good company in his portrayal of Essendine, a role that has previously been tackled by such theatrical luminaries as Simon Callow, Ian McKellen and Noel Coward Himself. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h59m There have been many film adaptations of Charles Dickens’ eighth novel, dating as far back as 1913, but arguably none are as deliriously entertaining as Armando Iannucci’s star-studded offering. Following the story of young David, from his being orphaned at a young age, through the harsh early stages of his youth to his growing fortunes as a journalist, the film details our hero’s journey from rags to riches . . . and back again. Iannucci’s film is almost Gilliam-esque in its love of the absurdity of its characters, from Tilda Swinton’s nutty Aunt Betsey, to Peter Capaldi’s ever optimistic Mr Micawber, to Ben Wishaw’s greasy performance as Uriah Heep. But it is Dev Patel, as the loveable titular character who forms the heart of the film. Many elements of the novel follow events in Dickens’s own life, including his time spent working in a shoe factory and his later writing career, and it might be for this reason that it was Dickens’ favourite among his own stories. In the preface to the 1867 edition, Dickens wrote, "like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield." Find out more...

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  • Fri 21 Feb - Uncut Gems (15)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h15m Warning – no babies for 15 Cert. Adam Sandler departs from his usual comedic ‘man-child’ role to play a New York, small-time jeweller and gambling addict, Howard Ratner, in this adrenaline-fuelled high crime thriller. Howard is a proud hustler who attempts to pay down his huge gambling debts by, of course, placing increasingly risky bets. Unpredictably erratic yet charismatic, he struggles to run from the loan sharks amidst New York’s Diamond District and finds himself dabbling dangerously in the basketball world in pursuit for the ultimate win. A stellar yet unlikely cast ranging from LaKeith Stanfield (Sorry to Bother You, Get Out), singer The Weeknd, who makes his acting debut as a night club singer, and the basketball great, Kevin Garnett who stars as himself. Written and directed by the independent filmmaker duo, The Safdie Brothers (Good Time starring Robert Pattinson), notorious for their uniquely fast-paced and intensely close up cinematography style and produced by A24 (Ladybird, Moonlight, The Lobster). Uncut Gems is set to become the indie production companies biggest hit overtaking 2018’s Hereditary. The film has put these hidden gems of filmmakers on the Hollywood map to become names you won’t want to forget. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 2h16m Warning – no babies for 18 Cert. ***Please note this film is rated 18 – ID may be required*** Visionary filmmaker Jennifer Kent makes her long-awaited return after 2014’s ground-breaking The Babadook with this historical revenge thriller. In 1825, a 21-year-old convict Clare (Aisling Francoisi) has served her 7-year sentence and is desperate to free herself from her controlling master, Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Clafin) who refuses to relinquish his control of her. When Clare’s husband retaliates, she is subjected to a harrowing ordeal at the hands of Hawkins’ men. After the British authorities fail her, she is forced to enlist the help of Aboriginal tracker, Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) to guide her through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness in search of Hawkins on a mission of revenge. With the notorious Black War raging in the background, they have to learn to trust each other whilst confronting their personal prejudice and trauma to discover the true price of violence and retribution. Winner of the special jury prize at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, The Nightingale is an uncompromising thriller and a deeply emotional exploration of personal displacement from one of the most important directors working in cinema today. Find out more...

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  • Tue 25 Feb - The 400 Blows (1959)(S) (+intro) (PG)

    7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h40m Part of the ‘A Cinematic Odyssey: Postcards from Europe’ strand. The Odyssey reintroduces another landmark of European cinema, François Truffaut’s ever-fresh coming-of-age story that launched the French New Wave. In 1950s Paris, Antoine Doinel is a young boy who struggles in class but adores literature, who is alienated by his parents and teachers and can only find happiness through petty rebellion. With few opportunities or friends, he flees his school and family to roam the city, finding what joy in his mundane, difficult life. As a young film critic seeking to revitalise French cinema, Truffaut drew on his own tumultuous youth as an unfortunate delinquent, rescued by a love for cinema. In doing so, he created a looser, more adventurous style of filmmaking, freeing the camera from static setups and the script from tidy moralising. With this, Truffaut vividly realises the many moods of growing up, in both its mundane, regular defeats and beautiful, exhilarating victories. His camera, and Jean-Pierre Léaud’s raw, subtle lead performance, create an emotional intimacy with Doinel that makes his childhood feel as immediate and momentous as our own. *The film will be introduced by Dr Paul Sutton, who will stay for the end of the film for a post- screening discussion in the auditorium. Find out more...

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  • 7:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h53m Warning – no babies for 18 Cert. ***Please note this film is rated 18 – ID may be required*** Drugs, guns and geezers — that’s right, it’s the next film from Snatch and Sherlock Holmes director, Guy Ritchie. Fresh from helming Disney’s live adaptation of Aladdin last year, rumours proved true that Ritchie was working on another gangster flick in the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels mould. And as usual, he’s bolstered by an ensemble cast, with the main A-list weight coming from Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Pearson, an American who moved to London and subsequently built an underground marijuana empire. There’s also Hugh Grant, who’s spent a lot of his screen time as a posh and charming cad, so it’s interesting to see him with a cockney accent and Jonathan Ross-esque speech impediment. Also, Colin Farell as a boxing coach with criminal inclinations (a very Ritchie-esque character), joined by Henry Golding, Charlie Hunnam and Michelle Dockery. As news spreads that Mickey Pearson, the American head of a huge marijuana business in London, is looking to cash out of his empire, an intricate web of plots and schemes are set in motion by London’s criminal underbelly, looking to make Mickey’s fortune their own. Ritchie has made an entertaining return to his mockney roots. Find out more...

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  • Sat 29 Feb - EVENT: The Company of Wolves (18)

    6:30 PM

    Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins Film run time: 1h 33mEvent run time: +1h In the Company of Wolves: Werewolves, Wolves, and Wild Children, Sam George and Bill Hughes (Manchester University Press, 2020) – Book Launch & Neil Jordan’s The Company of Wolves (1984) – Film Screening This February you are invited to enjoy a screening of the 80s classic, The Company of Wolves in honour of the Werewolf genre. This screening will be followed by a presentation from Sam George and Bill Hughes, discussing their new book In the Company of Wolves in partnership with Manchester University Press. About the film The Company of Wolves is a British gothic fantasy horror directed by Neil Jordan and starring Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, Stephen Rea and David Warner. It was written by Angela Carter and Neil Jordan. The film is based on the werewolf story of the same name in Angela Carter’s classic feminist retelling of favourite fairy tales interwoven by a master of the seductive, luminous short story collection The Bloody Chamber. About the book Connecting together innovative research from a variety of perspectives on the cultural significance of wolves, wild children and werewolves as portrayed in different media and genres. Beginning with the wolf itself as it has been interpreted as a cultural symbol and how it figures in contemporary debates about wilderness and nature. It considers eighteenth-century debates about wild children ¬- often thought to have been raised by wolves and other animals – and their role in key questions about the origins of language and society. The collection continues with essays on werewolves and other shapeshifters as depicted in folk tales, literature, film and TV, concluding with the transition from animal to human in contemporary art, poetry and fashion. Copies of the book will be available to purchase on the night. “Never stray from the path, never eat a windfall apple and never trust a man whose eyebrows meet in the middle.” Please note this film is rated 18 – ID may be required. Find out more...

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