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Autumn 2018 season

Tuesday 11 September at 8.30pm
A Quiet Place    USA 2018  |  90 mins  |  15
In a post-apocalyptic world where mysterious creatures hunt humans by reacting to sound, a family of four are forced to live their lives in silence, aware that even the slightest noise could bring about their demise. Directed and co-written by actor John Krasinski, who also co-stars with his real-life wife Emily Blunt, A Quiet Place is one of the most acclaimed and unrelentingly tense horror-thrillers of recent years, one that places the audience firmly in the family's shoes and reminds us how rarely we actually experience true silence.

Tuesday 18 September at 8.30pm
Studio 54    USA 2018  |  98 mins  |  15
Studio 54 was widely regarded as the epicentre of 70s hedonism, a location that not only redefined the concept of the nightclub but also became a symbol of its era. It was jointly owned by two close friends from Brooklyn, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell, and seemed to appear from nowhere and quickly grew to preside over a new kind of New York society. 39 years later, this fascinating documentary feature by filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer tells the true story of one of the most famous and celebrated venues of its day.

Tuesday 25 September at 8.30pm
A Ciambra    Italy / Brazil / Germany / France / Sweden / USA 2017  |  118 mins  |  15

In the small Romani community in Calabria known as the Ciambra, 14-year-old Pio Amato is keen to grow up fast and is one of the only people able to work for all of the local criminal factions. When his brother Cosimo disappears and his own status within gangland falters, Pio sets out to prove he is ready to step into his big brother's shoes. Made with the assistance of the local community, A Ciambra takes us into a world rarely seen on screen, and does so with a rare degree of emotional intensity and cinematic energy.


Tuesday 2 October at 8.30pm
Gholam     UK/Iran 2017  |  94 mins  |  15
In modern-day London, taciturn Iranian exile Gholam works as a mechanic by day and a minicab driver at night. One day he is approached by a former army colleague looking to involve him in a mysterious assignment that would take him back to Tehran, but Gholam has already found a cause that would make use of his of his former skills. The debut feature from award-winning British-Iranian photographer Mitra Tabrizian, Gholam is a gritty and haunting look at life for a lonely immigrant in London, and boasts a mesmerising central performance from Shahab Hosseini.

Tuesday 9 October at 8.30pm
Vagabond    France 1985   |  105 mins  |   15
When the body of a drifter is found frozen in a ditch, the circumstances that led to her being there are revealed, and a portrait of a defiant young woman and the people she encountered on her journey to this final moment unfolds. Vagabond is a key work from widely celebrated French nouvelle vague director Agnès Varda, one for which lead player Sandrine Bonnaire won a Best Actress César award and which has recently been restored and re-released for the appreciation of a new generation of film devotees.

Tuesday 16 October at 8.30pm
The Endless     USA 2017  |  101 mins  |  15
Two brothers who were once members of a UFO death cult receive a video cassette that contains an eerie but enticing invitation to attend an event called the Ascension. They apprehensively accept, and soon find themselves drawn into a vortex of bizarre rituals and sinister supernatural secrets that threaten to tear the fabric of reality asunder. The latest work from acclaimed filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead – who also play the lead roles – is a mind-bending but riveting melding of science fiction and cosmic horror.

Tuesday 23 October at 8.30pm
The Eyes of Orson Welles    UK 2018  |  115 mins  |  12
Granted exclusive access to celebrated actor and director Orson Welles' private drawings and paintings, filmmaker Mark Cousins has created a unique portrait of the artist as seen through his own eyes. Executive produced by Michael Moore, the critically acclaimed documentary feature The Eyes of Orson Welles is a fascinating and revealing work that brings to life the passions and politics of this brilliant 20th-century showman, and explores how his genius still resonates more than 30 years after his death.

Tuesday 30 October at 8.30pm
Tehran Taboo    Germany / Austria 2017  |  96 mins  
In modern-day Tehran, the lives of three women, a male musician and the sometimes desperate measures they are forced to take to make a living under Iran's repressive and fiercely strict religious laws, are explored in unflinching detail. Created using a blend of rotoscoped, hand-drawn and computer animation by Iranian born filmmaker Ali Soozandeh, Tehran Taboo is a powerful and movingly realised work with some decidedly adult content, and it is thus not suitable for younger viewers.

Tuesday 6 November at 8.30pm
Kissing Candice     Ireland / UK 2017  |  108 mins  |  15
17-year-old Candice lives in a small seaside town on the Irish border and intermittently escapes the boredom of her life through vivid dreams that are triggered by epileptic fits. When in the dream world, she is romanced by a good-looking but mysterious boy, and when she discovers that he exists in the real world, her fascination with him inadvertently places her in potential danger. The debut feature from Northern Irish music video director Aoife McArdle is an unconventional love story driven along by its ravishing visuals and atmospheric sound design.

Tuesday 13 November at 8.30pm
Apostasy     UK 2017  |  95 mins  |  PG
Middle-aged Ivanna lives in the North of England with her two daughters, teenage Luisa and the younger Alex. All three are devout Jehovah's Witnesses, but when Luisa becomes pregnant by a boy outside of the faith, she faces possible excommunication, and Ivanna determines that her sister will not follow the same path. The widely acclaimed debut feature from Daniel Kokotajlo, who himself was raised a Jehovah's Witness, Apostasy is a compelling and deeply insightful exploration of how a family can be potentially torn apart by the faith that theoretically binds it.

Tuesday 20 November at 8.30pm
The Miseducation of Cameron Post     USA 2018  |  91 mins  |  15
When teenage Cameron Post is caught in an intimate moment with a female classmate, she is promptly shipped off to a religious 'conversion camp' by her outraged aunt so that she can theoretically “pray the gay away.” Adapted from the novel by Emily M. Danforth, the second feature from director Desiree Akhavan fashions a finely judged and winningly performed LGBTQ-themed coming-of-age drama, one whose underlying themes of sexual identity, repression and friendship have a universal appeal.

Tuesday 27 November at 8.30pm
Arcadia     UK 2017  |  78 mins  |  12A
With Arcadia, BAFTA Award-winning director Paul Wright draws on over 100 years of Britain on film to explore our complex connection to the land we live in. The film takes the viewer on a sensory journey through the seasons, exploring the beauty, brutality, magic and madness of our changing relationship with both the land and each other. Arcadia incorporates footage from around 100 films and TV programmes and is set to a mesmerising new score by Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp).

Tuesday 4 December at 8.30pm
Lucky     USA 2017  |  88 mins  |  15
World War 2 veteran and resolute atheist Lucky lives alone in a small desert town. Over the course of several days, the film observes his daily routine, his interaction with others and his gradual realisation that he may not be that long for this world. Starring the late, great Harry Dean Stanton in his final film role and directed with a warm eye for detail by actor John Carroll Lynch, Lucky is a beautifully observed character study featuring terrific performances from Stanton and a strong supporting cast that includes Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr., Tom Skerritt, James Darren and frequent Stanton collaborator David Lynch.

Tuesday 11 December at 8.30pm
Betty: They Say I’m Different     UK / France 2017  |  54 mins 
Singer-songwriter Betty Davis made a name for herself as a funk pioneer, and is remembered as much for her strong personality and eye-catching costumes as she is for her music. In 1968 she married celebrated jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, then in the late 70s she unexpectedly vanished from the music scene. Having spent four years getting to know Davis and earn her trust, London-based filmmaker Phil Cox was entrusted to direct this documentary on her life and career. The result is a fascinating and inventive work whose creative approach is a suitable reflection of Davis's colourful life.