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49th Season

2015-2026 Programme



20th September    BOYHOOD - USA 2014 165 mins

Director: Richard Linklater  With: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. Boyhood charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay's Yellow to Arcade Fire's Deep Blue. Boyhood is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting.

"One of the great films of the decade" Peter Bradshaw The Guardian



4th October    BEFORE THE WINTER CHILL Avant l'hiver -  France / Luxembourg 2013  103 min (French with English subtitles)

Director: Philippe Claudel  With: Daniel Auteuil, Kristin Scott Thomas, Leïla Bekhti

Philippe Claudel and Kristin Scott-Thomas reunite in this subtle story of a man in the autumn of his life, torn between a loving wife and his dangerous attraction for a troubled, mysterious young woman.

"An affecting midlife mood piece." Liz Beardsworth Empire Magazine



8th November HALIFAX PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE - UK  2012 140mins (in two parts)

Presented by Pathways Productions

This film captures the rich history of Halifax from early medieval times to the present day. Starting with the beautiful Minster the film focuses on unique buildings such as the Piece Hall and Square Chapel. Its heyday was the nineteenth century with such treasures as the Market Hall, the Victoria Hall and the majestic Town Hall.

Pathways are a film production company based in Calderdale



15th November OMAR - Palestine 2013  96 mins   (Arabic / Hebrew with English subtitles)

Director: Hanny Abu-Assad  With: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Eyad Hourani

Omar (Adam Bakri) is a Palestinian baker who routinely climbs over the separation wall to meet up with his girl Nadja (Leem Lubany). Arrested after the killing of an Israeli soldier and tricked into an admission of guilt by association, he agrees to work as an informant. So begins a dangerous game.

"This is political cinema at its best; intelligent, thought-provoking and utterly absorbing. Bakri is a star in the making and delivers an electrifying performance." Lucy Popescu CineVue



29th November TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT Deux jours, une nuit - Belgium / France / Italy 2014 95 min  (French with English subtitles) 

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne  With: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée

Sandra, a young Belgian mother, discovers that her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus, in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their bonuses so that she can keep her job.

"Cotillard is magnificent, her luminous eyes reflecting a soul in crisis. The Dardenne brothers have created a film for its time, bristling with peril and alive to every flicker of human decency." Peter Travers Rolling Stone



13th December  PRIDE - UK / France 2014 119 min

Director: Matthew Warchus   With: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West

In 1984 20 year old closet gay Joe hesitantly arrives in London from Bromley for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at flamboyant Jonathan and his Welsh partner Gethin's Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to her pit closures and Northern Irish activist Mark Ashton believes gays and miners should show solidarity.

"In its total inspirational sweep, it earns comparison to the movement it chronicles - as an organized, well-calculated piece of political theatre." Joe McGovern Entertainment Weekly



17th January  IDA - Poland / Denmark / France / UK 82 min (Polish with English subtitles)

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski   With: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik

Poland, 1962. Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in the convent, is a novice. She has to see Wanda, the only living relative, before she takes her vows. Wanda tells Anna about her Jewish roots. Both women start a journey not only to find their family's tragic story, but to see who they really are and where they belong. They question what they used to believe in.

"There is not a frame in this austere spiritual journey that isn't a thing of heartfelt beauty." Wendy Ide The Times



31st January STILL LIFE - UK /Italy 2013 92 min

Director: Uberto Pasolini  With: Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Karen Drury

Still Life is a poignant, quixotic tale of life, love and the afterlife. Meticulous and organized to the point of obsession, John May (Eddie Marsan) is a council worker charged with finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. When his department is downsized, John must up his efforts on his final case, taking him on a liberating journey that allows him to start living life at last.

"Beautifully crafted and exquisitely observed with an outstanding performance from Eddie Marsan in the lead.Empire Magazine



7th February X+Y - UK 2014 111 min

Director: Morgan Matthew   With: Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall, Sally Hawkins, Eddie Marsan

In a world difficult to comprehend, Nathan struggles to connect with those around him - most of all his loving mother - but finds comfort in numbers. When Nathan is taken under the wing of unconventional and anarchic teacher, Mr. Humphreys, the pair forge an unusual friendship and Nathan's talents win him a place on the UK team at the International Mathematics Olympiad. From suburban England to bustling Taipei and back again, this original and heart-warming film tracks the funny and complex relationships that Nathan builds, as he is confronted by the irrational nature of love.

"With A+ acting, a solid script and sensitive handling, there's enough here to move even the hardest of souls."  James Mottram Total Film



28th February  WHAT WE DID ON OUR HOLIDAY  - UK 2014 95 min

Directors: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin   With: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly

Rosamund Pike, David Tennant and Billy Connolly star in this hilarious and up-lifting comedy for the whole family. Doug and Abi take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability.

"Very impressive and likable stuff." Peter Bradshaw The Guardian



13th March  CATCH ME DADDY - UK 2015 112 min

Director: Daniel Wolfe   With: Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, Connor McCarron, Gary Lewis

A girl in her late teens has run away from her family with her drifter boyfriend. Holed up together in a Yorkshire town on the edge of the moors, they live a hand-to-mouth existence. Aaron is AWOL from the army, while Laila knows her family won't let her run without a fight. Two carloads of bounty hunters roll into town asking questions and flashing a photo of Laila. Hardmen hired by the girl's father with her brother in tow. Filmed in Calderdale, including at Halifax nightclub The Acapulco .

"Catch Me Daddy , it is really worth watching , It is, I think, a very fine and important film." Mark Kermode BBC News Film Review


(NOTE: We will be holding our AGM at 7:00pm before this film)


20th March WILD TALES Relatos salvajes  - Argentina / Spain 2014 122 mins  (Spanish with English subtitles)  

Director: Damián Szifrón    With: Darío Grandinetti, María Marull, Mónica Villa

Inequality, injustice and the demands of the world we live in cause stress and depression for many people. Some of them, however, explode. This is a film about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization and barbarism. A lover's betrayal, a return to the repressed past and the violence woven into everyday encounters drive the characters to madness as they cede to the undeniable pleasure of losing control.

"Wild Tales is a riotously entertaining collection of short stories linked by a common theme: people losing their self-control and self-respect." Wendy Ide The Times


Neil McDonald,
8 Jul 2015, 07:18