47th SEASON All shows start at 7:30pm except the Halloween Double Bill which starts at 7:00pm     (Find us on Facebook)
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6th October

UNTOUCHABLE Intouchables  France 2011 112 mins cert. 15
Directors: Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano With: François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny
In Paris, the aristocratic Philippe is a quadriplegic millionaire who is interviewing candidates for the position of his carer, with his sexy red-haired secretary Magalie. Out of the blue, rude African Driss applies for the position and gets the job! Life will never be the same again... Funny and thought-provoking and the most successful French film ever.
It's as slick as an oil spill, as sugary as an eclair, and many moviegoers will find it irresistible.”  Phillip French The Observer


20th October

HALLOWEEN DOUBLE BILL (Special Event) - Starts 7:00pm
SIGHTSEERS UK 2012 88 mins. Cert. 15
Director: Ben Wheatley  With: Alice Lowe, Eileen Davies, Steve Oram
Chris wants to show Tina his world and he wants to do it his way - on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved Abbey Oxford Caravan. Tina's led a sheltered life and there are things that Chris needs her to see - the Crich Tramway Museum, the Ribblehead Viaduct, the Keswick Pencil Museum and the rolling countryside that accompanies these wonders in his life. But it doesn't take long for the dream to fade. Litterbugs, noisy teenagers and pre-booked caravan sites, not to mention Tina's meddling mother, soon conspire to shatter Chris's dreams and send him, and anyone who rubs him up the wrong way, over a very jagged edge...
Public warning - do not drop litter at Halifax Playhouse!
Bold and blisteringly funny”  Total Film - “Just see itEvening Standard



BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO  UK 2012 92 mins. cert. 15
Director:  Peter Strickland  With: Toby Jones, Susanna Cappellaro, Antonio Mancino
1976. A mild-mannered British sound engineer named Gilderoy (Toby Jones) arrives in Rome to work on the post-synchronized soundtrack to The Equestrian Vortex, a tale of witchcraft and murder set inside an all-girl riding academy. But as Gilderoy begins to work on this unexpectedly terrifying project, it's his own mind that holds the real horrors. As the line between film and reality blurs, is Gilderoy working on a film - or in one?
Utterly distinctive and all but unclassifiable, a musique concrète nightmare, a psycho-metaphysical implosion of anxiety, with strange-tasting traces of black comedy and movie-buff riffs. It is seriously weird and seriously good.” 
Philip French The Guardian


17th November

LORE Germany/Australia/UK 2012 109 mins. Cert. 15
Director: Cate Shortland  With:  Saskia Rosendahl, Nele Trebs, Ursina Lardi 
After her Nazi parents are imprisoned, Lore leads her younger siblings across a war-torn Germany in 1945. Amidst the chaos, she encounters mysterious Jewish refugee Thomas, who shatters her fragile reality with hatred and desire. To live, she must trust someone she was taught to hate and face the darkness within herself. 
This is an outstanding piece of work.” Anthony Quinn The Independent


24th November

THE HUNT Jagten Denmark 2012 115 mins. Cert. 15
Director: Thomas Vinterberg  With:  Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp 
Mads Mikkelsen plays Lucas, a highly-regarded school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered. An untruthful remark throws the small community into a collective state of hysteria. The lie is spreading and Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.
 “What a knotty, frighteningly real drama 'The Hunt' is.” Cath Clarke Time Out


15th December

ABOUT ELLY Darbareye Elly Iran/France 2009 119 mins. Cert 15
Director: Asghar Farhadi   With:  Golshifteh Farahani, Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidoosti  
A group of Iranian friends take a short holiday to the shore of the Caspian Sea. Elly, the teacher of one of their daughters, comes along to meet a teacher who's visiting Iran from Germany. Things turn sour, however, when Elly goes missing.
Superbly acted, morally challenging, packed with legitimate suspense, this is film-making of a high order.
Phillip French The Observer



26th January

THE SAPPHIRES Australia 2012 103 mins. Cert. PG
Director: Wayne Blair   With:  Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy   
1968 was the year that changed the world. And for four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote mission this is the year that would change their lives forever. The sisters, Cynthia, Gail, Julie and Kay are discovered by Dave, a talent scout with a kind heart, very little rhythm but a great knowledge of soul music. Billed as Australia's answer to 'The Supremes', Dave secures the sisters their first true gig, and flies them to Vietnam to sing for the American troops - based on a true story.
A real gem of a movie: ...Chris O'Dowd's film about Sixties soul singers will make your heart sing.
Chris Tookey Daily Mail


2nd February

NO  Chile/USA/France/Mexico  2012 118 mins. Cert. 15
Director: Pablo Larraín With:  Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Luis Gnecco   
Military dictator Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum to decide his permanence in power in 1988, the leaders of the opposition persuade a young daring advertising executive - René Saavedra - to head their campaign. With limited resources and under the constant scrutiny of the despot's watchmen, Saavedra and his team conceive of a bold plan to win the election and free their country from oppression.
Pablo Larraín's film about Chilean democracy is simple and direct, heartfelt and involving
Peter Bradshaw The Guardian


16th February

CAESAR MUST DIE Cesare Deve Morire  Italy 2012 76 mins. Cert 12A
Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani  With: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano, Giovanni Arcuri    
In Rebibbia Prison in Italy, its inmate theatre program puts on a well received production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The film goes back several months earlier as the coordinators announces the play as the program's production of the year. With that project set, we see its creation as the cast is auditioned and selected for this artistic challenge. As they rehearse, the prisoners, many of whom are long termers and lifers for serious crimes, find that the classic play has both a striking resonance and contrast to their confined lives.  
A cinematic hymn to the power of art.”  A O Scott The New York Times


2nd March

I WISH kesiki  Japan   2011 128 mins. Cert PG
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda  With:  Hiroshi Abe, Jô Odagiri, Koki Maeda
Twelve-year-old Koichi lives with his mother and retired grandparents in Kagoshima, in the southern region of Kyushu, Japan. His younger brother Ryunosuke lives with their father in Hakata, northern Kyushu. The brothers have been separated by their parents' divorce and Koichi's only wish is for his family to be reunited. When he learns that a new bullet train line will soon open, linking the two towns, he starts to believe that a miracle will take place the moment these new trains first pass  
The moving and deeply satisfying work of a director who just keeps on getting better.
Peter Bradshaw The Guardian


16th March

CATS' EYES & JUBILATION! (Special Event)
This evening we will be remembering one of our local heroes and joining in with the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations:

The Road From Rose Linda’s - Alan Whicker Meets the Cats’ Eyes Man
Where Alan Whicker meets Percy Shaw, the man behind the reflecting road stud. Joining us will be Clifford Lees OBE of Appleyard Lees, Percy’s patent agents, and members of Percy Shaw’s family as guest speakers.

Calderdale Celebrates
Extracts from a film recording The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Calderdale.

Plus a “Yorkshire Films & Stars” quiz with a prize for the highest score and a raffle.
There will also be a collection for the Halifax Minster Appeal.

30th March

WHERE DO WE GO NOW? Et maintenant on va où? France/Lebanon/Egypt/Italy 2012 110 mins. Cert. 12
Director: Nadine Labaki  With: Claude Baz Moussawbaa, Leyla Hakim, Nadine Labaki
Set in a remote Lebanese village where Christians and Muslims have lived peacefully together for years. Animosities begin to build among the men as a result of slights and misunderstandings. The women of the village conspire to avert sectarian strife though a series of harebrained plans, from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers. None of which succeeds in slowing down the escalating spiral of violence. When tragedy strikes, the women find themselves driven to make a deeply personal sacrifice for the sake of peace.
 “A likeable comedy with heart and brains.”  Ian Freer Empire


The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held before the showing of this film (should last 10 - 15 minutes)

13th April

LOVE CRIME Crime d'amour  France 2010 106 Mins. Cert 15
Director: Alain Corneau  With: Ludivine Sagnier, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Mille
Ruthless executive Christine brings on Isabelle as her assistant, and she takes delight in toying with the young woman's innocence. But when the protégé's ideas become tempting enough for Christine to pass on as her own, she underestimates Isabelle's ambition and cunning -- and the ground is set for all out war. 
"A vicious psychological cat-and-mouse game. The movie plays like an entire season of ‘Damages’ compressed into about 100 nasty minutes."
Stephen Holden The New York Times



Neil McDonald,
1 Aug 2013 00:23