The Iron Giant
Monday 23rd October | 10am
In this animated adaptation of Ted Hughes’ Cold War fable, a giant alien robot (Vin Diesel) crash-lands near the small town of Rockwell, Maine, in 1957. Exploring the area, a local 9-year-old boy, Hogarth, discovers the robot, and soon forms an unlikely friendship with him. When a paranoid government agent, Kent
Mansley, becomes determined to destroy the robot, Hogarth and beatnik Dean McCoppin (Harry Connick Jr.) must do what they can to save the misunderstood machine.
“This wonderful film from director Brad Bird has so much humour and heart that it’s one of the best family movies around.”
Common Sense Media
1999 I CERTIFICATE PG | RUNNING TIME 87
BFI India Season DIVALI SPECIAL: The Lunch Box
Monday 23rd October | 7:30pm
Lonely housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband. Unfortunately, the delivery goes astray and winds up in the hands of Saajan (Irrfan Khan), an irritable widower. Curious about her husband’s lack of response, Ila adds a note to the next day’s lunchbox, and thus begins an unusual friendship in which Saajan and Ila can talk about their joys and sorrows without ever meeting in person.
“Charming and whimsical, it’s a feast for the eyes.” Empire
SPECIAL BFI SCREENING INCUDES DELICIOUS
INDIAN SNACKS & A CELEBRATION OF DIWALI WITH CANDLES BEING LIT IN THE COURTYARD
2013 I CERTIFICATE 15 | RUNNING TIME 105
Halloween Special: What We Do in the Shadows
Monday 3oth October | 7:30pm
Vampire housemates (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan
Brugh) try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) some of the perks of being undead.
“Here it is at long last: a truly great vampire comedy. And also the funniest horror film to come out of New Zealand since Braindead .” Empire
2014 I CERTIFICATE 15 | RUNNING TIME 87
The Wild Bunch
Monday 6th November | 7:30pm
In this gritty Western classic, aging outlaw Pike Bishop (William Holden) prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, which includes Dutch Engstrom (Ernest Borgnine) and brothers Lyle (Warren Oates) and Tector Gorch (Ben Johnson), Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by his old partner, Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan). As the remaining gang takes refuge in Mexican territory, Thornton trails them, resulting in fierce gunfights with plenty of casualties.
“Rambling but beautiful epic… Superb performances…Captures with poignancy and power regret for a passiing era” Empire
1969 I CERTIFICATE 18 | RUNNING TIME 145
Monday 13th November | 7:30pm
Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is a woman in a tight spot. Following a car accident in which Erin is not at fault, Erin pleads with her attorney Ed Masry (Albert Finney) to hire her at his law firm. Erin stumbles upon some medical records placed in real estate files. She convinces Ed to allow her to investigate, where she discovers a cover-up involving contaminated water in a local community which is causing devastating illnesses among its residents.
“Erin Brockovich” presents moviegoers with the true story of a woman who transcends her surroundings, takes on the big dogs, and wins” Plugged In
2000 I CERTIFICATE 15 | RUNNING TIME 131
Get on the Bus
Monday 20th November | 7:30pm
A disparate group of African-American men climb on a bus bound for the Million Man March in Washington, D.C. — among them, Evan Sr. (Thomas Jefferson Byrd) and his son, Smooth (De’aundre Bonds), who have been shackled together as a condition of Smooth’s temporary probation. Although the group begins the trip as strangers, their shared stories and experiences unite them as their discourse builds a portrait of what it means to be black in America.
“Spike’s rough-hewn comedy, is well worth a look ” EFilmcritic
1996 I CERTIFICATE 15 | R UNNING TIME 121
Mad Dog Glory
Monday 27th November | 7:30pm
Wayne Dobie (Robert De Niro) is a shy cop whose low-key demeanor has earned him the affectionate nickname “Mad Dog.” After Mad Dog saves the life of Frank Milo (Bill Murray), a crime boss and aspiring stand-up comedian, he’s offered the company of an attractive young waitress named Glory (Uma Thurman) for a week. At first both are uneasy about the arrangement, but they eventually fall in love. However, the situation becomes complicated when Milo demands Glory back.
“An almost unconscionably enjoyable movie that plays like something conceived by a contemporary, furiously hip Damon Runyon.” New York Times
1993 I CERTIFICATE 12 | RUNNING TIME 100
BFI LGBT50 Season: God’s Own Country
Monday 4th December | 7:30pm
A young farmer numbs his frustrations with drinking and casual sex until a Romanian migrant worker sets him on a new path.
“In the crepuscular light of Brexit, the film resembles a symbolic appeal for tenderness at a time of instability, even if it is really something altogether more conventional: a love story against the odds.” New Statesmen
“You’ll find yourself getting teary a week later – a potent, haunting meditation on the soul-stirring significance of being open to love.“ Little White Lies
BEST FILM Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017
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2017 I CERTIFICATE 15 | RUNNING TIME 105
The Shawshank Redemption
Monday 11th December | 7:30pm
Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and her lover and is sentenced to a tough prison. However, only Andy knows he didn’t commit the crimes. While there, he forms a friendship with Red (Morgan Freeman), experiences brutality of prison life, adapts, helps the warden, etc., all in 19 years.
“If you don’t love Shawshank, chances are you’re beyond redemption ” Empire
1994 I CERTIFICATE 15 | RUNNING TIME 142
The Constant Gardener
Monday 18th December | 7:30pm
Assigned to a new post, reserved British diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) relocates to Kenya with his lovely young wife, Tessa (Rachel Weisz), an activist for social justice. When Tessa is found murdered out in the wilderness, circumstances point to her friend, Dr. Arnold Bluhm (Hubert Koundé), but it is soon clear that he’s not the killer. Grief-stricken and angry, Justin sets out to uncover the truth behind Tessa’s murder — and in the process, he unearths some disturbing revelations.
“Serious, topical filmmaking of a very high order. It may not engage as immediately as a Bourne, but it sticks with you longer ” Empire Magazine
2005 I CERTIFICATE 12 | RUNNING TIME 129
Sunday 24th December | 2pm
Former scientist Galen Erso lives on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. Many years later, Galen becomes the Empire’s lead engineer for the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Knowing that her father holds the key to its destruction, Jyn joins forces with a spy and other resistance fighters to steal the space station’s plans for the Rebel Alliance.
“This is the Star Wars story you were looking for but may not have even known it ” Common Sense Media
2016 I CERTIFICATE 12A | RUNNING TIME 133
The Wizard of Oz
Wednesday 27th December | 10am
When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.
“Seventy-five years on, it hasn’t dated in the slightest.” Independent
1939 I CERTIFICATE U | RUNNING TIME 112
Chariots of Fire
Wednesday 27th December | 7:30pm
In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God’s glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart Sybil (Alice Krige) in his single-minded quest.
“The cast give performance bests, the filmmaking is immaculate and the emotional wallop undeniable. Chariots is a film for the ages.” Empire
1981 I CERTIFICATE PG | RUNNING TIME 125
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Friday 29th December | 2pm
Easily excitable Neal Page (Steve Martin) is somewhat of a control freak. Trying to get home to Chicago to spend Thanksgiving with his wife (Laila Robins) and kids, his flight is rerouted to a distant city in Kansas because of a freak snowstorm, and his sanity begins to fray. Worse yet, he is forced to bunk up with talkative Del Griffith (John Candy), whom he finds extremely annoying. Together they must overcome the insanity of holiday travel to reach their intended destination.
“A warm, mature offering from Hughes, with Martin’s restraint a perfect counterpoint to Candy’s enormous (and enormously amusing) fooling around.” Empire
1988 I CERTIFICATE 15 | RUNNING TIME 93