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Film: Lady Bird

Sat 9 Jun | 2.00pm

Soairise Ronan stars as self-styled ‘Lady Bird’ of Greta Gerwig’s eagerly-anticipated and critically-acclaimed debut. Set in Sacramento, Gerwig’s own hometown, the film follows Lady Bird as she teeters on the brink of adulthood, struggling to navigate her relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) during last summer at home before college.

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Foreign Language: Cléo From 5 to 7

Sat 9 Jun | 4.30pm

Featuring cameos from French cinema icons Jean Luc Goddard and Anna Karina, plus a soundtrack by Michel Legrand (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg), Cleo from 5 to 7 is a perfect introduction to those who may not have previously encountered Agnès Varda. For longtime fans, it’s a rare chance to see the godmother of the French New Wave’s classic on the big screen. Blending cinema vérité and melodrama, Varda follows her protagonist, the beautiful singer Cleo, wandering around Paris, struggling with her existence awaiting the results of a biopsy.

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Film: Lady Bird

Sun 10 Jun | 4.30pm

Soairise Ronan stars as self-styled ‘Lady Bird’ of Greta Gerwig’s eagerly-anticipated and critically-acclaimed debut. Set in Sacramento, Gerwig’s own hometown, the film follows Lady Bird as she teeters on the brink of adulthood, struggling to navigate her relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) during last summer at home before college.

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Queer Film: Tomboy

Sun 10 Jun | 2.00pm

Ten-year-old tomboy Laure moves to a new town with her family and decides to dress like a boy. Women in Film In the centenary year of the […]

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Film: Lady Bird

Thu 14 Jun | 2.00pm

Soairise Ronan stars as self-styled ‘Lady Bird’ of Greta Gerwig’s eagerly-anticipated and critically-acclaimed debut. Set in Sacramento, Gerwig’s own hometown, the film follows Lady Bird as she teeters on the brink of adulthood, struggling to navigate her relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) during last summer at home before college.

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Film: A Matter of Life and Death

Sat 16 Jun | 3pm

A Second World War bomber pilot survives jumping out of his stricken plane without a parachute and falls in love with the radio operator he spoke to during the fateful flight. A heavenly messenger is sent to tell him he should have died and that his presence is required in the afterlife, but he remains determined to continue his life on Earth and insists on a trial to resolve the issue.

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Screen Talk: Into the Air – Early Aviation on Film

Sat 16 Jun | 1.00pm

Dr. Frank Gray, Director at Screen Archive South East at the University of Brighton, presents an illustrated lecture on early aviation and the moving image, exploring many different aspects of flight – as a mode of transport, as an expression of adventure and wonder and as a war machine.

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Film: Dark River

Sun 17 Jun | 4.30pm

With astonishing central performances from both Ruth Wilson and Mark Stanley, Clio Barnard’s third feature (following The Arbor and The Selfish Giant) does not disappoint. After the death of her father, Alice returns to the Yorkshire farm she grew up on in the belief that the tenancy is hers to claim, only to be faced with the trauma of her past and the anger of her brother, Joe.

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Family Film: Brave

Sun 17 Jun | 10.30am

On learning that her parents, King Fergus and Queen Elinor, plan to marry her off to one of the sons of her father’s allies, Princess Merida flees the castle. Bargaining with a witch for a spell to change her fate, Merida is granted a magic cake, which, when she feeds it to her mother, turns her into a bear. Struggling to carve a path for herself, Merida has inadvertently caused chaos in the kingdom.

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Documentary: The Arbor

Sun 17 Jun | 2.00pm

Documentary and fiction are seamlessly blended in Clio Barnard’s critically-acclaimed debut feature. Taking an innovative approach to dramatization, the film uses actors lip-syncing to real-life interviews to explore the troubled life of Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar, best known for her play, Rita, Sue and Bob Too.

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