Towner Film

The Wife

Sun 18 Nov | 2.00pm & 4.30pm

Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) has spent forty years sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to support her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his stellar literary career. Ignoring infidelities and excuses made in the cause of his art, she has put up with his behaviour with undiminished grace and humour. The foundations of their marriage have, however, been built upon a set of uneven compromises and Joan has reached a turning point.

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Blue Black Permanent

Sun 18 Nov | 12.00pm

This year marks the centenary of Scottish film-maker and poet Margaret Tait’s birth. To mark the occasion, Towner will screen a brand-new restoration of Blue Black Permanent. The film was shot on location and moves fluidly between Edinburgh and Tait’s home of the Orkney Islands. It stars Celia Imrie as Barbara, a woman attempting to come to terms with her mother’s death, through her childhood memories. Margaret Tait referred to her own work as ‘film-poems’ and Blue Black Permanent is no exception: a haunting and magical film, filled with flashbacks and dream sequences.

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The Wife

Thu 22 Nov | 4.30pm & 7.00pm

Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) has spent forty years sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to support her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his stellar literary career. Ignoring infidelities and excuses made in the cause of his art, she has put up with his behaviour with undiminished grace and humour. The foundations of their marriage have, however, been built upon a set of uneven compromises and Joan has reached a turning point.

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Black ’47

Sat 24 Nov | 4.30pm

It’s 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his family. He’s seen more than his share of horrors, but nothing prepares him for the famine’s hopeless destruction of his homeland that has brutalised his people and where there seems to be no law and order.

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A Sense of Place – New Note Orchestra

Sat 24 Nov | 2.00pm

Brighton-based New Note Orchestra, the world’s first recovery orchestra, perform a live-soundtrack to their their latest work, Sense of Place, a short documentary exploring the relationship between belonging and places in the lives of those in recovery from drug and substance abuse.

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Black ’47

Sun 25 Nov | 2.00pm & 4.30pm

It’s 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his family. He’s seen more than his share of horrors, but nothing prepares him for the famine’s hopeless destruction of his homeland that has brutalised his people and where there seems to be no law and order.

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My Life as a Courgette

Sun 25 Nov | 10.30am

After his mother’s sudden death, Courgette is befriended by a police officer, Raymond (voiced by Parks and Rec’s Nick Offerman), who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this often strange and hostile environment. Yet with Raymond’s help and his newfound friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.

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Crossing The Screen
International Film Festival 2018

Thu 29 Nov - Sun 2 Dec | daily

Towner is the venue for Crossing the Screen film festival 2017, showcasing innovative and independent film from all over the world. Discover unique voices and new cinema talents who are not afraid to transcend traditional storytelling.

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Facing Mirrors + short film and Q&A

Thu 6 Dec | 7.00pm

Facing Mirrors Director: Negar Azarbayjani | Iran | 2011 | 98 minutes In Farsi (Persian) with English subtitles. Set in contemporary Iran, Facing Mirrors tells the story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops between a cisgender female cab driver and her passenger, a transgender man desperately awaiting a passport to leave the country to escape a forced marriage.

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All About Eve + intro

Sat 8 Dec | 1.00pm

Bette Davis stars as Charlotte, a mousy Boston heiress and a neurotic mess, largely thanks to her overbearing mother. After a spell in a sanitorium, she comes out of her shell, much to the surprise of her family and friends. Over 70 years after its release, Bette Davis’ performance has lost nothing of its power in the years since.

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