Talks, tours & events

Film: The Piano

Sun 8 Jul | 4.30pm

Holly Hunter gives a majestic performance as Ada, a mute Scotswoman and talented pianist who arrives in New Zealand with her daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) for an arranged marriage to frontiersman Alistair Stewart (Sam Neill) to whom she takes an immediate dislike. Under the pretence of piano lessons, she strikes up a very different relationship with Alistair’s overseer, George Baines (Harvey Keitel). The film was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, making Jane Campion the first woman to win the festival’s highest honour.

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Film: The Piano

Thu 12 Jul | 2.00pm

Holly Hunter gives a majestic performance as Ada, a mute Scotswoman and talented pianist who arrives in New Zealand with her daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) for an arranged marriage to frontiersman Alistair Stewart (Sam Neill) to whom she takes an immediate dislike. Under the pretence of piano lessons, she strikes up a very different relationship with Alistair’s overseer, George Baines (Harvey Keitel). The film was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, making Jane Campion the first woman to win the festival’s highest honour.

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Film: The Party

Sat 14 Jul | 2.00pm

Janet (Kristen Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet, she and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) invite a handful of friends over to celebrate but things go seriously awry when Bill makes an announcement that upends the whole affair.

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Documentary: No Home Movie

Sat 14 Jul | 4.30pm

Throughout her career, Chantal Akerman has visited and revisited her relationship with her mother: from 1975’s Jeanne Dielman 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, which she described as a ‘love-film’ for her mother’, to News From Home, which featured, in voice-over, the letter her mother sent her after she moved to New York.

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Queer Film: Desert Hearts

Sun 15 Jul | 2.00pm

In readiness for Eastbourne Pride (taking place on Saturday 21 June), join us in revisiting Donna Deitch’s romantic Reno classic. Bathed in a hazy palette of blues and pinks, English Professor Vivian Bell arrives in Nevada to obtain a quick divorce, only to be swept away by Cay Rivvers, a free-spirited young sculptor. A firm favourite with queer audiences since its release in 1986, the film has gained cult status as one of the most romantic lesbian romances of all time.

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Film: The Party

Sun 15 Jul | 4.30pm

Janet (Kristen Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet, she and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) invite a handful of friends over to celebrate but things go seriously awry when Bill makes an announcement that upends the whole affair.

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Family Film: The Breadwinner

Sun 15 Jul | 10.30am

The Breadwinner, adapted from Deborah Ellis’ well-regarded young-adult novel, tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana living in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. After her father is wrongfully imprisoned, Parvana must cut her hair short and dress like a boy to provide for her family. Drawing inspiration from the fantastical stories she tells for her little brother, Parvana sets out to find her father and reunite her family.

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Film: The Party

Thu 19 Jul | 2.00pm

Janet (Kristen Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet, she and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) invite a handful of friends over to celebrate but things go seriously awry when Bill makes an announcement that upends the whole affair.

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Film: Loving Vincent

Sat 21 Jul | 2.00pm

The first ever painted film, Loving Vincent revisits the last days of van Gogh’s life, exploring the mysterious circumstances around his death. Each frame was painstakingly hand painted from live-action footage, to create this immersive, experimental animation. 65,000 frames were painted by 125 artists, who worked on the project for six years. Referencing over 100 of van Gogh’s paintings, the film brings his portrait subjects to life, shimmering and swirling, in a feature-length loving pastiche of the painter’s work.

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Foreign Language: In Between

Sat 21 Jul - Sun 22 Jul | 21 July, 4.30pm & 22 July, 2.00pm

Spiky, sharp and funny, first-time filmmaker Maysaloun Hamoud’s In Between tells the story of three Palestinian women living together in Tel Aviv, feeling out their roles as women. Navigating modernity and tradition—arranged marriages, queer desires, smoking, drinking and experimenting with drugs are all up for negotiation.

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