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All films screen on a Tuesday evening at 8pm
 • £5 per annum
Entrance fee:
  • £5 for members
  • £6 for guests
  • £4 concessionary
    (members only)

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It was recently announced that independent distrubutor Metrodome has gone into administration. Unfortunately, two of the films in this season – The Brand New Testament and Evolution – were booked with Metrodome, and we have thus been forced to cancel those screenings and replace them with alternative titles.

Thus on Tuesday 1st November will will now be screening Our Little Sister [Umimachi Diary], a comedy-drama from acclaimed Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda (After Life, Still Walking, I Wish), and on 22nd November we will be showing Behemoth [Bei xi mo shou], an acclaimed documentary by Chinese director Liang Zhao.

Full details will be posted on the 'Current Season' page in the next few days.

Showing next: Tuesday 18 October at 8pm
Cemetery of Splendour [Rak ti Khon Kaen]
director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
starring: Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi, Jarinpattra Rueangram

Cemetery of Splendour

Written and directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Syndromes and a Century, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives), Cemetery of Splendour follows a group of soldiers as they are stricken by a seemingly incurable and mysterious sleeping sickness that causes them to suffer spiritual hallucinations. Volunteers Jen and Keng (Jenjira Pongpas and Jarinpattra Rueangram) tend to the patients in a temporary clinic housed in a remote, former school in the Thai town of Khon Kaen. While Jen keeps a close eye on Itt (Banlop Lomnoi), a soldier who has few visitors, Jen uses her psychic abilities to bridge the gap between the unconscious men and their families. Meanwhile, doctors at the facility try a variety of different techniques to treat the unusual condition.

Why our films have to start promptly at 8pm
Although our films are scheduled to start at 8pm, on busier nights we've always been able to hold up the start until everyone is in and seated. With the arrival of digital projection, however, this has all changed. Most of the films we screen now arrive as high definition digital files that are coded to play at a specific time, over which the projectionist has no control. This means that the film has to start playing at 8pm or not at all. Thus to avoid potentially missing the start of the film, it's worth arriving in good time for the screening.