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Friday, 04 June 2021

In the port town of Dover, Mary Hussain unexpectedly finds herself a widow. As she begins to tidy her late husband’s things, she discovers he may have led a secret life, a mere 20 miles away across the Channel. Determined to uncover the truth, she sets off for Calais with her husband’s phone in hand. AFTER LOVE is a heartfelt portrait of two women separated by cultural differences and yet unknowingly connected, and a tender depiction of grief.

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Friday, 25 June 2021

In 1980s Britain, Enid takes her role as a film censor very seriously to protect audiences from the twisted minds behind the films of the video nasties era. When she is assigned to review a particularly disturbing film from the archives, it triggers memories of the mysterious disappearance of her sister, years ago when Enid was still a child. As the events of the film appear more and more alike to her past, the lines between reality and fiction blur and Enid begins to unravel, riddled with guilt over what may have happened to her sister. CENSOR is a bloody yet moving look at grief, trauma and censorship wrapped in a love letter to the video nasties.

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Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Played magnificently by themselves and without a script, CHANCE tells the nocturnal attempt of four young Sudanese asylum seekers to get from Belgium to the UK. Filmed entirely in the trailer of a lorry, this docu-fiction is a rare, privileged and deeply human encounter with four individuals and with a reality that is too often invisible. [Advised certificate: 15]

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Friday, 25 June 2021

Putting a menacing spin on the childhood idea that ours toys are alive, CHILD'S PLAY is a character-based thriller with a particularly creepy dark streak and a rare protagonist who is barely out of nursery. The film's special effects, a mixture of animatronics, puppetry and human stand-ins, bring Chucky to vivid life, while Catherine Hicks and young Alex Vincent (in his acting debut) are always convincing as an endangered mother and son faced with an unthinkable terror. With humour taking a backseat to good, old-fashioned suspense, and a sterling climax that raises the ante on the notion of an "unstoppable" killer, Child’s Play is an impressive horror highlight of the late-'80s film scene. - www.themovieboy.com Mayhem Film Festival’s co-directors, Steven Sheil and Chris Cooke will introduce this screening. **PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WILL START PROMPTLY AT THE ADVERTISED TIME**

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Friday, 04 June 2021

After a chance encounter with a particularly arrogant former racehorse syndicate leader, pub worker Jan Vokes convinces a number of her neighbours and barflies to contribute financially to the breeding of a racehorse. After a rocky start, the group’s investment begins to pay off as Dream Alliance wins race after race, giving them all a new sense of purpose. Inspired by the true story of an unlikely small-town Welsh bartender, DREAM HORSE is a delightful story of triumph over adversity.

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Saturday, 19 June 2021

Studio Ghibli returns in a new animation style with the story of 10-year-old Earwig, who was left at St Morwald’s Home for Children as a baby. She loves it there – not least because she possesses the strange ability to make everyone do exactly as she wishes. The last thing Earwig wants is to be adopted by the witch Bella Yaga… but for the first time in her life, her desires are thwarted. She puts a brave face on her new situation – after all, she’s always wanted to learn magic – but Earwig will need all her ingenuity, along with the help of Bella Yaga’s cat Thomas, if she is to survive and flourish. [In English]

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Friday, 28 May 2021

In 19th century Oregon Territory, a taciturn cook and a Chinese immigrant team up for an unlikely business – making and selling delightful baked goods secretly using milk from a local wealthy landowner’s single cow. Though the premise may seem simple, Kelly Reichardt’s new film is a delicate depiction of male friendship and an incisive commentary on individualism, masculinity and class.

Monday, 07 June 2021

The film unfolds over the course of late summer’s day in the fabled resort town of Sintra, Portugal. Frankie is a famous French actress who learns that she only has a few months to live, so she gathers three family generations for a vocation. In this fairy setting, husbands and wives, parents and children, friends and lovers – stirred by their romantic impulses – discover the cracks between them, as well as unexpected depth of feeling.

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Friday, 04 June 2021

Where his prior film, the acclaimed epic AQUARELA, was a reminder of the fragility of human tenure on earth, in GUNDA, master filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky reminds us that we share our planet with billions of other animals. Through encounters with a mother sow (the eponymous Gunda), two ingenious cows, and a scene-stealing, one-legged chicken, Kosakovsky movingly recalibrates our moral universe, reminding us of the inherent value of life and the mystery of all animal consciousness, including our own.

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Friday, 18 June 2021

As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, Dr. Martin Lowery heads into the forest alongside park ranger Alma, to reach a test site from which no recent communication has been received. After being attacked in their sleep, they are left with no shoes or equipment and come across Zach, a man living off the grid, who accepts to help them despite fearing being reported to the authorities. But Zach’s relationship with the forest is stronger than they could have imagined and things quickly take a dark turn for Martin and Alma. Part folk tale, part survival thriller, IN THE EARTH manages to build a sense of claustrophobia amidst the wilderness and takes you into the depths of psychedelic horror. **PLEASE NOTE THIS FILM CONTAINS FLASHING IMAGES WHICH MIGHT AFFECT CUSTOMERS WHO ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO PHOTOSENSITIVE EPILEPSY**

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Friday, 18 June 2021

Lights up on Washington Heights... The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi, who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life. IN THE HEIGHTS fuses Lin-Manuel Miranda’s kinetic music and lyrics with director Jon M. Chu’s lively and authentic eye for storytelling to capture a world very much of its place, but universal in its experience.

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Friday, 28 May 2021

In 1969, a young Fred Hampton becomes Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. His ability to rally different communities together by highlighting the common grounds of inequality and oppression they all share gives the Party a growing power that the authorities soon consider a threat. A career thief, William O’Neal is ordered by the FBI to infiltrate the Party, where he finds his way into Hampton’s inner circle and uses his position to inform the secret services on the Black Panthers’ next moves. Daniel Kaluuya perfectly channels Chairman Fred Hampton’s power to unite whilst LaKeith Stanfield offers an exceptional and layered portrait of William O’Neal’s confused soul.

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Ben Sharrock’s deadpan comedy-drama brings a completely fresh perspective to the life of a migrant. Musician Omar has fled conflict in Syria and now finds himself at a desolate refugee centre on a remote Scottish island. Separated from home and family, he waits in limbo for others to decide his future. Omar's desperate situation is marked by open hostility, offers of friendship and small acts of kindness from the strangers all around him. A beautiful, achingly poignant tale that will break your heart on the way to warming your soul.

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Friday, 11 June 2021

In Dakar, Ibrahim is sent a money order of 25,000 Francs from his nephew in Paris. Word of his newfound wealth travels quickly around the town but collecting that money is harder that it seems and Ibrahim finds himself at the mercy of bureaucracy and corruption. And whilst Ibrahim begins to spend money he doesn’t yet have, his friends and neighbours grow more and more impatient with his apparent reluctance to share his fortune. Ousmane Sembène’s MANDABI is a rich and sharp satire on post and neo-colonialism, and the dynamics of Senegalese society.

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Saturday, 12 June 2021

When Maya, a headstrong little bee, and her best friend Willi, rescue an ant princess they find themselves in the middle of an epic bug battle that will take them to strange new worlds and test their friendship to its limits. [In English]

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Monday, 07 June 2021

A new film from the directors of RBG, the 2018 documentary about the exceptional career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Pauli Murray was a pioneering Black attorney, activist, priest, poet and memoirist who wrestled with gender identity and shaped landmark litigation – and consciousness – around race and gender equity, and fought heavily in the battle for social justice. Told mainly using Murray’s own words, this filmic portrait reveals a tenacious spirit; Pauli Murray is a name you will not forget. [Advised certificate: 18]

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Friday, 28 May 2021

The lovable rogue is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Venturing out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.

Sunday, 20 June 2021

From master of horror Dario Argento SUSPIRIA,THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE) comes PHENOMENA – one of his most eccentric and unique thrillers, featuring telepathic insects, maggots galore, and even a razor-wielding chimp! [advised certificate: 18] **PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WILL START PROMPTLY AT THE ADVERTISED TIME**

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Friday, 28 May 2021

In the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony long ago. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people.

Saturday, 26 June 2021

If you've watched television at any point during the last 40 years or so, you'll know Ronnie Le Drew. Without a doubt one of the most skilful marionettists in Britain today, his precision and dexterity are the outcome of a lifetime in puppetry. He is best known for his years as Zippy in Thames TV’s RAINBOW, but he was also the man behind the loveable character Sweep from THE SOOTY SHOW has worked the iconic marionette Muffin the Mule. In cinema he has worked on films such as LABYRINTH, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL and his latest feature THE DARK CRYSTAL: AGE OF RESISTANCE. This one-hour illustrated talk will feature clips of his career highlights, and possibly even a puppet or two. LABYRINTH, 3.30PM Ronnie’s talk will be followed by a screening of LABYRINTH, a fantastic fantasy from the godfather of modern puppetry Jim Henson. When her baby brother is stolen by the fantastical Goblin King, and hidden in his castle in the middle of a treacherous labyrinth populated with the weird and the wonderful, young Sarah must mount a rescue operation. (rt 101m). Tickets: £5 full / £4 conc **PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT WILL START PROMPTLY AT THE ADVERTISED TIME**

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Wednesday, 09 June 2021

The last person college graduate Danielle expects to run into at a family shiva is her sugar daddy Max, whose apartment she was coming from. Avoiding him – and his beautiful wife and baby – is impossible, as is keeping her nagging parents, prying family friends and angry ex-girlfriend Maya away. This delightful feature-length version of an award-winning short film is a quirky yet sensitive exploration of the pressure young people face today.

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Friday, 04 June 2021

SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST Presents: SUMMER OF SOUL (...OR WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED) In the summer of 1969, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park (now Marcus Garvey Park). After that summer, the footage was largely forgotten – until now. Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson presents a transporting film that includes never-before-seen concert performances from Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Ray Baretto, Abbey Lincoln & Max Roach and more.

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Friday, 25 June 2021

After twenty years together, Sam and Tusker’s blissful life was shattered following Tusker’s diagnosis with early onset dementia. Intent on spending as much precious time together as they can, the pair travel across England in their old campervan, visiting loved ones and returning to special places from their past. But as Sam and Tusker’s trip progresses and they are forced to confront the grave reality of their situation, rifts begin to emerge as they look at what the future may have in store. Driven by two beautiful performances from Firth and Tucci as a couple with a long history and an uncertain future, sophomore director Harry Macqueen’s road movie is a deeply affecting, quietly provocative exploration of love in the face of tragedy.

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Friday, 28 May 2021

Joseph is an unstable airport security officer. Struggling with loneliness, isolation and a complicated relationship with his irritating parents, something seems to be simmering in Joseph just underneath the surface. When an incident escalates at work, Joseph begins to lose control and embarks on a frenzied and reckless journey through London. Ben Whishaw brings intensity and vulnerability to a character on the edge of breaking point and self-liberation in this chilling psychodrama thriller.

Friday, 11 June 2021

Almost 80, Anthony enjoys his freedom and independence more than anything and continues to reject every caretaker his daughter, Anne, attempts to hire for him. But the truth is that Anthony’s memory is rapidly deteriorating and Anne’s daily visits are no longer enough to ensure her father’s well-being. As Anthony becomes more and more disoriented, Anne begins to grieve the loss of her father, and their relationship suffers from the terrible impact the illness is having on their lives. Featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Anthony Hopkins as a man attempting to navigate the labyrinth of his own mind, THE FATHER is a heartbreaking, poignant and compassionate chamber piece about the devastation of dementia.

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Tuesday, 15 June 2021

With unprecedented access to the foremost American negotiators, THE HUMAN FACTOR is the behind-the-scenes story from the last 25 years, of how the United States came within reach of pulling off the impossible – securing peace between Israel and its neighbours. Today, the need to learn from past mistakes couldn’t be more urgent.

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Friday, 18 June 2021

Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory insights into autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

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Sunday, 27 June 2021

In a futuristic, post-apocalyptic landscape, K and Z roam the streets on the lookout for corpses and possibly even something more valuable: fresh meat. UNDERGODS is an anthology film that will take you on an ill-fated journey through a dystopian Europe, where stories and characters intertwine in the most doomed way possible. Director Chino Moya weaves these stories together to present a bleak indictment of modern middle-class life imbued with a dark humour reminiscent of Ben Wheatley and Peter Strickland. - Glasgow Film Festival

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Friday, 28 May 2021

In 17th century Ireland, Robyn and her father Bill move from England to the county of Kilkenny which is occupied by Cromwell forces. A born adventurer, Robyn is desperate to follow in her father’s footsteps, hunting down the local wolves. On one of her excursions into the woods, Robyn meets Meabh, a young girl from a mysterious tribe rumoured to transform into wolves at night. Soon they become friends, but when Robyn realises the wolf hunt is threatening Meabh’s environment, both her friendship with Meabh and her relationship with her father are put to the test. WOLFWALKERS is a stunning tale of friendship, adventure, and mythology.