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WHAT'S ON

Fri 21st to Weds 26th Sept (excl. Mon 24th)
Pawel Pawlikowski, director of the Oscar-winning Ida, returns with this exquisite and acclaimed love story; another exploration of how Poland’s tumultuous 20th century history impacted the lives of its subjects. Set against the Cold War, it follows singer Zula (Joanna Kulig) and pianist Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) as they fall in love, perform across Eastern Europe and seek to slip past the Iron Curtain.

Thurs 27th September
Broadcast live from London’s West End, see Ian McKellen’s ‘extraordinarily moving portrayal’ (Independent) of King Lear in cinemas.Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them. Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

Fri 28th & Sun 30th Sept & Tues 2nd Oct
Appropriate Behaviour director Desiree Akhavan’s important, gripping and tender adaptation of Emily Danforth’s novel depicts the horrifying reality of conversion therapy. In 1993: Cameron (Chloë Grace Moretz) is sent to a teen gay conversion retreat where she attends sessions with Dr. Marsh (Jennifer Ehle) and Reverend Rick (John Gallagher Jr) while falling in with the ‘bad kids’, Adam (Forrest Goodluck) and ‘Jane Fonda’ (Sasha Lane).

Sat 29th & Sun 30th September

Growing up with a Dad who’s an alien-obsessed UFO-logist, 12-year-old Luis hasn’t exactly had the easiest upbringing. As nobody believes his Dad, it’s quite a surprise when one day, three awkward little aliens – Mog, Nag and Wabo – crash-land right in front of him and, rather than telling his father, Luis must help his new extra-terrestrial pals get back to their huge mothership instead.

Sat 29th Sept
A game-changer on its 1989 release, the scathingly subversive Heathers gets a much deserved re-issue. In an Ohio high school, the pretty, popular ‘Heathers’ humiliate anyone who fails to meet their cruelly superficial standards. Eventually, member Veronica (Winona Ryder) gains a conscience and with her rebellious boyfriend (Christian Slater), plans to avenge the group’s unfortunate victims – but matters spiral quickly, and ultra-violently, out of control.

Sat 29th, Sun 30th Sept, Weds 3rd & Tues 16th Oct
Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan and Elisabeth Moss headline a superb ensemble cast in this impressive adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. A group of friends and family gather on a picturesque country estate; but under a jovial social surface, ingénue Nina (Ronan), fading actress Irina (Bening), writer Boris (Corey Stoll) and steward’s daughter Masha (Moss) are more concerned with troublesome matters of the heart.

Mon 1st Oct
Acute social satire and absurdist, pitch-black comedy mix in Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson’s brilliantly distinctive picture of middle-class warfare. Thrown out by his wife, thirtysomething Atli (Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson) returns to his family home, where he his parents in dispute with their hipper, younger neighbours over a tree in their back garden – a typical suburban spat that nevertheless spirals quickly, violently and hilariously out of control.

Thurs 4th October
The Winter’s Tale is Shakespeare’s great play of the irrational and inexplicable, illustrating how uncontrollable emotions can range across gender, country, class and age. Its universe is full of monsters, gods and natural disasters with a colossal sweep that takes audiences from the stifling atmosphere of the Sicilian court to the unbuttoned joy of a Bohemian festival. Staged at the beautiful and iconic Globe Theatre in London, this new production is directed by Blanche McIntyre and stars

Fri 5th, Sat 6th, Tues 9th & Thurs 11th October
Director of 2012’s BAFTA-winning The Imposter, captivating true-crime drama American Animals is Bart Layton’s first narrative feature. Kentucky, 2004: Spencer (Barry Keoghan) and Warren (Evan Peters) dream of remarkable lives. Heading to college, they fear they may never distinguish themselves – until Spencer spots an opportunity to pull off one of the most audacious thefts in history.

Sat 6th & Sun 7th October
Ten years after Mamma Mia!, Meryl Streep et al return in this uproarious musical sequel. On Greek island Kalokairi, Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) uncovers more about Donna’s (Streep) past – including how she met each of Sophie’s ‘Dads’ (Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård, Colin Firth), when an unexpected guest pitches up. With new cast members including Lily James, Andy García and – gloriously – Cher, it’s a joyful, summery smash.

Sat 6th October
A critical sensation on its original release, fifty years on, the film that launched the French New Wave is now universally regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. François Truffaut’s lyrical, exhilarating debut follows 12-year-old Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) who, misunderstood by his neglectful parents and repressive schoolteachers, seeks refuge in truancy, petty crime, and the cinema.