For a trial period we are not producing our usual glossy printed leaflets. You can download (and print if you wish) the March and April lists of full details here: BF March 2018, BF April 2018

Monday 5 Mar 7.30pmBladerunner 2049 (15)Just 35 years after Blade Runner comes the acclaimed sequel! Visually stunning the film has been short listed for a clutch of awards and demands to be seen on the big screen. Based on Philip K Dick’s characters this dystopian vision of the near future raises social, political, scientific and technological questions as well as offering dazzling and occasionally violent entertainment.
Monday 12 Mar 7.30pmA Woman's Life (12)Guy de Maupassant’s novel Une Vie is the source for this French adaptation filmed in Normandy. Despite the impact of the revolution, 19th Century France remained a grim social world for women - even those members of wealthy aristocratic families. Jeanne’s life story is both personal and a critical view of the society she grew up in. A prize winner at the Venice Film Festival.
Monday 19 Mar 7.30pmBreathe (12A)Based on a true story this star-studded film is a moving account of how Robin (Andrew Garfield) and Diana (Claire Foy) try to cope with his diagnosis of a terminal illness contracted when in Kenya in 1958 aged just 28. With Tom Hollander, Diana Rigg and Hugh Bonneville among the supporting cast and musical score by Nitin Sawhney this is cinematic story telling not to be missed.
Monday 26 Mar 7.30pmI Am Not A Witch (12)Written and directed by Rungano Nyoni this British-made independent film deserved more attention than it got when released last year. Set in Zambia a young girl - Shula - is accused of witchcraft. Mark Kermode - in an enthusiastic review - praised Nyoni’s “bewilderingly strange yet terrifically sure-footed feature debut... (blending) cruel humour, pointed satire and empathetic anger.”
Monday 2nd April 7.30pmHotel Salvation (PG)This Indian film premiered at Venice and has picked up many enthusiastic reviews across the world. Daya is 77 and believes that he is dying. He asks his son Rajiv to go with him to Varanasi where his death will speed his path to salvation. They check into a hotel, Mukti Bhawan, which is something of an informal hospice. Daya and Rajiv await the inevitable. A comedy-drama, made with a light touch Hotel Salvation is moving and enjoyable.
Monday 9th April 7.30pmHuman Flow (12)The Chinese-born artist Ai Weiwei directed this German-made documentary about the refugee crisis facing many countries across the globe. Weiwei reports on events in more than 20 countries over a period of 12 months. This is not a new story but the scale of human movement and the challenges - physical, emotional, moral and legal - are. Beautifully made, Human Flow is a profoundly disturbing film. The profit from this screening will be donated to a charity working with refugees.
Monday 16th April 7.30pmLoving Vincent (12)Most of us know something of the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh. The mixture of personal tragedy and despair with his intensely distinctive vision has reached deeply into Western culture. This film focuses on Vincent’s last days. To call the film an animation would be to understate the technique. Over 60,000 frames were painted to create moving representations of Van Gogh’s canvasses. Visually gorgeous, the story is compelling and moving.
Monday 23rd April 7.30pmA Ghost Story (12)When this film premiered last year critics were near unanimous simply in urging us to see it. A Ghost Story is difficult to talk about without spoiling the viewing experience. Written and directed by David Lowery it stars Rooney Mara as ‘M’ who is grieving for ‘C’ (Casey Affleck). She is emotionally torn, disoriented. Beautifully composed and with a soundtrack that helps tell the story - rather than tell us how to feel - A Ghost Story is much more than a supernaturally disturbing.
Monday 30th April 7.30pmWind River (15)Wind River is a Native American reservation in Wyoming. It can be a bleak, harsh, inhospitable place and Taylor Sheridan’s film shows how hard it can be to live, let alone thrive, in such an environment. At one level this is a thriller; a young woman is dead - who killed her and why? There are also matters of investigating outsiders gaining the confidence of a suspicious community. And then there is the snow - as far from a sentimental Christmas as you can get.
Monday 7th May 7.30pmThe Magic Flute (U)Ingmar Bergman will be remembered as one of the great European filmmakers of the 20th Century. His world view strikes many as bleak and pessimistic. So when he made a version of Mozart’s comic opera in 1976 many were surprised, and delighted. This is more than a film of a staged production - it’s something more ambitious than the opera live screenings we have become used to. We screen The Magic Flute, just re-released by the British Film Institute to mark the centenary of Bergman’s birth.