Autumn 2016

I Wish

PG | Japan | 2011 | Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Date Shown: Wednesday 14 September 2016

In Kagoshima, the boy Koichi lives with his mother Nozomi in the house of his grandparents. Koichi misses his younger brother Ryunosuke and his father Kenji, who live in Fukuoka, and he dreams of his family coming together again. One day, Koichi overhears that the energy released by two bullet trains passing by each other would grant wishes and he invites his two best friends, Tasuku and Makoto, to travel to the point of intersection of the two trains. Koichi also tells his plan to Ryunosuke that invites his three best friends to join him. Soon the seven children arrive to the meeting point in the journey of discoveries.


15 | Bulgaria | 2011 | Bulgarian, English
Director: Konstantin Bojanov
Date Shown: Wednesday 28 September 2016

Two troubled teens hitchhike across Bulgaria.

White Material

15 | Cameroon | 2009 | French
Director: Claire Denis
Date Shown: Wednesday 12 October 2016

Denis revisits Africa, this time exploring a place rife with civil and racial conflict. A white French family outlawed in its home and attempting to save its coffee plantation connects with a black hero also embroiled in the tumult. All try to survive as their world rapidly crumbles around them

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BAFTA Shorts 2016

15 | UK | 2016 | English
Animation, Comedy, Drama
Director: Various
Date Shown: Wednesday 26 October 2016

BAFTA's annual Shorts Tour takes short films and animations nominated at the EE British Academy Film Awards on the road to cinemas around the UK, celebrating a new crop of talented UK filmmakers.

I Am Cuba

PG | Cuba | 1964 | Spanish, English
Drama, Music, War
Director: Mikhail Kalatozov
Date Shown: Wednesday 9 November 2016

Four vignettes about the lives of the Cuban people set during the pre-revolutionary era.


15 | USA | 2012 | English
Director: James Ponsoldt
Date Shown: Saturday 19 November 2016

A married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol gets their relationship put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.
This screening is part of The Shropshire Recovery Film Season, a series of films on the theme of recovery from alcohol addiction showing across Shropshire throughout Alcohol Awareness Week (14th-19th November). For more information please visit

Road-to-recovery movies are usually paved with cliches. Not this one. Smashed has the texture of life. Everyone knows couples like Kate and Charlie. And Mary Elizabeth Winstead - wow. She gives a career-making performance. - Time Out

- This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network

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15 | Canada | 2014 | French, English
Director: Xavier Dolan
Date Shown: Wednesday 23 November 2016

Forty-six year old Diane Després - "Die" - has been widowed for three years. Considered white trash by many, Die does whatever she needs, including strutting her body in front of male employers who will look, to make an honest living. That bread-winning ability is affected when she makes the decision to remove her only offspring, fifteen year old Steve Després, from her previously imposed institutionalization, one step below juvenile detention. She institutionalized him shortly following her husband's death due to Steve's attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and his violent outbursts. He was just kicked out of the latest in a long line of facilities for setting fire to the cafeteria, in turn injuring another boy. She made this decision to deinstitutionalize him as she didn't like the alternative, sending him into more restrictive juvenile detention from which he would probably never be rehabilitated. However, with this deinstitutionalization, she has to take care of him which means only being able to do home based work. Despite they always yelling expletives at each other and Steve sometimes demonstrating those violent tendencies toward her, Die and Steve truly do love each other, his emotions which are sometimes manifested as an Oedipus complex especially as he seems to need her complete attention most specifically when it is being directed at possible male suitors. Their lives, both individually and as a family, are affected with the entrance of two of their neighbors. The first is Paul, a lawyer, who does have that sexual interest in Die as he tries to help Steve through his legal problems. The second and more important is Kyla, who lives across the street with her husband Patrick and their adolescent daughter, they who are in transit in their life to wherever Patrick's job will take them. Kyla is a high school teacher on sabbatical as she deals with her own emotional issues, which are manifested in stuttering whenever she feels incapable of dealing with her life. Kyla may find that she needs the Després as much as they need her.

The Harder They Come

15 | Jamaica | 1972 | English, Creoles and pidgins
Crime, Drama, Music
Director: Perry Henzell
Date Shown: Friday 25 November 2016

This special showing will be followed by an hour of live vinyl DJing with some of the finest sounds of the era.
With dreams of becoming a successful Reggae singer, a young Jamaican man finds corruption from his record producers and the drug pushers they're connected to. Rather than fail his dreams Ivan lets nothing stand in his way, not even the law.
The harder They Come is showing as part of the BFI's BLACK STAR season, taking place UK-wide, with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

possibly the most influential of Jamaican films and one of the most important films from the Caribbean. - Barbara Mennel, Cities and Cinema
- This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network

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