Sat 1 Oct // 20:00 /
15 / 118mins / Paolo Sorrentino / 2016 / Italy | France | UK | Switzerland, some subtitles
Featuring a career-best performance from Michael Caine, Youth is a warm, witty and deeply moving portrait of love and loss. With dazzling visuals a great soundtrack and a stellar supporting cast that includes Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Youth is essential viewing.
Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning: we will be running our annual Macmillan coffee morning before the Thursday 11am screening of Youth. Do join us for a cuppa and a slice of cake before the screening, and please spread the word about this great cause.
Sun 2 Oct // 20:00 /
AfriKaba Festival Presents...
18 / 95mins / Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah / 2015 / Belgium, Subtitles
In this pulse-pounding gritty contemporary take on a Shakespearean tragedy, a 15-year-old girl in a black gang in Brussels must choose between loyalty and love when she falls for a Moroccan boy from a rival gang. Enhanced by the raw performances of its young leads, this is a no-holds-barred experience that will resonate long after you've left the cinema.
Winner of three film awards from Toronto, Ghent and Tallinn Film Festivals. Introduced by Gwyneth Wint.
Thu 6 Oct // Thu 6 Oct // Fri 7 Oct // Sat 8 Oct // 11:00 /20:00 /
PG-13 / 106mins / John Carney / 2016 / UK
This new musical comedy from Once director John Carney is a funny and joyously uplifting treat. Set in Dublin in 1985, it's a loving homage to the 80s, its music and fashion. Conor is a new kid at an inner-city school who musters the courage to talk to beautiful Raphina, a ‘model’ preparing to move to London. He asks her to be in his music video and she agrees - only problem is, he's not yet in a band...
Sun 9 Oct // 20:00 /
On The Black Hill
15 / 116mins / Andrew Grieve / 1988 / UK
Set in the stunningly dramatic Welsh Borders, this evocative adaption celebrates the people of the Black Mountains, made transcendent by magnificent cinematography. Chronicling the travails of the Jones family, the heart of the story is the intense relationship between identical twins.
Sharing a unique bond, the brothers journey together through eight decades of life, all the while tied to the land on which they were raised. The epic sweep takes in two world wars, exploring themes of nationalism, class, community, faith and pacifism.
Thu 13 Oct // Thu 13 Oct // 11:00 /20:00 /
Southside With You
AfriKaba Festival Presents...
12 / 84mins / Richard Tanne / 2016 / USA
This often hilarious, old-fashioned romantic comedy is inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date, recounting the eventful summer’s day in 1989 when a charming young law associate named Barack tries to woo reluctant attorney Michelle Robinson during a daylong date that takes them from an art exhibit to a screening
of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, to a sweet first kiss outside a Baskin-Robbins ice-cream parlour.
Introduced by Gwyneth Wint.
Fri 14 Oct // 20:00 /
Embrace of the Serpent
15 / 124mins / Ciro Guerra / 2016 / Colombia | Venezuela | Argentina, Subtitles
The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.
“Extraordinary, hypnotic work” - Mark Kermode, The Guardian
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Hastings Bonfire Night we have cancelled the previously advertised screening of this film on Sat 15th October. We're sorry for any disappointment this causes.
Sun 16 Oct // 20:00 /
The Last Days of Coney Island plus L'Escargot
Part of 1066 Hastings Cartoon Festival
Unrated / 22mins / 10mins / Ralph Bakshi / Rene Laloux / 2015 / 1966 / USA
In the cheap glitter and glow of a fading Coney Island, a group of characters live out their sordid, strange lives trying to get somewhere fast - any way they can.
This is a special showing of Bakshi's final cartoon film as a fringe element of the 1066 Hastings Cartoon Festival. Introduced by Robin Knowles, curator of our B Movie Fan Club screenings.
All tickets £5.
Thu 20 Oct // Thu 20 Oct // Fri 21 Oct // Sat 22 Oct // 11:00 /20:00 /
Love & Friendship
U / 93mins / Whit Stillman / 2016 / Ireland | Netherlands | France | USA | UK
Witty adaptation of Jane Austen's novella. Kate
Beckinsale stars as Lady Susan, a high-class
widow whose waning finances threaten her status.
Accompanied by confidante Alicia (Chloë Sevigny),
who is waiting for her elderly husband (Stephen
Fry) to pass on, the sharp-tongued Lady Susan sets
her sights on charming Reginald de Courcy in the hope of financial security. The arrival of her daughter disrupts her plans.
Sun 23 Oct // 15:00 /
The Iron Giant with a Make a Robot workshop
PG / 86mins plus workshop / Brad Bird / 1999 / USA
GoGo Presents... a special afternoon including screening and craft workshop.
A giant robot crash-lands near the small town of
Rockwell in 1957. A lonely nine-year-old boy, Hogarth discovers him and they form an unlikely friendship. When a paranoid government official becomes determined to destroy the robot, Hogarth must do everything he can to save the misunderstood machine.
Followed by a MAKE A ROBOT workshop.
Doors open 2.15pm.
Sun 23 Oct // 20:00 /
The Curse of Frankenstein
Halloween B Movie Fan Club
12 / 82mins / Terence Fisher / 1957 / UK
Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it back to life, but (you knew there would be one) it doesn't quite go to plan. The classic Mary Shelley story with the usual amount of sparks and buzzing stuff. “The creature created by man and forgotten by nature!” goes the strapline. This Hammer Horror stars Peter Cushing.
All Tickets £5.
Wed 26 Oct // 20:00 /
Winstanley plus Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo Q&A
Black Huts Festival
Unrated / 96mins plus Q&A / Kevin Brownlow & Andrew Mollo / 1976 / UK
Sussex-born Brownlow and Mollo recreated 17th-century England to portray Winstanley and his Diggers, direct action pioneers who founded England’s first commune on St George’s Hill, Surrey. After seven years of Civil War, with poverty and anarchy sweeping England, the Diggers fight to reclaim common lands for the poor. Painstakingly made on a bootlace by amateurs accurately using clothes and rare livestock of 1656.
Q&A with Oscar winner Kevin Brownlow, and co-director of Winstanley, Andrew Mollo. Tickets £8/£7.
Thu 27 Oct // 20:00 /
The Sixth Finger Which The Other Ten Obey
A rare poetry performance by Blurt frontman Ted Milton, followed by his puppet show. Old Town painter, astronomical clockmaker Roland Jarvis's films are shown and remembered.
Rebecca E Marshall premiers a trio of parallel stories; Beating Upon the Borders of Time. Plus three short films by Nichola Bruce, Andrew Kötting, and Mark Jenkin. Tickets £8/£7.
Fri 28 Oct // 20:00 /
Fire at Sea
15 / 108mins / Gianfranco Rosi / 2016 / Italy | France, some subtitles
Rosi accumulated an incredible array of footage, portraying the history, culture and daily lives of the islanders of Lampedusa, situated 150 miles south of Sicily. He focuses on 12-year-old Samuele as he explores the land and attempts to gain mastery of the sea.
The film slowly builds a breathtakingly naturalistic portrait of the Lampedusan people and the events that surround them as they hit the headlines as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe.
Rated five stars by The Guardian.
Sat 29 Oct // 20:00 /
The Witchfinder General
Folk horror classic for Halloween
18 / 86mins / Michael Reeves / 1968 / UK
One of those British horror films that, like The Wicker Man, has become a firm cult classic. Vincent Price is wonderful as the titular witchfinder, Matthew Hopkins, whose bloody persecutions across civil war-torn East Anglia are carried out with much relish. What draws the viewer into the film is the setting as Reeves' camera roams lovingly across the East Anglian countryside. A sturdy piece of distinctively British filmmaking.
Sun 30 Oct // 12:00 /
The Midnight Drives
Black Huts Festival
Unrated / 96mins plus talk / Mark Jenkin / 2008 / UK
A family holiday in bleak, out-of-season Cornwall. Andy, a lonely divorcee takes his two young children in an attempt to recapture the magic of his own childhood holidays. By day the holiday is a disaster, at night the family make spontaneous dreamlike excursions they come to call The Midnight Drives…
Plus Q&A with Mark Jenkin.
Sun 30 Oct // 15:30 /
Black Huts Festival
Unrated / 75mins plus talk and archive clips / Robbie Fraser / 2015 / UK
See the English premiere of Hamish, a documentary of poetic vision and impressionist power: Sporting a grinning mouthful of teeth like cracked headstones, Hamish Henderson cuts an extraordinary figure on-screen. The poet, soldier, Gramsci translator, songwriter and folklorist spearheaded Scotland’s folk revival in the 1950s, journeying through rural Scotland, living in travelling communities where oral song and storytelling traditions were vibrant.
Introduced by Nicholas Johnson, showing archive footage of Henderson. Tickets £8/£7.
*** We are sad to report Timothy Neat has fallen ill, so will no longer be able to discuss Henderson after the screening. Hamish will instead be introduced, with extra footage, by Nicholas Johnson. ***
Sun 30 Oct // 20:00 /
Alasdair Roberts Live in Concert plus short film of Hastings Archive Footage Perehlion
Black Huts Festival
Unrated / 75min concert/15mins film plus interval / Alasdair Roberts / Nichola Bruce / 2016 / UK
‘The Evening Is Growing Dim’ - a concert by Glasgow's Alasdair Roberts, song poet, master of scordatura techniques on guitar, writer of 'Farewell Sorrow', 'Waxwing' and 'The Year of the Burning'. He has an uncanny ability to create a song of his own that sounds familiar,
traditional and universal using the barest of ingredients.
PLUS Perihelion, a film poem. A layering of memory, taken from Nichola Bruce’s 35-year film archive of Hastings. Expect tug of war, fishermen’s wives screaming pull pull, men in armour and spectacles outside Battle Abbey, Harold's flower strewn grave…
Pic credit: Drew Farrell
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