Director: Dome Karukoski
Cast includes: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins
Hastings Storytelling festival
112 Mins / 2019 / USA

As a young student, J.R.R. Tolkien (Nicholas Hoult) finds love, friendship and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts. Their brotherhood soon strengthens as Tolkien weathers the storm of a tumultuous courtship with Edith Bratt (Lily Collins) and the outbreak of World War I. These early life experiences later inspire the budding author to write the classic fantasy novels "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."

This film approaches its subject with an interest in the development of Tolkien's ideas, his passion for philology and his love of myths and legends. A well acted, enjoyable biopic that sheds overdue light on an until now rather shadowy figure.

Thursday 11am screenings: all seats just £5, including a free cuppa with your ticket.

Thursday night specials: Dinner and a film
Enjoy delicious Moroccan cuisine at Café Maroc from 6pm, followed by a movie treat. Booking required.