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Cinema For All – Films showing in Autumn


A Bunch of Amateurs

A heartwarming documentary that follows group of ageing cinephiles’ attempts to save their local filmmaking club in Bradford. Winner of the Audience Award at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, the film is an affectionate love letter to our shared passion for film and its ability to bring communities together. We will also be joined by the films director, Kim Hopkins who will join us to present this years Film Society of the Year Awards!

Return To Dust

Ma and Cao, who have been forced into and arranged marriage, and in the face of adversity find an unexpected bond begins to blossom. This beautifully tender tale about the transformative nature of love has drawn comparisons to Ozu and has received rave reviews during its festival run.

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Long Live My Happy Head

After being diagnosed with a brain tumour, comic book artist Gordon begins to channel his experiences into autobiographical comics that communicate his thoughts and reactions to cancer in a medium and a language that is disarming, accessible and inviting.

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A tense, unpredictable thriller from debut director Kwon Oh-seung, Midnight follows a young woman who witnesses a brutal crime, starting a game of cat and mouse through the neon lit streets of Seoul.

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The Saphead

Available to screen from 01/01/23 this classic comedy sees Buster Keaton, in his very first leading role, as the scatterbrained son of a Wall Street tycoon who goes to the stock exchange and saves his father from bankruptcy.

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Sweet Thing

An intense but ultimately uplifting, poetic rendering of childhood that captures the essence of that time in life when a day can last forever. One eventful summer, in New Bedford Massachusetts, the kids Billie and Nico set off on their own adventure into the fantastic world of childhood, unseen by the adults around them.

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With Black History Month taking place throughout October, it’s an important time to think about your organisation and how we can all work to become more inclusive. We want help to amplify the voices of Black artists and filmmakers with some recommendations to help celebrate Black History Month 2022.


Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, director Chinonye Chukwu’s breakout film, Clemency, features a powerful performance from Alfre Woodard as Bernadine, a tough prison officer, forms an unlikely bond with Anthony, a prisoner, who maintains his innocence till the day of his execution.

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Fruitvale Station

This debut feature from Black Panther director Ryan Coogler won the Future Prize when in debuted at Cannes in 2013, and tells the real life story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.

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I Am Not Your Negro

Working from the text of acclaimed author James Baldwin’s unfinished final novel, Remember This House, director Raoul Peck creates a meditation on what it means to be Black in the United States. Exploring the history of racism in America through Baldwin’s recollections of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Monsters and Men

From the director of last years Oscar nominated King Richard, Reinaldo Marcus Green, comes this Sundance Award-winning portrait of race, family and consequence in which the tight-knit community of Bed-Stuy is pushed to the brink after the death of a black man at the hands of police.

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Often cited as one of the best films of its decade, Moonlight was the first LGBTQ film with an all-black cast to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Told across three chapters, following the life of Chiron, a young gay man who must navigate race, class and the pains and joys of first love in a journey of self-discovery.

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Rebel Dread

Rebel Dread is the story of Don Letts, a first-generation British-born Black filmmaker, DJ, musician, and cultural commentator. The film frames Don’s story with the 1968 Enoch Powell ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech and the 2018 ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy, and follows how Letts injected Afro-Caribbean music into the early punk scene and shot over 300 music videos including for Public Image Ltd. and Bob Marley.

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