North by Northwest

Experience Hitchcock’s thrilling masterpiece, ‘North by Northwest,’ as an innocent man, played by Cary Grant, is drawn into a world of espionage and suspense. With iconic scenes like the crop-dusting chase and Mount Rushmore climax, this classic suspense thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Shown: 3 April 2024

2019 BBFC Ratings Badge PG

North by Northwest Plot Synopsis

The 1959 classic suspense thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, and James Mason. The film tells the story of Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant), a suave and successful advertising executive in New York. His life takes a sudden, bewildering turn when he is mistaken for a government agent by a group of spies led by Phillip Vandamm (James Mason). Vandamm’s henchmen kidnap Thornhill and attempt to kill him, believing he possesses information they seek.

Thornhill manages to escape but finds himself on the run, framed for a murder he didn’t commit. In his quest to clear his name and elude both the spies and law enforcement, he meets the mysterious Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint), who may hold the key to his salvation.

Thornhill’s pursuit of the truth and his evolving relationship with Eve Kendall form the core of the story. “North by Northwest” is a masterclass in suspense and intrigue, with Hitchcock’s signature style of tension-building and Grant’s charismatic performance making it a classic in the thriller genre.

Film Reviews

There’s a superabundance of sparkling, often marvellously terse one-liners (when asked what the “O” stands for, Thornhill’s resigned and emotionally relevant answer is, “Nothing”) – and, my, how wittily Grant delivers them.

Mark Monahan, The Telegraph

Hitchcock breezes through a tongue-in-cheek, nightmarish plot with a lightness of touch that’s equalled by a charming performance from Grant (below), who copes effortlessly with the script’s dash between claustrophobia and intrigue on one hand and romance and comedy on the other.

Dave Calhoun, Timeout

Official Film Trailer for North by Northwest



< March 2024

I, Daniel Blake

Experience the compelling drama of ‘I, Daniel Blake,’ a film that sheds light on the heart-wrenching challenges faced by a carpenter navigating the UK welfare system after a health crisis. Discover the poignant bond he forms with a struggling single mother as they confront a callous bureaucracy, exploring themes of humanity, compassion, and resilience.

Shown: 6 March 2024

BBFC Ratings Badge 15

I, Daniel Blake Plot Synopsis

A 2016 British drama film directed by Ken Loach. The story centres on the titular character, Daniel Blake (played by Dave Johns), a 59-year-old carpenter in Newcastle, UK, who has recently suffered a heart attack and is deemed unfit for work by his doctors.

The film portrays Daniel’s frustrating journey through the UK’s welfare system as he attempts to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Despite his doctor’s recommendation and his evident health issues, he faces bureaucratic hurdles and a bewildering system that often seems designed to frustrate and dehumanize claimants.

During his struggle, Daniel encounters Katie (Hayley Squires), a single mother of two who has also fallen through the cracks of the social safety net. They form an unlikely but profound friendship, supporting each other through their shared hardships.

“I, Daniel Blake” is a powerful and socially relevant film that sheds light on the dehumanizing effects of a complex and sometimes callous bureaucracy on the lives of ordinary people. It explores themes of compassion, resilience, and the injustices faced by individuals caught in the welfare system’s web. The film earned critical acclaim and won the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival for its raw and honest portrayal of social issues and the human spirit.

Film Reviews

Loach scans the contemporary landscape, and instead of a firebrand approach of stereotype, delivers a film of immense sadness. Someone should project this on the walls of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Andrew Lowry, Empire

I, Daniel Blake is about human value: disposable and abstract in one context; eternal, inviolable and sacred in another. They might underline the point a bit too thickly, but Loach and Laverty count on their audience to discern the difference, and to act accordingly.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Official Film Trailer for I, Daniel Blake



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Philomena

Experience the heart-wrenching and inspiring tale of ‘Philomena,’ a moving film that takes you on an emotional journey as Philomena Lee, accompanied by journalist Martin Sixsmith, unravels the secrets of her past and searches for the son she lost, touching on themes of love, faith, and the unbreakable mother-child bond.

Shown: 7 February 2024

BBFC Ratings Badge 12A
  • Date of release: 2013
  • Running time: 1h 38m
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Writers: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope & Martin Sixsmith
  • Country: UK, France & USA
  • Language: English
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Philomena Plot Synopsis

A 2013 drama film directed by Stephen Frears and starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. The story is based on real events and the book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee” by Martin Sixsmith.

The film revolves around the emotional journey of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an Irish woman who, as a teenager, gave birth to a son out of wedlock. Her family sends her to a convent, where she is forced to give up her child for adoption. For decades, Philomena keeps this secret but eventually decides to search for her lost son.

In her quest, she is aided by Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a former journalist who has been disgraced and is looking for a human-interest story. Together, they embark on a journey to the United States to find Philomena’s long-lost son. The search uncovers painful truths about the Catholic Church’s adoption practices and the life her son has led.

“Philomena” is a moving exploration of forgiveness, faith, and the enduring bond between a mother and her child. It combines elements of drama and comedy as it delves into themes of love, loss, and the power of human connection. The film received critical acclaim for its powerful performances and poignant storytelling.

Film Reviews

Getting full comic effect from its class-comedy abrasions, Philomena rises to poignancy and profundity as Dench reveals her control of a character stained by the loss of her child and troubled by her suspicion.

Mary Corliss, Time

It’s profoundly moving and thoroughly mind provoking, but despite the poignant subject matter, I promise you will not leave Philomena depressed. I’ve seen it twice and felt exhilarated, informed, enriched, absorbed and optimistic both times.

Rex Reed, The Observer

Official Film Trailer for Philomena



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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Step into the enchanting world of ‘Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris,’ a captivating film that follows the extraordinary journey of Ada Harris, a London cleaning woman, as she pursues her dream of owning a Christian Dior dress in post-World War II Paris. Join Ada on her transformative adventure filled with friendship and the timeless allure of fashion.

Shown: 3 January 2024

2019 BBFC Ratings Badge PG

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris Plot Synopsis

A 2022 British-American drama film directed by Anthony Fabian. The story is based on the novel of the same name by Paul Gallico. The film follows the life of Ada Harris (played by Lesley Manville), a widowed cleaning woman in post-World War II London. Ada’s mundane existence takes a dramatic turn when she becomes enamoured with a Christian Dior dress she sees in a customer’s closet. Determined to own such a dress, Ada embarks on a journey to Paris, encountering numerous obstacles and heart-warming moments along the way.

With the support of her friends and newfound allies, including a French fashion designer (Isabelle Huppert), Ada strives to make her dream a reality. “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris” is a tale of resilience, friendship, and the transformative power of fashion, highlighting the pursuit of one’s dreams and the unexpected adventures that can ensue when taking bold steps. The film explores themes of self-discovery and the universal desire for beauty and elegance.

Film Reviews

Not to gush or go too far overboard, but the warmth of a movie like “Mrs. Harris” is downright restorative in the viewing, two escapist hours that remind us that everyone is entitled to courtesy, a fair shake and a little beauty and luxury, and most of all, the hope that life can get better.

Roger Moore, Movie Nation

Nothing wrong with a movie in today’s troubled winter of discontent that exists solely for the purpose of creating joy and good will, and Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris spreads them around like butter.

Rex Reed, The Observer

Official Film Trailer for Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris



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