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Harold LloydHarold LloydBFI Comedy Genius Tour
Wednesday  9 January
Harold Lloyd’s World of Comedy (1962) 96 min  PG

A 1962 compilation of scenes from Harold Lloyd’s best known films. The clips were personally selected by Lloyd, who also wrote the voiceover narration. The film marked the return of Lloyd to cinemas after an absence of more than two decades, and it included extended excerpts from the classics Safety Last! and Feet First.

BLAZING SADDLESWednesday 16 January
BLAZING SADDLES (1974) 93min  12A

Daring, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny, a gleefully vulgar spoof of Westerns that marks a high point in Mel Brooks’ career. Occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town.

COMING TO AMERICAWednesday 23 January 7pm
COMING TO AMERICA (1988) 116min Cert 15

Eddie Murphy is pampered African prince Akeem, who rebels against an arranged marriage and heads to America to find a new bride. Murphy’s father (James Earl Jones) allows the prince 40 days to roam the U.S., sending the prince’s faithful retainer Semmi (Arsenio Hall) along to make sure nothing untoward happens. Murphy and Hall play multiple roles, and there are innumerable celebrity cameos peppered throughout the proceedings.

FLYING DEUCES
FLYING DEUCES

Wednesday 30 January 7pm
The Flying Deuces  (1939)  USA   69 min

Oliver is heartbroken when he finds that Georgette, the inkeeper’s daughter he’s fallen in love with, is already married to dashing Foreign Legion officer Francois. To forget her, he joins the Legion, taking Stanley with him. Introduced by Dr Van Norris, Senior Lecturer, School of Film, Media and Communication, UoP.

Pride LGBTQ+ Film Festival

POSTCARDS FROM LONDONPOSTCARDS FROM LONDONWednesday 6th February
Postcards from London ( UK 2018)  (Cert TBC)
90 min  English

Having hopped on a train to London Jim  finds himself jobless, penniless and renting a cardboard box from a homeless man.  Down on his luck, Jim catches the eyes of a troupe of high-class male escorts who specialise in cultural, post-coital conversation. Festival opening talk from Professor Sherria Hoskins, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and University of Portsmouth’s Senior Equality and Diversity Champion.

ANCHOR AND HOPEWednesday 13th Feb
Anchor and Hope
2017 | SPAIN | 113MINS

Anchor and Hope, directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet, is about Eva and Kat, a couple living on a London canal boat with their friend Roger. As Eva and Kat decide
to take their relationship to the next level, they face a number of di cult decisions and con icting opinions. Anchor and Hope stays playful and funny, whilst painting a true picture of modern relationships and family life.Introduction & discussion with Dr. Deborah Shaw, Reader in Film Studies, School of Film, Media and Communication

A MOMENT IN THE REEDSA MOMENT IN THE REEDSTuesday 19th Wednesday-
A Moment in the Reeds
2018 103 min Cert18 English; Finnish

Leevi returns to Finland for the summer to help renovate the family summer house, Tariq a Syrian asylum seeker is hired to help and the two young men develop a closer friendship that offers a summer of love. Viewing Finland from both the perspectives of an immigrant and an emigrant, the film is a story about the search for freedom, acceptance and a place to call home.

HAPPY PRINCEWednesday 20th Feb 7 pm                                                     The Happy Prince 2017  (Cert 15)  105min

The last days of Oscar Wilde — and the ghosts that haunted them — are vividly evoked in Rupert Everett’s directorial debut. Everett gives a career defining performance as Wilde, physically and emotionally embodying the literary genius as he lives out his last days in exile in Europe.

THE BOOKSHOP 2018THE BOOKSHOP 2018Weds 27th Feb at 7pm                                                                 The Bookshop 2018 (Cert PG) 113min

 

England, 1959. Free-spirited widow Florence Green (Emily Mortimer) risks everything to open a bookshop in a conservative East Anglian coastal town. As Florence’s obstacles amass and bear suspicious signs of a local power struggle, she is forced to ask: is there a place for a bookshop in a town that may not want one? The Bookshop is an elegant yet incisive rendering of personal resolve, tested in the battle for the soul of a community.

 

Thursday 28th Feb at 7pm   room 1.11  A Deal With The Universe (2018) 130min

Documentary “A Deal With The Universe” is filmmaker Jason Barker’s debut feature. Autobiographical and made entirely from personal archive and home video diaries, the film follows Jason’s incredible story of how he came to give birth to his child, charting over 15 years of his and his partner’s life. This film is groundbreaking in terms of it’s intimate insights into gender identity and new parenthood.
 

BORN A REBELBORN A REBEL5th March 7pm    Free Public screenings for International Women’s Day 7.15pm                                                          VOTE 100: BORN A REBEL  15min (2018)

Cinema For All’s newly-commissioned short film, Vote 100: Born a Rebel – made up of wonderful footage from the YorkshireNorth East and North West Film Archives – we were inspired by the words of Mrs Elizabeth Dean who, still a proud suffragette at 100 years old. This is our special treat free Screening for International Women’s Day.

A STAR IS BORNA STAR IS BORN7.30pm  A Star Is Born   135min   US (2018)  Cert15

With appealing leads, deft direction, and an affecting love story, A Star Is Born is a remake done right — and a reminder that some stories can be just as effective in the retelling. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga fuse their considerable talents to depict the raw and passionate tale of Jack and Ally, two artistic souls coming together, on stage and in life. Theirs is a complex journey through the beauty and the heartbreak of a relationship struggling to survive.

6th March 7pm
The Wife (2017) Cert 15 100min

The Wife lies on the strength of Glenn Close’s performance to drive home the power of its story — and she proves thoroughly, grippingly up to the task. The film interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later–a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love. 

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLDWednesday 13th March 7pm      They shall not grow old            2018  Cert 15  99min

An impressive technical achievement with a walloping emotional impact, They Shall Not Grow Old pays brilliant cinematic tribute to the sacrifice of a generation. Academy Award winner Peter Jackson’s poignant WWI documentary is is an extraordinary look at the soldiers and events of the Great War, using film footage captured at the time, now presented as the world has never seen it by utilizing state-of-the-art restoration, colorization and 3D technologies.

GOODBYE LENINTuesday 19th March 7pm
Good Bye Lenin! (2004) 118min

Funny and poignant social critique of German reunification. A dedicated young German boy pulls off an elaborate scheme to keep his mother in good health in this comedy drama from director Wolfgang Becker. Suffering a heart attack and falling into a coma after seeing her son arrested during a protest.

CRAZY RICH ASIANSWednesday 20 March                                                          Crazy Rich Asians – Warner Bros                                   120min Cert 12A

“Crazy Rich Asians” follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors.

HAVE A NICE DAYWednesday 27 March                Have A Nice Day Cert 15
China | 2017 | 77 mins

Animated neo-noir: in southern China, impoverished Xiao Zhang steals a million yuan from his shady uncle to repair his girlfriend’s botched plastic surgery. Uncle wants it back. Others want it too. Follow the money from one dodgy character to the next.

 

WON'T YOU BE A NEIGHBOR?Wednesday 3rd April
12A 95min Documentary
WON’T YOU BE My NEIGHBOR? (TBC)

An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children’s television host, Mister Fred Rogers. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? takes a fittingly patient and honest look at the life and legacy of a television pioneer whose work has enriched generations. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.