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Dark Waters tells the shocking and heroic true story of attorney Rob Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) who risks his career and family to uncover a dark secret hidden by one of the world’s largest corporations and to bring justice to a community dangerously exposed for decades to deadly chemicals.
“the first corporate thriller that's a call to action because you'll emerge from it feeling anything but safe.” - Variety
Followed by a Q&A
Preceded by a reception
Kathaah@8 (Stories@8) is an award-winning anthology of 8 stories in 8 different Indian languages - all happening at 8:00 pm. The films explore themes around love, loss and longing, of tears and fears, hopes and dreams. Stories strewn across a town, a city, a country, all happening in the expanse of a few hours one night.
6pm Short Film Screenings
Dir Nishat Roy Bombarde | Marathi with English Subtitles | 30 min
An adolescent Pankaj is discovering his sexuality. Torn between a patriarchal Indian upbringing full of gender-stereotypes and his natural urge to identify with the opposite gender, he finds an opportunity to express his desires within the bounds of cultural ethos
Birds of Paradise 2018
Dir MM Rahul | Malayalam with English Subtitles | 10 min
The film travels through a day in the life of three transgender people set amidst the binary morality of society.
Shaadi Ke Kapde 2019
Dir Sonal Giani | Hindi with English Subtitles | 10 min 30 seconds
A wedding in the family is a happy occasion, a time for celebration buy is Sunny hassled?
Monsoon Date 2018
Dir Tanuja Chandra | Hindi/English with English Subtitles | 20 min
On uneventful rainy evening a young woman on her way to her date experiences bittersweet moments with a series of strangers even as a storm brews inside her
Closing Film / UK Premiere
Followed by a Q&A
A period drama, the film is based on Ismat Chugtai's most celebrated story Lihaaf (published 1942). The film interweaves the plot of same sex relationship between Begum and her masseuse and the trial that Ismat underwent after being slapped with a case of obscenity on publishing the story. The film raises themes of homosexuality and freedom of speech that our society is grappling with even today.
The Ochoa family runs a for-profit ambulance in Mexico City, competing with other EMTs for patients in need of urgent help. While making a living in this cutthroat industry, they struggle to keep their financial needs from jeopardizing the people in their care. When a crackdown by corrupt police forces into questionable practices, Midnight Family explores urgent questions around healthcare, the failings of government and the complexity of personal responsibility.
“Portraits of institutional dysfunction don't come much more urgent, and quietly bleak, than this...” - Variety
This film contains a sequence of flashing lights which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.
Brittany, France, 1770. Marianne, a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. Héloïse is a reluctant bride to be and Marianne must paint her without her knowing. She observes her by day and secretly paints her at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all.
Vijay (Guru Dutt) writes unpopular poems about the destitute and poor. Ridiculed by his brothers and scorned by publishers, Vijay finds encouragement in a sweet prostitute, Gulabo (Waheeda Rehman). When a homeless man wearing a coat Vijay gave him is killed, Gulabo convinces a publisher to print his poems, believing Vijay to be dead. The poems are wildly popular, thanks to the myth conjured around Vijay's supposed death. When he reappears, he finds that few friends can be trusted.
L.B. Jeffries, a photographer with a broken leg, takes up the fine art of spying on his Greenwich Village neighbours during a summer heat wave. But things really hot up when he suspects one neighbour of murdering his invalid wife and burying the body in a flower garden
Followed by a Q&A with the director
Reception from 6.30pm
Sons and Fathers turns the creative lens upon the history of the film industry in Sri Lanka and its chequered path, by narrating the story of two generations of musicians who are caught in the whirlpool of political turbulence, the Tamil separatist war in the north and growing anti-Tamil sentiments in the country.
The first ever closest look into the Valentine's Day that unveils the bizarre shades of this global love fest and its ripple effect on society. The filmmaker explores the shocking ground facts about Valentine's Day that have been overlooked until now; as well as brings forth a comprehensive view of the subject through experts from various fields into this eye-opening documentary film.
Followed by a Q&A with the director Utpal Kalal
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for liaisons, but complications and a romance of his own ensue. The film won five Oscars.
Tickets just £1.75 for the over-55s
Wonderful biography of band leader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in 1944.