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Sun 19 Mar // 20:00 /

In Pursuit of Silence

In Pursuit of Silence

PG / 81mins / Patrick Shen / 2016 / USA | Belgium | China | Germany | Hong Kong | India | Japan | Taiwan | UK

Offering a contemplative experience, this film is about our relationship with silence and the impact of noise on our lives. From the Desert Fathers of the third century AD who became the model for Christian monasticism to John Cage's seminal work 4'33" which would inspire a generation of artists, humankind has had a long fascination with silence. In our race towards modernity, silence is now quickly passing into legend.

Hosted by Hastings Triratna Buddhist Group.

Sat 18 Mar // 20:00 /

Live Event: The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries

Live Event: The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries

Live comedy from the newly crowned winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year award!

Alasdair Beckett-King is a legendary comedian, in that there is little historical evidence he exists. But he does exist. He's an award-winning stand-up comedian bringing us his debut solo show. Come and see it, please. "One to Watch" - Time Out, “Delicious writing and exceptional observations” - Chortle. “A bold and fresh comedy voice” - The Stage. As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

With support from homegrown Hastings talent, the "friendly absurdist", Anthony Benelux, who explores some of life's real issues, and also some entirely imaginary ones.


Fri 17 Mar // 20:00 /

The Lovers and the Despot

The Lovers and the Despot

Exempt / 98mins / Ross Adam, Robert Cannan / 2016 / UK

An extraordinary documentary about the kidnapping of South Korean director Shin Sang-ok and his actress wife Choi Eun-hee by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il in 1978. After becoming the biggest stars in Korean cinema, Shin and Choi were abducted as part of Jong-il's plan to revolutionise the North Korean film industry. Jong-il provided the couple with all the resources needed to make new films, however, with the rest of the world unaware of the real circumstances, the desperate couple plot a daring escape.

Thu 16 Mar // Thu 16 Mar // 19:30 /11:00 /

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

 The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

Unrated / 90mins / Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth & Bartek Dziadosz / 2016 / UK

Come and meet Bartek Dziadosz, one of the film's directors, for a Q&A opportunity at the evening screening on 16 March. It's really special he can join us!

And for Thursday morning, we have some live readings for you in addition to the film screening! Following John Berger’s example, the show is short and simple - the performance consists of pieces he wrote, read by professional actors.

The four films within the screening are the result of a five-year project to produce a portrait of the intellectual and storyteller John Berger. They each draw from ideas and motifs from Berger’s own work with the atmosphere of his mountain home: ‘Ways of Listening’ deals with fathers and friendship. ‘Spring’ considers Berger’s writing on our relationship with animals. ‘A Song for Politics’ reflects on politics through archive footage, song and discussion. ‘Harvest’ revisits Quincy to meditate on belonging and continuity with Berger and his son Yves.

Also, see this film as part of our new Thursday night special dinner and film offer: Enjoy delicious Moroccan cuisine at Café Maroc, followed by a movie treat. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Wed 15 Mar // 19:30 /

First Heard Theatre - The Bloody Death of Edmund Ironside

First Heard Theatre - The Bloody Death of Edmund Ironside

First Heard is a monthly play reading event featuring new works by local playwrights, performed by professional actors.

Join us for 'The Bloody Death of Edmund Ironside',  a 45-minute, four-scene play written in verse, by Glyn Carter.

At the end of every play there is an honest Q&A with the writer and all money raised from ticket sales, go towards the actors’ time. All tickets £5

If you are a playwright or actor looking to get involved with First Heard, contact John on 07813 035514.

Sun 12 Mar // 19:30 /



12 / 90mins / Basil Dearden / 1961 / UK

Dirk Bogarde stars as a Q.C. with a past he has tried to bury. Now married, he has tried to forget a homosexual affair, but cannot escape it when he receives a phone call from his former lover who has been arrested for theft. When the police find that he has no money they assume he is being blackmailed. Opening himself up to legal proceedings, Bogarde decides to prosecute the blackmailers himself. Victim is the first mainstream film to sympathetically portray homosexual society when it was still a crime in Britain. Also stars Sylvia Syms, Norman Bird, Donald Churchill and John Barrie.

Intro and post film discussion with The Cinematologists.

Sat 11 Mar // Fri 10 Mar // 20:00 /

A Streetcat Named Bob

A Streetcat Named Bob

12 / 103mins / Roger Spottiswoode / 2016 / UK

This uplifting and moving film is based on the true life story of London busker and recovering drug addict James Bowen, who’s life is transformed when he finds an injured ginger street cat Bob in his sheltered accommodation.

Thu 9 Mar // Thu 9 Mar // 20:00 /11:00 /

Life, Animated

Life, Animated

PG / 89mins / Roger Ross Williams / 2016 / USA

This incredibly moving and inspirational documentary from an Oscar-winning director takes us into the interior life of an autistic person, and explores how films helped him communicate. As a child Owen Suskind was unable to speak, until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate through classic Disney animated films. This emotional story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.

See Life, Animated as part of our new Thursday night special dinner and film offer: Enjoy delicious Moroccan cuisine at Café Maroc, followed by a movie treat. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Sun 5 Mar // Sat 4 Mar // Fri 3 Mar // Thu 2 Mar // Thu 2 Mar // 20:00 /11:00 /

American Honey

American Honey

15 / 162mins / Andrea Arnold / 2016 / USA

Star lives on the fringes of American society. When she meets Jake (Shia LaBeouf) dancing in the aisles at a KMart, their attraction is instantaneous. They embark on a cross-country drive with a Dickensian gang of misfits: slugging hard liquor, crashing in rundown motels, and selling fraudulent magazine subscriptions. Lane and LaBeouf are an electric pairing; their road trip is propelled by a dynamic soundtrack.

“Shia LaBeouf has never looked worse or acted better” – 5 stars, The Telegraph


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