Wild Mountain Thyme

“WELCOME TO OIRLAND!” So opines the great Christopher Walken in the trailer to this infamous star-studded blarney from the pen of the man who brought us the equally infamous gorilla flick Congo.

The starry cast delivers a wildly diverse array of Irish accents – often at the same time and in the same scene – as they gurn and emote their way through this hokey cinematic tale set amongst the “wild mountain thyme”.

Headstrong farmer Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt) has her heart set on winning her neighbour Anthony Reilly’s love. The problem is Anthony (Jamie Dornan) seems to have inherited a family curse, and remains oblivious to his beautiful admirer.

Stung by his father Tony’s (Christopher Walken) plans to sell the family farm to his American nephew (Jon Hamm), Anthony is jolted into pursuing his dreams in this unintentionally hilarious moving picture.

Join us for an unparalleled afternoon of celtic cringe, take part in our terrible Irish Accent competition and drink deep from the good stuff every time Jamie Dornan looks confused.

‘Makes the Quiet Man seem like Mean Streets’  – WHAT FILM

‘Finally, a film Christopher Walken is rubbish in.’  – CAHIERS DU CINEMA

Doors 1.30pm | Unreserved seating


Studio Electrophonique (Film)

A euphoric record of Sheffield-based Studio Electrophonique, which nurtured a generation of superstars such as ABC, The Human League, Heaven 17, Clock DVA and Pulp.

Ken Patten was a panel beater who sported a rakish moustache and had a passion for music.

He built his own creative universe in the downstairs extension of his Handsworth council house.

It was here that he set about recording the sounds of Sheffield, nurturing a generation of nascent superstars who would go on to form some of the most iconic British bands of the 1980s and 1990s.

James Taylor’s film, the little-known story of Studio Electrophonique, celebrates a vision unconstrained by means and a name that almost died unheralded, but now survives on the outer ring road of art.



Ryuichi Sakamoto Coda

We were gutted to hear of the recent passing of the great Ryuichi Sakamoto.

One of the most important artists of our era, his career spanned from techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning composer and anti-nuclear activist.

Sakamoto was a polymath in the truest sense of the word. Whether he was innovating with the legendary Yellow Magic Orchestra or going toe to toe with David Bowie in the movie Merry Christmas Mister Lawrence, his charisma, style and breath-taking talent shone through.

In honour of the great man, we’re showing a free screening of his beautiful 2017 documentary Coda.

This intimate, elegiac portrait explores Sakamoto’s return to music following a cancer diagnosis, leading to the creation of a haunting new masterpiece.

Rest in power.

This is a free screening, but advance booking is essential.

Ghouls On Film presents…Rosemary’s Baby

Join Ghouls On Film as they screen the cult classic ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ (1968), and consider the implications of a feminist reading, with a post-screening discussion facilitated by Dr. Jolene Mairs Dyer.

Rosemary’s Baby is one of the greatest movies of the late 1960s and one of the best of all horror movies, an outstanding modern Gothic tale. An art-house fable and an elegant popular entertainment, it finds its home on the cusp between a cinema of sentiment and one of sensation.

Courtney Barnett – Anonymous Club (NI Film Premiere)

The antithesis of a rock biography, Anonymous Club paints a raw and intimate picture of enigmatic singer-songwriter, Courtney Barnett.

At once an anti-influencer and powerful voice for our times, a recluse acclaimed by audiences the world over and a strong female artist in conflict with herself, this film lays bare the artist, the person and the image that fame creates around them.

With unprecedented, intimate access to the private life of the famously reclusive Barnett, filmmaker Danny Cohen (who also collaborated on many of her award-winning and highly imaginative music videos), Anonymous Club pulls back the curtain and invites us in…

‘Barnett works through creative crises, wrangles doubts and anguish, and the wrung-out exhaustion of giving everything to an audience of hungry strangers night after night. Anonymous Club is unusually candid and open in what it reveals about the cost of the creative process.’ –THE GUARDIAN

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved seating 


They Live!

“I’ve come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubblegum…”

35 years after its release, John Carpenter’s cult sci-fi satire about privilege, inequality and the “one per cent” is more grimly relevant now than ever.

They Live tells the story of Nada (“Rowdy” Roddy Piper), a homeless drifter who uncovers a shocking planet-wide alien conspiracy, with a little help from the most iconic shades in cinema history.

Along the way we get some razor-sharp observations, one of the greatest fight scenes ever filmed and some great one-liners. Initially ridiculed on release, it’s now regarded as a stone-cold classic. Come join is for this timely screening of one of our very favourite films.

Shades optional.

“They Live is one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left. The sunglasses function like a critique of ideology… When you put them on, you see the dictatorship in democracy, the invisible order which sustains your apparent freedom”Slavoj Žižek


Getting it Back: The Story of Cymande (NI Film Premiere)

The sons of Windrush parents, Cymande’s music combined influences from funk, calypso, soul and jazz, rock and African rhythms. Their sound ended up being one of the building blocks of hip hop, house and garage, sampled by the likes of De La Soul and Wu-Tang Clan. The story of Cymande is the story of the struggle of black British music, with some banging tunes along the way.

The first British band to play at Harlem’s legendary Apollo, their message of peace, love and funk sailed far beyond Britain’s shores and helped shape music for five decades. Long after they stopped playing in the 1970s, their innovative jazz-rock-funk music played on, with tracks including the iconic ‘Bra’ sampled by the likes of De La Soul, Wu-Tang Clan, the Sugarhill Gang, MC Solaar and the Fugees, so they returned to play some more. In Getting it Back, their story is told on screen for the first time, with tributes from a galaxy of musicians and producers influenced and enthralled by their music, includingMark Ronson, Norman Jay, Jazzie B, DJ Maseo of De la Soul, Jim James and Louie Vega.

Doors 12.30pm | Tickets £5.00


Jimi Hendrix (Film)

A moving and exhilarating celebration of the greatest rock guitarist that ever drew breath.  Featuring classic concert footage of Hendrix from 1967 to 1970, including the Monterey Pop Festival the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, Woodstock and a Berkeley concert.  Join us for a rare screening.

Made fifty years ago – and just three years after his untimely death, Jimi Hendrix is a moving and exhilarating celebration of the greatest rock guitarist that ever drew breath.

Co-directed by legendary music producer Joe Boyd, this wonderful film contains classic concert footage of Hendrix from 1967 to 1970, including the Monterey Pop Festival the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, Woodstock and a Berkeley concert. There are interviews by Hendrix’ contemporaries, family and friends. Others appearing in the film include Paul Caruso, Eric Clapton, Billy Cox, Alan Douglas, Germaine Greer, Hendrix’ father, James A. “Al” Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Eddie Kramer, Buddy Miles, Mitch Mitchell, Juggy Murray, Little Richard, Lou Reed and Pete Townshend.

Join us for a rare screening of this priceless musical document in remembrance of a stone-cold legend.

Doors 2.30pm | Tickets £6.00


Waiting For Guffman (Film)

The town of Blaine, Missouri may be small, but eccentric stage director Corky St. Clair (Christopher Guest) always dreams big.

Determined to get back to the bright lights of “off-off-off-off-Broadway,” he casts a ragtag group of amateur actors in Red, White & Blaine, a musical celebration of the burg’s 150th anniversary — and when word gets out that New York talent scout Mort Guffman will be in the audience, Corky’s hopes of stardom just might come true.

Shot in 29 days in a small suburb near Austin with one Super 16 camera and no script, director-star Guest’s cult-hit mockumentary was created entirely in collaboration with a superstar cast of improvisational talents, including Eugene Levy, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Parker Posey, and, supremely, Catherine O’Hara, as travel agent–cum–theatrical hopeful Sheila Albertson; her audition duet of Midnight at the Oasis with her husband Ron (Willard), performed in matching windbreakers, is so marvellously painful you can’t wait for the mainstage production.

The film that no less than Meryl Streep once as named as her favourite, Waiting for Guffman is both hilarious and heart-warming. Join us in the Green Room for the best movie ever made about theatre!

‘A superb send-up of small-town amateur dramatics’ Empire

‘…the unmistakable delusions of grandeur that are shared by amateurs and professionals alike. All that, and we are treated to the sight of The Remains of the Day lunch boxes. What more could you want?’  The Independent

Doors 5.30pm | Unreserved Seating 


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