Maxine Peake stars as a stand-up comic, writing and performing her act ‘Funny Cow’. With an insult-packed routine, she appears in working men’s clubs in the north of England, dreaming of making it big. But 1970s and ’80s showbiz is a man’s world and, to be accepted, she finds she must include racist and homophobic material in her sketches. Encountering both success and failure, armed only with wit and determination, she battles her way to become a respected comedian. Material for her punchy comedy is mined from her own tragic upbringing, and her troubled and abusive marriage. Written by Tony Pitts and directed by Adrian Shergold, Funny Cow transports us to another era where the tough and gritty side of the comedy industry is exposed, and where changes in attitude are confronted head on.
Childhood friends Lily (Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Cooke) reconnect in suburban Connecticut after years of growing apart. Lily has turned into a polished, upper-class teenager, with a fancy boarding school on her transcript and a coveted internship on her CV; Amanda has developed a sharp wit and her own particular attitude, which have made her a social outcast. Though they initially seem completely at odds, the pair bond over Lily’s contempt for her oppressive stepfather (Sparks). As their friendship grows, they begin to bring out one another’s most destructive tendencies. Their ambitions lead them to hire a local hustler (Yelchin) and take matters into their own hands to set their lives straight. A beautifully shot and engaging dark-comedy thriller from first-time feature director Cory Finley.
London, 1946. Charismatic and free-spirited writer Juliet (James) receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club founded in Guernsey during Nazi occupation. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, including Dawsey (Huisman), the rugged and intriguing farmer who wrote her the letter. As she learns about their wartime experiences and secrets, Juliet develops a life-changing bond with the book club and the island.
From the producers of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and with an all-star British cast, comes a compelling romantic drama with an intriguing mystery at its heart. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name.
Our Dear Channel Islands
Duration: 4 mins
Before the main feature, we are pleased to present archive newsreel footage of the occupation of Guernsey, supplied courtesy of Imperial War Museums.
After a bitter divorce, Miriam (Drucker) and Antoine (Ménochet) battle for sole custody of their son, Julien (Gioria). Miriam claims the father is violent but lacks proof. Antoine accuses her of manipulating their son for her own ends. Both sides seem to be hiding something; the truth is buried in deceit and jealousy. When the judge awards joint custody, Julien becomes a pawn in a tense conflict that soon brings the family’s fraught past to light.
Winner of prestigious awards at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, including the Silver Lion for best director, Custody is a gripping, tension-filled drama that heralds a stunning new cinematic voice in Xavier Legrand. Legrand’s mastery of building suspense, supported by exceptional performances from Denis Ménochet, Léa Drucker and Thomas Gioria, marks this out as one of the must-see films of 2018.
In this animated adaptation of Ted Hughes' Cold War fable, a giant alien robot crash-lands near the small town of Rockwell, Maine, in 1957. Exploring the area, a local 9-year-old boy, Hogarth, discovers the robot, and soon forms an unlikely friendship with him. When a paranoid government agent, Kent Mansley, becomes determined to destroy the robot, Hogarth and beatnik Dean McCoppin must do what they can to save the misunderstood machine.
21.00Big Scream: Exclusively for parents or carers with babies under the age of one.
Ready Player One Season: To celebrate the release of Spielberg's big-screen adaptation, Picturehouse Culture Shock presents a season of the retro sci-fi classics referenced in Ernest Cline's pop-cultural odyssey.