Double Bill: Slow West (15) + Theeb (15)

Ticket price £7.00

Slow West (15) – 6.30pm

2015 ( UK | New Zealand) ( Action, Thriller, Western)
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn
Director: John Maclean

Following the story of a teenage boy and a weathered brute, Slow West is a stunning two hander that charms its way across the prairies of Colorado with a pack of gun-toting desperados in tow.

Kodi Smit-McPhee plays the naïve Joe Cavendish, a 16-year-old Scot who embarks across the dusty plains of nineteenth century America in search of his outlawed love. In contrast, Michael Fassbender brings merit to a gnarly rogue cowboy, Silas Selleck, who grows from murderer and would-be traitor into chaperone and stand-in father. What makes this unusual friendship even more complicated is the fact that Joe’s romantic interest comes complete with a $2,000 bounty on her head. This doesn’t bode well…

(1hr 24min)

followed by…

Theeb (15) – 8.30pm

2014 ( United Arab Emirates | Qatar | Jordan | UK) (Adventure, Drama, Thriller)
(Arabic with English subtitles)

Starring: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Jack Fox
Director: Naji Abu Nowar

Theeb is an old school adventure movie set in the Jordan desert during WW1. When an Englishman (Jack Fox) seeks passage across the desert in 1916, bedouin Hussein (Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen) acts as his guide. Hussein’s younger brother Theeb (Jacid Eid Al-Hwietat) follows them, and it’s too late to send him back by the time they discover him. From there, the journey takes an unexpected turn.

The events are seen from the child’s perspective which highlights the mounting peril with heart-in-the-mouth intensity. The largely non-professional cast are as authentic as the craggy, unforgiving surroundings, and the way the film balances the simplicity of its central rite of passage with a broader outlook on a people caught in the shifting sands of time is a tribute to the director’s clarity of vision. Eye-searing landscapes and a fascinating historical setting turn this tale of innocence lost into a classic adventure film.
(1hr 55min)