Double Bill: Suffragette (12A) + The Long Good Friday (18)

Ticket price £7.00

Suffragette (12A) – 6.30pm

2015 ( UK ) ( Biography, Drama, History )
STARRING: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter
DIRECTOR: Sarah Gavron

Carey Mulligan shines in this period drama about the Suffragette struggle. It paints a disturbing picture of the inequality suffered by women at the time where they were often treated in their homes as their husbands’ property. It also highlights the horrific treatment of those who fought for the vote. We explore these issues through the trials of Mulligan’s uneducated Maud Watts who slaves away in an east London laundry house for a sexually abusive employer (Geoff Bell) and becomes swept up in the suffragette cause after witnessing police violence and oppression.

Steamy sweatshops and grey-tinged London vistas add production design grit, evoking a world in which backbreaking work and strength-sapping silence are equally stifling. This is an important story and Suffragette tells it without stylistic fuss or frills in solidly down-the-line fashion.

(1hr 46min)

followed by…

The Long Good Friday (18) – 8.45pm

1980 ( UK ) ( Crime, Drama, Mystery )
STARRING:Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Dave King
DIRECTOR: John Mackenzie

Bob Hoskins, in his remarkable breakthrough role, stars as a London racketeer fast losing control of his gangland empire. Helen Mirren shines as his classy moll. The Long Good Friday is a superb marriage of gangster movies from both sides of the Atlantic,

John Mackenzie’s classic British thriller only ended up in cinemas thanks to the intervention of George Harrison’s HandMade Films. Today it stands out as a prophetic classic thriller which still feels fresh and uncompromisingly tough.

(1hr 54min)

Tickets on sale 9th March 2016