Image for 1969: The End of Innocence

1969 was a pivotal year for Hollywood. As age-old certainties crumbled away, studios responded to political upheaval and social change by creating films that more keenly reflected the times. Midnight Cowboy became the first X-rated film to win the Best Picture Oscar, whilst the phenomenal success of Easy Rider signalled the arrival of a new wave of adventurous young filmmakers who refused to play by Hollywood rules. This year’s retrospective salutes that glorious, tumultuous year with a blast of classics and rarities, all showing on the big screen where they can be seen at their very best. You can watch Jane Fonda in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, catch Haskell Wexler’s undisputed classic Medium Cool, admire Shirley MacLaine’s tour de force in Sweet Charity, and take in Sam Peckinpah’s legendary western The Wild Bunch. Even better, all of the retrospective films are screening absolutely free of charge. Everyone is welcome!

Films in this Festival Strand

Image for Alice's Restaurant (15)
26 February

Alice's Restaurant (15)

A poignant artefact of the counterculture era.

Image for Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (15)
27 February

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (15)

A perceptive exploration of love, loyalty and the joys and woes of sexual liberation

Image for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (PG)
24 February

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (PG)

A hugely entertaining classic

Image for Medium Cool (15)
28 February

Medium Cool (15)

A landmark film of the New Hollywood movement that emerged in the late 1960s.

Image for Midnight Cowboy (15)
1 March

Midnight Cowboy (15)

The first X-rated film to win the Best Picture Oscar

Image for Sweet Charity (PG)
25 February

Sweet Charity (PG)

Shirley MacLaine is never better in this soaring musical

Image for The Wild Bunch (18)
3 March

The Wild Bunch (18)

Sam Peckinpah’s elegiac, blood-soaked western remains one of the finest films of its era

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