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Closing Gala: Polite Society (N/C 18+)

12 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Nida Manzoor’s riotous action-comedy provides the perfect ending to the 2023 Festival.

The We Are Lady Parts creator has made a wickedly funny crowd-pleaser brimming with hi-jinks, high kicks and some Bollywood style razzle-dazzle.

British Pakistani schoolgirl Ria (Priya Kansara) is an expert martial arts fighter and dreams of a career as a stuntwoman. Her big sister Lena (Ritu Arya) has dropped out of art school and is drifting in limbo until a whirlwind romance threatens to carry her off. What is the possible appeal of handsome, sensitive, wealthy, geneticist Salim (Akshay Khanna)? Now Lena is abandoning all her dreams to become his wife and move to Singapore. Something doesn’t add up and a distraught Ria is determined to uncover the truth. Is plotting to kidnap Lena from her own wedding a step too far?

Fast-paced, funny and brimming with eye-popping Crouching Tiger-like fights, Polite Society is played to the hilt by a fantastic cast. Priya Kansara is a force of nature as Ria but may just have met her match in Nimra Bucha’s formidable matriarch, a woman who will let nothing stand in the way of her son’s nuptials. Let battle commence!

  • This event is rated 18+ due to alcohol being served.
  • Tickets for the Closing Gala will also gain you entry to the Closing Night party. We'll share the details with you very soon.

Thanks to Universal, Focus Features, Working Title, and Parkville Pictures

  • Director Nida Manzoor
  • Cast Priya Kansara, Ritu Arya, Nimra Bucha, Akshay Khanna
  • Country UK
  • Year of Production 2022
  • Running Time 1h44m
  • Certificate N/C 18+
  • Content Warning Abuse, Body Horror, Bullying, Comic Violence, Discussion of Miscarriage, Emotional Abuse, Kidnapping, Loss of child, Medical Images, Mild Bad Language, Pregnancy, Violence, Mild physical violence

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