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Programme Notes: Make Up

In Make Up, Claire Oakley’s directorial debut, a caravan park makes for the perfect setting for an atmospheric, queer coming-of-age ghost story.

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Programme Notes: Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Desire becomes a small flame that slowly burns, until it transforms into a ferocious blaze that can’t be contained.

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Programme Notes: Mr Jones

The prolific Polish-born director Agnieszka Holland has created a striking film set in early 1933, when Stalin’s experiment in social engineering came off the rails and resulted in a terrible famine.

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Programme Notes: Parasite

"I’m not making a documentary or propaganda here."

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Programme Notes: Queen & Slim

Sanne Jehoul takes a look at Queen and Slim and the questions it raises

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Programme Notes: Waves

​​​​Layla-Roxanne Hill looks at Waves in the context of Black cinematic stories and the people telling them.

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Programme Notes: Jojo Rabbit

Waititi's use of innocents allows him to explore his interest in characters who not only wish to believe, but wish to convince others to believe them.

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Programme Notes: La Dolce Vita

With the film arriving in cinemas to celebrate the filmmaker’s 100th birthday, La Dolce Vita’s lasting presence in cinema is a testament to the immortal Fellini.

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Programme Notes: So Long, My Son

One of the main themes of the film is the one-child policy adopted by the Chinese government in 1970s to limit China’s population growth.

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Programme Notes: Marriage Story

Noah Baumbach, as is the case with many writer-directors, likes to mine his own life for material.

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Programme Notes: Sorry We Missed You

Ken Loach has been a thorn in the side of unjust institutions since the start of his career.

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Programme Notes: Monos

Life is fluid and full of contrasts in Monos, the third film from Colombian-Ecuadorian director Alejandro Landes.

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