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The Power of the Dog (N/C 15+)

11 October

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Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

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Jane Campion (The Piano, Top of the Lake) returns to London Film Festival with a beguilingly dark drama about two wealthy brothers in the American West.

Rancher Phil Burbank (a brooding Benedict Cumberbatch) is an intimidating presence to all but his brother George (Jesse Plemons). The two men run a hugely successful inherited ranch on the edge of a tiny frontier town in the early 1920s. With only the company of the rough cattlehands, George yearns for something a little more refined, while Phil is content with their mutual isolation and craves his brother’s favour and companionship. But when George brings home a new wife (Kirsten Dunst) and her teenage son (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Phil turns on his most arresting power to torment.

Adapted from a novel by Thomas Savage, Campion grips you from the start and expertly ratchets the tension, with Ari Wegner’s cinematography and Jonny Greenwood’s score helping to cast an ominous spell. Often playing affable eccentrics, this is a Benedict Cumberbatch unlike any we’ve seen, brilliantly terrorising every frame with silent menace. And scene by scene, our understanding of his cruel persona shifts in such surprising and fascinating ways.

A brooding gothic melodrama… boasts one of Benedict Cumberbatch's most remarkable transformations. ★★★★★

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London Film Festival screening

This screening is part of BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express. Information on the rest of the LFF screenings at GFT is available here.

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  • Director Jane Campion
  • Cast Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst
  • Country New Zealand/Australia
  • Year of Production 2021
  • Running Time 2h6m
  • Certificate N/C 15+

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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