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The Power of the Dog + Short (12A)

25 November

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Jane Campion (The Piano, Top of the Lake) returns 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. ★★★★★

BBC Culture

In partnership with Shorts in Support, these screenings will be accompanied by short film Forest Floor from directors Robbie Synge and Julie Cleves.

Forest Floor

Shot in Abernethy Forest in the Cairngorms, documentary Forest Floor considers different bodies and physical access challenges in a rural location. Close friends Julie and Robbie sit quietly together on the ground, a simple idea requiring a novel approach.

Directors Robbie Synge, Julie Cleves
Scotland 2019, N/C 12+, 5 min

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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 12A: moderate injury detail, sex references, discrimination, language, threat
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