Cinema to Celebrate in Cockermouth

Wicked humour, Best British Feature, pulsating drama and Daniel Craig like you’ve NEVER seen him before.

Forget Netflix, the cinema line up at the Kirkgate this autumn features everything you could possibly need, want and more…

Written by Dani Boniface

It’s no secret, the Kirkgate crew love film. From the achingly moving to British independents and beyond. So this season we’re bringing the very best of cinema direct to you.

You needn’t go far or splash out on £30+ for a night out at the pictures (hello £6 tickets). And if you fancy a beer or a glass of fizz, no worries. Grab your drinks at the bar, sit back and enjoy.

We’ve already welcomed Nolan’s 5* war epic Dunkirk (12A) - launching Film Fridays at the Kirkgate - and embarked on a dark, sultry journey with Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell in The Beguiled (15). So let’s continue to make our way through the programme...


What's on the Big Screen?

The Big Sick (15) – Monday 25 September 8pm:

One for the girls, teens and couples in need of some #datenight goodness. The Big Sick is a funny and charming film of the modern era, based on a true story about a US/Asian stand-up comedian and his relationship with a white woman. Rolling Stone have dubbed the film one of the best of 2017 and it’s our current favourite romcom. Light-hearted, bittersweet and full of laughs – what better way to start your week?

Let’s journey now from the States to the European continent…


Land Of Mine (15) – Monday 2 October 8pm:

Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Land Of Mine - also known as Under Sandet - is a tense subtitled drama about German PoWs set to clear thousands of mines in post WWII Denmark. Elegant and tense, the film brings to lights a little known moment at the end of the Second World War. If you’re a war film buff, international cinema fan or looking for something a little different, this is for you.


Maudie (12A) – Monday 9 October 8pm:

An achingly moving film based on a true story from first-time feature director Aisling Walsh. Maudie tells the tale of an unlikely romance between arthritic Maudie Dowley (Sally Hawkins) and ill-tempered fishmonger Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) set in the isolated community of Digby, mid-20th century Nova Scotia. Unconventionally artistic and tender, Maudie is a quiet triumph and should be high up on your watch list.


God’s Own Country (15) – Monday 16 October 8pm:

Captivating and broodingly beautiful, God's Own Country is the award winning debut feature from writer/director Francis Lee. Bracingly open hearted, this is a thrillingly romantic story set atop the Pennines in the heart of rural Yorkshire. The film won Best British Feature at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival..


Logan Lucky (12A) – Friday 20 October 8pm:

Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery… Steven Soderberg’s high-octane heist comedy is the second feature in the Kirkgate’s new Film Fridays line up and stars Daniel Craig in a role like no other (let’s just say it looks like he’s channelling some serious early 00s Slim Shady vibes). You really have to see it to believe it.


Detroit (15) – Monday 23 October 8pm:

A pulsating drama about one of the darkest moments in the civil unrest of 1960s USA. From Academy Award winning writer and director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty) Detroit is gruelling, stunning and brutal. And if that’s not enough to tempt you, the film stars John Boyega (Star Wars). Enough said.


The BFG (PG) – Tuesday 24 October 2pm:

The perfect half term treat for little people and their grown-ups! The BFG is a magical family fantasy adventure from the much-loved book by Roald Dhal. Steven Spielberg brings you larger-than-life characters that will truly win your heart. As The Guardian’s Mark Kemodes put it – the film is a ‘scrumdiddlyumptious feast’! Whizzpopping is most definitely encouraged but you can leave the Snozzcumbers at home.


Wind River (15) – Monday 30 October 8pm:

Bringing October to a close is the chilling thriller from Taylor Sheridan – winner of the Best Director award at Cannes 2017 and screenwriter of 2016s critically acclaimed Hell or High Water. An FBI agent and local tracker investigate a murder on a remote Native American Reservation. But the duo soon find that their own lives are in danger whist trying to solve the mystery. Wind River will have you on the very edge of your seat and brings the season to a suitably chilly close.


Esquire’s Nick Schager made a great point in his recent article on this year’s film greats. He writes: ‘filmmakers are continuing to find new ways - both big and small - to entertain, excite and enlighten.’ A point that is clearly evident in the autumncinema line up.

Bios, trailers and tickets are all available online and via the Box Office 01900 826448. Grab yours now and we’ll see you by the big screen.