Castles & Conquests

Chris Bridgman

The 2019 Bernard Bradbury Lecture Castles and Conquests: Castle-building and the control of Cumbria 1092-1237 Professor Richard D. Oram will explore the planting of castles in Cumberland and North Westmorland, from Brough and Appleby to Cockermouth and Egremont, looking at their siting and purpose, and their changing form as their owners tried to accommodate often conflicting demands for defence, residence, administration and lordly display into …

The Great Kirkgate Quiz

Zoe Warren

This is not your average pub quiz! Test your knowledge, your (sideways!) reasoning, your powers of observation – and your senses – in this multi-media brain stretcher. Bring a team (maximum 6) – or gather a group on the night (what’s your witty team name?!).    

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood  (18)

Chris Bridgman

Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded ninth feature film takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has …

Blinded By The Light (12A)

Chris Bridgman

1987. When music fanatic Javed discovers the illustrious back catalogue of Bruce Springsteen, his world is turned upside down. Already a creative soul, his passion for music and writing is set alight by the songs of The Boss – the working-class poet whose lyrics feel all too familiar to the aspirational teenager. Yearning to escape his rundown hometown and the …

The Souvenir  (15)

Chris Bridgman

A shy film student begins finding her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man. She defies her protective mother and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship which comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams. Starring Tom Burke and Tilda Swinton, and with a break-out …

The Current War  (12A)

Chris Bridgman

Three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future in The Current War, the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are …

Vita & Virginia  (12A)

Chris Bridgman

Set amidst the bohemian high society of 1920s England, Vita & Virginia tells the scintillating true story of a literary love affair that fueled the imagination of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated writers. Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton) is the brash, aristocratic wife of a diplomat who refuses to be constrained by her marriage, defiantly courting scandal through her …

Yesterday (12A)

Chris Bridgman

Danny Boyle’s sweetly charming rom-com with an intriguing – and fantastical – premise. Written by Richard Curtis (4 Weddings…, Love Actually). Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! …

In Fabric (15)

Chris Bridgman

British comedy horror movie starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Hayley Squires. In Fabric is a haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences. In Fabric‘s gauzy allure weaves a surreal spell, blending stylish horror …

A Season in France  (12A)

Chris Bridgman

Sandrine Bonnaire stars in this touching and illuminating drama. Abbas, a high school teacher in the Central African Republic, has fled his war-torn country with his two children. They now live in France, where Abbas works at a food market, while applying for political asylum. A French woman, Carole, falls in love with him and offers a roof for him …