Improbable Fiction

Chris Bridgman

by Alan Ayckbourn Six aspiring writers meet one December night just before Christmas in mild-mannered Arnold’s house.  At first this seems like a typical, clever, witty Ayckbourn comedy of manners – but a thunder-clap heralds the start of an ‘Improbable Fiction’ and the play takes on a series of bizarre and zany twists…. Ayckbourn’s sparkling seasonal comedy will delight, amuse …

Improbable Fiction

Chris Bridgman

by Alan Ayckbourn Six aspiring writers meet one December night just before Christmas in mild-mannered Arnold’s house.  At first this seems like a typical, clever, witty Ayckbourn comedy of manners – but a thunder-clap heralds the start of an ‘Improbable Fiction’ and the play takes on a series of bizarre and zany twists…. Ayckbourn’s sparkling seasonal comedy will delight, amuse …

Final Ascent: The legend of Hamish MacInnes  (PG)

Chris Bridgman

The outstanding mountaineer, author and filmmaker lost his memory in his 80s. This documentary follows his struggle to regain his mind by piecing together his remarkable life story. The legend of Hamish MacInnes began early. At 16 he climbed the Matterhorn. At 17 he built his first motor car — from scratch. He attempted Everest in 1953 with his friend …

Present Laughter – NT Live

Chris Bridgman

Andrew Scott (Sherlock, Fleabag) leads Noël Coward’s provocative comedy about stardom, performance and neediness. As he prepares to embark on an overseas tour, Garry Essendine’s colourful life is in danger of spiralling out of control. The successful and self-obsessed light comedy actor is engulfed by an escalating identity crisis as his many and various relationships compete for his attention. Garry’s …

The Good Liar    (15)

Chris Bridgman

Helen Mirren and Ian McKellan star in tense thriller about a career conman targeting a wealthy widow. Career con man Roy (Ian McKellen) sets his sights on his latest mark: recently widowed Betty (Helen Mirren), worth millions. And he means to take it all. But as the two draw closer, what should have been another simple swindle takes on the …

Sorry We Missed You    (15)

Chris Bridgman

Typically hard-hitting Ken Loach movie, addressing zero-hour Britain. Ricky and his family have been fighting an uphill struggle against debt since the 2008 financial crash. An opportunity to wrestle back some independence appears with a shiny new van and the chance to run a franchise as a self-employed delivery driver. It’s hard work, and his wife’s job as a carer …

Judy       (12A)

Chris Bridgman

Renee Zellweger portrays legendary entertainer Judy Garland, performing in London for the last time. “With a jaw-dropping performance from Renée Zellweger…the film is funny, warm and satisfyingly self-aware“ Sight & Sound Winter 1968 and showbiz legend Judy Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. It is 30 years since she …

Non-Fiction        (15)

Chris Bridgman

Juliette Binoche and Guillame Canet reunite with acclaimed director Olivier Assayas for this wry, slyly seductive tale of sex, lies, and literature. Set amidst the bohemian intelligentsia of the Parisian publishing world, Non-Fiction traces the romantic and emotional fallout that results when a controversial writer begins blurring the line between fact and fiction, using his real-life love affairs — including …

The Goldfinch   (15)

Chris Bridgman

Film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s globally acclaimed bestseller of the same name, which won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and spent more than 30 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Theodore “Theo” Decker (Ansel Elgort) is 13 years old when his mother is killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The tragedy changes …

The Farewell     (PG)

Chris Bridgman

Acclaimed comedy drama about a scattered Chinese family gathering in their homeland, written and directed by Lulu Wang. “a comedy of warmth and bracing honesty. Simply put, it’s one of the best films of the year“ The Independent The film follows a Chinese family who, when they discover their beloved Grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide …