- 2h 17min
- Directed by: Terence Davies
- Cast: Jack Lowden, Calam Lynch, Kate Phillips
In his first film about an openly gay man, Terence Davies casts Jack Lowden and Peter Capaldi to play poet Sassoon as a young man and in later life. Convalescing in a veterans’ hospital, and conveniently out of the public eye after publishing work that was sharply critical of the military decision-makers, Sasoon meets Wilfred Owen, a tender first relationship (if more of mind than body).
Davies counterpoints key moments in Sassoon’s life – his relationships with Ivor Novello and the aristocrat Stephen Tennant, as well as his later marriage to a woman – with beautiful readings of his poetry over montages of real images of soldiers in wartime. Featuring a wonderfully understated performance from Lowden, it’s a moving tribute to Sassoon, who grew to old age with bitter regret, having been unable to love and desire freely.
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- Directed by: Max Webster
- Cast: Kit Harington
Kit Harington plays the title role in Shakespeare’s thrilling study of nationalism, war and the psychology of power. Fresh to the throne, King Henry V launches England into a bloody war with France. When his campaign encounters resistance, this inexperienced new ruler must prove he is fit to guide a country into war.
Captured live from the Donmar Warehouse in London, this exciting modern production directed by Max Webster (Life of Pi) explores what it means to be English and our relationship to Europe, asking: do we ever get the leaders we deserve?
Sun 29 May
- 1h 56min
- Directed by: Richie Adams
- Cast: David Brooks, Felicity Keenan, Hermione Corfield, Morven Christie, Ali Fumiko Whitney
Inspired by true events, The Road Dance is a coming-of-age drama set in the years surrounding WW1. A young woman from a small island community dreams of the wider world and a life away from the harsh land and strict religion of her home. But tragedy strikes twice – once at a village party, and again, when her boyfriend is sent to war.
Thu 26 May
- US / Japan
- 2h 2min
- Directed by: Jeff Fowler
- Cast: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, Shemar Moore, Colleen O'Shaughnessey, Idris Elba, Jim Carrey
Running Time 1hr 40mins Cert PG
The world's favourite blue hedgehog is back for a next-level adventure in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. After settling in Green Hills, Sonic is eager to prove he has what it takes to be a true hero. His test comes when Dr. Robotnik returns, this time with a new partner, Knuckles, in search for an emerald that has the power to destroy civilizations. Sonic teams up with his own sidekick, Tails, and together they embark on a globe-trotting journey to find the emerald before it falls into the wrong hands. From the filmmakers behind The Fast and the Furious and Deadpool, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 stars James Marsden, Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Adam Pally, and Jim Carrey returning, alongside new additions Shemar Moore, with Idris Elba as the voice of Knuckles, and Colleen OShaughnessey as the voice of Tails.
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Owned by the Purbeck Film Charitable Trust, The Rex has undergone improvements in recent years. The building, originally known as Oddfellows Hall, was originally built in 1889.
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