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From The Great Escaper to The Canterville Ghost: The big screen picks at The Bonington in Arnold this October


A Haunting in Venice (12A)

Fri 29 Sep – Thu 12 Oct, Various Times         £6.80pp        £5.00pp on Tuesdays

In post-World War II Venice, a retired Hercule Poirot lives alone in his own exile when he receives a visit from an old friend: the world’s number one mystery writer Ariadne Oliver. Enlisting his assistance in the debunking of famed clairvoyant Joyce Reynolds, they attend a séance at the faded and decaying palazzo of famed opera singer Rowena Drake. When one of the guests is suddenly found murdered, could there be more at play than Poirot’s logic can explain?

Based on Agatha Christie’s “Hallowe’en Party”, A Haunting in Venice is directed by and stars Kenneth Branagh and the stellar ensemble cast also includes Tina Fey, Michelle Yeoh, Kelly Reilly, Jamie Dornan, Camille Cottin, Kyle Allen, Riccardo Scamarcio, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, and Jude Hill.

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“Michelle Yeoh comfortably steals the show in this starry adaptation of lesser-known mystery ‘The Hallowe’en Party’ ” Independent ★★★

Directed by Kenneth Branagh
With Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Yeoh, Tina Fey
1hrs 43 mins // US 2023

Event Cinema: A Little Life (18)

Sun 1 October at 1.30pm         £12.50pp

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James Norton (Happy Valley) stars in the theatrical event of 2023 as visionary director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge) stages the English language premiere of A Little Life . Following a sell-out West End run, this record-breaking production of the million-copy bestseller by Hanya Yanagihara will be released in cinemas across the UK and selected European countries on September 28.

A Little Life follows four college friends in New York City: aspiring actor Willem, successful architect Malcolm, struggling artist JB, and prodigious lawyer Jude. As ambition, addiction, and pride threaten to pull the group apart, they always find themselves bound by their love for Jude and the mysteries of his past. But when those secrets come to light, they finally learn that to know Jude St Francis is to understand the limitless potential of love in the face of life.

3hrs 40 mins (Including Interval)

*Content Warning: This production includes strong language, nudity, sexual violence, physical and emotional abuse, self-harm and suicide. It is intended for mature audiences and viewer discretion is advised.

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Event Cinema: ROH Live: L’Elisir D’Amore (12A)

Sun 8 October at 2pm          £15pp 

Country boy Nemorino is determined to win the haughty Adina’s heart, but she refuses to give him the time of day. Can Doctor Dulcamara’s so–called ‘elixir of love’ work its magic?
Conductor Sesto Quatrini makes his house debut, as does soprano Nadine Sierra in the role of Adina. She is joined by Liparit Avetisyan, Boris Pinkhasovich and the incomparable Bryn Terfel as the genial wheeler–dealer Doctor Dulcamara.

Music – Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor – Sesto Quatrini

Past Lives (12A)

Mon 9 – Wed 11 Oct at 4:30pm         £6.80pp          £5.00pp on Tuesdays

Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are wrest apart after Nora’s family emigrates from South Korea. 20 years later, they are reunited for one fateful week as they confront notions of love and destiny.

“A must-see story of lost loves, childhood crushes and changing identities.” Guardian ★★★★★

“A directorial debut of remarkable poise and power” Total Film ★★★★★

“Intricate and careful in a way that’s hard to resist” Filmhounds ★★★★

Also screening as part of our Food & Film night series, Thursday 12 October at 6.45pm

*In English and Korean
Directed by Celine Song
With Greta Lee, Teo Yoo, John Magaro
1hr 46 mins // US 2023

Disney 100: Frozen (PG) – 10th Anniversary

Sat 14 October at 10.30am          £4pp

To celebrate 100 years of Disney, join us in ‘Celebrating Timeless Memories’ with a limited screening programme celebrating 100 years of Disney’s classic, ground-breaking films. The chance to watch these titles on the big screen!

Frozen (PG) – 10th Anniversary
Directed by Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck
1hr 42 mins // US 2013


Films of Hong Kong: A Guilty Conscience (15)

Sat 14 October at 2.30pm          £8.00pp

A stunning courtroom drama / thriller and one of the biggest hits of the year, becoming the first Hong Kong film to top HK$100m at the Box Office. A Guilty Conscience joined only a handful of Hollywood films that have hit the HK$100m mark!

 “Dayo Wong plays an acid-tongued lawyer in court drama showing Hong Kong filmmaking at its best” South China Morning Post ★★★★★

*Prior to the screening, there will be a discussion from 1pm on the pathways for studying law in the United Kingdom


Directed by Jack Ng
With Dayo Wong, Tse Kwan-ho, Louise Wong
*In Cantonese with English subtitles
134 mins | HK 2023

Free Screening: Phenomenal Futures presents… What’s Love Got To Do With It? (18)

Sat 14 October at 7pm          FREE

October 2023 is Domestic Violence awareness month which gives an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of Domestic Violence and the damaging impact on the lives of individuals affected by this hidden crime.

Local community organisation Phenomenal Futures are grateful  to be able to host a screening of the film What’s love got to do with it? which showcases the true story of the abuse suffered by the legendary singer Tina Turner at the hands of her first husband Ike Turner. Tina was a truly inspirational woman who went on to leave behind her abusive past and become one of the most successful female recording artists of her generation.

Phenomenal Futures is committed to further developing the ground-breaking work carried out by award winning local charity We R Here by providing new initiatives working with survivors of domestic abuse and their families to promote recovery and support the process of moving from surviving to thriving. We R Here are delighted to be able to partner with Phenomenal Futures in this transitional work.

This event is part of the “Phenomenal Women” empowerment project and a short talk will be given prior to the screening to introduce and celebrate stories of restoration and hope with true life testimonials of Survivors who are finding their way with the right help and support to take hold of a Phenomenal Future.

We will be honoured if you can join us for the free screening of this most powerful and impacting film showcasing the survivor story of a true icon.

Directed by Brian Gibson
With Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Rae’Ven Kelly
1hr 58 mins // USA 1993

The Canterville Ghost (PG)

Mon 23 – Tue 31 Oct, Various Times           £6.80pp          £5.00pp on Tuesdays

In this vivid adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic children’s story, the ghost of Sir Simon Canterville (Stephen Fry) has been roaming his castle for centuries, searching for a descendant who can release him from his curse by performing a brave deed. The only problem is – he keeps scaring them away!

Finally – a family move in who refuse to be startled, and Sir Simon is able to tell his tale to the inquisitive and courageous Virgina (Emily Carey). Can the two of them survive The Ghost Catcher (Miranda Hart), and The Reverend (Toby Jones), to bring balance to the castle and set Sir Simon free?

“Oscar Wilde’s short story is the basis for this energetic family cartoon, with a spirited ghost voiced by Stephen Fry and a brief visit from confrere Hugh Laurie.” Guardian ★★★

Directed by Kim Burdon, Robert Chandler
Voiced by Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, Emily Carey,
Miranda Hart, Toby Jones & Freddie Highmore
1hr 29 mins // UK 2023

The Great Escaper (12A)

Mon 23 Oct – Tue 14 Nov, Various Times          £6.80pp         £5.00pp on Tuesdays

In the summer of 2014, Bernard Jordan (Michael Caine) made global headlines. He had staged a “great escape” from his care home to join fellow war veterans on a beach in Normandy, commemorating their fallen comrades at the D-Day Landings 70th anniversary. It was a story that captured the imagination of the world as Bernie embodied the defiant, “can-do” spirit of a generation that was fast disappearing. But of course, it wasn’t the whole story.

It was an inspirational but sanitised retelling of one man’s need to come to terms with the lasting trauma of war. Bernie’s adventure, spanning a mere 48 hours, also marked the culmination of his 60-year marriage to Rene (Glenda Jackson) – The Great Escaper celebrates their enduring love but always with an eye to the lessons we might learn from the Greatest Generation.

Directed by Oliver Parker
With Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson
1hr 36 mins // UK 2023

The Old Oak (15)

Mon 23 Oct – Wed 8 Nov, Various Times          £6.80pp         £5.00pp on Tuesdays

The Old Oak is a special place. Not only is it the last pub standing, but it’s also the only remaining public space where people can meet in a once thriving mining community that has now fallen on hard times after 30 years of decline. TJ Ballantyne (Dave Turner) the landlord hangs on to The Old Oak by his fingertips, and his predicament is endangered even more when the pub becomes contested territory after the arrival of Syrian refugees who are placed in the village without any notice.

In an unlikely friendship TJ meets a curious young Syrian Yara (Ebla Mari) with her camera. Can they find a way for the two communities to understand each other? So unfolds a deeply moving drama about their fragilities and hopes.

“Ken Loach’s fierce final call for compassion and solidarity” Guardian ★★★★

“A timely reminder that communities should offer welcoming hands” Filmhounds ★★★★

Directed by Ken Loach
1hr 53 mins // UK 2023

Event Cinema: The Prince of Egypt

Sunday 29 October & Saturday 4 November at 12.30pm          £12.50pp

Based on the classic DreamWorks Animation film and featuring Stephen Schwartz’s “miraculous music” (Time Out) – including his Academy Award®-winning song ‘When You Believe’ – and Sean Cheesman’s “astonishing choreography” (The Guardian), this epic, critically acclaimed production with an original London cast and orchestra of more than 60 artists tells an inspiring tale of resilience and hope.

Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past. One must rule as Pharaoh, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.

Filmed live at the Dominion Theatre in London, this spectacular stage show comes to cinemas for the first time.

Event Cinema: Klimt & the Kiss

Monday 30 October at 7.30pm & Wednesday 8 November at 4.30pm          £12.50pp

The Kiss by Gustav Klimt is one of the most recognised and reproduced paintings in the world. It is perhaps the most popular poster on student dorm walls from Beijing to Boston.

Painted in Vienna around 1908, the evocative image of an unknown embracing couple has captivated viewers with its mystery, sensuality and dazzling materials ever since it was created. But just what lies behind the appeal of the painting – and just who was the artist that created it?

Delving into the details of real gold, decorative designs, symbolism and simmering erotica, a close study of the painting takes us to the remarkable turn of the century Vienna when a new world was battling with the old.

From the director of Frida Kahlo and Mary Cassatt – Painting the Modern Woman comes a powerful, gripping and passionate new film.

Halloween Screening: The Birds (15)- 60th Anniversary

Tuesday 31 October at 7.30pm          £5.00pp

Wealthy reformed party girl Melanie Daniels enjoys a brief flirtation with lawyer Mitch Brenner in a San Francisco pet shop and decides to follow him to his Bodega Bay home. Bearing a gift of two lovebirds, Melanie quickly strikes up a romance with Mitch while contending with his possessive mother and boarding at his ex-girlfriend’s house. One day, during a birthday party for Mitch’s younger sister, a flock of birds attacks the children in what seems to be a random incident. In fact, it signals the beginning of a massive and organised avian assault on the residents of the town – a mysterious spate of violence that no one can explain… and from which no one might come out alive.

“A peerless horror film” Telegraph ★★★★★

“Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds turns 60 this year, but its post-WWII anxieties are more prescient than ever”

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
With Tippi Hedren
1hr 59 mins // US 1963


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Cinema prices are very competitive, with tickets at £6.80, and concessions at £5.80. Concessions are open to those Under 18, Students with valid student ID, and over 60s.

On Tuesday’s, cinema tickets are just £5

Tickets for 16-25 Year Old’s are £4 via a free membership here- Young Person’s Membership – The Bonington (

**Disney 100 screenings are £4pp / £3pp**

Event Cinema is priced separately. Please see website for details.

For information please contact:

Box Office: 0115 901 3640


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