Baby Pictures: Empire of Light

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BBFC RatingBaby Pictures: Empire of Light

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GenreDrama, Romance
Director(s)Sam Mendes
Writer(s)Sam Mendes
CountryUK, USA
Running Time1HR 55MINS
Extra InfoThis screening is for carers and babies only
SeasonBaby Pictures

Baby Pictures is our regular Friday morning film slot exclusively for carers with little ones aged twelve months and under. This week's film is Sam Mendes' ode to the power of cinema.

From Academy Award-winning director and writer Sam Mendes, Empire of Light is a moving drama about the power of human connection during turbulent times. 

Set in and around a faded old cinema in an English coastal town in the early 1980s, the film follows Hilary (Olivia Colman) a cinema manager struggling with her mental health, and Stephen (Micheal Ward), a new employee who longs to escape this provincial town in which he faces daily adversity.

The film features a stellar cast led by Colman and Ward, as well as Tom Brooke, Tanya Moodie, Hannah Onslow, Crystal Clarke, Toby Jones, and Colin Firth. 

Content warning: racism, strong language, sex. See the BBFC website for more information. 

Baby Pictures 

Baby Pictures is open to carers and little ones of twelve months and under. As everyone in the cinema is a parent or carer, there’s no need to worry if it gets a little noisy. Everyone understands. Customers not accompanying a baby will be turned away.

The lights are turned up a little bit and the sound is a little softer to create a peaceful environment for you and the baby. It’s just for carers (Mum, Dad, Granny, Granda, whoever it is it looking after the tot) and babies. Up to two adults can come with a baby. Please note: we cannot allow babies over the age of 12 months to come to Baby Pictures.  

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Baby Pictures is supported by Film Hub NI.


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