Empire of Light

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Certificate15
Year2022
GenreDrama, Romance
DirectorSam Mendes
WritersSam Mendes
LanguageEnglish
CountryUK, USA
Running Time1HR 55MINS
Extra InfoSelect screenings presented in 35mm
SeasonMain Programme

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.

Both Hilary and Stephen find a sense of belonging through their unlikely and tender relationship and come to experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

Featuring a stellar cast led by Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Tom Brooke, Tanya Moodie, Hannah Onslow, Crystal Clarke, with Toby Jones, and Colin Firth. 

From Friday 13 January to Thursday 19 January selected screenings of Empire of Light will be presented in 35mm. Look for the film strip symbol on screening times for 35mm screenings.

"An engrossing, poignantly observed and beautifully acted drama about love, life and the fragile art of moviegoing..." The Guardian

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