2022 Film Synopses


Wednesday 22nd June

 

1:00pm | The Bad Guys
Cert U | Watch trailer 

After a lifetime of legendary heists, notorious criminals Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula are finally caught. To avoid a prison sentence, the animal outlaws must pull off their most challenging con yet — becoming model citizens. Under the tutelage of their mentor, Professor Marmalade, the dubious gang sets out to fool the world that they’re turning good.

2:45pm | Belle: The Dragon and the Freckled Princess Cert
12A Trailer | Watch trailer

Suzu is a shy, everyday high school student living in a rural village. For years, she has only been a shadow of herself. But when she enters “U”, a massive virtual world, she escapes into her online persona as Belle, a gorgeous and globally-beloved singer. One day, her concert is interrupted by a monstrous creature chased by vigilantes. As their hunt escalates, Suzu embarks on an emotional and epic quest to uncover the identity of this mysterious “beast” and to discover her true self in a world where you can be anyone.

5:00pm | The Human Voice
Dir Pedro Almodóvar
Cert 12A | Watch trailer

A woman watches time passing next to the suitcases of her ex-lover (who is supposed to come pick them up, but never arrives) and a restless dog who doesn’t understand that his master has abandoned him. Two living beings facing abandonment.

5:45pm | The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Concert
Dir Peter Jackson
Cert 12A | Watch trailer

The Beatles’ unforgettable concert on the rooftop of Apple Corps’ Savile Row headquarters on January 30, 1969. The concert, which features in its entirety in Peter Jackson’s original docuseries The Beatles: Get Back (2021).

7:00pm | You Allready Know (with Q&A)
Dir Rhyannon Hanbury-Aggs
Cert 15 | Watch trailer

A 90 mins documentary into a New Orleans music and dance subculture called Bounce in collaboration with the leading artists and filmmakers in the city.

An audiovisual ride into the spirit of the ass shaking ‘Bounce’ beat from the projects of New Orleans, through its rich musical history, tracing the beat back to Africa, through Jazz, funk hip hop to late 80s bounce. Celebrating it’s visual and musical language until now against the backdrop of the ‘Murder Capitol’, for a story of oppression vs expression.

Told in a soul stirring New Orleanian narrative through the eyes of youth worker and ‘King of Bounce’, DJ Jubilee.

For a story of life, death and DAT B.E.A.T.

9:00pm | The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Cert 15 | Watch trailer

Two drag-queens (Anthony/Mitzi and Adam/Felicia) and a transgender woman contract to perform a drag show at a resort in Alice Springs, a resort town in the remote Australian desert. They head west from Sydney aboard their lavender bus, Priscilla. En route, it is discovered that the woman they’ve contracted with is Anthony’s wife. Their bus breaks down, and is repaired by Bob, who travels on with them.

Thursday 23rd June

 

1:00pm | Sing 2
Cert U | Watch trailer

With his theatrical company a local success, Buster Moon is dreaming of bigger things. Unfortunately, when a talent scout dismisses their work as inadequate for the big time, Buster is driven to prove her wrong. With that goal in mind, Buster inspires his players to gamble everything to sneak into a talent audition in Redshore City for the demanding entertainment mogul Jimmy Crystal. Against the odds, they catch his interest with some frantic creative improvisation and even more desperate lies like personally knowing the reclusive rock star, Clay Calloway, who has not been seen in 15 years. Now faced with a tight production window with only a vague story idea and dire consequences for failure, Buster and his friends must all stretch their talents put on a show against all odds. In that struggle, the gang’s challenges seem insurmountable, but each of them finds new inspirations and friends where they least expect them to pursue an artistic dream worthy of them.

3:45pm | The Greatest Showman – official Sing-A-Long
Cert PG | Watch trailer

Orphaned, penniless, but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, the American entertainer, Phineas Taylor Barnum, will always be remembered as the man with the gift to blur the line between reality and fiction. Thirsty for innovation and hungry for success, the son of a tailor manages to open a wax museum; however, he soon shifts focus to the unique and the peculiar, introducing extraordinary, never-seen-before live acts on the circus stage. Now, some people call Barnum’s rich collection of oddities, an outright freak show; but, when Phineas, obsessed for cheers and respectability, gambles everything on the opera singer, Jenny Lind, to appeal to a high-brow audience, he will lose sight of the most crucial aspect of his life: his family. Will Barnum, the greatest showman, risk it all to be accepted?

5:45pm | Brian And Charles
Cert PG | Watch trailer

Brian and Charles follows Brian, a lonely inventor in rural Wales, who spends his days building quirky, unconventional contraptions that seldom work. Undeterred by his lack of success, Brian attempts his biggest project yet. Three days, a washing machine, and various spare parts later, he’s invented Charles, an artificially intelligent robot who learns English from a dictionary and has an obsession with cabbages. What follows is a humorous and entirely heart-warming story about loneliness, friendship, family, finding love, and letting go.

7:30pm | Orlando: 30th Anniversary (INTRO by Tilda Swinton)
Cert PG | Watch trailer

Young nobleman Orlando is commanded by Queen Elizabeth I to stay forever young. Miraculously, he does just that. The film follows him as he moves through several centuries of British history, experiencing a variety of lives and relationships along the way, and even changing sex.

9:30pm | OXIDE GHOSTS: THE BRASS EYE TAPES (with Q&A)
Cert 15 | Watch trailer

Twenty-five years ago, in 1997, Chris Morris’ ground-breaking and controversial comedy series Brass Eye was broadcast for the very first time into homes across the UK. Enraging everyone from politicians to tabloid journalists, its sly, satirical writing paired with an anarchic silliness made for a completely unique show that has only evolved over time into a milestone of British television comedy.

Despite its myriad controversies, the show catapulted the careers of its talented cabal of comedy writers into the comedy stratosphere. It also cemented the reputation of series director Michael Cumming (Toast of London & Tinseltown/King Rocker) – who is celebrating the the shows 25th anniversary with his cult documentary Oxide Ghosts:The Brass Eye Tapes, arriving for a rare screening + Q&A, exclusively at The Pilton Palais in the Glastonbury Festival.

11:30pm | The Matrix (1999)
Cert 15 | Watch trailer

Thomas A. Anderson is a man living two lives. By day he is an average computer programmer and by night a hacker known as Neo. Neo has always questioned his reality, but the truth is far beyond his imagination. Neo finds himself targeted by the police when he is contacted by Morpheus, a legendary computer hacker branded a terrorist by the government. As a rebel against the machines, Neo must confront the agents: super-powerful computer programs devoted to stopping Neo and the entire human rebellion.

Friday 24th June

 


11:15am | Minions: The Rise Of Gru

Cert PG | Watch trailer

In the heart of the 1970s, amidst a flurry of feathered hair and flared jeans, Gru (Steve Carell) is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain supergroup known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. Luckily, he gets some mayhem-making back-up from his loyal followers, the Minions. Together, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto – a new Minion sporting braces and a desperate need to please – deploy their skills as they and Gru build their first lair, experiment with their first weapons, and pull off their first missions. When the Vicious 6 oust their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles (Alan Arkin), Gru interviews to become their newest member. It doesn’t go well (to say the least), and only gets worse after Gru outsmarts them and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.


1:15pm | Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness

Cert 12A | Watch trailer

In Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.


3:45pm | French Dispatch

Cert 15 | Watch trailer

Faced with the impending dissolution of The French Dispatch, a factual weekly report on various subjects, old-school editor-in-chief Arthur Howitzer Jr. assembles the crème de la crème of the magazine’s loyal expatriate journalists for one final issue. Against the backdrop of picturesque Ennui-sur-Blasé, Paris, France, three main articles unfold, pivoting around tormented genius artists,

statuesque prison officers, flamboyant critics, moody idealists, conflicted ace reporters, legendary chefs, and, of course, the police.


6:00pm | The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

Cert 15 | Watch trailer

The fictionalized version of Nick Cage must accept a $1 million offer to attend the birthday of a dangerous super fan Javi Gutierrez. Things take a wildly unexpected turn when Nick Cage is recruited by a CIA operative Vivian and forced to live up to his own legend, channelling his most iconic and beloved on-screen characters in order to save himself and his loved ones


8:00pm | Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore

Cert 12A | Watch trailer

Professor Albus Dumbledore knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the side-lines?


0:30am | The Room

Cert 18 | Watch trailer

In San Francisco, Johnny’s live-in fiancée of seven years, Lisa, has been cheating on him with his friend Mark, and Johnny doesn’t know. If Johnny ever found out, would Mark still be his best friend? And what other troubles lurk in his life?

Saturday 25th

 


11:15am | Jurassic World Dominion

Cert PG | Watch Trailer

Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live–and hunt–alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures in a new Era.


2:00pm | Licorice Pizza

Cert 15 | Watch Trailer

LICORICE PIZZA is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love


4:30pm | Everything Everywhere All at Once

Cert 15 | Watch Trailer

Splitting itself into three parts, Everything, Everywhere, All At Once focuses on Evelyn who is dealing with the IRS wanting to audit her business, a borderline inept husband named Waymond, her seemingly aimless lesbian daughter named Joy, and her cruel visiting father Gong Gong. That is until a Waymond from what is known as the Alphaverse arrives and tells Evelyn she, the least successful of all the Evelyns in the multiverse, is needed to save everyone from Jobu Tupaki – a being whose mastery of universe jumping has reached dangerous, apocalyptic levels.


7:15 | Dune

Cert 12A | Watch Trailer

A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence-a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential-only those who can conquer their fear will survive.


00:30 | Rocky Horror Picture Show

Cert 12A | Watch Trailer

On a wild and rain-swept late-November evening, somewhere at an empty stretch of road outside Ohio’s merry Denton, blissfully-affianced, prudish, boringly-innocent young pair Brad Majors (Barry Bostwick) and Janet Weiss (Susan Sarandon) find themselves stranded on their way to visit an ex-tutor. Instead, the couple will inadvertently unearth the cross-dressing Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s (Tim Curry’s) spooky lair of inexhaustible oddities, just in time to partake in the out-of-this-world mad scientist’s proud unveiling of his latest, delightfully extravagant, most daring creation: the ultimate male and the perfect sex symbol: the flaxen-haired Rocky Horror (Peter Hinwood). But, little by little, as the effervescent transgressive force gobbles up whole the unsuspecting visitors of the night, Brad and Janet slowly begin to embrace the potent fascinations of seduction, while an idolized Rocky roams free in the mansion. Who can interrupt man’s union with the absolute pleasure?

Sunday 26th June

 


11:00am | Lightyear

Cert TBC | Watch Trailer

Lightyear revolves around the fictional origin story of the original Buzz Lightyear, the character who inspired the action figure in the Toy Story films. In this film, as he tries to fix the mistake that left him and his crew marooned on a hostile planet, Buzz does his first test flight for Star Command. It doesn’t go as expected, as he ends up time travelling 62 years into the future instead and must now find a way to return home. However, when the evil Emperor Zurg threatens the universe’s safety along the way, Buzz may be its only hope to save it.


1:15pm | Cow
(With Q&A)
Cert 12A | Watch Trailer

It’s a powerful look at the goings on, within a modern dairy farm and successfully portrays the consciousness of a cow in ways that makes people realise that cows are sentient animals and not just producers of supermarket products.


3:15pm | Eleven Days in May
(with Q&A)
Cert 18 | Watch Trailer

Eleven Days in May. For 11 days in May 2021, Gaza was bombed by Israel. There were numerous fatalities, but this documentary, co-directed by Gaza-based film-maker Mohammed Sawwaf and Michael Winterbottom, focuses solely on the children who lost their lives.


5:30pm | West Side Story

Cert 12A | Watch Trailer

Manhattan, Upper West Side, 1957. Against the backdrop of the decaying tenements in the San Juan Hill neighbourhood and the constant threat of the wrecking ball, two warring gangs–tough Riff’s Jets and swaggering Bernardo’s Puerto Rican Sharks–fight for supremacy. Now, with a once-and-for-all, winner-takes-all rumble on the cards, an unexpected whirlwind romance at the high-school dance between former Jet brawler Tony and Bernardo’s delicate little sister María sets the stage for an all-out turf war. But what’s a gang without its territory? Above all, when the future is uncertain, what’s hope without love?


00:30am | Dr. Strangelove

Cert PG | Watch Trailer

A rare opportunity to see Peter Sellers starring in Stanley Kubrick’s increasingly relevant nuclear war comedy classic. An insane American general orders a bombing attack on the Soviet Union, triggering a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. A hark back to the early 80’s CND days of the festival when this and Flash Duck & Cover was a staple of the festival.

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