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Recent Releases

The Hippodrome, Bo’ness

March – May 2011

Blue Valentine Black Swan Rabbit Hole The Fighter NEDS True Grit Paul Rio Hop The Eagle Source Code Thor Festival of Silent Cinema and much more...

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There are two reasons to celebrate this season. The Hippodrome’s 99th anniversary is in March, and April marks our second year since opening the doors on the cinema’s remarkable restoration. Since spring 2009 we have welcomed an impressive forty thousand audience members to this very special venue, and clearly the word is out there… the Hippodrome is the place to see great films in friendly and attractive surroundings. And talking of the word being out there, you might have noticed some of the world’s media picking up the story of Scotland’s first festival of silent film, in Scotland’s first cinema. The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema (18 – 20 March 2011) was launched in February to much excitement, and you can find a summary of the programme on pages 14 - 18. The entire Hippodrome team is looking forward to this long weekend of events, workshops, rare and classic films… all with a touch of red carpet glamour. Not forgetting our regular programme, this season is also packed with family films for the holidays (including 'Rio' on the day it opens across the UK) and lots of Academy Award nominees – in fact we have either already screened or programmed ahead all the titles in 13 of the major categories, together with our picks of the best nominations in a further nine categories. Why go anywhere else to catch a movie? As ever the highlights are plentiful but I’ll draw your notice here to some of the smaller films that deserve more attention than their producers’ modest advertising budgets will allow. ‘The Insatiable Moon’ is a magical indie delight that really is a heart-warmer (despite some uncouth language). The many fans of the actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died in January this year, can see him in his final film: the winning comedy ‘Killing Bono’; and ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ directed by Jim Loach (son of Ken!) with its emotionally devastating exposé of a monstrous injustice must be seen, not least for the powerhouse central performance of Emily Watson.

The script for ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ is by Scottish playwright and screenwriter Rona Munro (who also wrote Ken Loach’s ‘Ladybird Ladybird’). In fact quite a number of Scottish talent is at work in this season: Kevin Macdonald (the director of ‘The Eagle’), Peter Mullan (director of ‘NEDS’), James MacAvoy (voice work in ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’) and Paul Laverty (the screenwriter and regular Loach collaborator on ‘Route Irish’). Even closer to home, and back by popular demand, we are glad to bring you a weekend screening of ‘The Coal Road: The Journey of Coal in Bo’ness’, for anyone who didn’t manage to get tickets for our sold out showing in January. We have two further documentaries in this season: ‘A Small Act’ (pg 12) and ‘Wasteland’ (pg 10) – the latter nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar, and both united by a theme of the latent power in all of us to bring about transformative, meaningful change in our own lives and the lives of others. Regular readers of the Hippodrome programme will know that I am a great admirer of the work of cinematographer Roger Deakins. You can see his stunning camerawork in ‘True Grit’ and also the Saturday morning family showing of ‘The Secret Garden’. At the time of writing he has racked up his ninth Academy Award nomination and if he doesn’t walk home with the statuette this time there ain’t no justice. On a final note, wee ones can bring their big folk to our Saturday morning screening of ‘The Gruffalo’ on Saturday 2nd April. The Hippodrome is delighted that this screening will be part of the exciting range of initiatives associated with a new exhibition of contemporary children’s illustration: ‘The Illustrators’, curated by best-selling children’s author Julia Donaldson and produced by the Park Gallery, Falkirk Council and Artlink Central (exhibition runs 12th March to 2nd May, Park Gallery, Callendar House, Callendar Park, admission free). Alison Strauss Arts Development Officer (Film and Media)

Recent Releases

Blue Valentine

Get Low

Black Swan

A heart-breaking but beautiful film taking the audience back-and-forth between the downward spiral of a relationship and the heady romance where it all began. The clever use of different film gauges and video formats reinforces the thematic shifts around memory, temporality and claustrophobia but the film belongs to the raw, heartfelt performances of the two leads. For many, Ryan Gosling as the weary Peter Pan wannabe gives the performance of the year and his absence from the Academy Awards shortlist was a shameful oversight.

Part folk-tale, part local legend this engaging film sees grumpy old recluse Felix (Duvall) taking his neighbours by surprise when he decides to head in to town to arrange his own funeral. Everyone will be there… even Felix, who is very clear that the event should take place before he has passed away because the party will be his chance to set some old records straight. A delightful film with a hilarious comic turn from Bill Murray as the opportunistic, lugubrious undertaker with an eager eye for a financial opportunity.

With over 70 award nominations under its belt ‘Black Swan’s portrayal of a gifted ballet dancer driven to breaking point has been taking film audiences the world over by storm. Natalie Portman stars as Nina – a repressed perfectionist who unearths her dark side to fully realise her lead performance in Swan Lake, embodying both the Swan Queen and her dark alter ego, the Black Swan. The result is an effective combination of creepy thriller and lifeversus-art drama studded with excellent performances from the three female stars.

Dir. Aaron Schneider / US / 2009 / 1h 43m With: Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek

Dir. Darren Aronofsky / US / 2010 / 1h 45m / AD With: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Dir. Derek Cianfrance / US / 2010 / 1h 47m With: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman

Fri 4 Mar - Thu 10 Mar Fri 4 20:00 Sat 5 19:30 Sun 6 19:30 Thu 10 20:00

Sat 5 Mar 14:30 Sun 6 Mar 14:30

Fri 11 Mar – Thu 17 Mar Fri 11 20:00 Sat 12 19:30 Sun 13 19:30 Wed 16 20:00 Thu 17 19:30


Recent Releases

Morning Glory

Rabbit Hole

The Fighter

A lively comedy from the director of ‘Notting Hill’ and writer of ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ about an aspiring TV producer who is charged with reviving the fortunes of a failing morning show programme (a fictional ‘Daybreak’) by hiring Harrison Ford’s grouchy and arrogant journalist. The drama of saving the show from plummeting ratings plus romantic interest in the form of evening news producer Adam is enjoyable, but the back-stage histrionics and fabulous scenes between the duelling co-presenters – Ford and Diane Keaton – are an absolute joy.

Set in the suburbs of America, ‘Rabbit Hole’ tells the story of Becca (Kidman) and Howie Corbett (Eckhart), a married couple struggling to return to their everyday existence several months after the loss of their child. Becca and Howie embark on separate journeys, making increasingly unexpected choices that threaten to pull them apart. This film is vivid, honest and sad and yet it also succeeds in being an unexpectedly funny portrait of a family searching for what remains possible in the wake of every parent’s nightmare.

Inspired by the true story of legendary boxer Micky Ward and his half-brother Dickie, himself a former champ, who squandered his success on an on-going drug addiction. Mark Wahlberg as Micky turns in a staggering performance, training for years to truly inhabit the role with astounding authenticity, and Christian Bale gives an equally brilliant portrayal of the strung-out sibling. A heavy-weight, triumphover-the-odds drama of familial loyalty and dysfunction… dark, visceral and bursting with energy.

Dir. Roger Michell / US / 2010 / 1h 47m With: Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Harrison Ford

Dir. John Cameron Mitchell / US / 2010 / 1h 31m With: Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, Dianne Wiest, Sandra Oh

Dir. David O Russell / US / 2010 / 1h 55m / AD With: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams

Sat 12 Mar 14:30 Sun 13 Mar 14:30 Mon 14 Mar 11:00 (cuppa) 4

Mon 21 Mar 11:00 (cuppa) Wed 23 Mar 20:00 Thu 24 19:30

Fri 25 Mar 20:00 Wed 30 Mar 19:30

Recent Releases

True Grit



The Coen brothers work their cinematic magic on the Western with this cracking retelling of the iconic book originally immortalised by John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn. Jeff Bridges takes on the role of the hard-drinking, cantankerous, triggerhappy slob, and makes it his own. Tough, one-eyed U.S. Marshal ‘Rooster’ is hired by a stubborn 14 year old girl to track down the hired-hand that killed her father. A true western, with stand-out cinematography from the Coens’ long-time collaborator: Roger Deakins. Stylish, funny and surprisingly touching.

Peter Mullan returns to the 1970s Glasgow of his youth with his third, very personal feature. We follow young John McGill – bright, studious and a lone ray of hope in a family overshadowed by a delinquent brother and a good-for-nothing father prone to violent, drunken outbursts. With his promise and ambition shattered by prejudice and snobbery, John finds a new direction with the territorial gangs patrolling his local housing estates. Newcomer Conor McCarron is electrifying as the boy/ man teetering on the threshold that would see him transcending his dysfunctional background.

Two British comic-book geeks embark on a road trip pilgrimage to the Alien visitation hot-spots of America’s UFO heartland where they have a chance encounter with ‘Paul’… a super-cool extra-terrestrial, keen to return home. The beer-swilling, potsmoking Paul hitches a ride with the goodnatured duo and they set off to find the mother-ship, with government agents in hot pursuit. It’s clear the whole cast had a lot of fun with this entertaining movie, packed with chuckles and fond nods to sci-fi genre conventions.

Dir. Joel and Ethan Coen / US / 2010 / 1h 50m / AD With: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper

Sat 26 Mar 19:30 Sun 27 Mar 14:30 Mon 28 Mar 11:00 (cuppa)

Dir. Peter Mullan / UK / 2010 / 2h 4m / AD With: Connor McCarron, Louise Goodall, Marianna Palka, Linda Cuthbert

Sun 27 Mar 19:30 Thu 31 Mar 20:00

Dir. Greg Mottola / US/UK / 2011 / 1h 44m With: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Sigourney Weaver

Fri 1 Apr - Thu 7 Apr Fri 1 20:00 Sat 2 19:30 Sun 3 19:30 Thu 7 20:00 5

Holidays atRecent the Hippodrome Releases

Yogi Bear

Gnomeo and Juliet

Rio (cert tbc)

Everyone's favorite pic-a-nic basket-stealing bear makes his big-screen debut in this enjoyable family adventure. Jellystone Park has been losing business so greedy Mayor Brown decides to shut it down and sell the land. That means families will no longer be able to experience the natural beauty of the outdoors - and, even worse, Yogi, Boo Boo and all their forest friends will be homeless. Yogi must prove that he really is "smarter than the average bear" as he and Boo Boo join forces with their old nemesis, Ranger Smith, to to save Jellystone Park from closing forever.

The greatest love story ever told, featuring... garden gnomes! Shakespeare's revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover in a family animation for the holidays, from the director of ‘Shrek 2’ and the writer of ‘Madagascar’. Showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film also features the voice talents of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as the star-crossed lovers, caught in a feud between neighbours. They are joined by an impressive rosta of talent including Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Patrick Stewart and Dolly Parton!

The writer of ‘Surf’s Up’ and the director of the ‘Ice Age’ trilogy team up to present this winning animation about an overly domesticated, and much-loved pet macaw called Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg / ‘The Social Network’). Plucked from cosy domesticity and shipped off to Brazil to mate with the last known member of his species, Blu meets fiercely independent Jewel (Anne Hathaway / ‘Devil Wears Prada’), and takes off on the adventure of a life-time... once Jewel can teach him to fly that is...

Dir. Kelly Asbury / UK/US / 2011 / 1h 24m With: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Ashley Jensen, Jason Statham, Michael Caine

Dir. Carlos Saldanha / US / 2011 / dur. tbc /AD With: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez

Mon 4 Apr 11:00 (cuppa) Wed 6 Apr 19:30 Thu 7 Apr 14:30

Fri 8 April – Thu 14 April Fri 8 14:30, 19:30 Sat 9 11:00 (jeely) 14:30, 19:30 Sun 10 14:30, 19:30 Mon 11 11:00 (cuppa) Wed 13 14:30, 19:30 Thu 14 11:00, 19:30

Dir. Eric Brevig / US / 2010 / 1h 20m With: Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris 6

Sat 2 Apr 14:30 Sun 3 Apr 14:30 Wed 6 Apr 11:00

Recent Releases

The Rite

West is West


Inspired by true events this chilly, intelligent psychological thriller follows sceptical seminary student Michael Kovak who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. Whilst in Rome, Michael meets the unorthodox Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith, uncovering the devil's reach even to one of the holiest places on Earth. Hopkins is perfect as the curmudgeonly, ironical wit who has seen it all yet perseveres in the good fight with pained stoicism. A supernatural shocker that refers to, but is never derivative of, ‘The Exorcist’.

The writer of popular and critical hit ‘East is East’ returns to his semi-autobiographical story of the tribulations of a mixed-race family in Salford, picking up the tale of the dysfunctional Khan family eight years on. The youngest son Sajid is playing truant and bridling under his father’s tyrannical insistence on Pakistani tradition. In a desperate attempt to correct his son’s Anglicised ways Mr Khan packs him off to the Punjab and the wife and daughters he had abandoned 35 years earlier. A broad comedy, tinged with poignancy and some serious lessons to learn.

Dir. Mikael Hafstrom / US / 2011 / 1h 52m With: Colin O’Donoghue, Anthony Hopkins, Ciaran Hinds

Dir. Andy DeEmmony / UK / 2010 / 1h 43m With: Aqib Khan, Om Puri, Linda Bassett

After ’21 Grams’ and ‘Babel’ Inarritu returns to Spanish language film-making with this hard-hitting yet intensely beautiful drama following the unravelling life of Uxbal (Bardem), a loving, single-father who makes a living just the wrong side of the law. Uxbal is a sympathetic character, caught in a Tragedy with a capital ‘T’, as he struggles to provide for his children, negotiate matters with his manic-depressive ex-wife, and keep his moral compass intact, whilst hustling in the grungy underworld of Barcelona. Bardem’s tour-de-force performance is at the centre of a harrowing but ultimately rewarding film.

Fri 15 Apr - Wed 20 Apr Fri 15 20:00 Sat 16 19:30 Sun 17 19:30 Wed 20 20:00

Sat 16 Apr 14:30 Sun 17 Apr 14:30 Mon 18 Apr 11:00 (cuppa)

Dir. Alejandro Inarritu / Mexico/Spain / 2010 / 2h 27m / Spanish with English sub-titles With: Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez

Thu 21 Apr 20:00


Recent Releases

Hop (cert tbc)

Animal Kingdom

The Insatiable Moon

Created by the directing and producing talent behind ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ and ‘Despicable Me’, ‘Hop’ tells the comic tale of Fred, an out-of-work slacker who accidentally injures a rabbit (voiced by Russell Brand), agrees to have him as a house-guest during his recuperation, and winds up covering for the rabbit in his job as The Easter Bunny... at the busiest time of the year! A triumphant and entertaining blend of state-of-the-art animation and live action.

An unforgettable, explosive drama from Australia that bears interesting comparison to ‘NEDS’ (pg 5). When his mother overdoses on heroin, 17 year-old Josh moves in with his grandmother and her brood of grown-up, career-criminal sons. The boy is inexorably drawn deeper into their nefarious dealings and becomes a reluctant pawn in a detective’s game plan to bring the brothers to justice. Cool and minimalist, the film thrums with the central, Oscar nominated performance of Jacki Weaver as the fearsome matriarch.

A heartfelt, gem of independent New Zealand film-making that will win hearts wherever audiences have a chance to see it. On prescription drugs to drown out the voices in his head telling him he is the second son of God, Arthur is a goodhearted force for good in the homeless men’s shelter where he resides with the town’s other misfits, and in the community beyond. Arthur’s passion for love, faith and forgiveness transforms the lives of all around him in this triumphant and rewarding parable for our times, awarded **** in Empire magazine.

Dir. Tim Hill / US / 2011 / dur tbc With: Russell Brand, James Marsden, Elizabeth Perkins

Fri 22 Apr - Mon 25 Apr Fri 22 14:30, 19:30 Sat 23 11:00 (jeely) 14 :30 Sun 24 14:30 Mon 25 11:00 (cuppa) 8

Dir. David Michod / Australia / 2010 / 1h 53m With: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton

Sat 23 Apr 19:30 Sun 24 19:30

Dir. Rosemary Riddell / NZ / 2010 / 1h 40m With: Ian Mune, Bruce Phillips, Sarah Wiseman

Wed 27 Apr 20:00 Thu 28 19:30

Recent Releases

No Strings Attached

The Eagle

Killing Bono

Given this film’s premise of: “can two friends sustain a commitment-free sexual relationship?”, and their subsequent aroundthe-clock, emotion-free, no-questions-asked mutual gratification, ‘No Strings Attached’ is a surprisingly sweet rom-com. Ashton Kutcher is Adam – goofy, endearing and dangerously prone to being romantic, whilst Portman (‘Black Swan’ pg 5) demonstrates her skill as a comedic actress, giving a deft performance that humorously charts her character’s gradual shift from independence to intimacy. Look out too for a deliciously hammy turn from Kevin Kline as Adam’s self-infatuated father.

This eagerly awaited new feature from Scottish born director Kevin Macdonald (‘Touching the Void’) and both his screenwriter and cameraman on ‘Last King of Scotland’, delves in to the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Roman Legion in Scotland, 120 AD. Channing Tatum stars as Marcus Aquila, a young centurion despatched from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the Ninth’s commander. Accompanied only by his British slave Esca (Bell), Marcus sets out across Hadrian's Wall into the uncharted highlands of Caledonia to confront its savage tribes.

Dublin, 1976, and the McCormick brothers (Ben Barnes / ‘Stardust’ and Robert Sheehan / TV’s ‘Misfits) have started up a rock band. They are aiming for the big time but are soon eclipsed by a rival group of old school friends who have formed a band called U2. A wickedly funny film that rejoices in the genius writing team behind ‘Porridge’ and ‘The Likely Lads’: Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, and asks what if your brother ruins your one chance to be part of the biggest band in the world.

Dir. Ivan Reitman / US / 2011 / 1h 48m / AD With: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher

Dir. Kevin Macdonald / UK / 2011 / 1h 54m With: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell

Fri 6 May – Wed 11 May Fri 6 20:00 Sat 7 19:30 Sun 8 14:30 Wed 11 20:00

Fri 29 Apr 20:00 Sat 30 Apr 14:30 Mon 2 May 11:00 (cuppa)

Sat 30 Apr - Thu 5 May Sat 30 19:30 Sun 1 19:30 Wed 4 20:00 Thu 5 19:30

Dir. Nick Hamm / UK / 2011 / 1h 54m / AD With: Pete Postlethwaite, Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan


Recent Releases

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (cert tbc) The latest comedy of manners from Woody Allen follows a pair of married couples as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble. After Alfie (Hopkins) leaves his wife to pursue his lost youth, she abandons rationality and surrenders to the loopy advice of a fortune teller. Meanwhile, unhappy in her marriage, their daughter develops a crush on her handsome boss (Banderas), whilst her novelist husband, awaiting feedback on to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a window. Dir. Woody Allen / US / 2010 / 1h 38m With: Gemma Jones, Pauline Collins 10

Sat 7 May 14:30 Sun 8 May 19:30 Mon 9 May 11:00 (cuppa)

Waste Land A truly inspirational, audience-award winning documentary that follows Brazilian artist Vik Muniz as he embarks on an art project in the world’s largest rubbish dump in his home-town of Rio de Janeiro. Muniz befriends a handful of workers from the site who make a living sorting and selling the recyclable materials. Their gradually revealed stories and personalities are the inspiration for a series of spectacular, collaborative portraits that reveal the transubstantiating power of art, literally changing the lives of Artist and Subject for ever. Listen out too for the powerful Moby songs on the soundtrack. Dir. Lucy Walker / Brasil/UK / 2010 /1h 39m

Thu 12 May 20:00

Oranges and Sunshine The story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker who uncovered one of the most shocking scandals in recent times: the forced migration of 130,000 children in care. Children as young as four were told that their parents were dead, and sent to children's homes on the other side of the world. They were promised oranges and sunshine, but got hard labour and life in institutions. Against overwhelming odds, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. Dir. Jim Loach / UK/Australia / 2010 / 1h 45m With: Hugo Weaving, Emily Watson

Fri 13 May - Wed 18 May Fri 13 20:00 Sat 14 19:30 Sun 15 19:30 Wed 18 20:00

Recent Releases

Route Irish

Source Code

Ken Loach and regular screenwriter Paul Laverty turn their attention to the human cost of commercialisation in the war in Iraq in this gripping story of Fergus, an ex-soldier’s quest to uncover the circumstances of his best friend’s death whilst working for a private security firm in Baghdad. Suspicious of the official explanations, Fergus begins his own investigations with the help of his friend’s widow. At once an intricately plotted thriller and a dark depiction of the effects of war, this is one of Loach’s most accessible films to date.

Duncan Jones first award-laden feature, ‘Moon’ left audiences keen to see what he would do next. He does not disappoint with this highly original action thriller about soldier Stevens (Gyllenhaal) who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he is part of a mission to find the bomber of a commuter train. In an experimental government programme that enables him to enter another man's identity in the last eight minutes of his life, Stevens must re-live the incident again and again until he can solve the mystery of who is behind the bombs and prevent the next attack.

Dir. Ken Loach / UK / 2010 / 1h 49m With: Mark Womack, Andrea Lowe, John Bishop

Dir. Duncan Jones / US/France / 2011 / 1h 33m With: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan

Sat 14 May 14:30 Thu 19 May 20:00

Fri 20 May - Wed 25 May Fri 20 20:00 Sat 21 14:30 Sun 22 19:30 Mon 23 11:00 (cuppa) Wed 25 20:00

How I Ended This Summer (cert tbc) On an Arctic island two men operate a run-down weather station. One is taciturn veteran Gulybin and the other is lackadaisical Danilov, on a temporary posting. Gulybin tolerates the younger man, but the tentative balance is unhinged when Danilov’s data readings prove wildly inaccurate and he neglects to pass on vital news from the mainland. Rich in resonance this is a nail-biting tale of physical and mental endurance, with echoes of King Lear in the expressively brutal landscape and the passage through earthly hell to redemption. Dir. Alexsei Popogrebsky / Russia / 2010 / 2h 4m / Russian with English sub-titles With: Grigoriy Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepalis

Sat 21 May 19:30 Sun 22 May 14:30 Thu 26 20:00


Recent Releases

Thor (cert tbc)

A Small Act (cert tbc)

The Roommate (cert tbc)

Hopkins (who plays Thor’s father Odin) is quoted as describing this film as “a superhero movie with a bit of Shakespeare thrown in” so it is absolutely fitting that Kenneth Branagh directs this epic Marvel Comic tale (replacing the original man on the job – Matthew Vaughn). When Thor, a powerful but arrogant warrior, is cast down to Earth and forced to live among humans as punishment he learns what it takes to be a true hero when the most dangerous villain of his world sends the darkest forces of Asgard to invade Earth.

Once upon a time Hilde Back, a teacher in Sweden, decided to sponsor the high school education of a boy from a poor village in Kenya. That boy was Chris, who ended up at Harvard and now works as a human rights lawyer with the UN. His sister achieved similar distinctions and together they set up a charity under Hilde’s name to finance the education of more children like themselves. After years of searching, Chris finally traced his benefactor and what ensues is a wonderful documentary of individuals transformed by the smallest of acts and the very best of human nature.

A tense, genre thriller/horror in which college student Sara (played by Minka Kelly) is assigned a new roommate in the form of Rebecca (Leighton Meester / ‘Date Night’). The pair become fast and firm friends but it soon becomes clear that Rebecca’s friendship has a sinister edge… tending towards a murderous obsession. The film is handsomely cast with Cam Gigandet (‘Twilight’) as Sara’s good-guy boyfriend and the two leading ladies looking eerily and effectively similar.

Dir. Kenneth Branagh / US / 2011 / dur tbc / AD With: Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba

Fri 27 May - Wed 1 Jun Fri 27 20:00 Sat 28 19:30 Sun 29 14:30 Wed 1 20:00 12

Dir. Jennifer Arnold / US / 2010 / 1h 28m

Sat 28 May 14:30 Mon 30 May 11:00 (cuppa)

Dir. Christian E. Christiansen / US / 2011 / dur tbc With: Minka Kelly, Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet

Sun 29 May 19:30 Thu 2 Jun 20:00

Hippodrome RecentHighlights Releases

The Coal Road: The Journey of Coal in Bo'ness Back by popular demand… ‘The Coal Road’ is the result of a documentary project - made by a Bo’ness community group and Sanctus Media. From the early days of medieval monks to the height of the industrial revolution when Bo’ness coal powered Scotland and the world this film explores the history and legacy of mining in the area. The film is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Bo'ness Community Council and features many local people telling their story. Sat 26 Mar 14:30 Tickets £2.60

The Flying Deuces Wrong Again


The inimitable pair in a not-to-be-missed double bill. Ollie is heartbroken – in our main feature – when he finds that the object of his affections is married to a dashing Foreign Legion officer. Lovelorn he joins the Legion himself, taking Stan along. A joy throughout but the real highlights are Hardy’s rendition of ‘Shine on Harvey Moon’ and Laurel angelically strumming his bed springs just before facing a firing squad. Fans will know that, on the set of this film, Hardy met his future wife, script supervisor Virginia Lucille Jones. Dir. A. Edward Sutherland / US / 1939 / 1h 9m + Dir. Leo McCarey / US / 1929 / 20m With: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, James Finlayson

Sun 1 May 14:30

The African Queen Three movie giants come together in this cinematic classic, combining the masterful direction of John Huston with the fabulous chemistry of Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in their only onscreen pairing. Bogart won a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar for his role as disreputable river-boat captain Charlie, who forms an unlikely alliance with Hepburn's straightlaced Rose. This wartime romantic adventure sees the pair forced to travel together down a hazardous African river. As they face dangers both discover new sides to their personalities and before long their passionate dislike turns to love. Dir. John Huston / US / 1951 / 1h 45m With: Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart

Sun 15 May 14:30 Mon 16 May 11:00 (cuppa)


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The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema Friday 18th March - Sunday 20th March It is with great pleasure that we present the programme for the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema featuring live musical performances by Neil Brand, David Allison (The Island Tapes) and new work by the Falkirk Schools' Orchestras, special events for schools and all the family, local archive material, and classic and rare silent films. Some of the titles may be new to you or maybe you know and love them already, but each has been chosen to thrill, enlighten and entertain. For full programme details visit silentcinemafest We look forward to welcoming you. Alison Strauss ADO (Film and Media) / Festival Director Shona Thomson Festival Producer

Schools Workshop: Day Pass: £18 (£14 conc.)(day must be specified, excludes Tam O’Shanter workshops) Festvial Pass: £45 (£35 conc.)(excludes workshops) Live musical performance and screening with an improvised music session in which the whole audience becomes the orchestra. Pre-booking essential. Tickets: £2.10 accompanying teacher £free

Friday 18 March 10:00

An Escape From Reality Come for a cuppa, hear the stories of the Hippodrome and share your own cinema-going memories. Tickets £5.25 (incl. refreshments)

Friday 18 March 14:00

Opening Night Gala: It + reception

Celebrate Festival opening night with a glass of bubbly and Clara Bow, the original ‘It’ girl and an icon of the Roaring Twenties. Live piano accompaniment.

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Festival Passes (saving you 20% on festival tickets)

Tickets £8 (£6 conc.)

Friday 18 March 18:30


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The Kid

+ shorts

A classic Saturday morning 2-for-1 Jeely Jar Special with Charlie Chaplin as the loveable Tramp plus some cartoon capers. Tickets £2.10 (2-for-1 with clean jam jar and lid).

Saturday 19 March, 11:00

Early Cinema In Scotland Find out about the origins of early film and cinema at this entertaining talk and experience some of the films early audiences would have enjoyed. Tickets £5.25 (£4 conc.)

Saturday 19 March, 14:00

Another Fine Mess with Laurel and Hardy A selection of three of Laurel and Hardy’s finest shorts, celebrating the most successful comedy double act in cinema history. Live piano accompaniment. Be prepared to join in! Tickets £5.25 (£4 conc.)

Saturday 19 March, 16:30

Neil Brand: The Silent Pianist Speaks One of the world’s best silent film pianists hosts a unique and memorable event celebrating the great silent filmmakers and the magic of the accompanists who breathed life and sound into their work. 16

Tickets £8 (£6 conc.).

Saturday 19 March, 19:30

Enjoy a wonderful treat of silent comedy films from the Scottish Screen Archive. Live piano accompaniment. Tickets £5.25 (£4 conc.)

Sunday 20 March 11:00

New Found Sound A unique opportunity to experience the world première of a silent film soundtrack composed and performed by local school pupils. Tickets £4 (£3 conc.).

Sunday 20 March 14:00

Sherlock Jr.

/ Never Weaken

Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd - a double bill that offers twice the genius for more than double the value. Live piano accompaniment. Tickets £5.25 (£4 conc.)

Sunday 20 March 16:30

Closing Night Gala: Nosferatu

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Scottish Comedy Capers

F. W. Murnau’s silent classic horror film with live beguiling accompaniment revealing a distinctly Celtic twist. Live music accompaniment. Tickets £8 (£6 conc.).

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The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema Recent Fringe Releases Events

Exhibition: Fleapits and Picture Palaces Charting the rise of the cinemas in the Bo’ness and Falkirk area, from Falkirk's Electric Theatre to the Denny Picture House. Monday 14 February - Wednesday 23 March. Bo'ness Library, Scotland’s Close, Bo’ness EH51 0AH. Admission: £free.

Xpod Bo’ness The mobile Xpod unit will host a rolling programme of films from some of the best silent movie actors and actresses. Admission: £free. See website for location of Xpod Saturday 19 March 18:00 - 20:00

Workshop: Slapstick From Buster Keaton to Mr Bean, follow a comic tradition and learn some slapstick secrets. Age 12+. Tickets: £8. Pre-booking essential. Bo’ness Town Hall, Stewart Avenue, Bo’ness EH51 9NJ Sunday 20 March 10:00

Festival Passes (saving you 20% on festival tickets) Day Pass: £18 (£14 conc.) (day must be specified, excludes workshops) Festvial Pass: £45 (£35 conc.)(excludes workshops)


JeelyRecent Jar Screenings Releases

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie An entertaining feature-length spin-off from the successful cartoon series which sees SpongeBob and his starfish side-kick Patrick forced to quit their jobs at a fast-food place to retrieve King Neptune’s stolen crown. An under-the-sea road trip with plenty of humour for youngsters and their parents. Dir. Stephen Hillenburg/Mark Osborne / 2004 / 1h 27m

Sat 5 Mar 11:00

The Secret Garden

The Kid

The best screen adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s much-loved children’s novel about newly orphaned Mary who is shipped back from colonial India to her reclusive uncle’s Yorkshire manor, run by Maggie Smith’s stern housekeeper. The young Mary’s rebellious passion for a hidden walled garden has a transformative influence on all the household.

One of the many highlights of the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema this film sees Chaplin effortlessly combine pathos and comedy in a story featuring the loveable Tramp teaming up with an abandoned child.

Dir. Agnieszka Holland / 1993 / 1h 40m

Sat 12 Mar 11:00

+ animation shorts

Come dressed as the Tramp to enter our Charlie Chaplin fancy dress competition. Dir. Charles Chaplin / 1921 / b&w with intertitles / 1h 30m approx.

Sat 19 Mar 11:00 ** jeely jar special ** (Live piano accompaniment by Neil Brand, animation shorts only: Felix the Cat and Bonzo the Dog)


Jeely Jar Screenings

© Orange Eyes Limited 2009

Glasgow Youth Film Festival on Tour:

Eleanor’s Secret Nathanial can’t read so when he inherits his Aunt Eleanor’s collection of books he is mightily disappointed. But he soon discovers that all the books’ fairy tale characters have come to life and need his help to stop their stories disappearing for ever. Dir. Dominique Monfery / 2009 / 1h 16m

Sat 26 Mar 11:00

The Gruffalo Based on the classic picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler this is the magical Oscar nominated tale of a mouse who takes a stroll though the deep dark woods. Encountering a predatory fox, owl and snake, the plucky mouse has to use his wits to survive. With thanks to Magic Light Pictures. Dir. Max Lang & Jacob Schuh / 2009 / 27m

Sat 2 Apr 11:00 Part of ‘The Illustrators’ exhibition (12 Mar – 2 May, Park Gallery, Callendar House, Falkirk)


The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep A first rate film inspired by the legend of the Loch Ness monster. In WWII Scotland, young Angus discovers a very large egg. The boy takes his discovery home where it hatches to reveal a dragon-like creature that quickly outgrows the family bath. Re-housed in the loch the soldiers billeted in Angus’ house mistake the beast for an enemy submarine. Dir. Jay Russell / 2007 / 1h 52m

Sat 16 Apr 11:00

Jeely Jar Screenings

Hop (cert tbc)

Brother Bear

The Iron Giant

What better film for the Easter weekend than the latest animation/live action event from Universal studios and the creators of ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks’ and ‘Despicable Me’. The Easter Bunny (Russell Brand) is accidentally hit by a car, and it is up to the offending driver to save Easter.

A modern Disney charmer about brotherly love and seeing the world from another’s point of view. When his brother is killed when hunting a bear, Native American cave-dweller Kenai takes revenge and finds himself waking up in the body of his prey. He hooks up with motherless bear-cub, Koda and the pair embark on an epic journey of self-discovery and redemption.

A huge, metal extra-terrestrial arrives on earth; people are wary, the army gets involved... but a wee boy can see the visitor’s gentleness. One of the best children’s films about unlikely friendships this is an exciting masterpiece, animated in a beautiful, traditional style, by the man who made ‘Ratatouille’ and ‘The Incredibles’.”

Dir. Tim Hill / 2011 / dur. tbc

Sat 23 Apr 11:00

Dir. Aaron Blaise & Robert Walker / 2003 / 1h 25m

Sat 30 Apr 11:00

Dir. Brad Bird / 1999 / 1h 22m

Sat 7 May 11:00 Recommended by the 8½ Foundation – dedicated to introducing world cinema to children. Its aim is to create a new birthday: a film birthday, at the age of 8½, that celebrates the power of cinema to expand children’s horizons and welcomes children into the wider world of movies, beyond what is normally available to them at the multiplex.


Jeely Jar Screenings

Lilo & Stitch


A Turtle’s Tale

The animated answer to Spielberg’s ‘E.T.’, this sparky, laugh-out-loud feature follows the lonely, orphaned Lilo who befriends a pesky visitor from outer-space, on the run from his home planet. Great dialogue, loveable characters and a rocking sound-track from none other than Elvis Presley (Stitch’s favourite) add up to pure entertainment.

Gore Verbinski – director of the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies – directs his Captain Jack in a funny animation about a chameleon (Depp) who aspires to be a swashbuckling hero and finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits where he is forced to play the role for real.

As Sammy the sea turtle scrambles to the sea shortly after his birth on California beach, he finds and loses the love of his life, a pretty hatchling called Shelly. On an epic journey across the oceans, with the help of his best buddy Ray, Sammy dodges every danger in the hope of meeting Shelly again.

Dir. Gore Verbinski / 2011 / 1h 47m / AD

Dir. Ben Stassen / 2011 / 1h 26m

Sat 21 May 11:00

Sat 28 May 11:00

Dir. Chris Sanders / 2002 / 1h 22m

Sat 14 May 11:00


Sat 19

Early Cinema In Scotland

14:00 16

Wed 1

The Dilemma (12A)


Laurel and Hardy (U)

16:30 16

Thu 3

Never Let Me Go (12A)


Neil Brand: The Silent Pianist Speaks

19:30 16

Fri 4

Blue Valentine (15)

20:00 3

xpod 18

Sat 5

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (U)

Get Low (PG)

Sun 6

Sun 20 Slapstick workshop (Bo’ness Town Hall)

10:00 18

14:30 3

Scottish Comedy Capers

11:00 17

Blue Valentine (15)

19:30 3

New Found Sound

14:00 17

Get Low (PG)

14:30 3

Sherlock Jr. (U) / Never Weaken (U)

16:30 17

Blue Valentine (15)

19:30 3

7 – 9


Thu 10

Blue Valentine (15)

Fri 11

Hippodrome for Schools/Workshop

Black Swan (15)

Sat 12

The Secret Garden (U)

Morning Glory (12A)

Black Swan (15)

Sun 13

Morning Glory (12A)

Black Swan (15)

19:30 3

Mon 14 Morning Glory (12A) Wed 16 Black Swan (15)

J 11:00 19

20:00 3 20:00 3 J 11:00 19

Closing Gala: Nosferatu (PG)

Mon 21

Rabbit Hole (12A)

C 11:00 4

Wed 23

Rabbit Hole (12A)

20:00 4

Thu 24

Rabbit Hole (12A)

19:30 4

Fri 25

Hippodrome for Schools/Screening

19:30 17

The Fighter (15)

Sat 26

Eleanor’s Secret (U)

19:30 3

The Coal Road

14:30 13

14:30 4

True Grit (15)

19:30 5

Sun 27

True Grit (15)

14:30 5

NEDS (18)

19:30 5

14:30 4

C 11:00 4 20:00 3

Mon 28 True Grit (15)

20:00 4 J 11:00 20

C 11:00 5

Thu 17

Black Swan (15)

19:30 3

Wed 30 The Fighter (15)

19:30 5

Fri 18

Hippodrome for Schools/Workshop

10:00 15

Thu 31

20:00 5

An Escape From Reality

14:00 15


Opening Gala: It (U) & reception

18:30 15

Fri 1

Paul (15)

Sat 19

The Kid (U) + shorts

Sat 2 5

The Gruffalo (U)

J** 11:00 19

NEDS (18)

At A Glance


20:00 5 J 11:00 20 23

At a Glance

Sat 2

Yogi Bear (U)

Paul (15)

Sun 3

Yogi Bear (U)

Paul (15)

19:30 5

Mon 4

Gnomeo and Juliet (U)

Wed 6

Yogi Bear (U)

Gnomeo and Juliet (U)

19:30 6

The Insatiable Moon (15)

20:00 8

Thu 7

Gnomeo and Juliet (U)

14:30 6

Thu 28

The Insatiable Moon (15)

19:30 8

Paul (15)

20:00 5

Fri 29

No Strings Attached (15)

Fri 8


14:30, 19:30 6

Sat 30

Brother Bear (U)

Sat 9


J 11:00, 14:30, 19:30 6

No Strings Attached (15)

14:30 9

Sun 10


14:30, 19:30 6

The Eagle (12A)

19:30 9

Mon 11 Rio

C 11:00 6

Wed 13 Rio

14:30, 19:30 6

Sun 1

The Flying Deuces (U) / Wrong Again (U)

14:30 13

Thu 14


11:00, 19:30 6

The Eagle (12A)

Fri 15

The Rite (15)

20:00 7

Mon 2

No Strings Attached (15)

Sat 16

The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (PG) J 11:00 20

Wed 4

The Eagle (12A)

20:00 9

West is West (15)

14:30 7

Thu 5

The Eagle (12A)

19:30 9

The Rite (15)

19:30 7

Fri 6

Hippodrome for Schools/Screening

Sun 17

West is West (15)

14:30 7

Killing Bono (15)

The Rite (15)

Sat 23


19:30 5

Animal Kingdom (15)

14:30 6

Sun 24 Hop

14 :30 8

19:30 8

19:30 7

C 11:00 6 11:00 6

J 11:00,14 :30 8

Animal Kingdom (15)

Mon 25 Hop

19:30 8

C 11 :00 8

Wed 27 Hippodrome for Schools/Workshop

20:00 9 J 11:00 21

May 19:30 9 C 11:00 9

20:00 9

Sat 7

The Iron Giant (U)

C 11:00 7

You Will Meet A Tall…

14:30 10

Wed 20 The Rite (15)

20:00 7

Killing Bono (15)

19:30 9

Thu 21

Biutiful (15)

20:00 7

Sun 8

Killing Bono (15)

14:30 9

Fri 22


You Will Meet A Tall…

19:30 10

Mon 18 West is West (15)


14:30 6

14:30, 19:30 8

J 11:00 21

You Will Meet A Tall…

C 11:00 10

Sat 28


19:30 12

Wed 11 Killing Bono (15)

20:00 9

Sun 29


14:30 12

Thu 12

Waste Land (PG)

20:00 10

The Roommate

19:30 12

Fri 13

Oranges and Sunshine (15)

20:00 10

Mon 30 A Small Act

Sat 14

Lilo and Stitch (U)

Route Irish (15)

Sun 15

J 11:00 22

C 11:00 12


14:30 11

Wed 1


20:00 12

Oranges and Sunshine (15)

19:30 10

Thu 2

The Roommate

20:00 12

The African Queen (PG)

14:30 13

Oranges and Sunshine (15)

19:30 10

Mon 16

The African Queen (PG)

CCuppa screenings Café opens at 10:30 for tea/coffee and cake. Screening starts at 11:00. Ticket price £5.25 includes refreshments. £2.60 for film only.

C 11:00 13

Wed 18 Oranges and Sunshine (15)

20:00 10

Thu 19

Route Irish (15)

20:00 11

Fri 20

Hippodrome for Schools/Workshop

Source Code (12A)

Sat 21

Rango (PG)

J Jeely Jars start at 11:00. All tickets £2.10 (£2.25 from 1st April). Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. In the Hippodrome’s heyday youngsters could get their cinema ticket in exchange for a jeely jar. We have named our Saturday morning screenings of well-loved family films and kids’ classics in honour of this tradition. Once a season we’llgive you the chance to revive the custom (see below).

20:00 11 J 11:00 22

Source Code (12A)

14:30 11

How I Ended This Summer

19:30 11

Sun 22

How I Ended This Summer

14:30 11

Source Code (12A)

19:30 11

Mon 23

Source Code (12A)

C 11:00 11

Wed 25 Source Code (12A)

20:00 11

Thu 26

How I Ended This Summer

20:00 11

Fri 27


Sat 28

A Turtle’s Tale (U)

A Small Act

At a Glance

Mon 9

Look out for the Jeely Jar Special** when you can bring a clean jeely jar with matching lid and get two tickets for the price of one. The jars will be re-used for jam-making in the Georgian Kitchen at Callendar House. This season: 'The Kid' + Animation Shorts.

AD Audio Description service for blind or partially sighted people which supplies a spoken description of action not revealed by the film’s dialogue. Pick up your headphones from the Hippodrome staff.

20:00 12 J 11:00 22 14:30 12 25


Tickets (unless otherwise stated)

Orange Wednesdays


March April/May Tickets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £5.25 £5.55 Concessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £4.00 £4.25 Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . £14.40 £15.20

Orange Wednesdays give you 2 cinema tickets for the price of 1, at Wednesday screenings.

Tickets will not be exchanged or money refunded after purchase except in the event of cancellation of screening/activity by Falkirk Council.

(2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children)

Super Saver Ticket . . . . . . . . £18.00 Super Saver Concession . . . £13.60 Cuppa with refreshments . . . £5.25

£19.00 £14.40 £5.55

Cuppa film on its own . . . . . . £2.60 Jeely Jar Screenings . . . . . . £2.10

£2.75 £2.25

Please note: from 1 April 2011 prices will be increased as shown above.

Concessions Concession tickets are available for children under 16 years, unemployed in receipt of benefits, full-time students, OAPs, Young Scot Card Holders and Falkirk Council Leisure Card holders. Proof of concession eligibility must be shown before purchase. Super Saver Tickets Four tickets to four films £18.00 (£13.60 concessions). All four tickets must be purchased together in advance (this offer excludes Jeely Jar Screenings, Cuppas, Baby Friendly and Special Events). 26

Please Note: Smoking is not permitted in the Hippodrome.

From your Orange phone: Text ‘FILM’ to 241 and Orange will send you your ticket by text (cost of text 35p); call 241 from your Orange phone; go to Orange World, select ‘Film’ then ‘Orange Wednesdays’. Also available for Orange home broadband or dial-up customers and Orange mobile broadband customers. For full terms and conditions and more information please go to Box Office and Booking Information The Hippodrome Box Office is open Saturdays 10:15am - 2:30pm, and also opens 45 minutes before, and closes 15 minutes after the start of each screening. There is usually no need to book, but tickets can be booked in advance during the open hours OR from the Steeple Box Office (Tel: 01324 506850), Monday to Saturday, 9:30am - 4:45pm. Telephone bookings are subject to a 50p booking fee. Reserved tickets must be paid for within 3 days, or no later than 30 minutes prior to the screening. Tickets will be released for re-sale otherwise

Refreshments The Hippodrome Café and Licensed Bar opens 45 minutes before each screening and closes at the start of the screening. Popcorn, ice-cream, sweets, tea, coffee and soft drinks are available from the Café. Beer, wine, and spirits are available from the Licensed Bar. Please note: Children and young people are not permitted to approach the bar. No person under the age of 18 years is permitted to purchase alcohol. Proof of age may be requested. Only food and drink purchased on the premises may be consumed. Access • 3 wheelchair spaces on lower floor • accessible toilet • infra red sound transmission • induction loop (in cinema and at box office) Please advise Box Office staff of any access requirements when booking. Baby changing facility A baby changing room is located on the ground floor.

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Parking: The Hippodrome is within easy walking distance of Bo’ness Town Centre car parks.


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By Train: The nearest station to Bo’ness is Linlithgow, which is served by trains from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling/Dunblane. Details of services are available from National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or

Union St


By Car: Bo’ness lies on the south bank of the Firth of Forth. Travelling from the west, exit the M9 at J5 onto the A905 then take the A904 into Bo’ness. From the east, exit at J3 onto the A803 then take the A904 into Bo’ness. By Bus: There are bus services to Bo’ness from Edinburgh, Linlithgow, Bathgate, Falkirk, Stirling, Cumbernauld and Glasgow. The services are operated by First Edinburgh. Call Traveline Scotland on 0871 200 22 33 for bus timetables or visit




How to get to Bo’ness


South St




The Hippodrome




Glasgow J5 M9/M876/ Grangemouth/ Falkirk

Parking Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway

Edinburgh J3 M9




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Hippodrome Cinema Bo'ness March - May 2011  

The best wee cinema in Bo'ness: our programme for March - May 2011. Box office 44+ (0) 1324 506850

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