Empire of Light


From Academy Award-winning writer-director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, 1917) comes this intimate and moving romantic-drama about love and friendship, set against the social turmoil of the early 1980s.

Hilary (Olivia Colman) works as the duty manager of the Empire Cinema in a coastal town in Southern England. She lives alone as she deals with a difficult past and wrestles with depression, all the while being in an abusive relationship with her married boss Donald (Colin Firth). This all changes with the arrival of the cinema’s newest employee, Stephen (Micheal Ward), who forms an unlikely connection with Hilary. Together they discover the healing power of movies, music, and community, offering Hilary the chance of a brighter future.

Featuring striking visuals from acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins, and a noteworthy performance from Academy Award-winner Olivia Colman, Empire of Light is an affectionate story about the power of human connection.

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

“a heartwarming reminder of the joy, comfort and necessity of the big screen experience.” London Evening Standard

“worth seeing for the power of Colman’s lead performance” RogetEbert.com

15: contains racism, strong language, sex

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Adults £9, Concessions £6.50

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