Theatre

Get your theatre fix at home and support The Dukes, theatre-makers and artists in the process.

Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Co-produced by The Barn Theatre, Lawrence Batley Theatre, New Wolsey Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and Theatr Clwyd. Written by Henry Filloux-Bennett | Directed by Tamara Harvey Starring Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch)

Each of us has heaven and hell in them.

In a profile pic-obsessed, filter-fixated world where online and reality blur, influencer Dorian Gray makes a deal. For his social star never to fade. For the perfect self he broadcasts to the world to always remain. But as his mental health starts to decline, as corruption and murderous depravity start to creep into his world, the true and horrific cost of his deal will soon need to be met.

From the team behind the New York Times Critic’s Pick, five star “game-changer” (Telegraph) online production of What a Carve Up! comes a brand-new adaptation that brings Oscar Wilde’s Faustian tale kicking and screaming into a world of Instagram, Facebook and dating apps.

Available to watch from 16 - 31 March 2021

Age guidance: 16+

Content warning: The Picture of Dorian Gray includes strong language and contains scenes of self-harm, suicide, death and mental illness which some viewers may find upsetting.

Tickets: £12 (includes a digital programme)

Film

Enjoy great films and support The Dukes at the same time. 

Assassins

Directed by Ryan White | Documentary | 104min

The audacious murder of the brother of North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in a crowded Malaysian airport sparked a worldwide media frenzy. At the centre of the investigation are two young women who are either cold-blooded killers or unwitting pawns in a political assassination. ASSASSINS goes beyond the headlines to question every angle of this case, from human trafficking to geopolitical espionage to the secretive dynamics of the North Korean dynasty.

IWOW: I Walk on Water

Directed by Khalik Allah |Documentary| 179 min 

‘I am a homeless saint,’ whispers a man against a black backdrop. IWOW: I Walk on Water is the monumental new diary film from New York-based director and photographer Khalik Allah. The film returns to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in East Harlem, the same intersection at which Allah has based much of his work in recent years. Centred upon Allah’s longtime friendship with Frenchie, a homeless Haitian man, IWOW also acts as a record of the director’s recent life – documenting his relationships with his former girlfriend Camilla and an inner circle of confidantes, including Fab 5 Freddy, members of the Wu-Tang Clan and his mother.

Available 26 Feb 2021

Feminista Film Festival 2021

Directed by Various | 101mins

We are thrilled to announce the films selected for the 2021 Feminista Film Festival & Tour. From musical pursuits to outdoor challenges, these women are change-makers and trailblazers. You’ll definitely be inspired to turn up the music and start planning your next adventure! 

Available 1 March 2021

Rams

Directed by Jeremy Simms | Comedy | 118min | Cast: Sam Neil, Miranda Richardson

In remote Western Australia, two estranged brothers, Colin and Les are at war. Raising separate flocks of sheep descended from their family’s prized bloodline, the two men work side by side yet are worlds apart. When Les’s prize ram is diagnosed with a rare and lethal illness, authorities order a purge of every sheep in the valley. While Colin attempts to stealthily outwit the powers that be, Les opts for angry defiance. But can the warring brothers set aside their differences and have a chance to reunite their family, save their herd, and bring their community back together?

Available 22 Feb 2021

Song Without a Name

Directed by Melina León | Drama | 97min | Cast: Pamela Mendoza

Georgina's newborn daughter is stolen at a fake health clinic. Her desperate search for the child leads her to the headquarters of a major newspaper, where she meets a lonely journalist who takes on the investigation Song Without a Name ('Canción sin nombre') is a critically acclaimed, award-winning drama directed by Melina León, and has been announced as Peru’s International Feature Film entry for the 93rd Academy Awards. 

Available 22 Feb 2021

Willy's Wonderland (15)

Directed by Kevin Lewis | Horror Thriller | 77min | Cast: Nicolas Cage

A quiet drifter is tricked into a janitorial job at the now condemned Wally's Wonderland. The mundane tasks suddenly become an all-out fight for survival against wave after wave of demonic animatronics. Fists fly, kicks land, titans clash -- and only one side will make it out alive.

AWAY

AWAY is about a boy travelling across an island on a motorcycle, trying to escape a dark spirit and get back home. Along the way he makes a series of connections with different animals and reflects on the possible ways he ended up on the island. Part dream, part reality, AWAY explores our common, universal need to find a connection.

The multiple award-winning film took the prestigious Contrechamp Award at Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019. Director and animator Gints Zilbalodis worked on the film for three and a half years, writing the fascinating story, creating the beautifully animated landscapes and characters, and composing and recording the enchanting music to this stunning dialogue-free film. 

Eternal Beauty

Directed by Craig Roberts | Drama | 95 min | Cast: Sally Hawkins, David Thewlis, Penelope Wilton, Billie Piper

When Jane is dumped at the altar she has a breakdown and spirals into a chaotic world, where love (both real and imagined) and family relationships collide with both touching and humorous consequences.Anchored by a phenomenal lead performance from Sally Hawkins, Eternal Beauty is a tender, funny and moving drama that provides a unique portrayal of schizophrenia. 

Falling

Directed by Viggo Mortensen | Drama | 112 min | Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Lance Henriksen, Laura Linney

John lives with his partner, Eric, and their daughter, Mónica, in California, far from the traditional rural life he left behind years ago. John's father, Willis, a headstrong man from a bygone era, lives alone on the isolated farm where John grew up. Willis is in the early stages of dementia, making running the farm on his own increasingly difficult, so John brings him to stay at his California home so that he and his sister Sarah might help him find a place near them to relocate to. Unfortunately, their best intentions ultimately run up against Willis’s adamant refusal to change his way of life in the slightest.

Looted (15)

Directed by Rene van Pannevis | Drama | 89minn | Cast: Thomas Turgoose

Rob loves driving and stealing cars, living his life at a hundred miles an hour in the cash-starved port town he calls home. He shares a house with his dying father who thinks he’s out job hunting. Rob manages to keep his two worlds perfectly separated until best mate Leo gets him involved in a bigger, riskier job which goes terribly wrong. With his relationship with his distant father in shreds and betrayed by his best mate, unexpected hope comes from Leo’s girlfriend Kasia.

Resisting the tired tropes of British crime films involving disaffected youth, van Pannevis offers a poignant character piece about a decent young man in crisis.

Cocoon

Directed by Leonie Krippendorff  | Drama | Germany | 99 min 

In the heat of a shimmering Berlin summer, Nora spends her days as a third wheel to her older sister Jule and her best friend Aylin. They think and talk only of boys and how to keep thin, whilst wandering the vibrant city streets taking selfies and juvenile social media videos. Feeling the pressures to fit in, Nora goes along with her sister’s frolics – drinking, smoking and playing ‘smack the finger’ with the boys. But with their alcoholic mother largely absent, it is Jule who bears the brunt of Nora’s supervision. Nora looks up to Jule but still keeps and cares for caterpillars, an activity she and her mother once shared.

On a gym day at school, Nora gets her period for the first time in front of the class – one embarrassing step too far for Jule. When older student Romy rushes to Nora’s rescue, a friendship blossoms and Nora falls fast in love for the first time. But as the hottest summer on record comes to a close, things will never be the same for Nora – the butterfly has emerged from her cocoon.

A true depiction of the trials and triumphs of female adolescence, Cocoon is a raw and honest coming-of-age tale that every woman can relate to

your screen

YourScreen

The Dukes is partnering with YourScreen to bring a fantastic programme of world cinema – most of it new to the UK and not available on other streaming platforms – into your living room.

By choosing to get your world cinema fix via YourScreen, you will also be supporting The Dukes as we get a share of every ticket sold using our promo code DUKESYS.

As a thank you for supporting us, you will get 25% off each ticket purchase. Just enter DUKESYS at checkout.

Titles for this season include: 

  • An Impossible Project
  • Asunder
  • Cat in the Wall (15)
  • The Humorist (15)
  • A Coach's Daughter (15)
  • Selfie (15)
  • Veins of the World (12a)
  • Sofia (15)

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival On Tour 2020

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival is an annual three-day weekend event bringing together the best of outdoor and adventure filmmaking from all around the world. Each year the festival presents the pinnacle of adventure films, showing a host of incredible journeys - both physical and spiritual. This year’s programme is no exception, and whilst the world is on pause we’re privileged to be able to transport you to the great outdoors, via these inspirational filmmakers and stories. 

THE LIFE OF PIE 

Director | Travis Rummel, Ben Knight Running time | 11 minutes USA 

In 2002, mountain bikers and entrepreneurs Jen Zeuner and Anne Keller moved to Fruita, Colorado, in search of cheap rent, world-class single track, and free time to ride. Over 15 years later, the two unconventional women have helped reshape one of the state’s most conservative towns, uniting the community through advocacy, inclusivity, and damn good pizza. 

OUT ON A LIMB

Director | James Dann Running time | 10 minutes UK 

Geoff, Dan and Isaac are three wheelchair users who embark on a mission to conquer the Swiss Alps and prove that having a disability won't tame their sense of adventure. 

SAFE HAVEN 

Director | Davis Goslin Running time | 8 minutes USA 

Founded on the belief that everyone is welcome, the Memphis Rox climbing gym is at the centre of Memphis’ revitalisation. 

FLOE STATE OF MIND

Director | Ben Gerrish Running time | 3 minutes UK 

Floe State of Mind follows cold water swimmer Gilly McArthur as she takes an axe to an icy tarn and breaks a channel for a solitary swim.  

RUN THE LINE 

Director | Beau Miles Running time | 24 minutes Australia 

Beau Miles lives next to the old Warragul-Noojee Railway line, which snaked for 43km through the foothills of Mt. Baw Baw, and ran from 1892-1954. You can still see the line now as strange scars across paddocks and bold cuttings through the sides of hills. Overgrown, private, exposed, or hard to find, Beau aims to re-run the train line, picking up and finding the stations of yesteryear. 

ALLEIN

Director | Franz Walter Running time | 10 minutes Greenland / Germany 

At age 50, alpinist and mountain guide Robert Jasper is heading out to Greenland for a solo expedition… 

THE IMAGINARY LINE

Director | Kylor Melton Running time | 10 minutes USA 

“In a world that is constantly trying to tear us apart, we are here to come together, to cross those imaginary lines that divide us...” During the longest government shutdown in American history, a team from Mexico and a team from the USA establish a highline across the border between the two countries… 

 THE HOME FOR BROKEN TOYS 

 Director | Holly Butcher Running time | 24 minutes UK 

 Every weekend through the winter, a group of middle-aged men, who dub themselves the East German Ladies Swimming Team, plunge into the freezing waters of a pond in central London. This charming film follows the team through one season to explore their motivations for braving the extreme cold, a decision which seems alien to the filmmaker. The reasons she discovers are by turns comedic, poignant, and profound. www.shaff.co.uk