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Going the Distance

Going the Distance

Digital Production – Streaming Online October 4 - 17

Co-produced by The Dukes, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Oxford Playhouse and The Watermill Theatre

Written by Henry Filloux-Bennett & Yasmeen Khan | Directed by Felicity Montagu 

When there’s no light at the end of the tunnel and the chips are down, you can count on Eggborough Community Theatre to fight back...

March 2020. Theatres across the country go dark. Hundreds of cherished arts centres face the prospect of permanent closure. But that isn’t going to stop the Eggborough Community Theatre… as they fight to save their local venue with the genius idea to put on a fundraising production of ‘Wizard’* (*inspired by but for rights purposes certainly not based on ‘The Wizard of Oz’).

Get ready for a brand-new comedy about a little theatre with a huge challenge.

Written by Henry Filloux-Bennett (The Picture of Dorian Gray) and Yasmeen Khan (The Importance of Being Earnest), and directed by Felicity Montague (Alan Partridge), Going the Distance launches online this autumn and tickets are on sale now.

Streaming online October 4 - 17

Tickets: £15

Film

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

The Offering (15)

Directed by Ventura Durall | With: Alex Brendemühl |  Thriller | Spain | 92min

An acclaimed Spanish psychological thriller. Jan, mysterious and marked by a profound sense of guilt, tries to win back the love of his ex Violeta, who is now a psychiatrist, with a family of her own. Jan’s complex and perverse plan to reunite him with Violeta, 20 years after the events that led to their separation, will have severe consequences.

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Treasure City (18)

Directed by Szabolcs Hajdu | With: Orsolya Török-Illyés, Lilla Sárosdi, Szabolcs Hajdu|  Drama | Hungary| 92min

Dropped into a web of family, sexual, political and romantic relationships where nothing is quite what it seems. One event leads to something else, people appear in one situation and reappear in another and by the end the lives of 22 people intersect in unpredictable ways during a 90-minute period on one magical night in the city they share.

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Undergods

Directed by Chino Moya | With Johann Myers, Géza Röhrig, Michael Gould | Sci-Fi | UK Belgium Sweden| 92min

Chino Moya’s debut feature Undergods places viewers in a foreign futuristic world, though sadly one that feels more familiar every day. The film’s narrators manoeuvre through a deserted, crumbling, greyish-blue city, gathering bodies as they go and sharing nightmarish stories of a long-abandoned past.

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The 8th

Directed by Jen Rainin & Rivkah Beth Medow I  Documentary | Irish| 95min

The 8th tells the story of the Irish women and their fight to overturn one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the world. After a 35- year struggle the pro-choice side radically shift tactics to try to bring a historically conservative electorate over the line.

This film contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy

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minari

Minari

Directed by Lee Isaac Chung I With: Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho Drama | American| Subtitled |115min

A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

Oscar-nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor and Best Score

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Sisters With Transistors

A film by Lisa Rovner | Narrated by Laurie Anderson| Documentary | English | 86 min

The remarkable untold story of electronic music's female pioneers such as Delia Derbyshire, composers who embraced machines and their liberating technologies to utterly transform how we produce and listen to music today.

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Groundswell

Directed by Johnny Gogan I Documentary| Ireland | 80min

Activist and filmmaker Johnny Gogan’s Groundswell provides a uniquely personal insight into how Ireland banned the practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and how Northern Ireland still faces the prospect. Told through the eyes of grassroots activists in County Leitrim and across the border in Fermanagh, and filmed over ten years, Gogan’s camera follows a community who are opposing the work of the company Tamboran Resources as they begin operations on one side of the border before diverting to the other.

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Effie Gray

Directed by Richard Laxton I With: Dakota Fanning, Emma ThompsonDrama | UK |108min

Nineteen-year-old Effie Gray marries esteemed art critic John Ruskin, a cold and distant man who, seemingly repelled by his young bride, refuses to consummate their marriage. Neglected and shunned, and her health suffering from the strain of the crumbling relationship, Effie defies Victorian society by striking up a friendship with one of Ruskin’s acolytes, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood painter John Everett Millais. It’s a friendship that blossoms into something else, and which sends shockwaves through polite society.

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Sequin In A Blue Room (18)

Directed by Samuel Van Grinsven I With: Conor Leach, Simon Croker Drama | Argentina| Subtitled |80min

Sequin is exploring his burgeoning sexuality through an obsession with anonymous, no-strings hook-ups. That is until he finds his way into the mysterious, strictly anonymous ‘Blue Room’ - where a whole new, alluring world unfolds before him. There, Sequin connects with a captivating stranger, but they are separated suddenly. Utterly fixated on this man, Sequin sets off on an exhilarating and dangerous mission to track him down.

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Malmkrog

Directed by Cristi Puiu I With: Vitalie Bichir | Drama| Romania | 201min

The guests who come to the mansion of the aristocratic landowner and man of the world Nikolai over the Christmas holidays are hand-picked. Among them is a politician, a young countess and a general with his wife. They converse and dine – what a wonderful, much-missed way of life – indulge in parlour games and discuss the right form of authority in the face of political impotence as well as progress and morality, death and the Antichrist. As the debate becomes more heated, cultural differences become increasingly apparent and the mood grows tense.

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A Common Crime

Directed by Francisco Márquez I With: Elisa Carricajo | Thriller| Argentina | 96min

One night in the pouring rain, Kevin, the adolescent son of Cecilia’s housekeeper, knocks on her door. A sociology lecturer and financially secure, Cecilia lives alone with her young child. She is too afraid to let Kevin in. The next day, his body is found in a river. The neighbourhood accuses the police of having hounded the teenager and social unrest rocks this impoverished part of town. Cecilia’s concept of reality is also increasingly shaken, her moods start to fluctuate and she begins hearing and seeing things. Is she losing her mind? In a ghostly, shimmering narrative, director Francisco Márquez articulates the injustices of Argentine society, which manifest themselves in the growing gap between rich and poor, employees and employers. His protagonist, sensitively played by Elisa Carricajo, is tormented by her guilty conscience. Like a ghost, her mounting consternation encroaches on every area of her life.

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Amber and Me

Directed by  Ian Davies I Documentary | English | 60min

Amber has Down's syndrome and is about to start school together with her twin sister, Olivia. Although at first, her experience is positive, she soon starts to struggle and asks to stay at home. Olivia is keen to keep her twin sister in the same class and so begins the struggle of keeping the girls together at school. 

The film follows the challenges for both girls through 4 years of school and charts the changes in their relationship, uniquely from their own perspectives.

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Stray (18)

Directed by Elizabeth Lo I Documentary | Turkey | 73 min

Stray explores what it means to live as a being without status or security, following three strays as they embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society. 

Zeytin, fiercely independent, embarks on adventures through the city at night; Nazar, nurturing and protective, easily befriends the humans around her; while Kartal, a shy puppy living on the outskirts of a construction site, finds companions in the security guards who care for her. The strays’ disparate lives intersect when they each form intimate bonds with a group of young Syrians with whom they share the streets. Director Elizabeth Lo’s award-winning film is a critical observation of human civilization through the unfamiliar gaze of dogs and a sensory voyage into new ways of seeing.

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Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché

Directed by Paul Sng and Celeste Bell I Documentary | English | 89 min

Poly Styrene was the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band. She introduced the world to a new sound of rebellion, using her unconventional voice to sing about identity, consumerism, postmodernism, and everything she saw unfolding in late 1970s Britain, with a rare prescience.

Narrated by Oscar-nominee Ruth Negga and featuring unseen archive material and rare diary entries, this documentary follows Poly’s daughter and screenwriter Celeste as she examines her mother’s unopened artistic archive and traverses three continents to better understand Poly the icon and Poly the mother.

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Verdict

Directed by Raymund Ribay Gutierrez  I With Max Eigenmann| Drama | 126 min 

Joy and her six-year-old daughter Angel live in Manila, Philippines, with her husband, Dante, a small-time criminal. As so often in the past, Dante comes home drunk at night and beats Joy brutally. This time, he also hurts Angel. Joy grabs her daughter and flees to the local police post to finally get him sent to jail. Joy learns that justice takes time at best and is impossible to get at worst. Not without reason, she feels that she and her daughter are increasingly under threat.

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Iorram

Directed by Alastair Cole I Documentary | Gaelic | 96 min

The first cinema documentary entirely in Scottish Gaelic, Iorram (Boat Song) is a lyrical portrait of the fishing community in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. Director Alastair Cole takes a cinematic journey into the past and present of the islands, mixing voices, stories and songs from the mid-20th century with images of life today on land and sea, and original music by Aidan O’Rourke

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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.

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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.

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Martyr (18)

Directed by Mazen Khaled| Drama | 85min |

For Hassane, a young man from an impoverished neighbourhood, life has stopped making sense. All he has left is a close group of friends, brought together by a shared sense of marginalization. In an effort to shake off the pressures of an increasingly desperate family situation, Hassane decides to lose himself in the azure waters of his favourite swimming spot on Beirut’s rocky shore. However, despite innocent intentions, Hassane's actions result in a tsunami of grief and powerlessness that engulfs his friends, family and the community around him, changing their lives forever.

Heralding an exciting new voice in Lebanese cinema, 'Martyr' is a heartfelt farewell to the beauty and sensuality of life, youth, friendship, and love.

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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! 

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Rams (12)

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?

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Mouthpiece (15)

Directed by Patricia Rozema  | Drama | England | 91 min 

A powerful, funny and highly original look into the conflicted psyche of a fiercely independent millennial woman – played by two actresses simultaneously.

Cass is a single writer who lives by her own rules. She’s also a bit of a disaster. Following the sudden death of her mother, Elaine, she finds herself in crisis, unable to think straight with a debate raging inside her head. This movie makes that invisible conflict visible: Cassandra battles it out while figuring out what to say at her mother’s funeral. What unfolds is a wild careening through grief, anger, sex and self-sabotage in an exploration of the messy lives of women from both generations. Raucous jokes, musical numbers and heartbreaking memories add up to a deeply moving and political portrait of a mother and a daughter as seen through the eyes of one conflicted young woman.

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Song Without a Name (12)

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. 

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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.

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Eternal Beauty (15)

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. 

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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)

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