Tuesday, 15 March 2022

MARCH SCREENING: Tuesday 5th April: A Banquet - Connaught Studio                                                                                                                                                                         


A BANQUET (2021)                                                                                 


                                                                                 Place: Connaught Studio

                                                                                 Time: 8.30pm

                                                                                 Free for members

                                                                                 Non-members: £7.50/Students £6.50

                                                                                 Membership is £35 per year for 10 screenings

This dark and engaging British horror film is the debut feature of Scottish director Ruth Paxton. It deals with widowed mother Holly (Sienna Guillory) being radically tested when her teenage daughter Betsey (Jessica Alexander) experiences a profound enlightenment and insists that her body is no longer her own, but in service to a higher power. Bound to her newfound faith, Betsey refuses to eat but loses no weight. In an agonizing dilemma, torn between love and fear, Holly is forced to confront the boundaries of her own beliefs. The film is an unnerving and unsettling exploration of what lies below the surface of the supposedly happy family, while raising interesting questions about faith and destiny. A real slow-burner it will be one not to miss. 

 ‘Paxton is in expert control of her film, achieving her effects with economy and force. It really is unnerving.’  Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian 

‘The film’s slow-burn magic lies in the many questions it raises’ The NYTimes

Watch the trailer here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVZfglJ6bS0