The Party (15)

1hr 11minsFilm

A comedy wrapped around a tragedy. It starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor.

Price: £7, £6 concessions, £5 SJT+ cardholders

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17 November - 22 November 2017

A brilliant ensemble cast get their teeth stuck into Britain’s political elite in Sally Potter’s biting and supremely entertaining satire.

Janet has just been appointed Shadow Minister for Health and has invited some friends around to celebrate. Her dazed husband seems happy enough to see razor-tongued April, but struggles to check his intolerance of flagrant new-ager Gottfried. Next to arrive are Martha, described by April as ‘a first-class lesbian and a second-rate thinker’, and her wife Jinny, but things seriously derail when unhinged and chemically-enhanced banker Tom bursts in looking for his wife.

Dinner always appears to be on the cusp of being served but never quite arrives. As in Luis Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, the guests remain hungry and volatile. The film, however, serves up a full course of character dissections, with Potter’s spit-fire dialogue and Aleksei Rodionov’s prowling camera revealing much more than the individual ambitions and petty grievances of the guests. Written in the lead-up to the 2015 British General Election, Potter’s potent, funny and deliciously nasty film relishes stripping bare characters who fail ‘to keep to their own party-line of what is morally right and politically left’.

★★★★ - The Guardian

★★★★ - Empire

★★★★ - Marie Claire

★★★★ - Cinevue

★★★★ "stingingly funny" - David Sexton, Evening Standard

★★★★ "An absolute blast” - The Hollywood News

"Deliciously wicked fun" - Baz Bamigboye, Daily Mail

“Hilarious” - James Mottram, The List


17 November 2017, 2.45pm

17 November 2017, 7.45pm

18 November 2017, 2.00pm

18 November 2017, 5.00pm

18 November 2017, 8.00pm

20 November 2017, 7.45pm

22 November 2017, 7.45pm

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