Dir: Hirokazu Koreeda – JAPAN – 182 mins (PG) S/T
From the Director of I WISH, comes a sensitively written, smartly directed and powerfully performed thought-provoking story which won a Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Ryota is a successful Tokyo architect who works long hours to provide for his wife, Midori and six-year-old son, Keita. But when a blood test reveals that Keita and another baby were switched at birth, two very different families are thrown together and forced to make a difficult decision while Ryota confronts his own issues of responsibility and what it means to be a father.
This film delivers a gentle and moving story of personal redemption that playfully navigates its way through the drama. The result is a deceptively rich and rewarding drama, small of gesture, huge of heart.
An evening of projected artwork spliced with film and poetry.
Watch, listen, discuss and drink!
BUT WE NEED YOUR ART! Send one digital image to firstname.lastname@example.org before 10th March and see your image projected for 1 minute to a receptive audience.
Award-winning comedian Jo Caulfield is back with a hilarious new show.
Jo’s always wondered why anger is seen as such a bad thing. When life presents such irritations as vacuous celebrities, endless TV quiz shows, arrogant shop-assistants, emotionally ‘challenged’ men, drunken girlfriends who always pick the wrong partner, and a husband who continually quotes The Godfather, surely having a good rant – and a good laugh – is the only sensible reaction?
Enjoy your anger.
Nominated as Funniest Woman (LAFTA Awards) and Best Female Stand-Up (Chortle Awards), Jo is “feisty, funny and wonderfully bitchy” (Observer), with a “cut-throat wit and a razor-sharp tongue” (Times)
Star of Radio 4’s hugely popular “Jo Caulfield’s Speakeasy”, and seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Apprentice: You’re Fired and BBC1’s The Politics Show, this is a fantastic night out, for men and women alike.
Do you feel that you are at the stage where you would benefit from constructive feedback on your writing?
Are you ready to learn to critique the work of others? This six week programme of workshops offers you the opportunity to learn and practise your critiquing skills in a safe and structured environment.
We writers can learn as much, if not more, from evaluating the work of others as we do from having our own writing critiqued. Combine the two things together and you have a very powerful learning tool indeed.
Participants will be expected to bring work to alternate sessions to share with the group, who will offer constructive and hard hitting feedback.
PLEASE NOTE: this group is strictly limited to six people, so early booking is advised. The six sessions, totalling 18 hours, costs £85. Tea and coffee will be provided.
The Tutor: Kath Morgan writes fiction and business copy, and teaches creative writing to adults. She has a degree in English and American literature, a PGCE in English and Drama, and a Masters Degree in Professional Writing, and has been teaching for over twenty years. She is currently working on her second novel. Her first novel is with her agent.
THIS FILM WILL START AT 7PM
Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche – FRANCE – 179mins (18) (S/T)
Winner of the Palme d’Or in 2013 this is a raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously intense drama which offers some of modern cinema’s most elegantly composed, emotionally absorbing drama.
The story centres on a 15-year-old girl, Adèle, who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle’s life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction.
“The camera brilliantly demonstrates how love feels: the slightly paranoid, deeply hysterical and hugely inaccurate super-concentration on one other person to the absolute exclusion of everything else.” The Telegraph
History Group Talk: Chellew Room
Oceanic Visitors: From Whales to Sea Beans
Marine biologist, Dr Paul Gainey, will give an illustrated talk on the detritus that is washed up on our Cornish beaches. This is anything from whales, rubbish from all over the world and strange marine plants such as Sea Beans.
Dir: Joshua Oppenheimer – USA – 132mins (15)
Raw, terrifying, and at times difficult to watch, this BAFTA winning and Oscar nominated film offers a haunting testament to the edifying, confrontational power of documentary cinema.
In this chilling and inventive documentary, executive produced by Werner Herzog, Errol Morris and André Singer, the unrepentant former members of Indonesian death squads are challenged to re-enact some of their many murders in the style of the American movies they love.
In the 1960’s Anwar Congo was a leader in Indonesia’s pro-regime paramilitary the Pancasila Youth who, along with his band of dedicated followers, was amongst those who participated in the murder and torture more than a million alleged Communists, ethnic Chinese and intellectuals. Proud of their deeds and completely unpunished, Anwar and his pals are delighted when the film’s director ask them to re-enact these murders for their documentary – in any genre they desire. Initially Anwar and his friends enthusiastically take up the challenge using hired actors, making elaborate sets and costumes and even using pyrotechnic, but eventually as the movie violence is played out and reconstructed, Anwar finally begins to feel unease and remorse.
“The most compelling thing you’ll ever see.” The Guardian
“This might be the most important documentary ever!” The Daily Mail
A motion picture celebrating America’s First Boarding Company.
When Volcom was founded in 1991, it was the first company to combine surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding under one brand from its inception. This way of life influenced the anti-establishment style and attitude that defined a generation. The cultural phenomenon was best captured when Volcom released “Alive We Ride” in 1993: a film documenting the raw excitement and spontaneous creativity inherent to the lifestyle. Twenty years later, with the release of “True To This”, Volcom again captures the energy and artistry of board-riding in its purest forms. Shot all around the world and showcasing iconic athletes, “True To This” is a tribute to the movement that inspired a generation and the people and places that embody that spirit today.
Join the Cornish Rappers as they take a serious look at themselves before heading off to yet another comedy festival. Where did it all go wrong? Expect the usual songs as well as some new songs and an old one that they’ve finally learnt how to play.
“dancing in the aisles funny” – Rhys Darby
“fun fun times” – Sean Hughes
“hilarious” – Alan Davies
Jo Neary: Used to live in Falmouth
A wiggly dance to an inappropriate song, a woman with an annoying teenage voice, the old faithful tried and tested Lord Celia Johnson and her latest adventure with the Hoi Polloi, Kirstie Allsorts reclaiming our favourite hobbies and selling them back to us as well as Laurie Anderson, A Drunk Man Who Wants to Rewrite Brighton Rock and an impression of what a spoilt cat is really thinking… Using no props or costumes, just massive eyes and tiny voice, Jo Neary will conjure up a warm world of misfits, outcasts and ne’er do wells and then go for chips.
“Thank heavens for Joanna Neary whose skewed clowning is gloriously different … sublimely funny” - Bruce Dessau, The Evening Standard
“Hilarious dexterity, an astute and important show. Neary is the real thing” - The Stage
“All the characters are given a slightly crazed delivery and invested with an other-worldliness that sets her above your common-or-garden character comic. Quite brilliant ****” – Chortle
Dirs: Joel & Ethan Coen – USA – 105mins (15)
The latest film from the formidable and always brilliant Coen brothers catapults audiences into the New York folk scene of Greenwich Village, 1961.
It tells the story of songwriter Llewyn Davis as he tries to make a name for himself in this emergent scene, but it’s hard to stay positive when your career is flailing, you’ve outstayed your welcome on all your friends’ couches and you may have got your best mate’s girlfriend pregnant.
The folk scene also gives regular Coen collaborator T-Bone Burnett the chance to arrange a soundtrack of traditional and original compositions that gives O Brother Where Art Thou? a run for its money.
There’s a storm a brewin’…. And navigating it haphazardly towards a rainbow on the crest of a honey whisky wave is Falmouth’s very own ‘Pirate Joe’. A one man band and a rarity in artistry these days, Joe is the epitome of a musical alchemist, connecting with his audience as a conductor would an orchestra, or a Captain and his loyal crew. An old soul on young shoulders, blessed with the ‘spirit of the blues’ and a voice to match, Joe is a Jack Sparrow among us, a whirlwind of creative energy, and blue is one colour you certainly won’t be feeling after a personal interaction as part of his crew.
Armed with just an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal, Pirate Joe builds up his spirited songs layer upon layer in an innovative blend of blues, world music and more; utilising vocal harmonies, beat-box and intricate guitar work to create his one-man band.
Officer don’t be a benny… the thing we saw was MGM-y.
It’s been quite a year for Luke Wright. He’s opened for punk legend John Cooper Clarke at the Palladium (and stacks of other venues), had his first collection published (“a riot” 5 stars, The Huffington Post), and stormed Edinburgh with his rambunctious new show Essex Lion.
Ever seen a lion? In the wild? In England? Last year in Clacton some campers thought they did. They didn’t of course, lions aren’t native to north-east Essex. But their not-sighting triggered something in the brain of Radio 4 favourite Luke Wright. Now he too is seeing things others don’t. Step into Luke’s world of romping satirical verse where posh plumbers, paunchy ex-rockers and Lovejoy roam free. Get ready to roar.
“His lexical acrobatics are astounding, often motor-mouthed and breathtakingly honest…Go for the wordsmithery, stay for the painful poignancy.” The List
“Wright perfectly captures the glamourless pulse of mainstream Britain and transforms it into rhythmic, transcendental beauty…Quite simply, this is the future of popular poetry.” The Skinny
“This is a great show and his poetry itself remains as vital and redolent of our times as ever.” Exeunt
“Cool poems!” Patti Smith
Mediterranean roasted vegetables. Finnish Folk and Margaret Drabble. Adolf Hitler and the knitted cover for a toilet roll. An audience split in two experiencing auditory hallucinations. The new work from Ridiculusmus is inspired by a treatment method for psychosis that has virtually eradicated schizophrenia from Western Lapland. It conjures up a comic nightmare of delusion while offering a hopeful world of polyphonic uncertainty, a world where dialogue can transform your life.
Ridiculusmus make seriously funny and deadly serious theatre, earning them a reputation as one of the most exciting theatre companies working in the UK. Woods and Haynes’ work has won numerous awards including a Time Out Live Award, Total Theatre Award and Herald Angel Award and two nominations for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Barry Awards. Previous shows include Tough time nice time, Ideas Men, Say Nothing, The Exhibitionists, Yes, Yes Yes, and a two-handed adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest directed by Jude Kelly.
Supported by The Duchy Health Charity.
Dir: Kim Mordaunt – AUSTRALIA/LAOS/THAILAND – 96mins (12A) S/T
This multi-award winning film is Australia’s official selection for the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards, and debut feature from director Kim Mordaunt about a ‘cursed’ twin who guides his family to a new life in Laos.
A ten year old boy, Ahlo, who is believed to bring bad luck, is blamed for a string of disasters. When his family loses their home and are forced to move, Ahlo meets the spirited orphan Kia and her eccentric uncle Purple: an ex-soldier with a purple suit, a rice-wine habit and a fetish for James Brown. Struggling to hang on to his father’s trust, Ahlo leads his family, Purple and Kia through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. In a last plea to try and prove he’s not cursed, Ahlo builds a giant explosive rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. As the most bombed country in the world shoots back at the sky, a boy will reach to the heavens for forgiveness.
Gripping yet heart-warming, The Rocket is a deeply personal story about the determination of a boy who has the odds stacked against him, set against the epic backdrop of a war-ravaged country on the brink of huge change. With remarkable access to real rituals and festivities in the stunning mountains of Laos, The Rocket is a unique view into a world never seen on film before.
Written and directed by Kim Mordaunt (Bomb Harvest), The Rocket features an extraordinary leading performance from gutsy former street kid Sitthiphon Disamoe as Ahlo, and veteran actor and comedian Thep Phongam as the damaged but humorous Purple, an ex-soldier who becomes mentor to the young protagonist.
A new comic play for children and brave adults.
It’s Brian Gravy’s birthday… all he wants is for Mum and Dad to stop fighting. Oh and maybe a pair of sensible shoes. Join Brian and a host of his imaginary friends in this stylised comic fantasy. An original show which explores, in a uniquely humorous way, the separation of parents as experienced through the eyes of a child.
Think Roald Dahl with added Cornish quirkiness!
Stay Brave Brian Gravy is the new children’s show by acclaimed Cornish Production company o-region.
Written by Carl Grose (Kneehigh, Radio 4, National Theatre) and directed by Simon Harvey (Kneehigh / Blackfish / Rabbit theatre)
Recommended Age 7 and up.
Dir: Alfonso Cuarón – USA/UK – 91 mins (12A)
A gripping thriller set in the unforgiving realm of deep space. Sandra Bullock plays a brilliant engineer on her first shuttle mission with veteran astronaut played by George Clooney. On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed leaving them completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiralling out into the blackness …
Winner of numerous BAFTA and Oscar awards, including Best Cinematography and Visual Effects, Gravity is many people’s film of the year and has won plaudits not only for its stunning visual effects but superb performances.
“Director and co-writer Cuarón brilliantly manages to create both awe at his glorious space vistas, and knuckle-gobbling tension at what’s happening in the foreground.” The Guardian
Dir: Alexander Payne – USA – 115 mins (15)
Shot in black and white and built around a father and son cross-country road trip, this film marks the director’s follow up to the Oscar-nominated, The Descendants, and delivers another comedic look at complicated, sometimes troubled family relationships.
Bruce Dern (Best Actor: Cannes) shines as Woody, an ageing alcoholic with increasing dementia who believes he has won a million-dollar sweepstake and attempts to walk to Nebraska to claim his prize. His youngest son agrees to go with him and the two set off on a hilarious road trip that delves deep into the dark corners of Woody’s past and teaches them both a little bit about the nature of family.
“A charming road movie that develops into a full-blown study of life and roots, offering a beautiful insight into the way families migrate and change.” Empire Magazine
We’re building a new archive and local studies centre for Cornwall. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Cornwall Council, the new centre will be on the old brewery site at Redruth.
The new building will contain public reading rooms, a reference library, a café, exhibition areas, a learning space for school, community and public events and activities, work areas, meeting rooms and specialist store rooms for books, photographs, newspapers, maps and documents. It will greatly improve the storage conditions of the collections; public access to them, the events and activities we can host and the services we can provide.
The building will bring together the collections of Cornwall Record Office, the Cornish Studies Library and Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment Record. Together they form the biggest collection of information for studying Cornwall’s people, places, history and culture. The collections contain documents, books, records, maps, photographs and databases, and date from 1150 to the present day.
Your views count and there is an opportunity for you to have a say in what you would like to see available in the building. We will also be setting up focus groups to help us think more about particular themes and how we improve our services and access for various audiences.
Information, research and access, is of course, what the new building is all about.
At the roadshows you will be able discuss these with the project team.
(Those unable to manage the stairs can access the Gallery via a stair lift at the rear of the building).
Dir: Spike Jones – USA – 126mins (15)
Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, the story follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.
Oscar winner for Best Original Screenplay, Spike Jonze (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich) takes the helm for this sweet, soulful, and smart comedy using just-barely-sci-fi scenario to impart wryly funny wisdom about the state of modern human relationships.
Dir: Frank Capra – USA – 105mins (U)
In the first in a series of films that are celebrating an anniversary in 2014, join us in wishing this classic comedy a very happy 80th birthday.
Frank Capra’s seminal screwball comedy, which won all five major Academy Awards for 1934, is still as breezy and beguiling today.
Claudette Colbert plays a spoiled heiress who has married a fortune-hunting aviator, against her father’s objections. Her father has been holding her prisoner aboard his yacht, but Ellie swims ashore in her clothes, and eventually slips onto a Greyhound bus bound for New York. Here she meets newspaper reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who has recently been fired for drinking on the job. Peter gets the last seat on the bus — but when he gets up to argue with the bus driver, Ellie takes his seat. Since it is the last seat on the bus, they have to share it. When Ellie has her purse stolen and she refuses to report it, Peter begins to suspect something. The next morning, they both miss the bus after a leisurely breakfast, and Peter reveals that he knows her identity. She makes a deal with him: if he helps her get to New York, he can write a scoop about her for his paper … but things don’t go according to plan.
This movie set the pace for the “screwball” comedy and has the stamp of glorious old-Hollywood quality. It is a total joy today as it was 80 years ago.
Fresh from wowing audiences at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe, comedy’s fastest rising star Seann Walsh returns to the Poly with an all-new highly anticipated live show to show the world that he is the Lie-In King.
Star of Channel 4’s ‘Stand Up For The Week’, BBC1’s ‘Live At The Apollo’ and ‘Michael McIntryre’s Comedy Roadshow’, and Dave’s ‘Argumental’, Seann is a charming and charismatic natural born observational storyteller, and one of the most frighteningly precocious talents to emerge from the UK comedy circuit in years.
Seann’s other recent TV appearances include: Channel 4’s Comedy Gala Live At The 02 2012/13, Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2), Celebrity Juice (ITV2), Mock The Week (BBC2), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel4)
Within two years of his first comedy performance, Seann was the winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year. Shortly after other accolades included; Chortle Best Breakthrough Act Nominee 2010 and Chortle Best Compere Nominee 2011.
Seann Walsh currently stars in his very own brand new television series ‘Seann Walsh World’ on Comedy Central. Airing on Tuesday nights at 9pm for 13 episodes, the show mixes stand-up comedy with viral internet video clips as Seann delves in to his life as a young, single 26 year old comedian. Later this year, Seann will also star in Comedy Central’s new original sitcom, ‘Big Bad World’.
“Sharp, creative observational comedy… See him now, before the stadium tour” - Sunday Times
“…with the looks, gags and charm to become something quite special, Walsh is this generation’s Dylan Moran” - Time Out
“Set your alarms for this show and miss it at your peril” – Bruce Dessau, Beyond The Joke, Evening standard
After a total run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013, Evans is back with more “Sizzlingly entertaining, beautifully crafted, devastatingly funny gags.” The Guardian.
Star of Celebrity Mastermind, Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow.
“A great craftsman of language… an evil delight.” Chortle.
Join comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution ARTHUR SMITH and bask in an evening of laughter and off the wall humour with one of the ‘alternative comedians’ who shook up the world of light entertainment in the nineteen eighties and nineties.
Expect an evening of sublime playfulness, crammed with jokes, anecdotes, short stories, poems, songs and readings from his recently published memoir ‘My Name Is Daphne Fairfax’ which has won praise from literary critics.
A BBC regular, well known for his appearances on TV’s ‘Grumpy Old Men’, ‘Q.I.’, ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘The One Show’, Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’, ‘Balham Bash’, and host of Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy Club, and Radio 2’s ‘Smith Lectures’. He is a ‘Spirit of The Fringe’ award-winning Edinburgh Festival stalwart and Olivier nominated playwright for ‘An Evening With Gary Lineker’
Arthur is simply one of our funniest and most original comic performers and is guaranteed to bring you a night of hilarity, mirth and scandal…with a touch of rudeness thrown in for good measure.