Film Cinema


Director: Stephen Frears. Starring: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal,
Eddie Izzard. UK/USA 2017. 112 mins.

The year is 1887, and the British Empire is celebrating Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. A young Indian clerk travels to Englandto present the monarch with a ceremonial coin. “Whatever you do, you must not look at Her Majesty”, he is told. But he does. And so begins one of the unlikeliest friendships in history. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, she forms a strong bond with her newest servant. Their alliance provokes outrage and conspiracy within the Royal Household,
but it rejuvenates the cosseted ruler, who begins to see a changing world through new eyes. A lavish, heartfelt period drama with wit and charm.

A short film will be played before the main feature.
Random Acts - Bold and creative short films by young artists


Film Synopsis: Seven Pleats, Seven Vows illustrates a Hindu bride being adorned in her red and gold silk wedding sari. Seven symbolic Bengali wedding vows run through the bride's mind while intimately framed close-ups detail the process of dressing; skilled hands preparing the fabric and folding pleats. The film presents an outsider’s and insider’s perspective of an English-Bengali bride’s preparation - traditional in the specifics but universal in emotions.

Filmmaker Bio: Co-Directors Shona Murray-Smith and Aditya Sengupta met at Cambridge School of Art. Aditya has studied film in Caluctta and New York and won Best Short Film at Cinematheque National Film Festival in 2010. His films have played at a number of international festivals including Nepal and Bangalore. Shona was also DOP on Seven Pleats, Seven Vows and is currently working on her latest collaboration with director Savanah Leaf.

Region: South East

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