Run time: 96 mins

Florian Zeller’s The Father originated as a Rubik’s Cube of a drama about the tricks a mind plays in advanced deterioration. This spiky, discombobulating piece was transferred to the London stage in 2015.


The film, directed by Zeller himself and starring a fiercely powerful, Bafta and Oscar-winning Anthony Hopkins, maintains the same slippery structure. The Father is set almost entirely in a house – where fast-waning retired engineer Anthony (Hopkins) stays with his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman).


The Father functions like a mystery, as we are each immersed in Anthony’s unreliable perspective. Like a magician, Zeller brilliantly fashions illusion out of disillusion, challenging us to try to distinguish precisely what is true in a confusing environment. He uses conventions of film like a master manipulator, creating a space that always exists conceptually as opposed to literally.


For the many people impacted by dementia, it won’t be an easy watch – and for those who have experienced it in the past, it may feel like a gentle pressure on an old wound. But it’s a real window into an affliction that is both commonplace and unfathomable. And in that sense, it is a gift. (Jack Whiting)


Tuesday 13th July
07:30 pm
Wednesday 14th July
02:00 pm
Wednesday 14th July
07:30 pm
Friday 25th June
19:30
Thursday 15th July
19:30
Saturday 26th June
14:00
Friday 30th July
14:00
Sunday 27th June
18:00
Monday 28th June
19:30
Tuesday 29th June
19:30
Last Few Seats
Wednesday 30th June
14:00
Wednesday 30th June
19:30
Last Few Seats
Saturday 3rd July
14:00
Thursday 29th July
14:00
Wednesday 7th July
14:00
Wednesday 7th July
19:30
Thursday 8th July
19:30
Sunday 11th July
18:00
Tuesday 13th July
19:30
Last Few Seats
Wednesday 14th July
14:00
Wednesday 14th July
19:30
Last Few Seats
Tuesday 20th July
19:30
Wednesday 21st July
14:00
Wednesday 21st July
19:30
Saturday 24th July
19:00
Monday 26th July
19:30
Wednesday 28th July
14:00
Thursday 29th July
19:30