Sunday 6 April



Based on the published account by Solomon Northup, screenplay by John Ridley, directed by Steve McQueen. Steve McQueen is one of the British Film Industry’s most fascinating directors.

After establishing himself as a successful artist and winner of the Turner Prize, he turned to film. His films Shame, Hunger, and now 12 Years a Slave, explore the dark sides of humanity. Here brilliant filmmaking is combined with great storytelling to keep you on the edge of your seat for the whole of this cinematic tour de force.

Winner of Best Picture Oscar and Best Film Bafta!

Post-film Q&A with Fernne Brennan.

Fernne Brennan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, University of Essex, and member of the Human Rights Centre (Essex). She leads a major project on Slave Trade Reparations where she heads a team of international experts examining the question of reparations for the Transatlantic Slave Trade.



Gala Closing

Based on the novel Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood, screenplay by Jay Allen, directed by Bob Fosse. Starring Liza Minellli, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey and Michael York.

Liza Minelli gives the performance of a lifetime as flamboyant nightclub singer Sally Bowles in Bob Fosse’s classic musical set in 1930s Berlin. Fosse uses the decadence and debauchery of the Kit Kat Klub to mirror the rise to power of the Nazis: spectacular show-stoppers abound in beautifully lit and framed scenes whilst in the background an altogether darker reality is forming. Mesmerizing, sexy and powerful with a bundle of Oscars to its credit, this is a musical not to be missed.

In the words of Sally Bowles, ‘Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the cabaret!’