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Showing in Previews – Drama

From Cannes to London, we scour film festivals across the world to bring you advance previews of the very best dramas coming up over the next year.

Fri 08 Nov / 9pm

Duke of York's

15

The Lighthouse

Following his acclaimed debut The Witch, Robert Eggers returns with this highly anticipated psychological thriller that charts the slow descent into madness of two lighthouse... Read more

Fri 08 Nov / 11:30pm

Duke of York's

15

The Lighthouse

Following his acclaimed debut The Witch, Robert Eggers returns with this highly anticipated psychological thriller that charts the slow descent into madness of two lighthouse... Read more

Sat 09 Nov / 6:30pm

Duke of York's

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Romance, eroticism and art collide in this sumptuous masterpiece from Céline Sciamma, the first female-directed film to win the Queer Palm at Cannes, where it... Read more

Sat 09 Nov / 8:30pm

Depot

Sons of Denmark

Copenhagen, the near future. One year after a major terrorist attack, ethnic tensions and racial violence are boiling over. A far-right party, capitalising on the... Read more

Sun 10 Nov / 1pm

Depot

So Long My Son

An intimate epic spanning three decades in the lives of two Chinese families, So Long My Son is an unforgettable cinematic experience.  In the early... Read more

Sun 10 Nov / 3pm

Duke of York's

Alice

An engaging portrait of a woman rebuilding her life after it has been completely dismantled, Alice is a blistering showcase for actress Emilie Piponnier in... Read more

Sun 10 Nov / 6pm

Duke of York's

Waves

A talented ensemble take on contemporary family life in this bold, masterful drama.  Tyler (Kelvin Harrison Jr) is a high-school wrestling star with a loving... Read more

Mon 11 Nov / 6:30pm

Duke of York's

The Orphanage

Cinema is everything for 15-year-old street kid Qodrat (Qodratollah Qadiri) growing up in late 1980s Kabul. Not only is he a devoted fan who never... Read more

Mon 11 Nov / 8pm

The Old Market

12A

Cubby

A gutsy, psychedelic and unforgettable debut from a promising new queer voice.  Co-director Mark Blane also stars as Mark, a young gay misfit who moves... Read more

Mon 11 Nov / 8:30pm

Depot

Real

An authentic and heart-warming love story as a young couple struggle to manage personal hardship at the start of their blossoming relationship. This impressive debut... Read more

Tue 12 Nov / 6:30pm

Duke of York's

And Then We Danced

Flame-haired Merab has been training from a young age at the National Georgian Ensemble with his dance partner Mary and is determined to become the... Read more

Wed 13 Nov / 8:30pm

Depot

The Whistlers

“You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” There’s more than an echo of Lauren Bacall’s famous... Read more

Wed 13 Nov / 8:45pm

Dukes at Komedia

Judy and Punch

A visceral, dark fairytale – a brilliant debut feature – that turns our familiar seaside entertainment on its head.  Puppeteers Judy (Mia Wasikowska) and Punch... Read more

Thu 14 Nov / 6pm

Duke of York's

The Nightingale

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at Venice, Jennifer Kent’s long-awaited follow-up to The Babadook is a lacerating revenge period thriller. The film is set... Read more

Fri 15 Nov / 6:30pm

Duke of York's

Rocks

A standout portrait of teenage female friendship from the director of Suffragette and Brick Lane. Olushola (Bukky Bukray), nicknamed ‘Rocks’ after she bravely stood up... Read more

Fri 15 Nov / 8:30pm

Depot

It Must Be Heaven

From award-winning director Elia Suleiman (Chronicle of a Disappearance, Divine Intervention), an absurdist comic saga exploring identity, nationality and belonging, in which he asks the... Read more

Fri 15 Nov / 8:45pm

Dukes at Komedia

Koko-Di Koko-Da

The latest in a series of intelligent, modern horror films, Koko-Di Koko-Da is a surreal, nightmarish Groundhog Day of terror. Genuinely unnerving and dripping with... Read more

Sat 16 Nov / 10am

Depot

System Crasher + panel

Benni (Helena Zengel) is nine years old and out of control. She is what social services deem a ‘system crasher’, a child so troubled that... Read more

Sat 16 Nov / 1:30pm

Duke of York's

U

Days of the Bagnold Summer

Gloomy 15-year-old Daniel (Earl Cave) has a couple of things to sustain him; his beloved Metallica and the prospect of spending the summer in Florida... Read more

Sat 16 Nov / 3:45pm

Dukes at Komedia

12A

Perfect 10 + Q&A

An aspiring teen gymnast’s world is turned upside down with the arrival of the half-brother she never knew she had.  14-year-old Leigh (impressive newcomer Frankie... Read more

Sat 16 Nov / 6:30pm

Duke of York's

Knives Out

A brilliantly-witty meta whodunnit from the man behind Brick, Looper and The Last Jedi, Knives Out is a devious delight from start to finish.   It... Read more

Sun 17 Nov / 3pm

Duke of York's

Ordinary Love

Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville play a long-married couple coping with a cancer diagnosis in this subtle, empathetic character study written by playwright Owen McCafferty.... Read more

Sun 17 Nov / 4:30pm

ACCA

PG

The Whalebone Box

Artist, writer and director Andrew Kötting has built up a string of quintessentially British films. The Whalebone Box is another of his experimental jaunts made... Read more

Sun 17 Nov / 7pm

ACCA

Letters to Paul Morrissey

A beautifully realised series of cinematic letters to underground/ independent / cult film director Paul Morrissey (Trash, Heat, Flesh, Blood For Dracula). These confessional celluloid... Read more

Sun 17 Nov / 9pm

Duke of York's

Jojo Rabbit

The latest film from Taika Waititi, director of Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Thor: Ragnarok and What We Do in the Shadows. Winner of this year’s... Read more