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Blinded by the Light (12A)

Writer and director Gurinder Chadha (‘Bend it Like Beckham’ and ‘Viceroy’s House’) brings a story of courage, hope and love in this joyful British comedy.

Set in Luton, 1987, Javed is a British teenager of Pakistani descent, growing up in a time of racial and economic turmoil. As a means of escape from the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father, Javed writes poetry. When one of his classmates introduces him to Bruce Springsteen’s music, he sees the parallels between the powerful lyrics and his own working-class life. A journey of discovery and catharsis begins, finding the courage to express himself in his own voice.

A feel-good film based on the memoir ‘Greetings from Bury Park’ by Sarfraz Manzoor (journalist and broadcaster) and his experiences growing up as a British Muslim boy in 80s Luton. Underscored by Springsteen lyrics and music that will stick with you for days.

This event is screened in Oscars and spaces are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Earlier Event: 27 December
The Nutcracker - 'as live'
Later Event: 25 January
Gildas Quartet - Ludlow Music Society