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Mary Queen of Scots (15)

Director Josie Rourke makes a very assured move from the theatre to the cinema screen in her feature debut, a full-blooded tale of personal and political rivalries told with wit, flair and passion. The setting may be historical but the core concerns are utterly contemporary: a tale of two “sisters” – Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie) and Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) – caught in the middle of a power struggle between England and Scotland, Protestants and Catholics, men and women.

Cinematographer John Mathieson lends a painterly edge to the proceedings, contrasting bold sweeping landscapes with grand yet often imprisoning interiors,this film is Buoyed by Max Richter’s swirling score.

**** The Guardian

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

Later Event: 31 May
Mary Queen of Scots (15)