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Cooke’s Cinema: A week of films

FILM lovers! Take a break from your Christmas shopping and pop Cooke’s Cinema next week, where you can enjoy a movie and a mince pie plus special guest talks at every event.

We will be showing the popular eighties classic Labyrinth on Wednesday 17th December at 5pm. The film will be accompanied by a talk from Barrow-based Julie Westwood, puppeteer and voice of Bessie Busybody and Pixel in the children’s TV show LazyTown, as well as the premiere of Ninja Sue, a short puppet film made by local young people working with animator Russell Peet.

The following evening, Thursday 18th December at 7:30pm, there will be a focus on female filmmakers. London-based camerawoman Susanne Salavati will show and discuss her award-winning short film Unravel, followed by a screening of the hugely successful indie hit feature WadjdaSignal’s director Kerry Kolbe will talk to Susanne about her successful career in a traditionally male film industry discipline.  The main feature is a groundbreaking film, the first ever made by a woman director in Saudi Arabia, which tells the tale of a girl determined to own a bike in a society that forbids it.

On Friday 19th December there will be a 2pm screening of David Lean’s Brief Encounter, the Carnforth railway station-set drama that recently topped a Guardian poll of ‘the best romantic films of all time’. Archive film of the Furness Railway from the Manchester Northwest Archive will precede the film.

The programme is picked by our community steering group and we hope there’s something for everyone. 

Admission to each event is £2.50, with mince pies and refreshments available during and after the screening, when the audience is encouraged to mix and discuss their thoughts and impressions. Advance booking is advised – please call 01229 838592 or email

 Click here to see all our cinema listings and to book a seat.

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