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There are some choice arthouse delights in the New Year listings for The Lighthouse, including the wonderful Waltz With Bashir and Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial outing Changeling, tipped to win an Oscar for its star Angelina Jolie.


Fri 2 – Tues 6 Jan 6.30pm & 8.30pm, Wed 7 Jan 2.15pm, 6.30pm & 8.30pm, Thurs 8 Jan 6.30pm & 8.30pm
Invited to make a film to mark Liverpool's status as European Capital of Culture, director Terence Davies has responded with a visual poem, in his words 'not just a film about Liverpool, but a way of dealing with all those things which are important to me: the nature of time, the nature of mortality and the transience of life'. Of Time and the City is a lyrical collage of archive footage of Liverpool and the surrounding area intercut with newly filmed sequences. A heartfelt journey into memories of the recent past, this film is an engaging and deeply moving work of art. Dir. Terence Davies, UK, 1hr14.
BBFC Advice: Contains one use of strong language

Fri 2 – Tues 6 Jan 5.40pm & 8.15pm, Wed 7 Jan 2pm, 5.40pm & 8.15pm, Thurs 8 Jan 5.40pm & 8.15pm
Omer, Yakup and Yildiz are three disaffected preteens living in a hillside village on the northwest coast of Turkey. Omer spends his days dreaming up ever more elaborate ways to kill his father, the local imam. Yakup is in love with his school teacher, and Yildiz, a daddy’s girl, is given the task of babysitting her baby brother. Each day is divided into five parts by the sound of the call to prayer, and all human existence (good and bad) is experienced through these five time periods. This clever and haunting coming-of-age story is a hymn to the pain of growing up. Dir. Reha Erdem, Turkey, 1hr51. Turkish with English subtitles.
BBFC Advice: Contains strong language

Fri 9 – Tues 13 Jan 6.05pm & 8.25pm, Wed 14 Jan 2.15pm, 6.05pm & 8.25pm, Thurs 15 Jan 6.05pm & 8.25pm
One night in a bar, an old friend tells director Ari Folman about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. The two conclude that this is linked to their Israeli Army mission 20 years earlier in the first Lebanon war. He sets out to talk to those he knew at the time to learn about the events and his role in them. Slowly, his memory begins to build through the most surreal images. This haunting film hones in on memory, and how a traumatic war experience previously blocked by the subconscious can be unlocked. Dir. Ari Folman, Israel/Ger/Fra, 1hr30. Hebrew with English subtitles.
BBFC Advice: Contains strong violence and brief explicit images

Fri 9 – Mon 12 Jan 6pm & 8.20pm, Tues 13 Jan 6pm, Wed 14 Jan 2pm, 6pm & 8.20pm, Thurs 15 Jan 6pm & 8.20pm
A wickedly funny comedy about Hollywood, starring Robert De Niro as a desperate movie producer who is trying to survive a crazed director, a shameless actor, a clueless executive, a battered agent, and a broken second marriage whilst trying to maintain a shred of dignity. Based on the bestselling memoir by Hollywood producer Art Linson, the film features an all star cast including Bruce Willis, John Turturro, Catherine Keener and Sean Penn. Dir. Barry Levinson, USA, 1hr42.
BBFC Advice: Contains strong language and moderate bloody violence

Tues 13 Jan, 8.20pm
In Prison My Whole Life explores the story of Mumia Abu Jamal, a prisoner who has been on death row for over 25 years. Mumia has, through his journalism and radio broadcasts, taken his case far beyond prison walls, attracting massive support from Amnesty International, and world leaders including Nelson Mandela. This film explores the circumstances surrounding Mumia’s arrest, and uncovers a man who is equally an inspiration to some and a pariah to others. Mumia’s case is a lightning rod for many issues that characterise the key differences between the American justice system and that of the rest of the ‘civilized’ world. Dir. Marc Evans, UK/USA, 1hr34.
BBFC Advice: Contains strong language, violence and real images of dead bodies

This special screening will be introduced by William Francome, who is behind the idea for the film, and will be followed by a Q & A session. Normal ticket prices apply.

Fri 16 – Tues 20 Jan 5.30pm & 8.15pm, Wed 21 Jan 2pm, 5.30pm & 8.15pm, Thurs 22 Jan 8.15pm
W. (15)
Whether you love him or hate him, there is no question that George W. Bush is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory. Acclaimed director Oliver Stone is bringing the life of the 43rd President of the United States of America to the big screen as only he can. W. takes viewers through Bush’s eventful life; his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and the critical days leading up to Bush’s decision to invade Iraq. Dir. Oliver Stone, USA, 2hrs9.
BBFC Advice: Contains brief strong reality footage of war

Fri 16 – Tues 20 Jan 5.35pm & 8.20pm, Wed 21 Jan 2.15pm, 5.35pm & 8.20pm, Thurs 22 Jan 5.30pm
In this incredible new documentary, narrated by Johnny Depp, award-winning director Alex Gibney takes us on a trip through the psychedelic life of legendary author Hunter S. Thompson. Focusing on the good doctor’s heyday, 1965 to 1975, the film includes clips of never-before-seen home movies, audiotapes and passages from unpublished manuscripts. Gonzo is an engrossing portrait of a unique man at a unique moment in history, when the world was being explored in new and limitless ways. Dir. Alex Gibney, USA, 2hrs.
BBFC Advice: Contains strong language, hard drug use, nudity and suicide theme

Thurs 22 Jan, 7.30pm
Puccini’s great opera melodrama is brought vividly to the screen in Benoit Jacquot’s feature film. Set in Rome around 1800, the story involves three famous buildings that still stand - the Church of Sant’Andrea della Valle, the Farnese Palace and the Castel Sant’Angello - and three main characters - opera singer Flora Tosca who loves the painter Mario Cavaradossi but is lusted after by police chief Baron Scarpia. The drama begins when Mario is arrested for political activity and Tosca agrees to submit to Scarpia in return for sparing Mario’s life...Official Selection,Venice Film Festival 2001. Dir. Benoit Jacquot, Fra/Ger/Ita/UK, 2hrs. Normal ticket prices apply.

Fri 23 – Sun 25 Jan 5.35pm & 8.15pm, Mon 26 Jan 5.35pm, Tues 27 Jan 5.35pm & 8.15pm, Wed 28 Jan 2pm, 5.35pm & 8.15pm, Thurs 29 Jan 5.35pm & 8.15pm
The first film in Steven Soderbergh’s two-part Che Guevara epic tracks the charismatic revolutionary as he joins Fidel Castro’s band of Cuban exiles and journeys to the shore of Mexico in 1956. Within two years, this small team of rebels had mobilized popular support, recruited an army and toppled the US-friendly regime of Dictator Fulgencio Batista. It was the beginning of a crucial period of Cuban history and the birthplace of an extraordinary individual, who would go on to inspire generations to come. Winner of the Best Actor Award
at Cannes 2008 for Benicio Del Toro. Dir. Steven Soderbergh, Fra/Spa/USA, 2hrs6.
Spanish with English subtitles.
BBFC Advice: Contains strong language and infrequent bloody war violence

Fri 23 – Tues 27 Jan 5.30pm & 8.20pm, Wed 28 Jan 2.15pm, 5.30pm & 8.20pm, Thurs 29 Jan 5.30pm & 8.20pm
Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” Arrested on suspicion of cheating, he tells the police the incredible story of his life on the streets. But what is a kid with no interest in money doing on the show? And how is it he knows all the answers? Neatly balancing humour and drama, and making inventive use of its eclectic, multicultural soundtrack, Slumdog Millionaire is an exhilarating feel-good yarn. Dir. Danny Boyle, UK/USA, 2hrs.
BBFC Advice: Contains strong language and violence

Fri 30 Jan – Tues 3 Feb 5.20pm & 8.10pm, Wed 4 Feb 2pm, 5.20pm & 8.10pm, Thurs 5 Feb 5.20pm & 8.10pm
The year is 1941 and the Jews of Eastern Europe are being massacred by the thousands.
Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense surrounding woods they have known since childhood and begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. Daniel Craig, Live Schreiber and Jamie Bell star as brothers who turn a struggle to survive into something far more consequential – a way to avenge the deaths of their loved ones by saving thousands of others. Based on an extraordinary true story, Defiance is an epic tale of family, honour, vengeance and salvation. Dir. Edward Zwick, USA, 2hrs17.
BBFC Advice: Contains strong language and violence

Fri 30 Jan – Tues 3 Feb 5.30pm & 8.15pm, Wed 4 Feb 2.15pm, 5.30pm & 8.15pm, Thurs 5 Feb 5.30pm
Giacomo Puccini's immortal opera is told through a big budget feature, starring the opera world's dream team, soprano Anna Netrebko and tenor Rolando Villazon. It is Paris in the 1830s. The writer Rodolfo, the painter Marcello, the musician Schaunard and the philosopher Colline are all friends. It is Christmas Eve, and they celebrate in their favourite public house. Rodolfo meets their neighbour Mimi and it is love at first sight. Happiness does not prevail for long however, as Mimi develops a fatal illness. Though they agree to stay together, Mimi leaves her lover. Only when she is dying does she return to where she once was so happy - and to Rodolfo, the man she still loves with all her heart. Dir. Robert Dornhelm, Ita/Austria, 1hr54. Italian with English subtitles.
BBFC Advice: Contains mild language and sex references

Fri 6 – Tues 10 Feb 7.30pm, Wed 11 Feb 2pm & 7.30pm, Thurs 12 Feb 7.30pm
A romantic action-adventure set in northern Australia prior to World War II, Australia centers on an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Belgium. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle drover (Hugh Jackman) to drive 2000 cattle across hundreds of miles of the country’s most breathtaking but unforgiving land, only to face the bombing of Darwin by Japanese forces. Director Baz Luhrmann paints on a vast canvas, creating a cinematic experience that brings together romance, drama, adventure and spectacle.
Dir. Baz Luhrmann, Aus/USA.
BBFC Advice: Contains one use of strong language, moderate war violence and injury

Fri 6 – Tues 10 Feb 6pm & 8.20pm, Wed 11 Feb 2.15pm, 6pm & 8.20pm, Thurs 12 Feb 6pm & 8.20pm
Based on a short story by Sara Maitland, Far North stars Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) and Michelle Krusiec as Saiva and Anja, two women struggling to survive in the Arctic tundra after fleeing hostile soldiers. When a wounded stranger (Sean Bean) appears on the ice, Saiva and Anja nurse him back to health, but his presence disturbs the relationship between the two women. Meanwhile, flashbacks reveal the horrific events that forced Saiva into her solitary existence. Impressively directed, beautifully shot and superbly acted, this is a haunting drama that will really get under your skin. Dir. Asif Kapadia, UK/Fra, 1hr29.

Fri 13 – Tues 17 Feb 7.30pm, Wed 18 Feb 2pm & 7.30pm, Thurs 19 Feb 7.30pm
For many, Christmas means the joy of spending time with loved ones, but not for the Vuillard family in Arnaud Desplechin's black comedy. Estranged son Henri (Mathieu Amalric) returns home to see his cancer stricken mother, Junon (Catherine Deneuve). Oldest daughter Elizabeth (Anne Consigny) is unhappy to see her brother; he has been an emotional and financial drain on the family, and she had him legally banished from the family six years ago. But with his return for the holiday, old wounds are freshly opened. This French film easily moves you between laughter, gasps, and tears. Dir. Arnaud Desplechin,
Fra, 2hrs30. French with English subtitles.
BBFC Advice: Contains two uses of very strong language

Fri 13 – Tues 17 Feb 5.45pm & 8.20pm, Wed 18 Feb 2.15pm, 5.45pm & 8.20pm, Thurs 19 Feb 5.45pm & 8.20pm
A hugely successful wrestler in the late 80’s, Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) now ekes out a living performing for wrestling fans in high schools around New Jersey. Estranged from his daughter and unable to sustain any real relationships, Randy lives for the thrill of the show. When he suffers a heart attack in the middle of a bout, Randy’s doctor tells him to stop wrestling. Forced out of show business, Randy begins to evaluate the state of his life. However the pull of the spotlight is too much and he attempts to fight his way back into the ring. A tale of love, loneliness and the inescapable lure of the arena. Winner of the Golden Lion award at the 2008 Venice Film Festival. Dir. Darren Aronofsky, USA, 1hr49.
BBFC Advice: Contains strong bloody violence, strong language, sex and drug use

Fri 20 – Tues 24 Feb 6pm & 8.15pm, Wed 25 Feb 2.15pm, 6pm & 8.15pm, Thurs 26 Feb 5.50pm
Better Things is a multi-narrative drama depicting everyday life in small town England. As a day dawns in the Cotswolds, a funeral is taking place that will have bitter repercussions for some of the community. Close by, Rachel and Larry are reeling against a first love gone wrong. Meanwhile Mr Gladwin refuses to speak to Mrs Gladwin over events from a long time ago. Director Duane Hopkins presents a painterly view of existence against a rarely seen rural backdrop and its separate generation’s approach to life, love, loss and intoxication.
Dir. Duane Hopkins, UK, 1hr33.
BBFC Advice: Contains hard drug use and one use of very strong language

Fri 20 – Tues 24 Feb 7.45pm, Wed 25 Feb 2pm & 7.45pm, Thurs 26 Feb 8.10pm
Clint Eastwood directs Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich in this provocative thriller. Christine Collins’ prayers are met when her kidnapped son is returned, but amidst the frenzy of the photo-op reunion she realises the child is not hers. Facing corrupt police and a sceptical public, she desperately hunts for answers, only to be confronted by a truth that will change her forever. Based on an actual incident that rocked California’s legal system, Changeling tells the shocking tale of a mother’s quest to find her son, and those who won’t stop until they silence her. Dir. Clint Eastwood, USA, 2hrs22.
BBFC Advice: Contains infrequent strong violence and language

Thurs 26 Feb, 7pm
The second high-definition digital presentation in the season is a spectacular performance of Verdi’s Aida from La Scala Milan, directed by Franco Zeffirelli. The most popular of all the C19 ‘grand’ operas, Aida is set in ancient Egypt during the reign of the Pharaohs, where politics, intrigue, betrayal, passion and vengeance conspire in a tragic love triangle. Radames, the commander of the Egyptian army, has to choose between his love for Aida, an Ethiopian princess who is captured as a slave in Egypt, and his loyalty to the Pharaoh. Amneris, the Pharaoh’s daughter is also in love with Radames and is torn by jealousy as he does not return her feelings. Dir. Franco Zeffirelli, Ita/UK, 2hrs37. Please note there will also be a 20 minute interval.
Cost: £12.20 full price / £10.25 conc. Plus special price of £5.80 for young people under 15.

Fri 27 Feb – Tues 3 Mar 5.30pm & 8.15pm, Wed 4 Mar 2pm, 5.30pm & 8.15pm, Thurs 5 Mar 5.30pm & 8.15pm
MILK (15)
From acclaimed director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) comes the powerful and inspiring story of California’s first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk. After moving to San Francisco from New York, Harvey became a Gay Rights activist and city politician. On his third attempt he was elected to San Francisco's Board of Supervisors in 1977. A powerhouse performance by Sean Penn in the leading role, and a supporting cast, including Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men), bring this unforgettable story to
the big screen. Dir. Gus Van Sant, USA, 2hrs8.

Fri 27 Feb – Tues 3 Mar 5.50pm & 8.25pm, Wed 4 Mar 2.15pm, 5.50pm & 8.25pm, Thurs 5 Mar 5.50pm & 8.25pm
Salma, a Palestinian widow, has to stand up against her new neighbour, the Israeli Defense Minister, when he moves into a house opposite her lemon grove. The Israeli security forces declare that Salma’s trees pose a threat to the Minister’s safety and issue orders to uproot them. Salma goes all the way to the Supreme Court to save her trees and raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defense minister’s wife, who is trapped in an unhappy marriage. Despite their differences, the two women develop an invisible bond. Salma’s journey leads her deep into the complex, dark and funny chaos of the ongoing struggle in the Middle East. Dir. Eran Riklis, Israel/Ger, 1hr46. Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles.
BBFC Advice: Contains mild bad language


Mon 12 Jan & Mon 9 Feb, 8.30/9pm
Put your film knowledge to the test with our monthly quiz. Cost: £4 per team (up to 4 members).

Mon 26 Jan, Doors open 8.30pm, 8.45pm start
The Walsall Jazz Orchestra is considered to be one of the leading jazz ensembles in the UK. Unlike the vast majority of big bands the orchestra plays contemporary compositions by Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Steely Dan plus many original pieces written specially for the orchestra. Cost: £4. Free admission for young people aged 16 and under. Visit for more info.

Thurs 29 Jan & Thurs 26 Feb, 8pm
Perform your poems or prose at the regular open mic poetry night in Lock Works. Cost: £2.

Thurs 5 Feb, Doors open 8.15pm / 8.45pm start
L!VE featuring Nick Page & Steve Harris
Back by popular demand, following on from November’s first sell out L!VE comedy night in Light House’s intimate studio cinema, we welcome best choice of the north-west Steve Harris, and ex-estate agent Nick Page in February. As before, the delightful (and only slightly potty mouthed) Susan Murray will be MC for the night. There will be a 15 minute interval at 9.30pm.

After appearing at November’s L!VE, top comedian Adam Bloom said, “A perfectly sized room, packed with people who've all come out to have fun. Faultless.”

Cost: £8. Tickets are available online at or from the Box Office on tel: 01902 716055. For further info contact Steph on e:

Sat 28 Feb, 8pm
Following a re-display of artwork from The Northern Ireland Collection, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, in conjunction with Light House, are offering a season of music, film, talks and art activities that address the wider context of Northern Irish/Irish heritage and culture.

To launch the season of events folk singer Anthony John Clarke will perform in Lock Works, with support from the Bromsgrove based folk group Fairfield. Anthony John Clarke, hailing from Belfast and now residing in Liverpool, started songwriting at the age of nine, but it was only when he left Ireland and came to England that he pursued his passion with any vigour. With a following throughout folk clubs up and down the UK, Anthony John also enjoys a dedicated fan base on the East Coast of the USA. Admission free.

Look out for special film screenings with discussions at Light House in March/April. Visit for further info on The Northern Ireland Collection: Fresh Perspectives.


Main Gallery

Until Wed 7 Jan
The Land of the Living Past by Rhodri Jones
An exhibition of photographs taken by Rhodri Jones in North Albania over the period 1992-'99. Transmitted orally for generations, the laws of the “Kanun” served for more than five centuries as the foundation of social behaviour and self government for the clans of a large part of what is today Albania, while the area was nominally under Ottoman rule.

Light House is proud to be the first hosts of this Aberystwyth Arts Centre Touring Exhibition which will move on to Aberystwyth Arts Centre from 14 January to 28 February 2009.

Fri 23 Jan – Fri 13 Mar
Family Pictures by Robin Grierson
This ongoing body of work started with the birth of Robin’s first child in 1994 and forms his own family album. The photographs have evolved to become a significant and moving project with the capacity to speak to those beyond his immediate family. Over the course of the project we see family members grow older, often returning to the same locations for family gatherings or holidays. For the viewer there is a sense of recognition, both in the common experience of holidays and family outings, but also in a feeling of coming to know the family members prompting our own memories.

Although Grierson studied under Martin Parr and Paul Graham, his influences range from Robert Frank and Dorothea Lang to August Sander and Paul Strand. Look more closely and you will see a clarity of empathy that speaks not only of a sense of decency, but also of a very contemporary position that lacks irony and promotes a brave, open and self-depreciating sense of humanity. Whilst not embarked upon as a public project, Grierson’s choice to take this body of work to a public domain brings it to many new levels of interpretation. The images lead us to question the relationship between photography and memory, private and public, and between photographer and subject.

Family Pictures is a touring show from Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea in partnership with Light House.

Thurs 22 Jan, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Family Pictures Opening Night
Join photographer Robin Grierson for a glass of wine and the opening of his exhibition. Admission free.

Art Works in Lock Works

Until Wed 28 Jan
Larger Than London by Sapphires Model Management
The two halves of Sapphires Model Management, Neely Reyes and Ian Warren, have 15 years combined experience as fashion photographers and this will be the first exhibition of their photography. Featuring new work shot on location all around the UK, working with stylists, make-up artists and models from all regions, Neely and Ian aim to get the message across that fashion photography isn’t all about London. The exhibition will feature their innovative, original concepts for fashion and portrait photography alongside signed celebrity portraits which will be auctioned to raise money for charity next year.

Mon 2 Feb – Fri 13 Mar
Lost Forever by Findlay MacKinnon
In the first exhibition by the self taught photographer, Findlay MacKinnon aims to leave his audience quietly contemplating the transience of beauty. Findlay’s work is about capturing the ordinary of everyday, through an extraordinary aesthetic, before it is lost forever. Influenced by the masters of documentary and reportage photography his work celebrates the cultural vitality of life and moments of visual poetry.


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