Winter Schedule just announced

Splendid Cinema Winter 2016 Schedule (please note date changes)

images24 January – Pasolini (FR, BE, IT, Abel Ferrera, 2014) 18 cert; controversial American filmmaker Abel Ferrara’s dazzling new film explores the last 24 hours of controversial Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, with a remarkable performance from the always great Willem Dafoe in the title role. 84 min.


7 February – Timbuktu (FE, MR, Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014) 12 cert; This highly acclaimed film from Mauritania chronicles the encroachment of Jihadists on a peaceful farming family in the Malian city. 97 min.

A-Girl-Walks-Home-Alone-at-Night-poster21 February – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (USA, Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014) 15 cert; In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire. 101 min

the-look-of-silence-poster-pagespeed-ce-tqzt2gs4zc6 March – The Look of Silence (DK, ID, FI, NO, GB, IL, US, DE, NL, Joshua Oppenheimer, 2014) 15 cert; director Oppenheimer reaffirms his status as possibly the most important documentary filmmaker today in this companion piece to his The Act of Killing (2012) wherein a family which survived the Indonesian genocide confront the men who murdered one of their brothers. A film not to be missed! 103 min

MV5BMjQyNzc4NTIyOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjQ0NTcwNjE@._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_20 March – The New Girlfriend (FR, François Ozon, 2014) 15 cert; the new film by Splendid Cinema favourite François Ozon sees a young woman make a surprising discovery about the husband of her late best friend. 108 min

MV5BMzYxMTI5MTgxN15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDM5NzAwNjE@._V1_SY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_10 April – The Tribe (UA, NL, Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, 2014) 18 cert; fantastic film told entirely through sign language (without subtitles) about a young woman who is drawn into a bizarre cult at a deaf boarding school. 126 minMV5BMjA5MDM1ODE5NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjg0MTk5MzE@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_

24 April – Girlhood (FR, Céline Sciamma, 2014) 15 cert; set amongst the mean streets of the Parisian banlieues, a young black woman tries to survive inside and outside of the street gangs and a life of crime in this highly much-admired film.  113 min

All films are screened at the Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester

Films start at 18:00, admission is £5



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Baby (India, Neeraj Pandey, 2015) 15 cert.

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Baby (India, Neeraj Pandey, 2015) 15 cert.

Sunday, 8 November, 2015, Worcester Arts Workshop

19:00; £5

An action-packed Bollywood extravaganza about an elite counter-terrorism unit trying to prevent a massive attack in New Delhi. Baby is the highest rated Bollywood film on IMDB (as of time of writing), with a score of 8.2!

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White Dog (Hungary, Kornél Mundruczó, 2014)

White God PosterSplendid Cinema returns

Sunday, 18 October, 2015

18:00, at Worcester Arts Workshop

White Dog (Hungary, Kornél Mundruczó, 2014) 120 min 15 cert, in Hungarian with English subtitles

Powerful allegory about how we treat the most vulnerable in our society.  At once touching and terrifying, White God contains some of the most intense and harrowing sequences ever filmed. Warning, while this is a film for all animal lovers, some parts of the film sensitive viewers may find upsetting.

Tickets £5 on the door.

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Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

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Fall Season 2015 Announced

Splendid Cinema Fall Schedule 2015

Tokyo Tribe Poster4 October, 2015: Tokyo Tribe (Japan, Shion Sono, 2014) 120 min

Utterly bonkers Japanese hip-hop musical about warring gangs in a dystopic future Tokyo. Sono demonstrates he is one of the most fascinating filmmakers working in Japan today. Based on Manga series.

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White God Poster18 October, 2015: White God (Hungary, Kornel Mundruczó, 2014) 120 min

Powerful allegory about an abandoned dog who starts a revolution. At once touching and terrifying, White God contains some of the most intense and harrowing sequences ever filmed. Warning, while this is a film for all animal lovers, some parts of the film viewers may find upsetting.

White God

Rocky Horror Picture Show poster*31 October, 2015: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (USA, Jim Sharman, 1975) 100 min

Just for Halloween! A special screening of the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show!! Dress up, shout out the lines, throw toast & confetti, and get ready to do the Time Warp (again!). Note: film starts at 20:00 and you’ll still be able to make the parties around town.

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Baby poster8 November, 2015: Baby (India, Neeraj Pandey, 2015) 160 min

An action-packed Bollywood extravaganza about an elite counter-terrorism unit trying to prevent a massive attack in New Dehli. Baby is the highest rated Bollywood film on IMDB (as of time of writing), with a score of 8.2!


Mommy poster22 November, 2015: Mommy (Canada, Xavier Dolan, 2014) 140 min

An intense drama about a single mother trying to raise her delinquent son, filmed in a style one can only describe as “Canadian Social Realism”. When screened at the 2014 Cannes film festival, Mommy was given a five minute standing ovation, before going on to sweep the 2014 Genie Awards (Canadian Oscars). The performances are breath-taking; some of the finest film acting you will ever see.


Wild Tales poster6 December, 2015: Wild Tales (Argentina, Damian Szifron, 2014) 120 min

Finishing off 2015, Splendid Cinema is proud to present possibly our favourite film in the season. Wild Tales are six, unrelated short stories which manage to be funny, romantic, tragic and utterly unpredictable. Nominated for the Oscar (Best Film Not in the English Language), Palme D’or at Cannes and for Spain’s Goya awards; swept Argentina’s version of the Oscars too. Not to be missed!

Wild Tales

All films are Sunday evenings from 18:00 and at the Worcester Arts Workshop. Admission is £5.

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Splendid Cinema returns this Autumn!

Stay tuned everyone, Splendid Cinema is set to return to the Worcester Arts Workshop this coming October.

Films will be announced shortly.

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Help Splendid Cinema return!

So what has happened to Splendid Cinema? Well, during the recent changes at the Worcester Arts Workshop, Splendid Cinema was put into limbo. In particular, we needed to find new equipment in order to show films.

The BFI & Saville AV are sponsoring a Community Cinema competition. Prize includes “a 4000 Lumen Projector, Projection Screen, Full HD Smart Blu-ray player, Amplifier, Speakers with stands and a Magic Movie Mobile to keep everything safe in!” Winning this competition would mean Worcester has a permanent independent cinema at the Worcester Arts Workshop! Details of the competition can be found here:

As part of our application to the competition, we are running a petition to Saville AV demonstrating the community support for Splendid Cinema. If you want to see Splendid Cinema return to the Worcester Arts Workshop, if you want to see independent cinema playing in Worcester, please sign our petition:

We’ll post more details and information as we get it!

And thank you for the support!


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New French comedy concludes 2013 Season



Splendid Cinema concludes its 2013 season with the latest film by French satirist François Ozon, In the House, on 8 Decemeber.


The follow up film to the international blockbuster Potishe, Ozon returns his caustic vision to the bourgoisie with In the House, in which a mild mannered high school teacher, Germaine (Potishe‘s Fabrice Luchini), encourages one of his creative writing students, Claude (Ernest Umhauer), to continue the serialized adventures he has been writing not realizing these stories are more fact than fiction. And Claude draws Germaine in to a very dangerous game of voyeurism and culpability.


In the House engages in the guilty pleasures of voyeurism through its multi-layered storytelling and visual construction which includes a few nice references to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, it all culminating in the closing scene –  an homage to Rear Window (1954).


Here’s the trailer:

The screening starts at Worcester Arts Workshop on Sansome Street at 6.30pm with the box office  open from 6pm. Tickets are £5 in advance or on the door with Café Bliss open for a pre-show treat.


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