Beasts of the Southern Wild

One of the most celebrated debut features of the year; a brilliant, distinctive vision of life on the edge of the world.

Even if a screening is sold out, tickets are often available 30 minutes before the start of the film at the box office at each venue.

The screening on Sat 13 Oct at 15:00 will have subtitles and audio-description.

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  • Director Benh Zeitlin
  • Producer Michael Gottwald, Dan Janvey, Josh Penn
  • Screenwriter Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
  • With Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Lowell Landes
  • USA 2011
  • 92 mins
  • UK distribution STUDIOCANAL

Hushpuppy is a 6-year-old girl living on her wits in the Bathtub, a remote southern delta community surviving in ramshackle abodes, cut off from everywhere else by an expansive levee. Her mother has long deserted her, and her father Wink spends his time drinking to forget their impoverished circumstances. With a fierce storm raging and Wink falling ill, Hushpuppy has to face the Bathtub disappearing under rising water and the pre-historic creatures that have been unleashed from melted ice-caps charging across the planet. Beasts of the Southern Wild has been celebrated at Sundance and Cannes this year, winning the Grand Jury Prize and the Caméra d’Or at those respective festivals. Featuring remarkable performances from a cast of non-actors, Benh Zeitlin has delivered a debut feature that is a visually ravishing and bold achievement, a brilliant, distinctive vision of life on the edge of the world.

Michael Hayden