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Early Summer 2024

10 MAY to 20 JUN

The Summer Season has arrived, and in 2024 we will be breaking it up into two separate programmes. This Early Summer Season brochure that you hold in your hands will span six weeks, and will be followed by the Summer Season proper, lasting eight weeks. This will take us neatly into the 32nd Chichester international Film Festival in August.

You may have noted the new QR code on the cover of this brochure. By scanning the code with your phone or iPad, you will be taken directly to our website where you can see films in more detail, and of course, book your favourite seats. Don’t forget that you can also download the Cinema App which is one of the easiest ways to see what is on at your favourite cinema. Simply type ‘Chichester Cinema’ into your app store, and it will be top of the list.

This season’s highlights come mainly from our European neighbours. ‘Jeanne du Barry’ from France, launched the 2023 Cannes Film Festival and reaches UK shores for the first time; also from France we have ‘The Beast’ based on a Henry James novella and starring Lea Seydoux and George Mackay; from Italy comes two unmissable films – ‘La Chimera’ from the critically lauded director Alice Rohrwacher; and the amazing true story ‘Kidnapped’ which sees a young Jewish boy taken away from his family under the instruction of Pope Pius IX.

Our Education Strand keeps producing well-attended illustrated talks on a wide variety of filmmakers and topics. This season will see a talk on Harold Pinter’s work on screen – this to complement the Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of ‘The Caretaker’ (with the film also screening at New Park); a special presentation from film historian Pamela Hutchinson on pioneering filmmaker Dorothy Arzner; and Nick Johnston-Jones from the Education Team will guide us through a history of the best films set in the classroom – you will also be given another opportunity to see the school-set ‘The Holdovers’ which was hailed as one of the best films of the last 12 months.

We welcome film director Tony Palmer to Chichester once more, he who is a firm favourite in our auditorium with his incredible knowledge of musicians and their music on film. He will be present for a Q&A following his documentary ‘Bernstein on Mahler’s 9th Symphony’, which focuses on a rehearsal by Bernstein with the Vienna Philharmonic in 1971. Let’s give Tony our usual Chichester warm welcome.