Durlston Castle

Lighthouse Rd, Swanage BH19 2JL


A beautiful, restored Victorian faux castle that stands looking out over the sea, set in acres of unique parkland.


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Tues 24 Oct - 7.30pm - Luana: A Yak in the Classroom

Director: Pawo Choyning Dorji
Starring: Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Kelden Lhamo Gurung
Family  Drama | Bhutan | 2019
1 hr 50 mins | Subtitles 

An aspiring singer living with his grandmother in the capital of Bhutan dreams of getting a visa to move to Australia. Unfortunately for Ugyen and his dreams he is assigned to a far-flung village where he’s been consigned to teach the local children, who desperately want to be educated.  

£8.50: £6.00 (Students and under 25s)
Bar open on the night

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Wed 25 Oct - 7.30pm - Little English (12A)

Director: Pravesh Kumar
Starring: Rameet Rauli, Viraj Juneja, Seema Bowri
Comedy | Drama | UK | 2022
1 hr 38 mins 

This laugh-out-loud British comedy is in the tradition of East is East. It follows a dysfunctional Punjabi family in the pressure cooker life of a terraced suburban home in Slough. Newly arrived from India, naive Simmy has come to marry the family’s eldest son Raj, who promptly gets cold feet and absconds, leaving Simmy locked in the house with her passport confiscated by his domineering mother. However, Simmy is resourceful and cunning, and soon enlists some unlikely support from the sugar crazed, diabetic grandpa and the dangerous but attractive brother-in-law, fresh out of jail. A riotous domestic farce with a big heart.

Wednesday 25 Oct. 7.30 pm
Durlston Castle, Swanage, BH19 2JL
£8.50: £6.00 (Students and under 25s)

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Thurs 26 Oct - 7.30pm - How to Blow Up a Pipeline (15)

Director: Daniel Goldhaber
Starring: Ariela Barer, Kristine Froseth, Lukas Gage, Forrest Goodluck
Drama | Crime | Thriller | Environment | USA | 2023 | 1 hr 44 mins

One of the most flat-out exciting films of 2023, How to Blow Up a Pipeline embeds an environmental message within a full blown heist movie , except this time the heist is a protest against oil dependency. The lightning-quick narrative introduces its intense young cast individually in flashback, as their meticulous plan starts to unravel.
Enjoy a gentle walk around the beautifully rewilded Careys Secret Garden with a glass of fizz and canapés before the film.

Thursday 26 Oct. 7.30 pm
£8.50: £6.00 (Students and under 25s)

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Tues 31 Oct - 7.30pm - Hello, Bookstore (PG)

Director: A.B. Zax
Starring: Matthew Tannenbaum, Shawnee Tannenbaum, Sophie Tannenbaum
Documentary | USA | 2022 | 1 hr 26 mins

In an era when someone can impulsively decide to buy Twitter for billions and millions more follow the moments of its timeline Hello, Bookstore feels like a panacea many people may not have realised they’ve been missing. This heart-warming story is of how the community of Lenox, Massachusetts rallied around their local bookshop to save it from bankruptcy during COVID-19. Viewers are treated to an amazing storyteller, Matthew Tannenbaum, owner of The Bookstore since 1976. It’s not your typical documentary. There’s no narrative here. It is not linear. What we are treated to is a raconteur of the first level musing about his life and raison d’être. The director’s gentle fly-on-the-wall perspective constantly reminds us that all we have ever wanted is in that bookshop.

£8.50: £6.00 (Students and under 25s)

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Wed 1 Nov - 7.30pm - A Crack in the Mountain (12A)

Director: Alastair Evans
Starring: Huong Nguyen Thien Le, Adam Spillane, Howard Limbert
Documentary | Environment | Hong Kong | 2022
1 hr 40 mins | Subtitles

Writer-director Alastair Evans’s documentary details the struggle to preserve Hang Son Doong caves in Vietnam. Discovered in 1991 it is the largest cave passage in the world and a place of spectacular beauty. The nearby small, impoverished, Vietnamese community has struggled to deal with the opportunity and challenges that arise when environmentalism, tourism and economic development all collide. Can it be done so that ecological, business and employment considerations are harmoniously addressed, supporting sustainability and economic growth without sacrificing the environment? The film does an expert job at exploring that question from all angles, including those likely to be posed by devil’s advocates, while capturing the cave’s natural beauty in breathtakingly immersive images.

The Purbeck Film Festival is very grateful to Isle of Purbeck Sub Aqua Club, whose support will make this a very special evening.

£8.50: £6.00 (Students and under 25s)

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Thurs 2 Nov - 7.30pm - Official Competition (Competencia Official) (15)

Director: Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Oscar Martínez
Comedy | Drama | Spain | Argentina | 2021
1 hr 55 mins | Subtitles

In this playful satire of the movie industry Penélope Cruz is cast as Lola Cuevas, an eccentric, superstar film director, who is starting rehearsals for her new film – an adaptation of a prize-winning novel about the rivalry between two brothers. One brother Felix (Antonio Banderas) is played by a global movie star and the other Ivan (Oscar Martínez) by a respected stage actor and both have an immediate and visceral dislike of each other. It has been described as a film which dismantles the lofty ambitions of cinema as great, important and significant, blending scabrous honesty and self-skewering silliness and showing us cinema as art for ego’s sake while having a lot of wickedly spiteful fun as it does so.

£8.50: £6.00 (Students and under 25s)

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