Friday 10th June 19.30 ALI and AVA (2021 UK) Reserve tickets at [email protected]

Director Clio Barnards “pitch-perfect Bradford love story”

Apair of wonderfully winning performances from Claire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar lie at the heart of this unexpectedly warm and typically compelling drama from British writer-director Clio Barnard. Described by its creator as a love story about two people who are “a catalyst for change in each other’s lives”, it’s a heartfelt piece that marries the poetic grit of Barnard’s 2013 film The Selfish Giant with something resembling a later-life Romeo and Juliet romance – a fable grounded in reality. Playing out over the course of a lunar month, and drawing inspiration from real-life characters whom Barnard met while filming her previous features, Ali & Ava is a vibrant work that uses the transcendent power of song to turn a streetwise tale into a diegetic musical, with genuinely surprising results.

Guardian review

Genre Drama
Runtime 95 minutes
BBFC Rating BBFC 15 rating
Screenings 10 Jun 2022 at 19.30
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