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Haworth Cinema presents

The Old Oak (15)

Friday 23rd February at 7:30pm
West Lane Baptist Church
Adults £5 Students £3

‘A deeply moving drama with genuine heart and hope.’

The setting is 2016 – year zero for Brexit- a village in Northeast England. There is a growing sense of anger and bleak desperation in a once-thriving coal mining community as it struggles to keep old values alive. Mortally wounded by the closures back in the 80s, it has been suffering a slow and painful decline, the youngsters have left and there is a growing sense of resentment, injustice and lack of hope.

Houses are cheap and available. This makes it an ideal location for some Syrian refugees who have been accepted by Britain in recent years. But their arrival is a flashpoint for xenophobic tensions. Much of this is vented in the last remaining dilapidated pub, The Old Oak, where a handful of regulars drink bitter and spew bitterness.

However, the landlord TJ – disappointed, decent and, like everyone else, just about clinging on – strikes up a friendship with Yara, a young female refugee. Together they devise a plan to try and bring the two traumatised communities together. So unfolds a deeply moving drama and ultimately, a hopeful tale of empathy and solidarity.

This film is a fitting finale to Ken Loach’s remarkable career. Typically forthright and plain-spoken, it is a testament to a director who has never abandoned his beliefs. The final message of hope is resolutely upbeat and desperately needed! (1hr 53 mins)

‘It’s not where you’re from, it’s what you bring.’

0ur next film: Friday 8th March 7:30 pm WONKA (PG)