Empire of Light

Starring Olivia Colman, this film celebrates the power of human connection during turbulent times
Show Date: June 1, 2023 7:30 pm

Empire of Light

Show Date: June 1, 2023 7:30 pm


Empire of Light is Sam Mendes’ loving ode to cinema set in a tumultuous 1980s Britain, but it’s also about racism, loneliness, mental illness, and our ability to connect.

The fictional Empire cinema overlooks an unknown seaside town in the south of England. It’s one of those rare places where people experience something magical to light up their lives in the cynical, broken world.

However, Hilary (Olivia  Colman) the stage manager, doesn’t care for such nonsense. To her, with a troubled past and anger issues, it is just a job and routine. Her sleazy boss Donald Ellis (Colin Firth) takes advantage of her, trading sexual favours in his office for boxes of Milk Tray. It is only after Hilary experiences the kindness and affection of the newest staff member Stephen (Micheal Ward) that she begins to feel alive again. Together they find a sense of belonging and experience the healing power of music, cinema, and community.

A poignant, intelligent and handsome film, wonderfully shot by Roger Deakins.

  • Released: January 9, 2023
  • Genre(s): General
  • Duration: 1 hour 59 minutes
  • Language: English



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