The Bigger Picture

Our monthly programme strand in which a key film is presented with an introduction from a guest in the context of a notional film canon.

October 2017’s Bigger Picture choice will be Saturday Night Fever, directed by John Badham and introduced by Ed King. Screening on Monday, October 16th at 18.30.



April 2015 – Stalker (1979), dir: Andrei Tarkovsky, chosen by Donald Clarke

May 2015 – Persona (1966), dir: Ingmar Bergman, chosen by Lenny Abrahamson

June 2015 – Werckmeister Harmonies (2000), dir: Béla Tarr, chosen by Mark O’Halloran

July 2015 – The Tin Drum (1979), dir: Volker Schlöndorff, chosen by Neasa Hardiman

August 2015 – The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), dir: Carl Dreyer, chosen by Tony Tracy

September 2015 – The Cranes are Flying (1957), dir: Mikhail Kalatozov, chosen by Douglas Smith

October 2015 – Throne of Blood (1957), dir: Akira Kurosawa, chosen by Derek O’Connor

November 2015 – The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), dir: Luis Buñuel, chosen by David O’Mahony

January 2016 – Alien (1979), dir: Ridley Scott, chosen by Harvey O’Brien

February 2016 – The Spirit of the Beehive (1973), dir: Victor Erice, chosen by Michael Doherty

March 2016 – Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), dir: Robert Hamer, chosen by Kevin Coyne

April 2016 – Metropolis (1926), dir: Fritz Lang, chosen by Lynn Scarff

May 2016 – Roger and Me (1989), dir: Michael Moore, chosen by Donald Taylor Black

June 2016 – Desert Hearts (1985), dir: Donna Deitch, chosen by Una Mullally

July 2016 – Tokyo Story (1953), dir: Yasujirô Ozu, chosen by Paul Lynch

August 2016 – Blazing Saddles (1974), dir: Mel Brooks, chosen by Tara Flynn

September 2016 – Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), dir: James Foley, chosen by Annmarie Gray

October 2016 – Network (1976), dir: Sidney Lumet, chosen by Bryan Dobson

November 2016 – Sullivan’s Travels (1941), dir: Preston Sturges, chosen by Anna Taylor

January 2017 – Shadows (1959), dir: John Cassavetes, chosen by Zélie Asava

February 2017 – Magnificent Obsession (1954), dir: Douglas Sirk, chosen by Steven Benedict

March 2017 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952), dir: Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, chosen by Róise Goan

April 2017 – The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972), dir: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, chosen by Paul Duane

May 2017 –  The Go-Between (1971), dir Joseph Losey, chosen by Sarah Glennie

June 2017 – The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), dir Ronald Neame, chosen by Rory O’Neill

July 2017 – Children of Men (2006), dir Alfonso Cuarón, chosen by Ian Brunswick

August 2017 – Inside Out (2015), dir Pete Doctor, chosen by Trish Long

September 2017 – Titicut Follies (1967), dir Frederick Wiseman, chosen by Emer Reynolds

October 2017 – Saturday Night Fever (1976), dir John Badham, chosen by Ed King

November 2017 – La Regle du Jeu (1939), dir Jean Renoir, chosen by Paul Whitington

January 2018 – Ordinary People (1980), dir Robert Redford, chosen by Una Begley

February 2018 – The Sweet Hereafter (1997), dir Atom Egoyan, chosen by Stephen Boylan

March 2018 – Morvern Callar (2002), dir Lynne Ramsay, chosen by Willie White


    This screening will be introduced by broadcaster Dave Fanning. 

    This month’s selection sees John Wayne, James Stewart, Lee Marvin and Vera Miles star in one of John Ford’s greatest Westerns. As the film opens, Senator Ransom Stoddard (Stewart) and his wife... Read More


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