Ratcatcher (15)

F Rated Film
Friday 10th May 2024 - Tuesday 14th May 2024

Dir. Lynne Ramsay, UK, 1999, 94 mins. Cast. Tommy Flanagan, Mandy Matthews, William Eadie.

Lynne Ramsay's astonishingly beautiful debut feature set on a 70s Glaswegian council estate celebrates its 25th anniversary with a new 4K restoration. Ratcatcher is seen through the eyes of twelve-year-old James, a young boy haunted by a secret. Feeling increasingly distant from his family, his only escape comes with the discovery of a new housing development on the outskirts of town where he has the freedom to lose himself in his own world. Enticed by a local gang of older boys, James is thrown together with vulnerable fourteen-year-old Margaret Anne and the pair strike up an unlikely friendship which becomes their hesitant but touching experience of first love.

The film deftly contrasts urban decay with a rich interior landscape of hope and perseverance, resulting in a work at once raw and deeply poetic.

The screening on Friday 10th May, 6pm is a Reclaim the Frame screening which will be introduced by Plymouth filmmaker and cinematographer Amber Amare, who will talk on the influence of Lynne Ramsay on her practice.

Amber Amare is a multi-talented filmmaker based in the UK. Her work extends in both film and HETV. Inclusivity lies at the core of Amber's filmmaking ethos, and she constantly explores innovative approaches to make the art of filmmaking more accessible. In 2023 she was welcomed into BAFTA as a BAFTA Connect member, and has since been offered traineeships with Screenkills and Sara Putt Associates Scheme.

Reclaim The Frame is a charity that champions marginalised perspectives in cinema, connecting with audiences and communities through special screenings and events across the UK. If you want to be an Advocate for the work they do, join the RTF mailing list.

For detailed information about the film's age rating and content notices, you can visit the BBFC website and search the film title, then scroll down to the “Content Advice” section: www.bbfc.co.uk

Dates & Times

 Friday 10th May 2024  6:00pm Intro
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 Tuesday 14th May 2024  8:30pm
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