Gherkin Cinema Nights

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The Gherkin

312 Slade Lane


M19 2BY

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Gherkin Cinema night's presents 'Ali & Ava'

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Gherkin cinema nights is back and for this month we'll be playing the beautiful & critically acclaimed 'Ali & Ava.'

As always, I'll be playing two short films beforehand.

Trailers below.

Ali & Ava:

Directed by Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard’s latest film charts an unlikely romance between two Bradford residents.

Ali, an exuberant music enthusiast and landlord, is struggling to keep his recent separation from his wife a secret from his family. Ava is a pragmatic middle-aged teaching assistant and matriarch to a large and close-knit family, whose latest grandchild has just been born. When a chance encounter unites them, Ali and Ava begin a tentative friendship formed around their shared love of music that quickly blossoms into an unexpected romance.

Deftly weaving together conventions of social realism and romantic drama, Barnard presents an intelligent and nuanced depiction of 21st century Britain that addresses, amongst other issues, neurodiversity, race and class dynamics, and mental health.

Bolstered by Claire Rushbrook and Adeel Akhtar’s authentic performances, Barnard’s empathetic direction makes these everyday characters feel extraordinary.

We will then show two short films

'Hanging on'.

Director by Alfie Barker

A docu-drama that spotlights the strength of a community when faced with eviction. HANGING ON reminds us about the struggles of people who are slipping through the cracks of society and what it means to have a home.

The next is


Director: Guille Isa & Angello Faccini

In coastal Colombia, a mother teaches her daughter how to swim so that she may go to the mangroves and harvest the piangua shellfish with the other women in the village.

And an added bonus this time, I'll going to play a short spoken word film by a good friends of my Rory Aaron & Christopher Brown.


Returning to his hometown after some time away, a young man catches up with an old friend and discovers just how different they’ve become in this spoken word film that explores how inequality stifles opportunity for many young men from working class backgrounds.

Shot in a single take on location in the North of England the film features nuanced performances from writer-director Rory Aaron and Christopher Brown.

There will be food & snacks on sale.

I'm really looking forward to the evening and I hope to see you down there.

Ryan x

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