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Shirley
Shirley

Shirley

classified 15

Film

Fri 30 Oct - Thu 5 Nov

Director:
Josephine Decker
Cast:
Elisabeth Moss, Odessa Young, Michael Stuhlbarg
Details:
107 mins, 2020, USA
Primary language:
English

Going nowhere with a novel about the disappearance of a local girl, writer Shirley Jackson gets the inspiration she needs when two young newlyweds come to stay.

‘I’m a witch, didn’t anyone tell you?’ When we first meet Shirley (Elisabeth Moss), soon to become America’s queen of horror fiction, she seems to be no such thing; just a sad, drunken shut-in, married to a cheating English professor (Michael Stuhlbarg) and blocked as a writer. But with the arrival of Rose (Odessa Young) and her teaching-assistant husband Fred (Logan Lerman), Shirley reveals herself as a far crueller and more sophisticated creature, seducing the innocent girl into becoming her companion and accomplice in the new mystery novel she is writing.

Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf is clearly a touchstone, but Josephine Decker’s psychodrama goes further, blurring the boundaries of biopic and fiction in exploring the cruel forces that can feed creativity.

Shirley will screen with a short video essay about Josephine Decker's work by Tara Judah, Cinema Producer, which you can also watch here.

  • The screenings of Shirley on Wed 4 Nov are part of our Cinébites deal: get 30% off any main dish in the Café/Bar with a valid cinema ticket.

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Audio Description
Bite
Cinébites meal deal
D
Dubbed
DS
Descriptive Subtitling
Intro
Introductory Talk
QA
Q&A Session
R
Recorded
S
Subtitled
PS
Partially Subtitled
Times TBC
To be confirmed
CTBA
Certificate to be announced