Power of the Dog

Deaf Conversations About Cinema: The Power of the Dog


Please note: This event took place in Nov 2021

Join us at the 18:40 screening of The Power of the Dog on Thu 25 Nov which will feature Descriptive Subtitles and an introduction from Mark Cosgrove, Cinema Curator. This will be followed at 20:40 by a post screening discussion in the Café & Bar with audience members and our guest. The evening will be hosted by Deaf artist, performer and filmmaker David Ellington and will feature BSL interpretation throughout.

Director Jane Campion returns to cinema with this mesmerising, psychologically rich variation on the American Western about a wealthy rancher’s war of intimidation on his brother’s new wife and her son. Brothers George (Jesse Plemons) and Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch, brilliantly terrifying) run a hugely successful inherited ranch on the edge of a tiny Montana town in the early 1920s. Their relationship sours when George brings new wife, widow Rose (Kirsten Dunst), and her teenage son (Kodi Smit-McPhee) into this unrelentingly macho world, with Phil turning on his most arresting power to torment and bully. Adapting from a novel by Thomas Savage, Campion grips you from the start and expertly ratchets up the tension. Known for playing affable eccentrics, this is a Benedict Cumberbatch unlike any we’ve seen, brilliantly terrorising every frame with silent menace. And scene by scene, our understanding of his cruel persona shifts in such surprising and fascinating ways.

Please join us in the Café/Bar for an informal discussion after the screening, which will include BSL interpretation. You’ll receive 10% off drinks with your cinema ticket – so grab a glass and let us know your thoughts about The Power of the Dog.