Dir: Andrew Bujalksi, 2018, USA, 93 mins, Cert: 15
Mon 15 July // 20:00 *
Tue 16 July // 20:00
Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession / * cheap night)
New from Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha Ha, Computer Chess, Results), one of the US indie scene’s most versatile directors, is this outstanding, quietly feminist comedy set in a Hooters-style US bar that screened to acclaim at the BFI London Film Festival last year.
Intelligent, dependable Lisa (a terrific Regina Hall) is the last person you’d expect to find in a highway-side ‘sports bar with curves’, where waitresses serve the mostly male clientèle in crop tops and shorts. But as general manager of Double Whammies, she’s nevertheless come to love the place and its customers. Warm and compassionate, she nurtures and protects her employees fiercely – but over the course of one trying day, finds her positivity tested in every direction.
It’s excellent company, a funny, big-hearted and startlingly wise film that delivers subtle and perceptive truths about corporate exploitation, racial and gender politics and the actual daily work of being a woman in a man’s world. Powered by Hall’s charismatic performance, it’s rounded out by a first-rate ensemble cast including Haley Lu Richardson, James Le Gros and Shayna McHayle.
The film won Regina Hall the New York Film Critic’s Circle Award for Best Actress as well as Best Actress nominations at the Independent Spirit and Gotham Awards, and it featured on Barack Obama’s Best Films of 2018 list! Come to our screenings and you might pick up a free t-shirt (also we have badges and stickers galore)
"A neorealist take on our capitalist times, reaffirming the essential need for camaraderie every day of the working week" ***** Little White Lies
" a deceptively complex and layered portrait of female solidarity in the face of ingrained sexism, racism and general male shittiness." **** Observer