"An affecting account of the quiet courage needed to battle the deadly spores of discrimination and condescension that came with polio." Guardian

Showing Times

Fri 27 Oct 18:20
Fri 27 Oct 20:45
Sat 28 Oct 18:00
Sat 28 Oct 20:30
Sun 29 Oct 15:00

For his directorial debut Andy Serkis gets as far as possible from a monkey suit*, instead presenting the inspiring true story of Robin and Diana Cavendish (Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy), a courageous couple who refuse to accept that life is over when medical science says, 'done here'. Interrupting a rather glittering life, Robin is struck down by polio at the age of 28 and given only a few months to live, and that as a quadraplegic. With the help of Diana's twin brothers (Tom Hollander) and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville), Robin and Diana escape the hospital ward and pursue a full and passionate life together - raising their son, traveling and devoting their lives to helping other polio patients.  Be warned - we are told that if you remain dry-eyed throughout the final 20 minutes, you might want to check your pulse. 

Robin and Diana's son, Jonathon Cavendish, kept the story authentic by collaborating on the script, and he also co-produced Breathe with Kensal Rise-based Phil Robertson. Both join us for a Q&A after the 7:00 screening on Monday the 30th.

* After the Planet of the Apes trilogy, that is.


Film Information

117 mins

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