The Shape of Water

"A ravishing, eccentric auteur's imagining, spilling artistry, empathy and sensuality from every open pore." Variety

Showing Times

Fri 23 Feb 20:45
Sat 24 Feb 21:15
Sun 25 Feb 17:30
Mon 26 Feb 11:00
Mon 26 Feb 15:00


This sumptuous fable about otherness is set against the sinistre backdrop of Cold War America, circa 1962.   The proxy princess is dreamy, mute cleaner, Elisa (Sally Hawkins); the handsome prince is a shimmeringly scaled Creature from the Black Lagoon; and the villian's role fits the evil military scientist (Michael Shannon) like a glove.  Elisa exists happily enough in a world of her own, but when she is tasked with mopping up the floor of the top secret research lab, she is beguiled by the sinuous creature imprisoned in the water tank.  As in all good fairy tales True Love has many obstacles to overcome, but a shared appreciation for Jazz and a love of hard boiled eggs helps, here!

Director Guillermo del Toro says he has relied on the company of monsters since childhood.  He believes that monsters help "make sense of our blissful imperfections."   Anyone familiar with his Spanish Civil War-set Pan's Labyrinth knows that del Toro approaches his weighty themes through the fine gauze of fantasy.  In The Shape of Water, though, he permits himself a more traditional fairy tale ending, and it's very welcome!  It is not just us who have been utterly charmed by this; it won the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, and it has topped the table for Oscar nominations.  See why for yourself.

Our 13:30 screening on Wed 28 Feb is our Screen Gems screening.  That's good film in good company, with the opportunity of guided discussion afterwards, and all for only £5!  We will be screening the Hard of Hearing version, which is fully audio-described.  This means the sub-titles include notes like *she laughs* or *plane passes overhead*.  This is a boon for some but a distraction to others.


Film Information

123 mins

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