Film & Media

Film is an important part of what we offer at Otley Courthouse.

Otley Film Society screen a minimum of 18 films on Thursday evenings between September and May. See or the Otley Courthouse What’s On page for details. They screen a varied programme featuring Oscar winning performances, dramas, films to make you laugh and cry from  the UK and across the globe. Love film? Why not become a member of Otley Film Society and enjoy the benefits of seeing arthouse films on your doorstep. The bar is open before each film and you can take drinks through to the screening.

Movie Matinees

These are screened two Thursday afternoons a month at 2pm – with tea/coffee and biscuits at 1.30pm. These are recent popular more mainstream films which you may have missed all for £4 per person. Films we are showing over spring and summer 2018 are:

8 March 

Victoria and Abdul (2017)         UK/US 

PG | 1h 51min | BiographyDramaHistory  

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.  

Director: Stephen Frears  Stars: Judi DenchAli FazalTim Pigott-Smith  


22 March 

Loving (2016) UK/US 

12A | 2h 3min | BiographyDramaRomance 

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision.  

Director: Jeff Nichols  Stars:  Ruth NeggaJoel EdgertonWill Dalton  


12 April 

Their Finest (2016) UK 

12A | 1h 57min | ComedyDramaRomance 

A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.  

Director:  Lone Scherfig  Stars:  Gemma ArtertonSam ClaflinBill Nighy |  


26 April 

My Cousin Rachel (2017)       UK/US 

12A | 1h 46min | DramaMysteryRomance 

A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin’s mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.  

Director:  Roger Michell Stars: Rachel WeiszSam ClaflinHolliday Grainger  


10 May 

Gifted (2017)    US 

12A | 1h 41min | Drama  

Director: Marc Webb , Stars: Chris EvansMckenna GraceLindsay Duncan  

Frank Adler is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary  in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn who has other plans.  


24 May 

Alone in Berlin (2016)      UK/Fr/Germany 

12A | 1h 43min | Drama | 

 Director: Vincent Perez  Stars: Emma ThompsonDaniel BrühlBrendan Gleeson 

After a Nazi German working class couple loses their son in World War II, they decide to retaliate by secretly distributing handwritten cards in Berlin denouncing their government. As the subversive cards pile up over the years, police detective Escherich is tasked to track down the leafleteers while being pressured by his increasingly impatient SS superior for an arrest. 


14 June 

Letters from Baghdad (2016)    UK/US/Fr 

PG | 1h 35min | Documentary | 

Directors: Sabine KrayenbühlZeva Oelbaum , Stars: Ammar Haj AhmadAdam AstillTom ChadbonGertrude Bell, sometimes called the “female” Lawrence of Arabia was a British adventurer, archaeologist and political powerhouse, who helped shape the modern Middle East after World War I. Voiced and executive produced by Tilda Swinton, the film chronicles Bell’s journey into the uncharted Arabian desert and all-male halls of colonial power with never-seen-before archival footage of the region shot a century ago. The film takes us into a past that is eerily current. 


12 July 

The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)  UK/USA/Czech Republic  

12A | 2h 7min | BiographyDramaHistory  

This drama tells the true story of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who in 1939, refused to wither before the Nazi menace, and who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.  

Director: Niki Caro , Stars: Jessica ChastainJohan HeldenberghDaniel Brühl  


9 Aug 

Maudie (2016)        Ireland/Canada 

12A | 1h 55min | BiographyDramaRomance | 4 August 2017  

In 1930’s rural Nova Scotia, an woman suffering from rheumatoid arthritis seeks independence through working as a housekeeper. While she deals with antagonism and abuse, she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.  

Director: Aisling Walsh  Stars: Sally HawkinsEthan HawkeKari Matchett  




Special Screenings

We also feature one-off screenings of particular interest or relevance – we work with groups such as Otley Walking Festival, Amnesty International, Short Films from Leeds International Film Festival.  For this season’s special screenings please click here for our special screenings page.


National Theatre Live

National Theatre Live is a ground-breaking initiative broadcasting the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world live, via satellite.  It has been a huge hit in the UK and we are thrilled that it is now coming to Otley.

For full details on our screenings for spring summer 2018 please click here


Private screenings

Do you have a favourite film that you would like to screen for friends. Contact us about hiring the Courtroom.


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