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 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 art-house 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 £5 per person. Films we are showing over autumn 2018 and winter 2019 are:

4 October

A Quiet Passion  2016 UK/US 

PG | 2h 5min | Biography, Drama,  

The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young school girl to her later years as a reclusive unrecognised artist.

Director: Terence Davies  Stars: Cynthia Dixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine 


18 October 

The Post (2017) UK/US

12A | 1h 56min | Biography, Drama, History

A cover-up that spanned four US Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg  Stars:  Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson


1 November

Wonder (2017) US/Hong Kong

PG | 1h 53min | Drama, Family

Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heart-warming story of August Pullman.  Born with facial differences Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade.  His extraordinary journey proves you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Director:  Jacob Tremblay  Stars:  Owen Wilson, Izabela Vidovic, Julia Roberts


15 November

Journey’s End (2017) UK

12A | 1h 47min | Drama, War 

Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.

Director:  Saul Dibb       Stars: Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield


6 December 

Finding your Feet (2017)    UK 

12A | 1h 51min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgemental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

 Director: Richard Loncraine , Stars: Joanna Lumley, Ceila Imrie, Timothy Spall


20 December 

The Man who invented Christmas  (2017)      Ireland/Canada

PG | 1h 44min | Biography, Comedy, Drama | 

 In 1843, the celebrated British novelist, Charles Dickens, is at a low point in his career with three flops behind him and his family expenses piling up at home.  This film is the journey that led to the creation of “A Christmas Carol”, a timeless tale that would redefine Christmas.

 Director: |Bharat Nalluir  Stars: Dan Stevens, Mark Schrier, Patrick Joseph Byrnes


10 January 

On Chesil Beach (2017)    UK

15 | 1h 50min | Drama, Romance | 

Based on Ian McEwan’s novel.  In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and social pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.

 Director: Dominic Cooke    Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emily Watson, Samuel West


24 January 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)  UK/USA

15 | 1h 50min | Romance, Drama, History  

A correspondence begins between Julie Ashton and members of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society.  When an idea for a book catches Juliet she goes to visit the island, making lifelong friends and taking life changing steps along the way.  

Director: Mike Newell , Stars: Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay


14 Feb 

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)  UK

15 | 1h 45min | Biography, Drama, Romance | 

Real life proves just as dramatic off-screen as it does on it for these two actors, the aging Hollywood superstar Gloria Grahame and her younger lover, Peter Turner.  Ultimately, they find that they must each come to terms with whatever fate they face in the future whether they are together or apart. 

Director: Paul McGuigan  Stars: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Kenneth Cranham


28 Feb 

Lean on Pete (2017)  UK

15 | 2h 1min | Adventure, Drama

Fifteen year old Charley Thompson wants a home, food on the table and a high school.  As the son of a single father, hoping for a new start, they move to Oregon where Charley take a summer job, and befriends a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.

Director: Andrew Haigh  Stars: Charlie Plummer, Amy Seimelz, Travis Fimmel


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.

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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