Certificate 15


(2017) 88 mins

Director: John Carroll Lynch
Writers: Logan Sparks, Drago Sumonja
Cinematography: Tim Suhrstedt
Production Design: Fatima Beck, Almitra Corey
Music: Elvis Kuehn



Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch’s directorial debut, Lucky, is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.  From the official website

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Showings of this film are part of our Cinematheque season which is supported by the British Film Institute.



“Nothing much happens in Lucky, and then everything does. That doesn’t mean this leisurely portrait of its title character, a cantankerous old coot (Harry Dean Stanton, in one of his last roles), is any more eventful at the end than at the beginning. Rather, the accumulation of spot-on performances and long-familiar faces, small-town routines and dusty-worn locations, finally coalesces into a picture that’s greater than the sum of its oft-clichéd parts.”  New York Times

“The film is quietly moving and insightful, and it features a captivating turn from Stanton, who passed away in 2017 at the ripe old age of 91. When Lucky speaks, the supporting characters (played by the likes of director David Lynch and Stanton’s Alien co-star Tom Skerritt) hang on his every word. In all likelihood, you will, too.”  Radio Times

Thu 17 Jan Great Massingham
Fri 01 Feb Llanfyllin
Fri 22 Mar Chepstow
Mon 08 Apr Emsworth


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