Photo: Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann in Persona


3 MAY — 7 JULY

Persona Non Grata Festival 

The Academy Cinemas is proud to present Persona Non Grata – a new retrospective film series looking at the best of classic thriller, horror and art cinema that defines, distorts and disrupts identity in fascinating ways. They have selected ten features that, despite their Hollywood leanings or genre trappings, have a distinctive uncanny feeling, whether through narrative eccentricities or novel filmic techniques. 




Dead Ringer

Elliot and Beverly are world-renowned gynaecologists and identical twins. Both are troubled by the seemingly unbreakable bond between them as they share everything from their clinic to their women – until they meet Claire. Whilst Elliot enjoys seducing her, Beverly falls in love and wishes to break away from his brother in order to become closer to her. However, as his attempt to love unravels, so does his sanity and it becomes apparent that the twins are bonded by madness as well as blood. A Film Talk hosted by Dr Misha Kavka will follow the screening.


Dead Ringer is directed by David Cronenberg based on the book Twins; by Bari Wood; Jack Geasland. Starting Jeremy Irons and Heidi von Palleske.



19 MAY


A young nurse and her patient, an actress who has mysteriously gone mute, retreat to a seaside cottage to aid the actress’s rehabilitation, but the intimacy embroils them in a stranger, stronger bond. A Film Talk hosted by director Jake Mahaffy will follow the screening.


Persona is directed by Ingmar Bergman. Cinematography by Sven Nykvist. The film stars Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook and Gunnar Björnstrand.



23 MAY

The Hummingbird Project 


In this modern epic, Kim Nguyen exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world. Cousins from New York, Vincent (Jesse Eisenberg) and Anton (Alexander Skarsgård) are players in the high-stakes game of high-frequency trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Their dream? To build a straight fibre-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. Their old boss Eva Torres (Salma Hayek), a powerful and manipulative trader who will stop at nothing to come between them.


The Hummingbird Project is an upcoming thriller film, written and directed by Kim Nguyen. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård and Salma Hayek. 



30 MAY

Godzilla II: King of The Monsters


The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.


Godzilla Ii: King of The Monsters is directed by Michael Dougherty and stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds and Zhang Ziyi.