A man in a stetson looks back at the camera from the middle of a grassy field, hills way off in the distance

The Power of the Dog (12A)

Director: Jane Campion
New Zealand/Australia - English - (2021)
Friday 19 November 5pm - Thursday 2 December 2021 4:45pm
Screen One
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  • Peak Screenings (after 6pm) £10.50. Concessions £9
  • Off-Peak Screenings (before 6pm) £9. Concessions £8
  • Opening Season Offer: Under 26s £5 all screenings until 31 Dec 2021

  • Cast
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee


    2 hours 6 minutes

    Recommended Age:
    12A for moderate injury detail, sex references, discrimination, language, threat

    Jane Campion (The Piano, Top of the Lake) returns to the LFF with a beguilingly dark drama about two wealthy brothers in the America West. 

    Rancher Phil Burbank is an intimidating presence to all but his brother George. The two men run a hugely successful inherited ranch on the edge of a tiny frontier town in the early 1920s. With only the company of the rough cattlehands, George yearns for something a little more refined, while Phil is content with their mutual isolation and craves his brother’s favour and companionship. But when George brings home a new wife and her teenage son, Phil turns on his most arresting power to torment.

    Adapting from a novel by Thomas Savage, Campion grips you from the start and expertly ratchets the tension – with Ari Wegner’s cinematography and Jonny Greenwood’s score helping to cast an ominous spell. Often playing affable eccentrics, this is a Benedict Cumberbatch unlike any we’ve seen, brilliantly terrorising every frame with silent menace. And scene by scene, our understanding of his cruel persona shifts in such surprising and fascinating ways. - BFI London Film festival


    Captioned screenings:

    • Fri 26 Nov - 8.45pm
    • Wed 1 Dec - 4.45pm
    • Thu 2 Dec - 1.45pm
    “Campion's modern Western presses against a razor-thin membrane between gentleness and cruelty, acting both as a searing exploration and a gorgeous tapestry of the little, secret moments that make up a person.”
    The Observer