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DFI UK Cinema Showcase Announces Screenings for April and May

Apr 24, 2013

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Award-Winning Films from Celebrated British Filmmakers to Entertain Doha Audiences

Doha, Qatar, 24 April, 2013: DFI UK Cinema Showcase continues to bring the best of British Cinema for discerning audiences in Doha through its scheduled screenings in April and May. The screenings will start with Mike Leigh’s 1996 Cannes Palme D’or winner ‘Secrets & Lies’, on 25th and 26th of April, followed by Ken Loach’s double BAFTA-award-winning film, ‘Kes’ on 26th and 27th of April.

‘Secrets & Lies’ features a tour-de-force performance by Brenda Blethyn (winner of Best Actress awards at BAFTA, Golden Globe and Cannes). Mike Leigh’s Palme d’Or-winning film tells the story of the reunion of a mother and the daughter she gave up at birth. Revelations and new beginnings abound in this moving celebration of the power and strength of blood ties. The British Film Institute included the film in its list of the top 100 British films of all time.

‘Kes’ is the poignant coming-of-age portrait of 15-year-old Billy, a miner’s son, and the close bond he develops with a wild kestrel that allows him to escape the spiritual bonds of a dead-end life in bleak Northern England. Ken Loach uses non-professional actors and real locations, bringing the British angry young man film to a new level of authenticity. The British Film Institute named ‘Kes’ one of the top ten British films of the 20th century in 1999.
DFI UK Cinema Showcase will return on the 30th and 31st of May with Joe Cornish’s ‘Attack the Block’, and three of Nick Park’s very popular ‘Wallace & Gromit’ short films (‘The Wrong Trousers’; ‘A Close Shave’; ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’) will conclude the May screenings on the 31st of May and the 1st of June.

Tickets are now on sale at and also available from the DFI Ticket Outlet located at the Museum of Islamic Arts (check the website for opening hours and location). Tickets are priced at QAR 35 for the general public and a special discounted rate of QAR 25 for students.

DFI UK Cinema Showcase launched in February, in partnership with the British Council and the Qatar Museums Authority, to celebrate Qatar UK 2013. DFI UK Cinema Showcase brings iconic British films to audiences in Doha. The showcase will run monthly until Fall 2013.