Empire Of Light

Certificate: 15

A powerful and poignant story about love, friendship, human connection and the magic of cinema, set in an English seaside town in the early 1980s.

Hilary (Olivia Colman), a woman with a difficult past and an uneasy present, is part of a makeshift family at the old Empire Cinema on the seafront.

When Stephen (Micheal Ward) is hired to work in the cinema, the two find an unlikely attraction and discover the healing power of movies, music and community.

Contains racism, strong language, sex
Drama, Romance
Running time
115 minutes
Olivia Colman, Micheal Ward, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Tom Brooke, Tanya Moodie, Hannah Onslow, Crystal Clarke, Monica Dolan
Directed by
Sam Mendes