The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne

Saturday 24th September 11am

UK/IRL 116mins, Dir: Jack Clayton
Actors: Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, Wendy Hiller. Marie Kean

Written by Brian Moore when he was 25. In a Dublin boarding house refined gentlewoman (Maggie Smith) catches the eye of vulgarian James Madden (Bob Hoskins). His plans for her to fund his business venture are dashed when he discovers she is a piano teacher of modest means. She works hard to conceal her feelings from their fellow residents but her loneliness and yearning for love are revealed through every gesture.

A fine line-up of 1980s actors – Hoskins, Alan Devlin, Marie Kean and a young Aiden Gillen – are lead by Maggie Smith in a remarkable portrait of quiet despair. The story is relocated from the claustrophobia of Belfast (where Brian Moore’s 1955 novel was set) to Dublin but loses none of the sense of repression informed by the morés of the Catholic Church of 1950s Ireland.

11am Ticket €5