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Experience Film Differently.

What's going on in Luton? As part of the Bute Street Festival programme we offer monthly film nights with a twist. 

Our film nights give you the best of what independent film has to offer with inspiring shorts and moving features, and also not forgetting the opportunity to meet the filmmaker for a Q&A session. 


Screening Date: Thursday 13th July, at 19:30PM


Feature synopsis: 

In the absurdist dark political satire "The Day Shall Come" (2019), a nutty and naive African American preacher, his worried family, and a small group of followers aim to bring hope to Miami's projects through his own version of God. When faced with eviction, he reluctantly agrees to an arms deal orchestrated by a nefarious character. Unbeknownst to him, the FBI plans to use him as a pawn in a false flag operation. But they underestimate his pacifist beliefs, loyalty, and unpredictable nature. Hilarity ensues as the preacher unwittingly upends their plans.


Screening Date: Wednesday 10th May, at 19:30PM

Q&A with: Bahar Producer Alysia Maciejowska

Short synopsis: Long after her death, a lonely widow’s home is infested by the mouldy manifestation of her dead daughter’s spirit, but when her son returns from university and confronts her emotional entombment and festering guilt she’s forced to choose between the living and the dead.


Feature synopsis: 

Immigrant nanny Aisha, piecing together a new life in New York City while caring for the child of an Upper East Side family, is forced to confront a concealed truth that threatens to shatter her precarious American Dream.

Sequin in a Blue Room

Screening Date: Wednesday 8th February, at 19:30PM

Q&A with: Tom Abell, Founder of Peccadilo Pictures

Film synopsis: 

The story of 16-year-old Sequin (Leach), who is exploring his burgeoning sexuality through an obsession with anonymous, no-strings-attached sexual encounters. That is until he finds his way into The Blue Room - a strictly anonymous sex party - where he meets a captivating stranger.

Just Like You & AfterSUN

Screening Date: Wednesday 10th May, at 19:30PM

Q&A with: Producer & Director Sebastien Rabas

Short synopsis: "Just Like  You" is a poignant short documentary that follows a handyman from the south coast of England as he delves into his opiate addiction, seeking to understand its roots in tinter-generational trauma within his family. Determined to break the cycle before it impacts his young daughter, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery and healing 


Feature synopsis: 

This compelling film is accompanied by the theme of "Aftersun," which juxtaposes a hopeful coming-of-age story with a moving family portrait, leaving a lasting impact on viewers. In "Aftersun," set in a fading vacation resort in the late 1990s, 11-year-old Sophie cherishes precious moments with her loving and idealistic father, Calum. However, as she witnesses the challenges he faces beyond their idyllic holiday, she begins to grasp the weight of his struggles outside of fatherhood. Two decades later, Sophie's bittersweet memories of their last vacation paint a powerful and heartrending picture of their relationship. Through Charlotte Wells’ exceptional and emotionally charged debut film, she endeavors to reconcile the father she thought she knew with the man he truly was.

Edicius & HUNT
(Who is the Mole)

Screening Date: Wednesday 8th March, at 19:30PM

Q&A with: EDICIUS Director & Producer: Uzo Oleh

Short synopsis: When things go sour with Jason’s most powerful client, he knows his life is on the line. But a visit from his intuition, a man with his exact likeness, claims to have the answers to save him. All Jason has to do is trust him...but can he?


Feature synopsis: 

A blistering, high quality, action-packed espionage thriller, Hunt is the directorial debut from the lead actor of Netflix’s Squid Game, Lee Jung-jae, who also co-stars. 

Agents of the Korean National Intelligence Service (KNIS), Park Pyung-ho (Lee Jung-jae) and Kim Jung-do (Jung Woo-sung) are both independently hunting a North Korean spy within the agency. But when leaked top secret intelligence jeopardises national security, they are ordered to investigate each other and amid rising tensions, slowly begin to uncover a shocking truth.

Our River...Our Sky

Screening Date: Thursday 21st  September, at 19:30PM


Feature synopsis: 

IOur River...Our Sky.' This moving narrative, set against the turbulent backdrop of the sectarian conflict in 2006, delves into the intertwined lives of a tight-knit community in Baghdad, as they endeavor to rediscover threads of normality and hope amidst the unpredictable waves of violence, turmoil, and sorrow.

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