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Now showing at BFI Southbank Belvedere Road,South Bank,London,London SE1 8XT 020 7928 3232

  • All About Eve
  • All About Eve + Introduction
  • All Night Long
  • All Night Long + Introduction
  • Antonia Bird: From Eastenders To Hollywood + Discussion
  • Charulata
  • Chinese Visual Festival 2016: It's A Game + Discussion
  • Chinese Visual Festival 2016: Pulse Of The Pearl River Delta
  • Citizen Kane
  • Dr Strangelove: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
  • Duel In The Sun
  • Hannah And Her Sisters
  • High Noon
  • His Girl Friday
  • Johnny Guitar
  • Johnny Guitar + Introduction
  • Kiss Me Kate 3D
  • Play On! Shakespeare In Silent Film
  • Rancho Notorious
  • Safe + Introduction
  • The Angry Birds Movie
  • The Angry Birds Movie 3D
  • The Gunfighter
  • The Lady Vanishes
  • The Naked Spur
  • Theatre Of Blood
  • Throne Of Blood
  • West Side Story
  • Yellow Sky + Introduction

All About Eve 4 stars

Classic comedy drama.

  • GenreClassic, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastAnne Baxter, Bette Davis, George Sanders, Celeste Holm.
  • DirectorJoseph L Mankiewicz.
  • WriterJoseph L Mankiewicz.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration138 mins
  • Official site
  • Release30/11/2007 (selected cinemas)

Joseph L Mankiewicz's brilliantly acerbic portrayal of ambition and greed in the theatre nabbed a well deserved six Oscars (including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay) though surprisingly no rewards for either Bette Davis or Anne Baxter. Davis plays aging actress Margo Channing, a fast fading star of stage and society, who is targeted by bright young thing Eve Harrington (Baxter). The girl worms her way into Margo's life and takes on the role of secretary-aide before doing everything within her power to usurp Margo from her pedestal, including becoming the actress's understudy and filling in for her when she is forced to miss a performance. The dialogue fizzes wickedly as Eve schemes, plots and deceives her way to the top, helped by critic Addison De Witt (Sanders) who sees through her sweet-as-pie routine, but gladly helps her destroy Margo. Davis has the immortal line "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night", an apt warning for cinema audiences unprepared for the depths to which Eve will stoop to achieve her goals. A classic of its day.

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Monday 9th May 2016
Tuesday 10th May 2016

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All About Eve + Introduction 4 stars

Classic comedy drama.

  • GenreClassic, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastBette Davis, George Sanders, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm.
  • DirectorJoseph L Mankiewicz.
  • WriterJoseph L Mankiewicz.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration138 mins
  • Official site
  • Release30/11/2007 (selected cinemas)

Joseph L Mankiewicz's brilliantly acerbic portrayal of ambition and greed in the theatre nabbed a well deserved six Oscars (including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay) though surprisingly no rewards for either Bette Davis or Anne Baxter. Davis plays aging actress Margo Channing, a fast fading star of stage and society, who is targeted by bright young thing Eve Harrington (Baxter). The girl worms her way into Margo's life and takes on the role of secretary-aide before doing everything within her power to usurp Margo from her pedestal, including becoming the actress's understudy and filling in for her when she is forced to miss a performance. The dialogue fizzes wickedly as Eve schemes, plots and deceives her way to the top, helped by critic Addison De Witt (Sanders) who sees through her sweet-as-pie routine, but gladly helps her destroy Margo. Davis has the immortal line "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night", an apt warning for cinema audiences unprepared for the depths to which Eve will stoop to achieve her goals. A classic of its day.

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Wednesday 11th May 2016

All Night Long 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastPatrick McGoohan, Richard Attenborough, Keith Michell.
  • DirectorBasil Dearden.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration95 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 8th May 2016

All Night Long + Introduction 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastKeith Michell, Richard Attenborough, Patrick McGoohan.
  • DirectorBasil Dearden.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration95 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 10th May 2016

Antonia Bird: From Eastenders To Hollywood + Discussion 3 stars

Documentary.

  • GenreDocumentary
  • CastRobert Carlyle, Mark Cousins, Kate Hardie.
  • DirectorSusan Kemp.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 12th May 2016

Charulata 3 stars

Bhupati runs The Sentinel newspapers in 1870s Calcutta. The job demands long hours, which takes him away from his wife Charu. Noticing that she is lonely, Bhupati asks his cousin Amal to keep Charu company and to also mentor her since Amal is a talented writer. Charu thrives in Amal's company and her skills as a writer flourish. Over time, though, they both realise that their feelings for one another are deepening and they must make an agonising choice about where their loyalties lie.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Romance, World
  • CastSoumitra Chatterjee, Shailen Mukherjee, Madhabi Mukherjee.
  • DirectorSatyajit Ray.
  • WriterSatyajit Ray.
  • CountryIndia
  • Duration114 mins
  • Official site
  • Release22/08/2014 (selected cinemas)

A welcome re-release of Satyajit Ray's celebrated 1964 Bengali drama based on the novel Nastanirh by Rabindranath Tagore. Bhupati (Sailen Mukherjee) runs The Sentinel newspapers in 1870s Calcutta. The job demands long hours, which takes him away from his wife Charu (Madhabi Mukherjee). Noticing that she is lonely, Bhupati asks his cousin Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee) to keep Charu company and to also mentor her since Amal is a talented writer. Charu thrives in Amal's company and her skills as a writer flourish. Over time, though, they both realise that their feelings for one another are deepening and they must make an agonising choice about where their loyalties lie.

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Friday 6th May 2016
Saturday 7th May 2016

It's A Game + Discussion 3 stars

Artist Cao Fei presents a selection of work that highlights playful engagement with contemporary Chinese and global culture.

  • GenreSpecial
  • CountryChi
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 11th May 2016

Pulse Of The Pearl River Delta 3 stars

Cao Fei presents a collection of avant-garde video art by artists from her home region.

  • GenreSpecial
  • CountryChi
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 11th May 2016

Citizen Kane 5 stars

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Re-issue of the 1941 classic, about a recently deceased media tycoon, whose life is dissected in flashback post mortem by a tenacious magazine journalist. Modelled all too obviously on Randolph Hearst, Kane is a man undone by greed and ambition whose determination to be the very best forces him to sacrifice friendships, work relationships and ultimately his marriage.

  • GenreBiography, Classic, Drama
  • CastOrson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane.
  • DirectorOrson Welles.
  • WriterHerman J Mankiewicz, Orson Welles.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration118 mins
  • Official site
  • Release04/06/1999 (limited re-release); 30/10/2009 (selected cinemas)

Perhaps not the best film ever made as some critics assert, but nevertheless a monumental achievement, and worthy of yet another re-release on the big screen. Orson Welles stars as the media magnate whose life is dissected in flashback post mortem by a tenacious magazine journalist. Modelled all too obviously on Randolph Hearst, Kane is a man undone by greed and ambition whose determination to be the very best forces him to sacrifice friendships, work relationships and ultimately his marriage. As director, Welles strings together his narrative using moments of simplicity and brilliance, complemented by creative camerawork - tracking shots, fades and cross cuts - which brings all of the fragments together into a satisfying whole. Citizen Kane stands the test of time remarkably well.

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Monday 9th May 2016

Dr Strangelove: Or, How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb 4 stars

Comedy.

  • GenreAdaptation, Classic, Comedy, Drama
  • CastPeter Sellers, George C Scott, Sterling Hayden.
  • DirectorStanley Kubrick.
  • WriterStanley Kubrick, Terry Southern, Peter George.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration94 mins
  • Official site

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Friday 6th May 2016

Duel In The Sun 3 stars

Western.

  • GenreWestern
  • CastJennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotten, Lionel Barrymore.
  • DirectorKing Vidor.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration133 mins
  • Official site

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Sunday 8th May 2016

Hannah And Her Sisters 4 stars

Successful actress Hannah watches her marriage to husband Elliot fall apart because of an adulterous affair with one of her sisters, Lee. Meanwhile, Hannah's drug-addicted other sister, Holly, whose efforts to land acting jobs are just as disastrous as her attempts to snare a good man, begins dating hypochondriac Mickey Sachs. She tries her hand at screenwriting and pens a script based on her sister's ailing marriage, rubbing salt into Hannah's wounds.

  • GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastMichael Caine, Dianne Wiest, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Barbara Hershey, Woody Allen.
  • DirectorWoody Allen.
  • WriterWoody Allen.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration106 mins
  • Official site
  • Release30/12/2011 (London BFI Southbank)

A welcome re-release of Woody Allen's Oscar-winning 1986 comedy, which collected a golden statuette for the writer-director's screenplay as well as prizes for Michael Caine and Dianne Wiest as Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. The film unfolds over the course of 12 months and concerns successful actress Hannah (Mia Farrow), whose marriage to husband Elliot (Caine) is rapidly fraying because of an adulterous affair with one of her sisters, Lee (Barbara Hershey). Meanwhile, Hannah's drug-addicted other sister, Holly (Dianne Wiest), whose efforts to land acting jobs are just as disastrous as her attempts to snare a good man, begins dating hypochondriac Mickey Sachs (Allen). She flits between jobs, clashing with rival actress April (Carrie Fisher) for the affections of the same man, David (Sam Waterston). Then Holly decides to try her hand at screenwriting and she pens a brutally honest script based on her sister's ailing marriage, rubbing salt into Hannah's deep wounds.

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Sunday 8th May 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016

High Noon 4 stars

Drama.

  • GenreClassic, Drama, Romance, Western
  • CastGary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Katy Jurado, Lloyd Bridges.
  • DirectorFred Zinnemann.
  • WriterCarl Foreman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration85 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 7th May 2016

His Girl Friday 5 stars

Re-release of the classic screwball comedy.

  • GenreAdaptation, Classic, Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • CastCary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart.
  • DirectorHoward Hawks.
  • WriterCharles Lederer.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration92 mins
  • Official site

1940 screwball comedy with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell as the former husband and wife reporters rediscovering their love on the job. A potent reminder of the glories of cinema past.

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Friday 6th May 2016

Johnny Guitar 3 stars

Feisty saloon owner Vienna is at odds with some of the residents of the Arizona town she calls home. Not only does she serve confederates at the bar, Vienna is in favour of the railroad that jeopardises the livelihoods of the cattlemen, who raise livestock on the edge of town. John McIvers and his posse, including Vienna's embittered rival Emma Small, plot to drive the saloon keeper out of town by fair means or foul.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Western
  • CastJoan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge.
  • DirectorNicholas Ray.
  • WriterPhilip Yordan.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official site
  • Release06/05/2016 (selected cinemas)

A rerelease of Nicholas Ray's celebrated 1954 western based on a novel by Roy Chanslor. Feisty saloon owner Vienna (Joan Crawford) is at odds with some of the residents of the Arizona town she calls home. Not only does she serve confederates at the bar, Vienna is in favour of the railroad that jeopardises the livelihoods of the cattlemen, who raise livestock on the edge of town. John McIvers (Ward Bond) and his posse, including Vienna's embittered rival Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge), plot to drive the saloon keeper out of town by fair means or foul. The underhand scheme hits a snag with the arrival of a mysterious character called Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden), who turns out to be Vienna's old flame and a gifted gunslinger.

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Saturday 7th May 2016
Sunday 8th May 2016
Monday 9th May 2016
Tuesday 10th May 2016
Wednesday 11th May 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016

Johnny Guitar + Introduction 3 stars

Feisty saloon owner Vienna is at odds with some of the residents of the Arizona town she calls home. Not only does she serve confederates at the bar, Vienna is in favour of the railroad that jeopardises the livelihoods of the cattlemen, who raise livestock on the edge of town. John McIvers and his posse, including Vienna's embittered rival Emma Small, plot to drive the saloon keeper out of town by fair means or foul.

  • GenreAdaptation, Drama, Western
  • CastJoan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge.
  • DirectorNicholas Ray.
  • WriterPhilip Yordan.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration110 mins
  • Official site
  • Release06/05/2016 (selected cinemas)

A rerelease of Nicholas Ray's celebrated 1954 western based on a novel by Roy Chanslor. Feisty saloon owner Vienna (Joan Crawford) is at odds with some of the residents of the Arizona town she calls home. Not only does she serve confederates at the bar, Vienna is in favour of the railroad that jeopardises the livelihoods of the cattlemen, who raise livestock on the edge of town. John McIvers (Ward Bond) and his posse, including Vienna's embittered rival Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge), plot to drive the saloon keeper out of town by fair means or foul. The underhand scheme hits a snag with the arrival of a mysterious character called Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden), who turns out to be Vienna's old flame and a gifted gunslinger.

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Friday 6th May 2016

Kiss Me Kate 3D 3 stars

Musical.

  • GenreFamily, Musical, Romance
  • CastHoward Keel, Ann Miller, Kathryn Grayson.
  • DirectorGeorge Sidney.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration109 mins
  • Official site

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Friday 6th May 2016

Play On! Shakespeare In Silent Film 3 stars

A celebration from the BFI National Archive which draws together a selection of scenes from 24 titles.

  • GenreShorts, Special
  • CastVarious.
  • DirectorVarious.
  • WriterVarious.
  • Duration90 mins
  • Official site

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Wednesday 11th May 2016
Thursday 12th May 2016

Rancho Notorious 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama, Western
  • CastMarlene Dietrich, Mel Ferrer.
  • DirectorFritz Lang.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration89 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 9th May 2016

Safe + Introduction 3 stars

Drama.

  • GenreDrama
  • CastRobert Carlyle, Kate Hardie, Aidan Gillen.
  • DirectorAntonia Bird.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration66 mins
  • Official site

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Thursday 12th May 2016

The Angry Birds Movie 3 stars

Animation.

  • GenreAction, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy
  • CastPeter Dinklage, Kate McKinnon, Jason Sudeikis.
  • DirectorClay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly.
  • WriterJon Vitti.
  • CountryFin/US
  • Official site

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Sunday 8th May 2016

The Angry Birds Movie 3D 3 stars

Animation.

  • GenreAction, Animation/Cartoon, Comedy
  • CastPeter Dinklage, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon.
  • DirectorClay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly.
  • WriterJon Vitti.
  • CountryFin/US
  • Official site

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Sunday 8th May 2016

The Gunfighter 3 stars

Western.

  • GenreFilm, Western
  • CastGregory Peck.
  • DirectorHenry King.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration85 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 7th May 2016
Sunday 8th May 2016

The Lady Vanishes 4 stars

To pass the time during a journey aboard the Trans-Continental Express, Iris Henderson befriends middle-aged English governess Mrs Froy, the woman suiting opposite her in the train compartment. Further down the track, Mrs Froy disappears without trace and when other passengers claim never to have seen the elusive governess, Iris begins to question her sanity. Soon, Iris and dashing stranger Gilbert Redman are embroiled in a frantic race against time to expose the truth.

  • GenreAdaptation, Classic, Drama, Thriller
  • CastMargaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave.
  • DirectorAlfred Hitchcock.
  • WriterSidney Gilliat, Frank Launder.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration97 mins
  • Official site
  • Release11/01/2008 (London BFI Southbank)

New 35mm print of Hitchcock's 1938 comic thriller, based on the story "The Wheel Spins" by Ethel Lina White. To pass the time during a journey aboard the Trans-Continental Express, Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood) befriends middle-aged English governess Mrs Froy (Dame May Whitty), the woman suiting opposite her in the train compartment. Further down the track, Mrs Froy disappears without trace and when other passengers claim never to have seen the elusive governess, Iris begins to question her sanity. Soon, Iris and dashing stranger Gilbert Redman (Michael Redgrave) are embroiled in a frantic race against time to expose the truth.

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Saturday 7th May 2016

The Naked Spur 3 stars

Western.

  • GenreWestern
  • CastJames Stewart, Robert Ryan.
  • DirectorAnthony Mann.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration91 mins
  • Official site

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Tuesday 10th May 2016

Theatre Of Blood 3 stars

Comedy horror.

  • GenreComedy, Horror
  • CastIan Hendry, Diana Rigg, Vincent Price.
  • DirectorDouglas Hickox.
  • CountryUK
  • Duration105 mins
  • Official site

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Saturday 7th May 2016

Throne Of Blood 3 stars

Samurai warriors Taketori Washizu and Yoshiaki Miki quash a rebellion aimed at their daimyo, Tsuzuki. En route to an audience with the warlord, the samurai encounter an evil spirit who predicts great things ahead for Washizu, and for Miki's son. Washizu's scheming wife Asaji compels him to murder the daimyo and assume the throne. Unfortunately, the betrayal begets more blood and violence.

  • GenreClassic, Drama
  • CastToshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Minoru Chiaki.
  • DirectorAkira Kurosawa.
  • CountryJpn
  • Duration109 mins
  • Official site
  • Release04/01/2002 (NFT only)

Re-release of Akira Kurosawa's masterful 1957 re-setting of Macbeth to feudal Japan, taking inspiration from the traditions of Noh theatre. Samurai warriors Taketori Washizu (Toshiro Mifune) and Yoshiaki Miki (Minoru Chiaki) quash a rebellion aimed at their daimyo, Tsuzuki (Takamura Sasaki). En route to an audience with the warlord, the samurai encounter an evil spirit (Chieko Naniwa) who predicts great things ahead for Washizu, and for Miki's son. Washizu's scheming wife Asaji (Isuku Yamada) compels him to murder the daimyo and assume the throne. Unfortunately, the betrayal begets more blood and violence.

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Sunday 8th May 2016

West Side Story 5 stars

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Two rival gangs - the Jets and the Sharks - are embroiled in a bloody tug-of-war for supremacy on the streets of New York City. Tensions between the two camps ignite when Jets founder Tony falls madly in love with pretty Puerto Rican immigrant Maria, who is the sister of Sharks' leader Bernardo. Caught between the two feuding factions, Tony and Maria attempt to continue overcome years of hostility to continue their romance.

  • GenreClassic, Drama, Musical, Romance
  • CastNatalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn.
  • DirectorRobert Wise, Jerome Robbins.
  • WriterErnest Lehman, Arthur Laurents.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration151 mins
  • Official site
  • Release26/08/2005 (London Curzon Mayfair); 16/09/2011 (selected cinemas)

A brand new restored print of Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins's classic 1961 musical, which collected a staggering 10 Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director (the first time this particular award was shared). This expertly choreographed spin on Romeo & Juliet is set on the streets of New York City, where two rival gangs - the Jets and the Sharks - are embroiled in a bloody tug-of-war for supremacy. Tensions between the two camps ignite when Jets founder Tony (Richard Beymer) falls madly in love with pretty Puerto Rican immigrant, Maria (Natalie Wood), who is the sister of Sharks' leader Bernardo (George Chakiris). Caught between the two feuding factions, Tony and Maria attempt to overcome years of hostility to continue their romance but the sins of the past invariably return to haunt the young lovers, their friends and family. Fifty years after Beymer first gushed, "I've just kissed a girl named Maria/And suddenly I've found, how wonderful a sound can be", West Side Story still shakes and shimmies as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time. Robbins's choreography sizzles in widescreen, not least in the spectacular full cast rendition of "America".

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Saturday 7th May 2016

Yellow Sky + Introduction 3 stars

Western.

  • GenreThriller, Western
  • CastRobert Arthur, Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richad Widmark.
  • DirectorWilliam Willman.
  • CountryUS
  • Duration98 mins
  • Official site

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Monday 9th May 2016