Empire of Light

Empire of Light
Empire of Light

Year

2023

Duration

115 minutes

Genres

Drama, Period and Historical, Romance

Language

English

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Synopsis

Set during a period of political and social turmoil in 1980s Britain, this romantic drama introduces us to Hilary and Stephen, two employees at an aging seaside cinema who form a close connection. Hilary, duty manager at the cinema, is struggling with her mental health and having an affair with her married boss, whilst the younger Stephen is a new employee who must deal with his new surroundings and the racism prevalent throughout Britain at the time. Within the spectacular confines of the cinema’s architecture, their relationship blossoms but they find that both external and internal pressures threaten to keep them apart. Partly a nostalgic ode to the exhibition palace and partly an indictment of Britain’s right-wing history, Empire of Light is a visually impressive look at our relationship with film and with each other.

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15 Classification

racism, strong language, sex

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