Thriller Season

Thrillers often speak to our deepest fears, our paranoias and our inner-detectives. As we embrace the dark evenings of the next few months, it seems a perfect time to explore thrillers from around the world and those closer to home.

In times of unrest - particularly in today’s age of fake news and mistrust of authority - thrillers seem the perfect place to turn. Running scenarios of corruption, intrigue, betrayal and often murder, a great thriller is the home of paranoia, keeping everyone guessing and the eternal question ‘who can you trust?’. The question of trust is integral to a great thriller, but when it extends beyond individuals to doubting the reliability of entire institutions, the establishment, government and even entire countries the tension and suspicion really amps up.

Transport has often proved a major tool in the arsenal of thriller stories, and our season encompasses the full range of high-tension transportation: planes, trains and of course automobiles. These journeys bring together strangers, provide getaways, smuggle people across borders and take them on white-knuckle rides.

Across Showroom’s programme from October to December you will find many a thrilling delight: from Korean Noir to European politics; from suspicious Hitchhikers to the banks of the river Nile. Including over 20 films, lectures and special events, join us as we set our pulses racing and adopt new aliases and disguises amidst a hot-bed of intrigue and suspicion. Remember, tell no one… (tell everyone).

Upcoming films & events

Murder on The Orient ExpressF-Rated
Murder on the Orient Express (12A)
A murder. Thirteen stranded strangers. One of the most fascinating detectives in the world. Kenneth Branagh directs and leads an all-star cast in this highly anticipated adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s best-loved novels.
  • Tue 21 Nov
  • 12.50
  • 18.10
  • Wed 22 Nov
  • 13.20
  • 18.10
  • Thu 23 Nov
  • 15.45
  • 20.40
  • Fri 24 Nov
  • 15.45
  • Sun 26 Nov
  • 13.25
  • Mon 27 Nov
  • 11.35
  • Wed 29 Nov
  • 15.45
  • Thu 30 Nov
  • 13.30
THE KILLNG OF A SCARED DEER
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (15)
Yorgos Lanthimos – a pioneer of bizarre contemporary Greek cinema broke out in 2009 with Dogtooth, before shocking international audiences with The Lobster. Here, he re-joins with Colin Farrell in the chilling, breath-taking The Killing of a Sacred Deer.
  • Tue 21 Nov
  • 12.55
  • Thu 23 Nov
  • 15.55
Z
Z (15)
Z remains one of the most influential political thrillers of all time. Jean-Louis Trintignant plays a magistrate assigned to investigate the supposed accidental death of a left wing politician
  • Wed 22 Nov
  • 18.30
Don't Torture a Duckling
Don't Torture A Duckling (18)
A great example of the ways in which a popular form, here the giallo style of violent thriller, can be used to critique institutions.
  • Thu 23 Nov
  • 18.30
THE HITCH-HIKERF-Rated
The Hitch-Hiker + Ida Lupino Talk (12A)
Two men on a fishing trip pick up a hitchhiker but soon realise he is not what he seems… Ida Lupino’s film is an incredibly tense thriller that packs many a punch in its 71-minute runtime.
  • Sun 26 Nov
  • 16.00
Man on the Roof
The Man on the Roof
Adapted from the Martin Beck novel The Abominable Man by legendary left-leading Swedish crime writers Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö.
  • Tue 28 Nov
  • 18.15
El Diputado
El Diputado (The Deputy)
During Spain's transition to democracy following the death of General Franco a communist politician is elected to parliament.
  • Wed 29 Nov
  • 18.15
THE VANISHING
The Vanishing (15)
The Vanishing returns to the big screen for a limited time. During a routine rest stop in an idyllic road trip, two young lovers are separated. Bafflement turns to panic as realisation dawns on Rex – Saskia has truly disappeared.
  • Mon 4 Dec
  • 18.15
THE LOST HONOUR OF KATHERINA BLUM1Triple F-Rated
The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum
Co-directed by Volker Schöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta and adapted from a novel by Heinrich Böll, this is a key political film of the New German Cinema.
  • Wed 6 Dec
  • 18.30
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (18)
In Elio Petri's visually stunning and beautifully composted film, a corrupt police official decides to show how untouchable he is by creating a murder scene where the evidence can only lead investigators to him.
  • Sun 10 Dec
  • 16.00
The Flight
The Flight
In The Flight he plays a doctor who when he dutifully follows procedure and applies to travel outside of the GDR to attend and conference is refused permission.
  • Tue 12 Dec
  • 18.30
THE MATTEI AFFAIR
The Mattei Affair (18)
A key title in the development of the Francesco Rosi's style of investigative thriller, The Mattei Affair focuses on the death of Enrico Mattei, an influential businessman who made enemies in the mafia.
  • Thu 14 Dec
  • 18.00

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