Voyage Du Noir Festival

.The winter chill is settling in and the nights are getting longer, an atmosphere we at Academy Cinemas feel lends itself to screening the best of what literally translates as ‘dark film’ on the big screen.


Film noir was a term first used in 1946 by French Film critic Nino Frank to describe specific Hollywood cinema of the period. Now identified as a mixture of hard boiled depression era crime stories with the stylised aesthetics from German expressionism, these films were often brutal, sexualised, nihilistic and strangely dreamlike.

In Voyage du Noir, we are particularly interested in how these Noirish traits changed and acclimatised based on the country, the context and the artists behind the film. The result is a selection of cinema that all extrapolate beyond their hardboiled crime stories into perceptive examinations of border tensions, wartime existence, domestic terrorism, life under fascist regimes and working class struggle. We have also decided to include some later films in the noir cycle, when avant garde movements such as the Japanese and French New Waves get playful with the genre, marking the entrance not only of a new generation of filmmakers but also the winding down of the classical noir movement.

We hope you enjoy exploring the darker side of human experience in the various countries represented in the festival. You will be witness to a fascinating array of contrasts and similarities in a genre that has disseminated all over the world and influenced renowned filmmakers for years.

Voyage Du Noir Schedule 

Friday 11th May 8:30pm
Le Corbeau
Sunday 13th May 12:00pm 
Night and The City

Friday 18th May 8:30pm
The Big Sleep 
Saturday 19th May 12:00pm
Touch Of Evil 

Saturday 26th May 8:30pm
Death Of A Cyclist 
Sunday 27th 12:00pm
Obsession 

Saturday 2nd June 8:30pm
Odd Man Out 
Sunday 3rd June 12:00pm
Branded To Kill 

Friday 8th June 8:30pm
Elevator to the Gallows 
Sunday 10th June 12:00pm
Le Corbeau

Friday 19th June 8:30pm
Night and The City
Sunday 17th June 12:00pm
Odd Man Out

Friday 22nd June 8:30pm
Branded To Kill 
Saturday 23rd June 12:00pm
The Big Sleep 

Friday 29th June 8:30pm
Obsession
Sunday 1st July 12:00pm
Death Of a Cyclist 

Friday 6th July 8:30pm
Touch of Evil 
Sunday 8th July 12:00pm
Elevator to The Gallows 

FRANCE

Elevator to the Gallows

Louis Malle film noir classic, starring Jeanne Moreau, sees a criminal couple's perfect murder plan go awry when one of them is stuck in an elevator at the scene of the crime.

Elevator to the Gallows

Louis Malle film noir classic, starring Jeanne Moreau, sees a criminal couple's perfect murder plan go awry when one of them is stuck in an elevator at the scene of the crime.

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Le Corbeau

A doctor (Pierre Fresnay) becomes the focus of a vicious smear campaign, when letters accuse him of having an affair and performing unlawful abortions are mailed to village leaders in this French mystery from 1943. 

Le Corbeau

A doctor (Pierre Fresnay) becomes the focus of a vicious smear campaign, when letters accuse him of having an affair and performing unlawful abortions are mailed to village leaders in this French mystery from 1943. 

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SPAIN

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ITALY

Ossessione

An Italian adaptation of James M. Cain's noir classic, The Postman Always Rings Twice. The feature debut of Luchino Visconti.

Ossessione

An Italian adaptation of James M. Cain's noir classic, The Postman Always Rings Twice. The feature debut of Luchino Visconti.

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JAPAN

Branded to Kill

Avant-garde, cult classic film noir follows the world's third-ranked hitman who misses a target, failing the job, and has a contract put out on him as a consequence. 

Branded to Kill

Avant-garde, cult classic film noir follows the world's third-ranked hitman who misses a target, failing the job, and has a contract put out on him as a consequence. 

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UNITED KINGDOM

Odd Man Out

The great ​James Mason is Johnny McQueen, the leader of a quasi-IRA group in this noir classic from director Carol Reed (The Third Man).

Odd Man Out

The great ​James Mason is Johnny McQueen, the leader of a quasi-IRA group in this noir classic from director Carol Reed (The Third Man).

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Night and the City

Harry Fabian, an American hustler in London, sees a chance to get rich in the wrestling business in this film noir by Jules Dassin. As one con leads to another, Fabian gets further and further over his head.

Night and the City

Harry Fabian, an American hustler in London, sees a chance to get rich in the wrestling business in this film noir by Jules Dassin. As one con leads to another, Fabian gets further and further over his head.

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UNITED STATES

The Big Sleep

Humphrey Bogart is private detective Philip Marlowe in this 1946 noir classic based on the hard-boiled novel by Raymond Chandler. Co-starring Lauren Bacall and directed by Howard Hawks.

The Big Sleep

Humphrey Bogart is private detective Philip Marlowe in this 1946 noir classic based on the hard-boiled novel by Raymond Chandler. Co-starring Lauren Bacall and directed by Howard Hawks.

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Touch of Evil

Orson Welles' 1958 classic tale of crime and corruption on the Mexican border. One of the last of the 'film noir' period, starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Welles himself.

Touch of Evil

Orson Welles' 1958 classic tale of crime and corruption on the Mexican border. One of the last of the 'film noir' period, starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Welles himself.

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