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No Ticket Required: Ida and Cold War with Guest Speaker Michael Brooke

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Running Time: Discussion is on Mon 27 July, 8pm. Please watch the film beforehand.
Price: Free but please book one space per computer screen joining.

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About this event

Michael Brooke joins Jon Davies for the last in a special season of guest speakers at our fortnightly online cinema club, No Ticket Required. Michael Brooke is a freelance writer specialising in central/Eastern European cinema and contributor to the book Polish Cinema Now! (2010). Michael also regularly leads talks for the Polish Cultural Institute and will be discussing how Polish cinema has confronted the twentieth century history of that country, with a particular focus on two films by director Pawel Pawlikowski.

Anglo UK/Poland director Pawel Pawlikowski confidently strides both countries in his wide body of work, but it's the Polish side we look at with both Ida (2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film) and Cold War (2018 Cannes Film Festival, Best Director prize & nominations for Academy Awards for Best Director & Best Foreign Language Film). Both are set in grim, post-war, communist-era Poland. Although both are primarily relationship-led dramas, national identity, pride or the lack of it runs through both films.

WATCH COLD WAR HERE (£3.99) and WATCH IDA HERE (£3.99). You don't need to watch both films unless you want to, but to get the most out of the session we recommend you watch one before the No Ticket Required event.

This event is part of Film FeelsConnected, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at

No Ticket Required is a fortnightly online event. It's open to our audiences new and old and we look forward to seeing you there! Please book your free space on the 'book now' link on this page. Spaces are limited: book one space per screen joining (so if there are two or three of you joining on the same screen, you only need to book one space). 

How No Ticket Required Works  

Discussions take place on fortnightly Mondays at 8pm. By the Thursday prior, Watermans will release a short video from Jon Davies introducing the film. It can be watched on Watermans' website or YouTube. Jon will give a bit of background to the week's film and ask some questions to get you thinking. Watch Jon's video by clicking 'Play Trailer' above. 

You'll then have until Monday to watch the film at home on an easily-accessible streaming platform such as Curzon Home Cinema or BBC iPlayer and to book your space on the video call. 


On Monday at 8pm, we'll get together on via video calling platform Zoom for a short presentation from Jon and a chance to discuss the film. 

Don't worry if you're no Zoom expert: it's very simple. We will send you a link by 5pm on the day of the event, and our friendly box office team will be available from 7.30pm to help you get online if you have any problem at all.  


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