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Empire of Light

British actors Olivia Colman and Micheal Ward make for surprisingly symbiotic leads in a somewhat meta story about the healing power of cinema and community that sees the UK’s Sam Mendes reunite with iconic cinematographer Roger Deakins for a gorgeously-shot, scored, designed and acted drama set in Margate.





Depressed cinema manager Hilary (Olivia Colman) prepares her venue and staff for the regional premiere of Chariots of Fire amid rising recession, racial tensions and a decaying town. Meanwhile new employee Stephen (Micheal Ward) forms a connection with Hilary and could be the ray of sunshine she’s been searching for.