Saoirse excels in Brooklyn - your chance to catch Oscar-nominated film at Royston’s Picture Palace

Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen in Brooklyn

Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen in Brooklyn - Credit: Archant

Star Wars is still the big draw at Royston’s Picture Palace this weekend, but if you’re not a science fiction fan and you’re looking for something different the latest instalment of that long-running series is not the only film on offer.

Sunday afternoon sees a screening of Brooklyn, the much-praised drama based on novelist Colm Tóibín’s acclaimed tale of a girl from rural Ireland making her way in the big city in the 1950s after crossing the Atlantic looking for excitement and opportunity.

Saoirse Ronan is the girl in question, and both she and the film are in the running for Oscars.

It’s not a sweeping story full of action, but it creeps up on you and makes you really care about the cast of characters living out their lives.

They include the Irish priest who arranged the trip in the first place, the young Italian lad our heroine meets and falls for, and the men back home in Ireland – one of whom she is drawn to when she makes a trip home after her sister’s death, one of whom knows she is married and may blow the whistle on that forbidden attraction.

Eventually she must choose between two countries, and two very different ways of life.

Nick Hornby, who has also been nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay work, does a bang-up job translating Tóibín’s tale to the big screen and there isn’t a weak link anywhere in the company.

It’s showing at 3.30pm and if you’d like to book tickets, or see what else is coming up at the community cinema in the weeks ahead, visit

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