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DEATH ON THE NILE (2022)
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey and Dawn French. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian adventure aboard a glamourous river steamer descends into a terrifying search for a murderer when an idyllic honeymoon is shattered by violent deaths. The sinister tale of obsessive love and its murderous consequences plays out against an epic landscape of danger and foreboding, with enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences unsettled and guessing until the final, shocking denouement.
FIREHEART (2022)
Starring Olivia Cooke, Kenneth Branagh, Laurie Holden and William Shatner. Directed by Theodor Ty and Laurent Zeitoun.

Ever since she was a child, Georgia Nolan has had only one dream: to become a fireman, just like her father. Unfortunately, in New York City in 1930, women are not allowed to be firemen. But, when the city's firemen begin to disappear in a series of mysterious fires at Broadway theatres, Georgia sees a golden opportunity. She disguises herself as "Joe," an awkward young man, and joins the team of improvised firemen in charge of stopping the arsonist. Georgia must preserve her false identity at all costs, especially since her father will be in charge of this high-risk investigation.
TENET (2020)
Starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh, Clémence Poésy, Dimple Kapadia, Martin Donovan and Himesh Patel. Directed by Christopher Nolan.

REVIEWS Tenet - Time runs up, like my enjoyment of Nolan’s latest film

ALL IS TRUE (2019)
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Kathryn Wilder, Jack Colgrave Hirst, Matt Jessup and Lydia Wilson. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.

Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017)
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Penélope Cruz, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Olivia Colman and Willem Dafoe. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect. The world's greatest detective must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

REVIEWS Murder on the Orient Express - A first-class mystery

DUNKIRK (2017)
Starring Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles, James D'arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy and Mark Rylance. Directed by Christopher Nolan.

The story of the Dunkirk evacuation, which took place at the beginning of World War II.

REVIEWS Dunkirk - Christopher Nolan's thunderous masterpiece on Blu-ray
Dunkirk - Grand theatre of war

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT (2014)
Starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

REVIEWS Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - Spy action

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (2012)
Starring Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ormond, Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Pip Torrens, Dominic Cooper, Geraldine Somerville and Michael Kitchen. Directed by Simon Curtis.

REVIEWS My Week With Marilyn - A star reborn

RABBIT-PROOF FENCE (2002)
Starring Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, David Gulpilil, Ningali Lawford, Myarn Lawford, Deborah Mailman, Jason Clarke, Kenneth Branagh and Natasha Wanganeen. Directed by Phillip Noyce.
DIRECTOR
DEATH ON THE NILE (2022)
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Letitia Wright, Armie Hammer, Annette Bening, Ali Fazal, Sophie Okonedo, Tom Bateman, Emma Mackey and Dawn French. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Hercule Poirot’s Egyptian adventure aboard a glamourous river steamer descends into a terrifying search for a murderer when an idyllic honeymoon is shattered by violent deaths. The sinister tale of obsessive love and its murderous consequences plays out against an epic landscape of danger and foreboding, with enough wicked twists and turns to leave audiences unsettled and guessing until the final, shocking denouement.
BELFAST (2022)
Starring Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds, Lara McDonnell, Gerard Horan, Turlough Convery, Gerard McCarthy, Bríd Brennan and Sid Sagar. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

A personal and joyful story about the power of memory, set in late 1960s Northern Ireland. At the center of the film is Buddy, a young boy on the cusp of adolescence, whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks, and a blossoming romance. Yet, with his beloved hometown caught up in increasing turmoil, his family faces a momentous choice: hope the conflict will pass or leave everything they know behind for a new life.
ALL IS TRUE (2019)
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Kathryn Wilder, Jack Colgrave Hirst, Matt Jessup and Lydia Wilson. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground, and devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.

Haunted by the death of his only son Hamnet, he struggles to mend the broken relationships with his wife and daughters. In so doing, he is ruthlessly forced to examine his own failings as husband and father. His very personal search for the truth uncovers secrets and lies within a family at war.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017)
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Penélope Cruz, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Olivia Colman and Willem Dafoe. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect. The world's greatest detective must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

REVIEWS Murder on the Orient Express - A first-class mystery

CINDERELLA (2015)
Starring Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Helena Bonham Carter and Richard Madden. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

The story of 'Cinderella' follows the fortunes of young Ella whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother and her daughters Anastasia and Drisella into the family home. But, when Ella's father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honour her mother's dying words and to "have courage and be kind." She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella's hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit. Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman steps forward and -- armed with a pumpkin and a few mice - changes Cinderella's life forever.

REVIEWS Cinderella - Pure Disney magic in every way

JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT (2014)
Starring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner and Kenneth Branagh. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

REVIEWS Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit - Spy action

ARTEMIS FOWL
Starring Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Nonso Anozie, Tamara Smart, Miranda Raison, Nikesh Patel, Adrian Scarborough and Joshua McGuire. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.
WRITER
BELFAST (2022)
Starring Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds, Lara McDonnell, Gerard Horan, Turlough Convery, Gerard McCarthy, Bríd Brennan and Sid Sagar. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

A personal and joyful story about the power of memory, set in late 1960s Northern Ireland. At the center of the film is Buddy, a young boy on the cusp of adolescence, whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks, and a blossoming romance. Yet, with his beloved hometown caught up in increasing turmoil, his family faces a momentous choice: hope the conflict will pass or leave everything they know behind for a new life.
PRODUCER
MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (2017)
Starring Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Penélope Cruz, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Olivia Colman and Willem Dafoe. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Thirteen strangers stranded on a train, where everyone's a suspect. The world's greatest detective must race against time to solve the puzzle before the murderer strikes again.

REVIEWS Murder on the Orient Express - A first-class mystery

ARTEMIS FOWL
Starring Ferdia Shaw, Lara McDonnell, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Nonso Anozie, Tamara Smart, Miranda Raison, Nikesh Patel, Adrian Scarborough and Joshua McGuire. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.

12-year-old genius Artemis Fowl, a descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds, finds himself in a battle of strength and cunning against a powerful, hidden race of fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.
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