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Four Lions & Submarine Double Bill

  • 2010

Double screening of the films by Christopher Morris and Richard Ayoade.


  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • UK
  • 1h 37min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Richard Ayoade
  • Cast: Noah Taylor, Paddy Considine, Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Sally Hawkins

A witty, poignant and hugely accomplished British comedy about a 15-year-old schoolboy (Roberts) struggling with a rich fantasy life in a Welsh village in the late 20th century. Debut director Ayoade (star of The IT Crowd) looks set for a glowing career.

Yellow Submarine

  • 1968
  • UK
  • 1h 25min
  • U
  • Directed by: George Dunning
  • Cast: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison

The music-loving paradise of Pepperland is invaded by the Blue Meanies, who confiscate all musical instruments and drain the land of colour. It falls to The Beatles to save Pepperland, travelling there in a Yellow Submarine across all manner of psychedelic landscapes.


2 Mar 20114 stars

British coming of age tale, directed by Richard Ayoade

(15) 98min Here is a rare thing: a British comedy debut that’s surprising, witty, hugely accomplished and fully capable of finding an audience worldwide. Richard Ayoade, previously best known for his TV roles in The IT Crowd and The Mighty Boosh…

The Wolf's Call

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • France
  • 1h 55min
  • Directed by: Antonin Baudry
  • Cast: François Civil, Omar Sy, Mathieu Kassovitz
  • UK release: 6 December 2019

Chanteraide (Civil) is an acoustic warfare analyst working in French submarine surveillance, and he and D’Orsi (Sy) uncover a conspiracy aiming to start a world war. Muscular, absorbing, gung-ho French thriller with some good action, grounded in plausible human drama.


  • 1 star
  • 2017
  • Germany
  • 1h 52min
  • Directed by: Wim Wenders
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Alicia Vikander, Alexander Siddig
  • UK release: 18 May 2018

Ex-paratrooper James More (McAvoy) is captured and tortured while posing as a British aid worker, and his mind flashes back to his fling with marine expert Danielle Flinders (Vikander), who’s trapped in a submarine. Painfully contrived and on-the-nose non-thriller from Wenders, which sinks under the crushing weight of bad…

Hunter Killer

  • 1 star
  • 2018
  • US / China
  • Directed by: Donovan Marsh
  • Cast: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Michael Nyqvist

Submarine captain Joe Glass (Butler) leads a mission to rescue the Russian president from his own deranged defence minister and so avert WWIII. Gung-ho action, cartoonish politics, a hackneyed story and toe-curling dialogue make for a bland and brainless dud. It may be about subs, but it’s a real floater.

The Chamber

  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 28min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ben Parker
  • Written by: Ben Parker
  • Cast: Johannes Kuhnke, Charlotte Salt, James McArdle
  • UK release: 10 March 2017

Mats (Kuhnke) is a Swedish submarine captain who is duped by covert US military operatives into going on a mission off the North Korean coast. Parker and the cast make good use of the claustrophobic setting, and while the screenplay tends to be clichéd it’s a talented debut.

The Fitzroy

  • 2017
  • UK
  • 1h 33min
  • Directed by: Andrew Harmer
  • Cast: Jan Anderson, David Gant, Kenneth Collard

Black comedy set in submarine turned hotel in a post apocalyptic Britain.


  • 2017
  • 1h 59min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sankalp Reddy
  • Cast: Rana Daggubati, Taapsee Pannu, Kay Kay Menon

An Indian submarine crew battles a rival Pakistani vessel in this wartime drama set in 1971.

Black Sea

  • 4 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 1h 55min
  • Directed by: Kevin Macdonald
  • Cast: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Karl Davies, Konstantin Khabensky
  • UK release: 5 December 2014

Robinson (Law) is a Scottish former submarine captain who leads a rag-tag crew of engineers to salvage a downed Russian sub laden with Nazi gold. Law is a commanding presence (he nails the Aberdeen accent) and a superb supporting cast, plus impressive cinematography, make for a powerfully claustrophobic atmosphere.

Bilet na ksiezyc (Ticket to the Moon)

  • 2013
  • Poland
  • 2h 3min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jacek Bromski
  • Written by: Jacek Bromski
  • Cast: Filip Plawiak, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Bozena Adamek

A man sets out with the submarine division of the Polish navy in 1969.

Crimson Tide

  • 1995
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Tony Scott
  • Cast: Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman, Matt Craven

Cracking submarine thriller from the late Tony Scott, featuring two powerhouse performances from Washington and Hackman. A young first officer stages a mutiny to prevent his trigger-happy captain from starting a war. Look out for a pre-fame Viggo Mortensen, the late James Gandolfini and a script with work from a young…

The Abyss

  • 1989
  • US
  • 2h 19min
  • 15
  • Directed by: James Cameron
  • Cast: Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Michael Biehn

When an American submarine sinks in the Atlantic, the search and recovery team who are tasked with finding it run into danger when they encounter a mysterious species.

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

  • 1970
  • 2h 5min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Billy Wilder
  • Written by: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
  • Cast: Robert Stephens, Geneviève Page, Colin Blakely, Christopher Lee

Billy Wilder's affectionate take on the sleuth has become one of the most highly-regarded Sherlock Holmes films. A plot based on the search for a missing mining engineer brings the action to a Scottish castle, taking in a Loch Ness monster and submarine subplot along the way, not to mention Holmes falling in love.

Ice Station Zebra

  • 1968
  • US
  • 2h 28min
  • U
  • Directed by: John Sturges
  • Cast: Rock Hudson, Ernest Borgnine, Patrick McGoohan

This cold war era espionage thriller follows Commander James Ferraday, captain of the US nuclear attack submarine USS Tigerfish, who is told to sail to perform a rescue at multi-national weather station Zebra. But all is not as it seems…

The Bedford Incident

  • 1965
  • Directed by: James B Harris
  • Cast: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Eric Portman

Tense cold war drama, in which a hawkish US Navy destroyer commander Finlander (Widmark) relentlessly harasses a Soviet submarine as a civilian journalist (Poitier) and a Nato observer (Portman) watch in mounting alarm; famous for Widmark's incendiary performance as the captain, and its still-shocking final moments.

On the Beach

  • 1959
  • US
  • 2h 14min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Stanley Kramer
  • Cast: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire

Based on the novel by Nevil Shute, this post-apocalyptic tale sees a submarine commander and his men travel to San Diego in search of survivors.

The Spy in Black

  • 1939
  • UK
  • 1h 22min
  • U
  • Directed by: Michael Powell
  • Cast: Conrad Veidt, Valerie Hobson, Sebastian Shaw

A German submarine is sent to the Orkney Isles in 1917 to sink the British fleet. Powell's first collaboration with Emeric Pressburger, a partnership that would span a further 20 features.

Profile: Kevin Macdonald

27 Nov 2014

Acclaimed director discusses his new British submarine thriller Black Sea starring Jude Law

Background: Born in Glasgow, director Kevin Macdonald is the grandson of British filmmaker Emeric Pressburger and the brother of Trainspotting producer Andrew Macdonald. His filmography includes both acclaimed documentaries (One Day In September…

Black Sea

1 Dec 20144 stars

Gripping submarine thriller from Kevin Macdonald featuring a commanding Jude Law

Directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland), this enjoyable thriller stars Jude Law as Robinson, a Scottish former submarine captain who's made redundant from his job at a salvage company after 11 years of service. When he hears a story…

Profile: Richard Ayoade

2 Mar 2011

Boosh, IT Crowd and Darkplace star directs Joe Dunthorne adap Submarine

Name Richard Ayoade Born 12 June 1977, Whipp’s Cross, London Background Best known for playing Moss in Graham Linehan ’s hit TV comedy The IT Crowd, Ayoade first came to the notice of cult comedy fans as writer, director and co-star of spoof sci-fi…

Hunter Killer

17 Oct 20181 star

Gerard Butler is a maverick submarine captain attempting to avert World War III in this lumbering deep-sea actioner

Essentially a two-plus hour advert for the global benefits of all-American jingoism, Hunter Killer is as blunt as it is bland. Director Donovan Marsh (Spud, Avenged) has religiously followed the Michael Bay playbook, combing gung-ho action with…

The Wolf's Call

2 Dec 20193 stars

Omar Sy stars in this gung-ho French submarine thriller from Antonin Baudry

'Are we at war?' asks a radio announcer during writer-director Antonin Baudry's punchy submarine thriller. Based on the scenarios explored here, the ongoing Cold War is on the cusp of exploding into full-throttle open conflict. This is an unusual French…

The Chamber

6 Mar 20173 stars

Claustrophobic thriller directed by Britain's Ben Parker, featuring Johannes Kuhnke

After enduring a near-miss avalanche in Force Majeure, Swedish star Johannes Kuhnke once again confronts the elements in this submarine-set thriller from British writer-director Ben Parker. The pitch-black depths of the Yellow Sea may be a world away…