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Cinematic Time Machine: The Elephant Man 40th Anniversary

Sunday 22nd & Thursday 26th March

Director: David Lynch

Starring: John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller

Rating: PG

UK 1980, 124mins

The Elephant Man is an extraordinary and intensely moving true story of bravery and humanity. John Merrick (John Hurt) is The Elephant Man - forced into circus sideshows and spurned by society because of the disfiguring disabilities he was born with. Rescued by a well-meaning surgeon (Anthony Hopkins), he attempts to escape a life of prejudice and cruelty as he tries to fit into a world ruled by Victorian sensibilities.