Mars mission and votes for women as part of Arena movie season

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A strong movie month at the Alban Arena continues with a screening of Ridley Scott’s The Martian at 7.30pm next Tuesday, January 12.

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney who is presumed dead after a fierce storm.

With only a meagre amount of supplies, the stranded Watney must utilise his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crewmates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

The Martian stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean and Jeff Daniels.

Historical drama, Suffragette is being screened at the Arena next Wednesday and Thursday, January 13 and 14.

It centres on Maud, a working wife and mother, whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the UK’s growing Suffragette movement.

Galvanised by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst, Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life.

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When increasingly aggressive police action forces Maud and her dedicated fellow Suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities.

Performances of Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Ramola Garai, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Wishaw and Meryl Streep, are at 1.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday and at 7.30pm on Thursday.

Tickets for film matinees are £5 and £7 or £5 for concessions in the evening.