The New Boy (15)


Dir: Warwick Thornton | Australia | 2023 | 116 mins
Cast | Aswan Reid, Cate Blanchett, Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair

Cate Blanchett co-stars with superb young newcomer Aswan Reid in Sweet Country director Warwick Thornton’s artful, fiercely political tale of spiritual worlds colliding in mid-century rural Australia.

The Australian Outback, 1940s: Renegade nun Sister Eileen (Blanchett) presides over Indigenous boys deliberately orphaned by the authorities. In her orphanage, no Indigenous values, language or practices are allowed. The arrival of a new boy (Reid) unsettles the monastery, as do his mysterious, perhaps supernatural, abilities – but further enliven Sister Eileen’s fervour for Christ to be his guide.

Featuring transfixing cinematography and a haunting score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, The New Boy is an engrossing, ambiguous study of spirituality, culture and colonisation that draws on Thornton’s own childhood experiences and a painful chapter in Australian history.

Refund Policy: Please be aware all tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to another event. If you are unable to make an event, tickets can be passed to someone else but the original booker's details will remain in our system.

Access Information: Blue badge parking is available alongside the plaza to the front of Towner, along with drop off bays (max 30mins waiting). Further blue badge spaces available in College Rd Car Park. The Cinema is on the ground floor and the front row of seats are on level ground. All other seats are raked, with stairs & handrail. There is an induction loop. If you have any specific access requirements, please get in touch with us on [email protected] or 01323 434670.