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  • Mon 20 Aug to Thu 23 Aug
  • 95 minutes
  • Director: Daniel Kokotajlo
  • Cast: Siobhan Finneran, Robert Emms, Sacha Parkinson, Steve Evets, James Quinn, Molly Wright
  • UK (2017)


Questions of faith, family, duty and love are at the heart of writer-director Daniel Kokotajlo's absorbing and gripping award-winning debut feature.

Raised in The Truth, as the faith is known to Jehovah's Witnesses, sisters Alex and Luisa and their mother, Ivanna are rigorously devoted to their religion. Alex looks up to her confident older sister, while striving to follow in Ivanna's footsteps as a ‘good Witness'. But then Luisa starts to question the advice of the Elders and makes a life-altering transgression...

Exquisitely observed, superbly acted, APOSTASY is a daringly devastating film about the tension between personal devotion and institutional power. Daniel Kokotajlo, himself a former Jehovah's Witness, brilliantly evokes the quiet, internal world of religious believers who find themselves in, but not part of, the wider world whilst powerfully depicting the emotional depths of a family whose hearts are fractured by a clash of beliefs. It all adds up to an honest, balanced and heart breaking slice of life, and one of the best films of the year.