Eighth Grade 15

BUY TICKETS 8pm Wednesday 29 May

CAST Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson, Jake Ryan

A superb and lovable coming-of-age story about 13-year-old Kayla, tackling her final week of middle school and the move to high school.

This scalpel-sharp coming-of-age story, written and directed by stand-up comedian Bo Burnham, follows 13-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher) as she moves from middle to high school. Struggling with the usual teenage insecurities, she creates YouTube advice vlogs that present a calmly confident persona to the world. The reality is a sullen resentment of her single dad, fragile friendships and a life that only seems to exist on social media. Funny, distinctive and endearing, this is a smart and lovable film to treasure.
(2018 USA 94 mins)

Part of the Girls on Film double feature, presented by the Saffron Screen Young Programmers group. These two movie screenings depict young women dealing with the trials and tribulations of growing up female in the modern world.

Eighth Grade is a simple story of an unremarkable girl, tenderly and movingly told … It would be easy to read Eighth Grade as a simple cautionary tale about Kids These Days. Yet to do so would be to miss a crucial point about Kayla’s videos, which are at once an act of creation and self-creation. (And, by extension, are like this movie.) Kayla is lucky if she gets two views for a video, yet she continues making them, yammering into the seeming void. No matter how lousy or lonely her day, she tries to keep talking, pushing on, reaching out. She knows – or just hopes – that someone, somewhere, is paying attention, a much-tested optimism that Mr. Burnham celebrates beautifully.  Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

BBFC advice: Contains strong language and sex references
Detailed advice from the BBFC (click on insight)

This film should be available in audio described format but this is subject to confirmation upon final testing prior to screenings. Please therefore contact the cinema prior to booking at info@saffronscreen.com to ensure that audio description is available.