Empire of Light - Victoria Film Festival

Empire of Light

Director Sam Mendes
Length 1hr 55 mins
Rating PG-13 (19+ Screening)

Empire of Light


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Empire of Light

Set in the seaside town of Margate Kent, where beach holidays and modern art are seriously cool, Hilary (Olivia Colman) is a workaholic cinema manager bummed out about life. – She’s quite different from our manager at the Vic, who practices taekwondo and is a competitive duck herder (quack). – Hilary trudges through the day until an eager new employee Stephen (Micheal Ward), kickstarts a positive connection.

Award winners in this feature:

Olivia Colman – Academy Award
Michael Ward – BAFTA Colin Firth – Academy Award
Sam Mendes – Academy Award
Roger Deakins – Academy Award

Empire of Light is Sam Mendes’s ninth movie as a director but first as a screenwriter/director.


  • Olivia Colman
  • Colin Firth
  • Toby Jones
  • Michael Ward