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Dog-friendly cinema event: My Life As A Courgette

Fancy a cinema trip with a difference?

You can now bring your best friend along to one of Picturehouse Central's film screenings for dogs and their owners. Their new strand of regular screenings kick off on Sunday 9 July, 12pm with a screening of My Life As A Courgette (PG).

All well-behaved dogs are welcome to this new stop-motion animated family film. This will be an English dubbed version of the film, directed by Claude Barras, lasting just over an hour. Water bowls are provided inside and outside the screen and blankets will be handed out so dogs can sit on seats next to their humans.

The film is about the improbably nicknamed Courgette, a shy, bug-eyed kid, consigned to an orphanage after his alcoholic mother’s sudden death. However, Courgette’s unhappiness is tempered by the kindly policeman who escorts him to his new home and adventures with the other misfit children – a football-loving tomboy, shy Alice and an introverted dinosaur fan – are cleverly wrought to show how lessons learnt can shape a child’s character and prepare them for adult life. The story of the growing pains of youngsters is lovingly told, the animation and colouring terrific - all brilliantly befitting the narrative of a film that’s much more than simply kids’ entertainment.

More dog-friendly screenings are expected to be scheduled every six weeks. To purchase tickets (£5 fro Picturehouse Members, £8 for non-members) go here to book. Dogs go free.