Directed by Jane Campion 
Starring Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin 

Set in 1851, a mute Scottish woman Ada, arrives in colonial New Zealand for an arranged marriage, with her young daughter and piano in tow. When her new husband refuses the piano and gives it instead to a neighbour Ada is enraged and determined to get the instrument back. Agreeing to give lessons in return for the piano a story of rage, jealousy and heartache is ignited against the lush, unforgiving backdrop of New Zealand’s forestry and coastline. 

This film has been selected by Chester Film Society to celebrate their 5oth season. Between June and September the society have chosen some significant films from the past five decades to mark their anniversary. 




Approx 121 mins

Time details

15-20 mins of trailers & adverts before the screening (not included in duration)