A group of men, women and children on a beach stare into the distance where we can see a plane dropping a row of parachutes.

About Red Island

French writer-director Robin Campillo offers a searching exploration of memory and politics, in this boldly conceived story of boyhood in 1970s Madagascar.

Eight-year-old Thomas lives on a military base on the former French colony of Madagascar. Observing his parents and their circle, he gradually becomes aware of politics both territorial and sexual, while finding an outlet for his imagination in the fantasy exploits of junior crimebuster Fantômette. Campillo’s (120 BPM) autobiographically inspired drama mixes styles and registers to inventive, vividly illuminating effect.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers and adverts. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy. MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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