Dates & Times

Thu 18 Apr 2024

Running time: 89 minutes

Seating: Allocated - See Seating Plan for More Details

The screening on Thu 18 Apr at 2pm will be relaxed for people living with dementia.

A human rights activist is prosecuted under terror laws for refusing to hand over the passwords to his electronic devices during a border stop, unveiling unsettling questions about modern espionage and digital privacy.

Muhammad Rabbani is the Director of CAGE, a human rights organisation that fights discrimination in the so-called ‘War On Terror’. He travels around the world and is trusted with highly sensitive personal information by people in vulnerable situations. On one occasion, while returning to the UK from an overseas trip, he was stopped at the border and threatened with imprisonment if he didn’t hand over the passwords to his electronic devices. He refused. Phantom Parrot reveals a covert form of surveillance involving collaboration between the tech industry, police, and security services. With insight provided by people who work with these technologies, this film is a must-see for anyone who cares about civil liberties in the digital age.

‘cautionary tale of state surveillance and the war on privacy’ – ★★★★ The Guardian

‘Phantom Parrot’ Examines U.K.’s Intrusive Data-Collecting Policy Targeting Activists, Journalists’ – Variety

Director – Kate Stonehill


  • Seating accessibility information


    Seat size

    Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

    Further information

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  • BBFC rating information (may contain spoilers)


    Prisoners claim to have been tortured by processes which are compared to waterboarding.


    People accused of terrorist offences claim to have been targeted because of their Muslim faith.

    Sexual violence and sexual threat

    A prisoner talks of fearing that his captors would rape his wife in front of him.


    There are references to prisoners becoming paranoid due to long periods of isolation.