Dates & Times

Wed 29 May 2024
Sat 01 Jun 2024

Seating: Unallocated - Theatre Style

Screenings of this film will be relaxed and designed for neurodiverse audiences.

A steampunk animation based on the acclaimed graphic novel, toys and game by Nathan Jurevicius and featuring a stellar voice cast for the ears and a visual treat for the eyes.

Scarygirl follows Arkie, a young girl with a talent for technology and a tentacle-like arm, who was raised in secret by her kind but cautious father, Blister, a rare Giant Octopus with the ability to regenerate life.

When her father is kidnapped for his prized abilities and their idyllic world is threatened by a sudden loss of sunlight, Arkie sets out on a journey to the City of Light: a dazzling, modern city controlled by the mysterious Dr. Maybee.

As she tries to find her father, Arkie discovers that all is not what it seems and this incredible new world is one of great danger, and full of answers to questions she never knew she had.

‘Imaginatively directed and visually stunning’ – Rotten Tomatoes ★ ★ ★ 

Scarygirl invites its viewers to embrace the power of positivity in even the darkest of days’ – The AU Review

Director – Ricard Cussó, Tania Vincent

Cast –  Jillian Nguyen, Sam Neill, Tim Minchin, Anna Torv, Liv Hewson, Mark Coles Smith, Deborah Mailman, Dylan Alcott.


Make every Saturday a family Film Club Day.

Come to ARC and take part in our exciting new Film Club. With your family, you can enjoy a fabulous introduction to the wonderful world of cinema.

Join us for our weekly screenings of films chosen for our family audiences. Then take part in craft-related play activities designed by the amazing Kitchen Zoo. Known for their joyful, energetic theatre for young audiences and families, and now for fun film-related activities for Film Club audiences at ARC.

Film Club is a nurturing and creative environment for families to make memories together. We are respectful that our young audiences engage and express themselves in activities in different ways, therefore, Film Club is a welcoming space, with films screened on a relaxed basis.

We can’t wait to welcome you to one of our weekly Film Club events, as part of this exciting new programme. So, bring your family along and join in the fun.

Suitable for all ages.

  • Relaxed screenings for autistic people, learning disabled people, and/ or those with access requirements

    The screening will have some adjustments to make it more comfortable for audiences who may be autistic, learning disabled and/or those with access requirements. Anyone is welcome to attend, so long as you are respectful towards audiences with a range of access requirements, including people who may need to make a bit of noise or movement during a film.

    During this relaxed screening:

    • There will be no ads or trailers
    • The lighting will be turned up a bit
    • The sound will be turned down a bit
    • There is a chill-out space available if you need to take a break
    • You are able to make noise or movement during the screening if you need to
    • The screening will not be full of people – there will be plenty of space in the cinema
    • There will be friendly staff or volunteers on hand to help with anything you might need
    • The film will be screened with captioned subtitles
  • 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

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.

  • BBFC rating information (may contain spoilers)


    There are occasional scenes of very mild fantasy violence. For example, characters are zapped with electrical weapons or subjected to fantastical experiments involving glowing electricity, but no one appears to be seriously injured or in pain.

    Threat and horror

    The main characters occasionally find themselves in perilous situations, like being chased and captured by bounty hunters or subjected to scientific experiments. There are mildly scary encounters with strange or monstrous beings, including a tree with glowing eyes and a giant entity formed from swirling leaves, but the creatures are usually less dangerous than they first appear. In other scenes a villainous scientist activates a machine which creates a beam of light that threatens to destroy the sun. However, the focus of these scenes is the heroes’ courage and kindness in the face of danger, and the threat is always resolved in a reassuring manner.


    There is infrequent use of very mild bad language (e.g. ‘moron’).


    There are scenes of fantastical discrimination in which a scientist plans to replace a young girl’s octopus-tentacle arm with a human one in order to make her ‘perfect’. The girl does not want to be changed, however, and manages to escape with the help of her friends.

    Rude humour

    As a bad smell fills a room, one character advises another to ‘eat some greens’.


    Infrequent references to bereavement are handled discreetly and sensitively.