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The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Panel Discussion

A modern re-telling of Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis, this sensational thriller brims with unsettling humour and creeping dread. 

From Oscar-nominated director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, The Lobster) comes a tale steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama and riveting suspense. 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' subverts expectations at every turn. 

The screening is accompanied by a discussion between a panel of renowned classicists who will discuss the importance of mythology to Ancient Greek culture, and its influence on storytelling to the present day. 

Speakers include: 

  • Professor Paul Cartledge—A.G. Leventis Senior Research Fellow, Clare College, Emeritus A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, and author of numerous books including 'The Spartans: An Epic History' and 'Alexander the Great: The Hunt for a New Past'. 

  • Despina Ignatiadou—Head Curator, Sculpture Collection, National Archaeological Museum, Athens (joining via video link) 

Further speakers to be confirmed closer to the date. 


about 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer'

Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljian) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy).

Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family's domestic bliss. 

'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' (UK/Ireland), dir. Yorgos Lanthimos, running time 121 mins 

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