End Of The Road Announce Cinema Stage Curated by Martin McDonagh, Mark Jenkin, MUBI and Simon Taffe

June 28, 2023

End Of The Road 2023

(31st August – 3rd September at the Larmer Tree Gardens, Dorset/Wiltshire)

Reveals the listings for the Cinema Stage

Curated by Martin McDonagh, Mark Jenkin, MUBI and Simon Taffe

Well known for its artistic spirit and array of non-musical activities, End of The Road Festival is proud to announce the return of the Cinema Stage to its 2023 edition. 

This year’s film selection has been meticulously curated by some of the brightest and best in cinema, with Martin McDonagh, Mark Jenkin, MUBI and Simon Taffe handpicking the films.

Easing the audience in with Thursday’s selection is festival founder and self proclaimed film buff Simon Taffe who says: “This year’s cinema is super exciting with having Martin McDonagh and Mark Jenkin curate it who have made some of my favourite films”

Following up on Friday is cinema streaming specialist MUBI. MUBI is a global streaming service, production company and film distributor dedicated to elevating great cinema. MUBI creates, curates, acquires and champions visionary films, bringing them to audiences all over the world.

Saturday’s selection of films comes from award winner playwright and filmmaker Martin McDonagh. Revered as a filmmaker, Martin is well known for his dark comedy favourites In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and The Banshees of Insherin as well as Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing Missouri. Martin has produced plays on both Broadway and The West End, including The Beauty Queen of Leeane, The Pillowman and Hangmen

Offering some words on a couple of his choices, Martin says on 1974’s The Parallax View:“Before JFK there was this cult conspiracy classic, with Warren Beatty’s best hair ever.” On his choice of A Matter of Life and Death:“Perhaps the most cinematic, and the most romantic, British movie ever made, by the greatest British director of all time.”

Director, editor, screenwriter and producer Mark Jenkin has curated Sunday’s listings. In 2020, Jenkin was recognised as a Cornish Bard for his work in promoting Cornwall’s heritage, he wrote, directed and edited Cornwall-set film Bait, as well as 2022 experimental folk horror film Enys Men, which will be screened inside the Big Top stage alongside the score performed live. Mark also directed two videos for the Radiohead and Sons of Kemet Supergroup, The Smile, for their tracks ‘The Smoke’ and ‘Skrting on the Surface’. 

Speaking on some of his selections such as Stand By Me, Mark says: “I first saw this film at The Regal, Wadebridge. Actually it was just the poster that I saw (and fell in love with), as I was too young to see the film. I had to wait a couple of years to rent it on VHS from the video shop next to the cinema. This perfect 1950s set coming of age tale from the Pacific North West of the USA immediately seemed so familiar to me and it’s the film I’ve probably seen more than any other but still never on the big screen.”

And on his choice of Derek Jarman’s 1978 film Jubilee: “I could have picked any of Jarman’s films really but Jubilee seemed ripe for an airing in this most royally focussed of years. The film is brash, crude, unsubtle, funny, provocative and distinctly of its time. I won’t attempt to explain the bonkers plot but it opens with Queen Elizabeth I pitching up in 1970s Britain and gets darker and weirder from there. Jarman’s anarchic vision is captured on beautifully saturated filmstock, populated with a cast of famous punks and underpinned with a Brian Eno score. What’s not to like?”

Alongside musical headliners such as King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Future Islands, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wilco, Angel Olsen, Ezra Furman, Arooj Aftab and Greentea Peng – End of the Road is showcasing an outstanding programme of comedy and literature, including comedians Lou Sanders, Sara Pascoe, Lolly Adefope and Robin Ince join writers including Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller, Miki Berenyi, Emma Warren and more. 

Final few tickets available for this year’s festival, available here

Full Cinema Stage listings:


Curated by Simon Taffe

Alien (1979) (15)

The King Of Comedy (PG)

The Outfit (1973) (15)

All The Beauty & The Bloodshed (18)

The Eight Mountains (12)


The MUBI Screen

The African Desperate(15)

Return To Seoul (15)

Annette (15)

Shiva Baby (15)

The Worst Person In The World (15)

Aftersun (12A)

Ema (15)

Petite Maman (U)

My Life As A Courgette (PG)


Curated by Martin McDonagh

Badlands (15)

The Wild Bunch (18)

Performance (18)

Five Easy Pieces (15)

The Parallax View (15)

Days Of Heaven (PG)

Double Indemnity (PG)

A Matter Of Life And Death (U)

Whistle Down The Wind (PG)


Curated by Mark Jenkin

Lost Highway (18)

Jubilee (18)

The Shout (15)

Long Weekend (15)

Big Wednesday (12)

Radio On (18)

Stand By Me (15)

Gallivant (15)

Haunters Of The Deep (U)

Flight Of The Navigator (U)

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