Westleton Film Night
A Haunting in Venice
A Haunting in Venice is a 2023 American mystery film produced and directed by Kenneth Branagh from
a screenplay by Michael Green, loosely based on the 1969 Agatha Christie novel Hallowe'en Party. It
serves as a sequel to Death on the Nile (2022) and is the third film in which Branagh reprises his role as
the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The ensemble cast includes Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie
Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Michelle Yeoh.
In 1947, Hercule Poirot lives in retirement in Venice, having lost his faith in God and humanity, while
employing ex–police officer Vitale Portfoglio to act as a bodyguard. On Halloween, mystery
writer Ariadne Oliver convinces Poirot to attend a Halloween party and séance at the palazzo of famed
opera singer Rowena Drake and to expose Joyce Reynolds, a World War I army nurse turned medium,
as a fraud. The palazzo itself is claimed to be haunted by the spirits of children who, when the palazzo
was an orphanage, were locked up and left to die when a plague swept through the city, with rumours
that the spirits torment any nurses and doctors who dare to enter.
Rowena has hired Joyce to help her commune with her daughter Alicia, who reportedly died by suicide
after her fiancé, chef Maxime Gerard, broke off their engagement. Among the guests in attendance are
Maxime, Rowena's housekeeper Olga Seminoff, Drake family doctor Leslie Ferrier and his son Leopold,
and Joyce's Romani assistant Desdemona Holland.
During the séance, Poirot deduces that Joyce has two assistants, revealing Desdemona's half-brother
Nicholas hiding in the chimney. Joyce suddenly speaks in Alicia's voice and reveals she was murdered by
one of the guests. The investigation yields perplexing results.
Synopsis from Wikipedia
Doors and Bar will open at 7.00 pm, the film will start at 7.30 pm, with an interval.
Entrance £5.00. Tickets available on the door.