MIDDLE-class relationships are laid bare in the latest movie to be screened by Keighley Film Club.

The Party stars Kristin Scott-Thomas as a post-modernist, post-feminist career politician who gets promoted to shadow minister of health.

She attends a party to celebrate her promotion with a group of middle-class professional friends who rarely seem to practice what they preach.

Existing and new relationships are challenged, a terminal illness announcement is ignored, and the friends turn on each other in a way described by one reviewer as a “bourgeois feeding frenzy”.

Director Sally Potter, who was responsible for The Tango Lesson, Rage, and Ginger and Rosa, has been praised for her commitment to intelligent cinema, fascination with gender politics, and her capacity to surprise.

Film Club spokesman Allan Watkinson said: “She pokes fun at trendy lefties who do too much thinking and too little action that leaves them wide open for ridicule.

“If you believe that middle-class society has a thin veneer of respectability, then this snappy black comedic satirical view of modern socio-politics is meant for you.

“The film is a critical portrait of a certain societal sector whose surface is exposed for all its bile and bitterness.”

Timothy Spall plays a retiring academic and Cillian Murphy plays a cocaine snorting banker in the riotous tragi-comedy

Mr Watkinson added: “The film is given a retro feel by the use of black-and-white cinematography and is full of quotable one liners.”

The Party won the British Independent Film Award for 2017 and the Guild Prize at the Berlin Film Festival 2017.

The Party will be screened at Keighley Picture House, North Street, on January 26 at 6pm and is open to non-members. Doors open at 5.35pm.