Retroscope: Family Archive Film Day

Saturday 29 July 2017

The Pavilion, Blackpool Winter Gardens

Roll up, roll up! Come one, come all!

For one day only, the Winter Gardens Film
Festival invites you to step back in time and discover a world of archive film showing beautiful, breezy Blackpool through the ages.

Come and see bustling beaches, bathing belles and all the fun of the fair in the Pavilion of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

There’s something for everyone, with:-

  • Walk-around screenings
  • Deckchair Theatre
  • Live side-show performers
  • Learn to ride a Penny Farthing 
  • Seaside-themed creative workshops
  • Parasol Parade
  • Edwardian dress-up photo studio
  • Vintage Illuminations

... and much more!

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Saturday 29th July 2017 11am – 4.30pm

ADMISSION: Adults £2
Children (under 12) FREE must be accompanied by an adult

 

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Pavilion Parasol Parade

Saturday 29th July 2017: Part of the Retroscope family archive film day.

We’re inviting schools, community groups, businesses or individuals to decorate a brolly and compete for the title of the Most Popular Parasol.

The competition will be judged by the general public and there with special prizes for winners.
Registration fee is £5. For this you will receive a plain umbrella to decorate and entry to the competition.

Entries should be based on any of the following themes:

  • Blackpool
  • Seaside
  • Holiday; or
  • Funfair  

We are looking for originality, imagination and creativity.

You will need to drop off your completed parasol by Friday 21 July and collect it after the event by Monday 21 July before 4.00pm.

Entry to the event is between 11am & 4.30pm on Saturday 29th July.

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For further details please email us.

We do hope you will be interested in joining us and we can’t wait to see your unique umbrellas!

Join the Pavilion Parasol Parade

Saturday 29th July 2017

Part of the Retroscope family archive film day

We’re inviting schools, community groups, businesses or individuals to decorate a brolly and compete for the title of the Most Popular Parasol.

The competition will be judged by the general public and there with special prizes for winners.
Registration fee is £5. For this you will receive a plain umbrella to decorate and entry to the competition.

Entries should be based on any of the following themes:

  • Blackpool
  • Seaside
  • Holiday; or
  • Funfair

We are looking for originality, imagination and creativity.

Sign up online

Download a registration form

You will need to drop off your completed parasol by Friday 21 July and collect it after the event by Monday 21 July before 4.00pm.

Prizes:

  • Group Prize: A free Pop-up Picturehouse screening at your venue
  • Individual Prize: A vintage Blackpool themed hamper containing items and gift vouchers worth over £120.

Entry to the event is between 11am & 4.30pm on Saturday 29th July.
For further details please email us.

We do hope you will be interested in joining us and we can’t wait to see your unique umbrellas!

Parasol Parade - A5 - MAY 17 - 148 x 210mm

2017 Award Winners

Winner: Black Comedy - Luigi Pane

Synopsis

A rough and seasoned playwright and his young, bright and good-looking companion are the opposite sides of the same mirror. The couple is together in life and also in this “black comedy”. A young journalist will follow their story and, through a series of puns and verbal exchanges, they will break the wall that separates reality from fiction. 

Black Comedy

Runner Up: Me, Baby & the Alligator - Bob Olivier & Jean Faucher

Synopsis

A young couple lives in their old truck with a full sized alligator. When they stop to eat at a roadside cantina in rural Mexico, the Colonel who runs the town takes a threatening interest in the lady, which he comes to regret when he meets the couple’s traveling companion. The form is magic realism. The story is sung and narrated by the young man.

Hand drawn charcoal animation on paper.

Jean Faucher

Bob Olivier

Audience Choice: The Day My Gran Rode a Rollercoaster - Jamie Scrutton

Synopsis

This stop motion animation is about an elderly woman's nightmare experience on a rollercoaster ride. This animation recently premiered at The Showroom Shorts Film Night in Sheffield. Soundtrack composed by Jay Man.

Jamie Scrutton on Vimeo

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

12:15pm, Saturday 4 February, Opera House

Year: 1949        Running Time:  1h 46 mins
Director: Robert Hamer
Starring: Dennis Price, Alec Guinness, Valerie Hobson
Cert: U

A distant poor relative of the Duke of D’Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession. This is one of Ealing Studio’s wittiest and blackest comedies.

Set on avenging his mother’s disinheritance and reclaiming his birthright, Louis D’Ascoyne Mazzini, the 10th Duke of Chalfont sets about dispatching the D’Ascoynes one at a time. Alec Guinness is in unforgettable form, playing all eight members of the doomed D’Ascoyne family.

So do come along to the Opera House to enjoy this sophisticated and wonderfully inventive Golden-Age Ealing comedy.

Tickets £5

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Frankenstein (1931) with live singing from Lancaster Millennium Choir

3pm, Saturday 4 February, Baronial Hall
12:15pm, Sunday 5 February, Derham Lounge

Year: 1931        Running Time: 25 mins
Director: James Whale
Starring: Boris Karloff,  Colin Clive,  Mae Clarke,  John Boles, Edward Van Sloan
Cert: PG (Contains mild horror)

Lancaster Millennium Choir will be bringing their unique, and highly entertaining, interpretation of Frankenstein. Experience an abridged version of the 1931 classic in a new way as the choir sing along to clips using parts of Mary Shelley’s original text – plus a few other musical surprises along the way!

This event is a fundraiser for the Opera House 35mm Projector restoration project.

Suggested donation £3

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Preview screening: The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

Year: 2106
Director: Juho Kuosmanen
Cast: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff, Joonas Saartamo
Running time: 92min
Cert: not classified, recommended 12
Language: Finnish (English subtitles)
Genre: Drama, Sport, Biography

We are proud to screen a preview of this award winning black-and-white film, from Finnish director Juho Kuosmanen. It tells the true story of Olli Mäki, a boxing hero and his attempt to win the 1962 world championship featherweight title.

Set in Finland in 1962, it follows the life of national featherweight champion Olli Mäki in the lead-up to his world championship fight against American Davey Moore. Working-class hero Olli’s small town life is turned upside down when he is propelled to national stardom. His life becomes one of endless press conferences, advertising jobs and high society bashes, something completely alien to the shy local boy who would rather spend time with Raija, a sweet young woman that he met at a wedding in their hometown.

Unusually for a feature film, Kuosmanen captures a nostalgic, vintage 1960s look by shooting on 16mm black and white film. Winner of the Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2016, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is a beautiful, funny, charming love story and definitely a knockout.

Tickets £5

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Cinema release date 21 April 2017
Preview thanks to MUBI

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Embrace of the Serpent (2016)

Saturday 4 February: Introductory talk: 7:40pm, Grand Foyer. Screening: 8:15pm, Opera House

Year: 2016  Running Time: 125 mins
Director: Ciro Guerra
Starring: Jan Bijvoet, Brionne Davis, Nilbio Torres, Antonio Bolivar, Yauenku Miguee
Cert: 12
Language: Spanish, Portuguese, German, Catalan and Latin.
Subtitles: English
Awards: Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 2016

Before he can become a warrior a man has to leave everything behind and go into the jungle guided only by his dreams. In that journey he has to discover completely alone, who he really is. Some get lost and never come back

Karamakate, a warrior shaman and last of his tribe, transcends the worlds of men and seeks truth through their dreams. He alone knows how to find the mysterious and psychedelic Yakruna plant; for some it has life-saving properties, for others it is a commodity waiting to be exploited. Two scientists, in two different times with very different agendas enlist Karamakate on their individual quests in an epic adventure into the heart of the Colombian Amazon to find this mythical plant.

This Oscar nominated film is seen through Karamakate’s eyes and bears witness to the effects of colonialism, religion and the exploitation of rubber, that affect indigenous traditions and the environment to which they are inextricably linked.

The film is inspired by the travel diaries of Theodor Koch Grunberg (1879–1924) and Richard Evans Schultes (1915-2001). These diaries are the only known accounts of many Amazonian cultures. This film is dedicated to all the peoples whose song we will never know.” Ciro Guerra (Director)

simon-enatahua-150x150We are pleased to announce a short introductory talk from author and explorer Simon Chapman in the Grand Foyer at 7:40pm. 

Simon has been entertaining adults and children with stories of his real-life adventures since 2001.  He has recently returned from exploring the Enatahua River in Bolivia. 

See the Facebook event page.

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Rashomon (1950)

6pm, Saturday 4 February, Opera House

Year: 1950  Running Time: 87 mins
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo, Takashi Shimura
Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Cert: 12
Awards 

  • Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival 1951
  • Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards 1953

Rashomon is a Japanese classic widely considered one of the greatest films ever made. Based on two short stories by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, it centres on a terrible crime which is recounted through four conflicting accounts. This gripping psychological thriller looks into the meaning of justice and raises questions about the nature of truth.

Set in feudal Japan, the film depicts the murder of  a samurai and the rape of his wife from four different – and contradictory – points of view. Which account is true? Who can be believed – if anyone?

Akira Kurosawa brings us striking imagery and an ingenious use of flashbacks; and this new digital restoration makes Kazuo Miyagawa’s lush cinematography as vivid as if it were made today.

Rashomon is considered a masterpiece of cinema and one of the most influential films of all time introducing Japanese cinema to the wider world.

Take a look at the Facebook event.

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Sing-a-long Calamity Jane (1953)

1pm, Sunday 5 February, Opera House

Year: 1953  Running Time: 101 mins
Director: 
David Butler
Starring:
Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie
Cert:
U

Every year we have one ‘Exception to the rule’ screening of a colour film. This year we have a LGBT History Month Screening in Partnership with Blackpool Pride Festival

Polish up those cowboy boots because the Deadwood Stage is coming to Blackpool this February!

Join us for a sing-a-long screening one of the best loved musical films of the 1950s. The captivating Doris Day plays the whip-cracking, gun-toting frontier scout Calamity Jane, whose wild promises lead her to bring the beautiful Adelaide Adams to grace the stage at Deadwood’s Golden Garter saloon. The new arrival causes quite a stir, but has Calamity accidentally introduced a romantic rival?

The toe-tapping musical score by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster is a firm favourite, including catchy numbers like The Deadwood Stage, A Woman’s Touch and the Oscar winning Secret Love, which became a million-selling hit for Doris Day and a queer anthem.

We’re excited to bring you new digital sing-a-long release of this musical classic; so warm up your vocal chords as we’ll be encouraging you to belt out your favourites. Whip-crack-away!

Tickets £7.50.

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Dressing up is is not essential, but positively encouraged… Yee-haaaa!

There will be a bucket collection for Blackpool Pride Festival at this event.

Awards Ceremony 2017

6pm, Sunday 5 February, Opera House

Join us as we award the winners of our first Black and White Short Film Competition.

We are delighted to have received submissions from across the globe, this includes films from Japan, Iran, Italy, Israel, USA, Canada and Switzerland.

opera-houseAll shortlisted entries will be screened as part of this special event at the Blackpool Winter Gardens Opera House, a unique venue, built in 1939 as a cine-variety theatre, combining a super cinema with a world class stage for theatrical performance. The venue, with a capacity of just under 3000 is the second largest in the UK and the only venue of this type and size to hold permanent HD/Surround Sound cinema capability. As if that weren’t enough, the Opera House is the last word in Art Deco luxury with a number of spectacularly designed rooms and spaces straight out of the Hollywood Glamour era.

 

All entries are competing to win Blackpool’s Golden Seagull award with a cash prize of £500. There will be two additional awards: Runner Up and the People’s Choice Award.

2017 Film Shortlist

  • Black Comedy –  Luigi Pane
  • Me, Baby and the Alligator – Jean Faucher
  • Hollamby’s Hill – Joe Gilbert
  • Hole – Qian Zhuang
  • Silence –  Hamish Downie
  • The Day my Gran Rode a Rollercoaster – Jamie Scrutton
  • The Key to Life – Peter Mottram

See the director biographies

This is a free event, so please make sure that you book your ticket soon!
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