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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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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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

3pm, Sunday 5 February, Baronial Hall

Year: 1927  Running Time: 94 mins
Director: FW Murnau
Starring: Janet Gaynor, George O’Brien, Margaret Livingston
Cert: U

Awards 1st Academy Awards (1927/8)

  • Best Actress – Janet Gaynor
  • Cinematography – Charles Rosher and Karl Struss
  • Unique and Artistic Picture

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

sunrise_poster“This song of the man and his wife is of no-place and everyplace: you might hear it anywhere at anytime. For wherever the sun rises and sets…in the city’s turmoil or under the open sky on the farm, life is much the same, sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet.”

So begins F.W. Murnau’s astonishing film.

This is a moving simple story of a husband’s betrayal of his wife with a seductive city girl. Labelled simply ‘The Man’ (George O Brien) and ‘The Wife’ (Janet Gaynor) the protagonists embark on an adventure of temptation, reconciliation, reconsecration and redemption, told with a lyrical simplicity of timelessness and universality.

Made with an unlimited budget, the amazing cinematography captures both idyllic rural settings and the bustling modern city with pioneering camera work. Sunrise is silent film at its most poetic. it uses an amazing array of cinematic touches, with a plot that keeps the audience transfixed.

Wurlitza will provide live accompaniment, adding music that will be both familiar and unfamiliar, from Bach and Villa Lobas to Talking Heads, Echo and the Bunnymen, Madness and the Vapors, as well as some of their own. This is a truly unique and memorable experience, and great for all ages.

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Sunrise trailer