WWII talk with Adrian Warrell

2pm, Sunday 17 March

You are invited to join us for a talk about the outbreak of WWII and the roles played by ordinary people on the home front.

Our speaker Adrian Warrell always had a childhood fascination with history, even building a museum in his garden shed when he was 12. From there he trained as a craftsman and began a career as an Armourer working from a shed at the back of Brighton’s Prince Albert Pub. His work has featured, and continues to feature in films, theatres and re-enactments worldwide.

He delivers live and immersive experiences covering the key points of human history, from the beginning of man’s stone age experimentation with technology, to the foundations of modern British society in the 1950s. From the classroom to the castle and many a field, museum, stately home and village hall in between, he brings substantial knowledge and experience gained over a lifetime of avoiding the 9-5!

Tickets available and are limited to 30 places. Book now to avoid disappointment!

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Optional donation the door – suggested amount £2

The Craft of Colourisation

4pm, Sunday 17 March, Circle Annexe

Author and historian Jordan J Lloyd shares the secret of his craft, colourising images of iconic moments from history for organisations and publications such as BBC, Time Life, the V&A and the Times.

About the speaker

Jordan is an author and colour historian based in London, England. His first book, History As They Saw It (Chronicle Books) illuminates some of the most iconic moments from history for the first time in colour, from the sinking of the Titanic to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Recent works include the cover artwork to the Manic Street Preachers’ 2018 album ‘Resistance is Futile’ (Columbia) and The Times’ Armistice Centenary.

Find him online at dynamichrome.com and @jordanjlloydhq

Tickets are free, but booking is essential as we have limited space.

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Photo credit: 

The Eiffel Tower’s original red paint can be seen in this colour recreation (Picture: Getty/Dynamichrome)

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Short Film Showcase

12pm – 2pm, Sunday 17 March, Pavilion

Come and join other film creatives as we screen each other’s work in front of a live audience.
 
Get great feedback and network with other amateurs and professionals.
Free, drop-in (no ticket required).
 
In collaboration with B&FC School of Creative Arts and Digital Industries.
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Do you want some feedback on your short film?
Well now’s your chance!
 
Please email a link to your film to chidiugada@gmail.com or will.nairne@gmail.com
 
Films must be 15 minutes or under, there are no other restrictions.
 
Creativity on all levels warmly welcomed.

Live Music Cinema: Sonic Silents (1916)

5pm Sunday 17 March 2019, Pavilion

Year: 1916
Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Director: Frank Borzage
Genre: Western, Drama, Silent, Live Music
Cert: PG

‘SONIC SILENTS’ – Two short, silent, westerns from the very early days of Hollywood, accompanied by live American country music on fiddle, banjo, guitar, dobro and percussion.

In an absorbing and poignant glimpse of a bygone time, two 100-year-old short films are brought to life through live performance of an original score. A trio of exemplary old-time country and bluegrass musicians performs provides their exciting live accompaniment based on original composition and arrangements of traditional material. The films evoke a world of hobos, travelling men, cowboys, and adventurous women, and the moral and practical dilemmas to which their precarious lives lead them.

Frank Borzage, though little known, is one of the most distinctive of the early Hollywood directors, and one of the first to win an Oscar for Best Director. He began his career as an actor, and his films, which he began directing in 1915, draw the audience into a lushly romantic world, by turns lively, humourous, and melancholy.

Borzage’s directorial debut, The Pitch o Chance, and The Pilgrim are presented with musical accompaniment, along with short sets of music and story which set the scene for the films. The show, which lasts about 120 minutes, (including a short interval) and is wonderfully immersive as well as revealing of some of the creative forces that shaped the film-making industry.

The new live score is composed Kate Lissauer, who also leads the trio of master musicians accompanying these extraordinary films on a variety of stringed instruments and percussion.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Providing a musical accompaniment to the three films, luminary of American old-time country music Kate Lissauer, champion fiddler and band-leader of Buffalo Gals bluegrass band, is joined by multi-talented Leon Hunt, widely regarded as the best 5-string banjo player in the country today and Jason Titley, not only one of the UK’s finest Bluegrass guitarists but renowned for his improvisational and percussive skills. Together they provide a live performance of Kate’s score forthe films, combining original composition and arrangements of traditional material.

Sonic Silents has appeared at Bath Film Festival, and for Arts Alive and Live & Local Rural Touring Schemes.

Tickets: £10

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Britain on Film: Protest! Launch Event

2:15pm, Opera House, Sunday 17 March

The Independent Cinema Office (ICO) presents the launch of Britain on Film: Protest! A collection of short films that explores the varied and fascinating history of public protest in the UK.

From a 1910 suffragette demonstration to striking coal miners in the Rhondda Valley, from female CND protesters spanning the Tamar Bridge to the defeat of fascists at London’s Cable Street, this absorbing, illuminating collection examines the nature of protests large and small and for causes regional and national, by participants fighting for suffrage and democracy, against exploitation and inequality, for fair wages and worker’s rights, for public safety, freedom and community and in the face of war and oppression.

Sourced from the national and regional archives and newly digitised, Britain on Film: Protest! tells a story not just about specific protests and their causes but about a tumultuous social, political and economic century and the constant, dynamic presence of public dissent and its effects as a weapon of change – at a time when raising our voices feels more essential than ever.

A unique opportunity to be the first to see these important films!

Britain on Film: Protest will be introduced by the Independent Cinema Office..

Tickets £3

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Film Information
Dir: various
Year: 1910 – 1986
Running time: 90 mins

Part of the Britain on Film on Tour.

The Britain on Film on Tour is a series of archive film programmes for cinemas, film clubs, museums, archives, or community spaces. Working with the British Film Institute, the Independent Cinema Office is now able to make available extraordinary treasures from film archives across the UK, available to the British public for the first time. After one of the largest pieces of film preservation and restoration ever undertaken, Britain on Film on Tour reveals new and unseen stories from as early as 1897. This wide and diverse range of material opens up local and regional histories from across the UK.

Say My Name (2018) + The Guilty Feminist

7pm, Sunday 17 March, Opera House


Year: 
2018
Running Time: 
1 hour 30 mins
Director
: Jay Stern
Genre:
 Comedy
Country: UK
Cert: 18

To round off the festival, we’re pleased to bring you ‘Say My Name’, a new, fast-paced British comedy produced by and starring Lisa Brenner and written by none other than the host of The Guilty Feminist podcast, Deborah Frances-White. We’re following this with a short Guilty Feminist with Deborah and Lisa, featuring some great stand-up comedy and a discussion on ‘Say My Name’.
“I’m a feminist but…”

About the film
When a one-night stand gets interrupted by a robbery, two complete strangers are forced to navigate the seedy underbelly of a sleepy Welsh isle in order to get back their stolen property. Along the way, their opposite personalities and differing outlooks on life bring them to a boiling point.

This indie romantic comedy written by British comedian Deborah Frances-White, invites viewers along on the duo’s night of unwanted self-discovery, that will have the couple either hating or loving each other by the morning.

Tickets £8 (includes fees)

Film ends at 8:30pm, the whole event will end at approx. 9:45pm.

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Millions Like Us (1943)

12:15pm, Sunday 17 March, Opera House

Year: 1943
Running Time: 1 hour 43 mins
Directors: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Cert: U

Step back in time to Britain in 1943 in this wartime propaganda film which centres upon the lives, loves and work of a group of women employed in an aircraft factory.

This rare film about female factory workers during World War II looks at  how the war effort changed ordinary lives, dismantling old class prejudices and proving the truth of Churchill’s sentiments that the war would not just be won by “the few” but through the sweat and hard work of the eponymous “millions like us”.

Patricia Roc stars as Celia, whose dreams of joining the WAAF are shattered when she’s assigned to work on the production line. Best bring the tissues – this is wartime, after all. Oh, and if you’re a fan of 1970s telly series Upstairs Downstairs and The Professionals, see if you can spot Gordon Jackson.

Why not join us after the film for a free 1940s tea dance in the Grand Foyer?

Tickets £3

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Girl (2018)

4:20pm, Sunday 17 March, Opera House

Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hour 46 mins
Director: Lukas Dhont
Genre: Drama, LGBT
Language: French (English subtitles)
Cert: 15
Awards: Camera d’Or for best first feature and Queer Palm at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

 

Lara is a 15-year-old girl, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of becoming a ballerina. This remarkably moving coming-of-age drama tackles the themes of identity and following the journey to become who you’re meant to be.

Based on powerful real-life accounts, Lukas Dhont’s acclaimed directorial debut won both the Camera d’Or for Best First Feature and Queer Palm at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Girl is a sensitively told story about growing up transgender and facing a world that questions your identity and selfhood.

Girl has not only received awards but also received both strong criticism and praise on how Trans people are represented in the film. As a result of this, we want to explore these views in a post-screening discussion.

This screening will be followed by a discussion session supported by Horizon LGBT

Tickets: £5

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Rafiki (2018)

2:30pm Sunday 17 March 2019, Opera House

Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Genre: Drama
Language: English/Swahili + subtitles
Cert: 12A

With beautiful scenes connected through shades of fuchsia and violet, reflecting the femininity of the characters, this gentle film follows the development of love between two young women. Set against the backdrop of the bustling streets of Nairobi, the two very different girls must choose between love and safety surrounded by insular gossip, local politics and burgeoning maturity. Their magnetic pull draws us into a queer Romeo and Juliet romance, as they try to hide their relationship from their politically opposing fathers.

Directed by Wanuri Kahiu, part of a strong cohort of Kenyan female filmmakers, Rafiki was the first Kenyan film to be included in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes earlier last year, and was then controversially banned from being shown in Kenya by the Kenya Film Classification Board.

TRIPLE F-Rated: The F-Rating is awarded to films
1. directed by a woman and/or
2. written by a woman.
If the film also features significant women on screen in their own right it is TRIPLE F-Rated
More information: http://f-rated.org

Tickets £5

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