I’m No Angel (1933) #Circus250

Friday Matinee #circus250 screening: Doors open 1:45pm, Screening starts 2pm, Friday 16 March 2018, Opera House

Year: 1933
Running Time: 87 minutes
Director: Wesley Ruggles
Starring: Mae West, Cary Grant, Gregory Ratoff
Genre: Comedy
Tira (Mae West) is a circus dancer and lion tamer with a taste for the finer things in life. She can hardly afford a champagne lifestyle on a sideshow performer’s salary, but with a string of rich admirers she rarely goes without gifts of fancy clothes and jewellery.
 
Wealthy Jack Clayton (Cary Grant) is one of the men smitten with Tira, until her small-time crook and boyfriend Slick Wiley (Ralf Harolde) threatens their engagement. But Mae isn’t one to take “no” for an answer.
 
Will she be able to marry her dream man, or will the circus keep its main attraction?
 
With plenty of cheeky quips and sassy one-liners, Mae West penned the dialogue to this racy pre-Code hit. In fact, many film historians cite her as one of the reasons that the Hollywood production code was introduced. With infamous lines such as:
‘It’s not the men in your life that count, it’s the life in your men.’ and “When I’m good I’m very good. But when I’m bad I’m better.” this is West as her risqué finest.
Tickets £5.
Early bird discount: Book before 1 March 2018 to receive 20% off
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This is a #Circus250 event:
Blackpool has been named as one of the UK’s six Cities of Circus and the resort will be included in a year-round programme of events to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the world’s very first circus in this country.
#circuseverywhere

 

Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film (1899-1917)

As leader Emmeline Pankhurst said in her legendary speech of November 1913:

“You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself more obtrusive than anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else. In fact you have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under.”

That meant film too: cinema was born just as the campaign was gathering momentum – and the suffragettes made it their business to get in front of the cameras!

This selection of 21 short silent films from the BFI National Archive shows how suffragettes were portrayed on the cinema screen while their battles were still being waged on the streets outside.

This fascinating compilation – with a specially commissioned score by Lillian Henley – combines contemporary newsreels with early comedies. Some contain grotesque parodies of female militants (often played by men in drag), but others also feature unruly girls who wreak havoc and still have the last laugh. These gloriously anarchic comedies reveal as much about young women’s aspirations as do the newsreels of demonstrations, arson attacks and other dramatic provocations.

Tickets are free, but booking is essential.

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This screening is part of our Women in Focus day:
To mark #Vote100 we dedicate Sunday of the film festival to women in film. Focusing on female directors, strong female leads, films that pass the Bechdel test. There will be discussions, craftivism workshops and resource/awareness raising for local women’s services running alongside the film programme.

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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!

Take a trip down memory lane and feel the past come to life through the magic of film.BFI_BritainOnFilm_OurLives_Lockup_Partner_Use_Portrait

 

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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or

Download a registration form

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

Archive footage: Mayor of Blackpool on Sing As We Go (1934)

Date: Sunday 24 January
Venue: Baronial Hall
Time: 1pm

Tickets: Free for wristband holders, Sing As We Go ticket holders and Civic Trust Members (please bring you membership card).

Mayor of Blackpool on Sing As We Go

Year: 1934  Running Time: 10
Genre: Archive

From the Town Hall archive: The 1934 Mayor of Blackpool Mr Charles Edward Tatham makes a speech thanking the creators of Sing As We Go for filming in Blackpool.

This film was discovered in late 2015 tucked away in Blackpool Town Hall basement. It has been digitally restored by Blackpool Civic Trust and this will be the first public screening of this footage.