Working Class Heroes: A Taste of Honey (1961)

2:30pm Saturday 16 March 2019, Opera House

Year: 1961
Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Director: Tony Richardson
Genre: Drama
Cert: 12

This gritty, multi award-winning screen adaptation of Shelagh Delaney’s play fits the ‘kitchen sink drama’ description perfectly. In 1960s Salford, 17-year-old Jo has a brief relationship with a black sailor called Jimmy. After he’s sailed she realises she is pregnant, but Jo’s problems are only just beginning.

This insightful classic of social realist film cleverly tackles the realities of economic deprivation, race, sexuality and class in a modern, refreshing way.

Rita Tushingham is astonishing in her debut role as Jo and look out for Dora Bryan as her absent, self-absorbed mother, Helen.

Tickets £6.50
Or buy a double-bill ticket with Blackpool On Screen and receive a discount.

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Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928)

5pm, Saturday 17 March 2018, Opera House

Year: 1928

Running Time: 1h 45 mins
Director: Franz Osten
Starring: Himansu Rai, Enakshi Rama Rau, Charu Roy
Language: Silent
Cert: U

Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this epic silent film is the ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal.

Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings.

Produced by and starring Indian film legend Himansu Rai, the film is performed by an all-Indian cast, featuring Rai as humble potter Shiraz, who follows his childhood sweetheart Selima when she’s sold by slave traders to the future emperor.

We’re pleased to present this beautiful new restoration by the BFI National Archive which features a specially commissioned score by the Grammy Award-winning composer Anoushka Shankar.

Tickets £5

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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!

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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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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!