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.

Animate Blackpool

10-3pm, Sat 16th March 2019

Family-friendly drop-in workshop

FREE

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Come along and make funny animations using Blackpool’s amazing historic collections. Take a fresh look at the Albert Eden photography collection of Blackpool; send the Tower rocketing into the sky, put a funny hat on a 1950s holidaymaker, cover the beach in candyfloss! It’s all yours to play with.

Living Pictures will help you use iPads and apps to create some fantastic GIFs to be shared with the world. The activity is really simple and easy to pick up. You could spend 20 minutes creating a quick animation or stay for longer to create a digital masterpiece!

This activity is brought to you by Blackpool Museum Project with support from Heritage Blackpool.

 

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.

This screening will be followed by a talk and Q&A session on the British Film Institute’s Working Class Heroes season with special guest Danny Leigh.
 
Danny Leigh is the senior curator of fiction in the BFI National Archive. Danny came to the BFI in 2017 after a career in film journalism, writing for the Financial Times and the Guardian over more than 20 years. In TV and radio, he was co-host of the BBC1 Film programme for seven years. He has made documentaries about boxing movies for BBC4 and David Lynch for Radio 4, as well as two series for BBC Arts: Film Now: 21st Century Cinema and British Film Mavericks.
 
His areas of interest include class and British cinema, psychology on film and the film connections of Graham Greene.

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

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Blackpool on Screen: The Other Side With Valerie Hope & Sequins (2018)

1pm, Saturday 16 March 2019, Opera House

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside! This year, we’re pleased to host a double bill of two new films recently shot on location in Blackpool.

The films will be followed up with a Q&A session with directors Lucy Barrick and Michael Beddoes.

The Other Side With Valerie Hope

Year: 2018
Running Time: 17 minutes
Director: Lucy Barrick & Kieran Grant
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Cert:

 Washed-up celebrity psychic Valerie is kidnapped by Kim, a seemingly crazy fan. As they spend the evening in an abandoned B&B, it becomes clear that both women have something to hide… But which one is telling the truth, and which is bluffing for their life? And who is trying to reach them from beyond the grave?

Sequins

Year: 2018
Running Time: 18 mins
Director: Michael Beddoes
Genre: Drama, comedy

SEQUINS is a coming of age comedy short film set in late 90s Blackpool. 17-year-old Paul’s journey of self-discovery takes a unique turn when he embarks on his ambition to become a drag queen, despite fear of ridicule from his peers and being ostracised by his family.

Opportunity presents itself when Paul meets drag queen Mimi Le Purr, a  seasoned performer at The Sequin Club in Blackpool. With the help of Roger, (Mimi out of drag), Paul embarks on a journey of transformation, both physically and emotionally.

A heartfelt comedy about learning to love yourself and trusting that those closest to you will accept you no matter what, Sequins is the “Frilly Elliot” of Drag.

Tickets £4.50

Film Cert: 12A (mild violence, a few instances of mild swearing)

Or buy a double-bill ticket with Working Class Heroes: A Taste of Honey (1961) and receive a discount.

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