Rafiki (2018)

Sunday 18 March 2019, Opera House

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

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.

The Black Gloves (2017) + Director Q&A

Doors open 7:15pm, Screening starts 7:30pm, Saturday 17 March 2018, Opera House

Followed by Q&A with Director Laurie Brewster at 9pm in the Grand Foyer

Year: 2017
Running Time: 80 minutes
Director: Laurie Brewster
Starring: Macarena Gómez, Nicholas Vince, Alexandra Nicole Hulme, Craig J. Seath, Jamie Scott Gordon
Cert: 18
Genre: Horror

The terrifying story of Dr. Finn Galloway, a psychologist obsessed with the death of his young patient and her belief in a strange and terrifying figure that plagued her nightmares. His investigations lead him to a reclusive ballerina who, just like his patient, is convinced that she is about to die at the hands of this disturbing entity. Deep in the Scottish highlands, Dr. Galloway counsels his new patient, under the watchful eye of her sinister ballet teacher.

Inspired by classic chillers such as Hitchcock’s Rebecca and Jack Clayton’s The Innocents, The Black Gloves is a Film Noir that combines chilling supernatural horror with deep psychological dread.

The 1940s-set film was shot in a remote mansion in the Scottish Highlands during 2016 and 2017 and received significant funding from a Kickstarter campaign which raised over £50,000 from more than 600 backers.

This screening is followed by a Q&A with director Lawrie Brewster.

Lawrie Brewster is passionate about making bold, original horror films that are rich with mythology and lore. His previous films ‘Lord of Tears’ and ‘The Unkindness of Ravens’ have both received critical acclaim, as well as, most importantly, high praise from horror fans who are hungry for something different.

Tickets £7.50

Early bird discount: 10% off of tickets booked before 5 March 2018.

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Sing along Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Doors open 2pm, Screening starts 2:15pm, Sunday 18 March 2018, Opera House

Early Bird offer

Buy one adult ticket, get a child ticket free – available up to 5 March 2018.

Year: 2017
Running Time: 2h 9 mins
Director:  Bill Condon
Genre: Musical, animation, fantasy
Starring:  Emma Watson,  Luke Evans,  Dan Stevens,  Gugu Mbatha-Raw,  Josh Gad,  Ian McKellen,  Emma Thompson,  Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci,  Kevin Kline
Cert: PG

Now you know how we love a good singing session!

Be our Guest at our Sing along screening of Beauty and the Beast (2017) on Sunday 18 March 2018.

Join the characters you know and love for this spectacular live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic Beauty and the Beast, a stunning, cinematic event celebrating one of the most beloved tales ever told.

Follow the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realise the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.

This screening includes on-screen lyrics so that everyone can join in, get ready to warm up those vocal chords and enjoy this tale as old as time.

As always fancy dress is not essential but positively encouraged! We have film festival goody bags for the top 5 best dressed.

Tickets
Adults £5, Children (under 12 years) £2.50

Early Bird offer

Buy one adult ticket, get a child ticket free – available up to 1 March 2018.

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Please note that we have weekend wristbands available for £45 and £50.

If you have already bought screening tickets and want to upgrade when the full programme is announced, please contact us and we will arrange this for you.

You can also join us for the Film Discussion Group: Beauty and the Beast: Feminist or Fraud at 4:30pm – more details to follow 

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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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Much Ado About Nothing (2013)

Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Opera House
Time: 7pm

Tickets: £5

Much Ado About Nothing

Year: 2013  Running Time: 109
Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Fran Kranz, Jillian Morgese, Sean Maher, Reed Diamond, Clark Gregg
Cert: 12A
Genre: Drama, Comedy

Shakespeare’s classic comedy is given a contemporary spin in Joss Whedon’s film, “Much Ado About Nothing”. Using the original text, the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.

Leonato, the governor of Messina, is visited by his friend Don Pedro who is returning from a victorious campaign against his rebellious brother Don John. Accompanying Don Pedro are two of his officers: Benedick and Claudio. Claudio falls for Leonato’s daughter, Hero, while Benedick verbally spars with Beatrice, the governor’s niece. A series of comic and tragic events continue to keep the two couples from truly finding happiness, but then again perhaps love may prevail in the end!

 

Much Ado About Nothing trailer

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Tickets are available from the Winter Gardens Box Office, Church Street or online via Ticketmaster (booking fee applies).

Keep your Seats, Please! (1935)

Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Opera House
Time: 2pm

Tickets: £5

Play along George Formby: Keep your Seats, Please!

Year: 1936  Running Time: 82
Director: Monty Banks
Starring: George Formby, Florence Desmond, Gus McNaughton, Harry Tate, Alistair Sim, Fiona Stewart (credited as ‘Binkie’ Stewart.
Cert: PG
Genre: Comedy
Songs:

  • Keep Your Seats Please (Formby/Gifford/Cliffe)
  • When I’m Cleaning Windows (Formby/Gifford/Cliffe)

Blackpool favourite George Formby plays an heir on a mission. Based on the play Twelve Chairs by Elie Ilf and Eugene Petrov, George is supposed to inherit some valuable jewels from his aunt. However, he has to find his fortune which has been hidden in a set of chairs which have been sold separately at auction.

Watch out for:

  • One of George’s greatest hits, “The Window Cleaner”
  • Alastair Sim as the shady lawyer who also has his eye on the hidden fortune.

A great film for all the family, we invite ukulele enthusiasts young and old to join in and play along!

Gala Screening: 42nd Street (1933)

Date: Friday 22 January 2016
Venue: Opera House
Time:
7pm        Drinks Reception
7:45pm  Gala screening: 42nd Street
9:15pm   Festival Launch Party

Tickets £7.50 – includes admission to drinks reception and launch party.

Dress: Step out in style! Black and white dress encouraged.
There will be a prize for the best dressed.

42nd Street (1933)

Year: 1933  Running Time: 89 minutes
Director: Lloyd Bacon
Starring: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler, Guy Kibbee
Cert: U
Genre: Musical

A backstage drama that traces the creation of a Broadway show from its first call through to its blockbuster opening night. Naive chorus girl Peggy Sawyer sees her career unexpectedly set on a steep trajectory when she has to stand-in for the show’s injured leading lady with only a day to rehearse for her domineering director.

42nd Street trailer

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Tickets are available from the Winter Gardens Box Office, Church Street or online via Ticketmaster (booking fee applies).