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.

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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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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Relaxed Screening: Jailhouse Rock (1957)

3pm Friday 15 March 2019, Opera House

Year: 1961
Running Time: 1 hour 36 minutes
Director: Richard Thorpe
Genre: Drama, Musical
Cert: U

Elvis Presley smouldering behind bars, in an ever-popular musical that includes a kickass dance number to the title track which is widely recognised as the King’s finest moment on film. Sit back and enjoy the time-honoured story of boy goes wrong, boy gets a second chance and blows it, but boy comes good in the end. Oh, and there’s the bonus of some toe tapping music too!

This is a relaxed/dementia-friendly screening.

This screening is open to all but it is specially adapted for people living with dementia and their families, friends and carers. This means that we will have:

  • Friendly ushers to meet, greet and seat you
  • The Opera House will be adapted to be as calming and comfortable as possible:
    • There will be low level lighting throughout the screening
    • The volume is slightly lower
  • Wheelchair spaces are available
  • There will be a 20 minute interval halfway through the film
  • You are free to talk and move around during the screening
  • Singing along is not only allowed but positively encouraged!
  • Doors open at 2:40pm so that you can get to know the cinema space before the film

Tickets: £4.00
Accompanying carers go free.
Community groups: Please contact us for group discounts

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Cold War (2018) Zimna wojna

4:45pm, Saturday 16 March, Opera House

Year: 2018
Running Time: 1 hour 30 mins
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Genre: Romance, Drama, War
Language: French, Polish (English subtitles)
Awards: Best Director, 2018 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for 3 Academy Awards

 

Paweł Pawlikowski directs the stunning film Cold War, starring Tomasz Kot as Wiktor a music director who falls in love with singer Zula played by Joanna Kulig. This is an epic romance set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Europe after World War II. Sumptuously shot in luminous black and white, it spans decades and nations to tell a love story that is as tragic as it is moving.

 

In the ruins of post-war Poland, Wiktor and Zula fall deeply, obsessively and destructively in love. As performing musicians forced to play into the Soviet propaganda machine, they dream of escaping to the creative freedom of the West. But one day, as they spot their chance to make a break for Paris, both make a split decision that will mark their lives forever. As the years march on in the wake of that moment, Wiktor and Zula watch the world changing around them, always struggling to find their moment in time. Cold War is a passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other.

 

Winner of the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival 2018, Pawlikowski melds the personal with the political to exquisite effect. Set to a soundtrack that takes you from the rustic folk songs of rural Poland to the sultry jazz of a Paris basement bar, it’s a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent – and a heartbreaking portrait of ill-fated love.

Tickets £5
Book before 14 Feb for a 20% early bird discount.

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5 star reviews :

  • “Ida director Pawel Pawlikowski’s exquisitely chilling soviet-era drama maps the dark heart of Poland itself.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
  • “A beautifully composed tone poem to doomed love.” John Bleasdale, Cinevue
  • “A glorious throwback…made with a verve and lyricism which rekindles memories of the glory days of european new wave cinema.” Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
  • “Kulig, as effervescent in her way as the young Jeanne Moreau, is the film’s life force.” Tim Tobey, The Telegraph

 

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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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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That’s Entertainment (1974): Opening Night Celebration

Doors open 6:30pm, Screening starts 7pm, Party Starts at 9:15pm, Friday 15 March 2018

Year: 1974
Running Time: 2hours 15 mins
Director: Jack Haley Jnr
Starring: Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Eleanor Powell, Lena Horne, Esther Williams, Debbie Reynolds, Ann Miller, Howard Keel, Cyd Charisse, June Allyson, Clark Gable, Mario Lanza and many more.
Cert: U

Join us for a night of Hollywood glamour as we celebrate the Film Festival’s 5th birthday and the Opera House’s 80th with a selection of iconic music and dance numbers from MGM’s greatest musicals and a swinging dance party.

In 1974 MGM enjoyed one of its biggest box-office hits with That’s Entertainment, a compilation of musical highlights from the studio’s golden days. Introduced by a stellar line-up of on-screen hosts including Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, and Liza Minnelli, you’ll enjoy a variety of classic film clips in both color and black-and-white. Experience generous helpings of classic MGM musical numbers from iconic films such as Singin’ in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris and High Society.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to see these brilliant performances with lots of laughs fabulous song and dance routines and a sparkling restoration on the Opera House big screen, this is an event not to be missed!

 

Dance Party!

Make sure that you wear your dancing shoes as we’re holding a 1940s dance party after the screening in the Grand Foyer with singer Aaron Whiteside, tap dancing from the cast of 42nd Street,  live dance band the Billionaires and oodles of birthday cake! Meet some colourful 1940’s characters and jive the night away in style!

 

Tickets

Standard Entry £10:

  • Cocktail on arrival in the Art Deco circle bar
  • Ticket for Film Screening in the Opera House

Film + Party Entry £15:

  • Cocktail on arrival in the Art Deco circle bar
  • Ticket for Film Screening in Opera House
  • Entry to the vintage dance party in the Grand Foyer: Live music and dance and cake!

VIP Entry £20:

    • Cocktail on arrival in the Art Deco circle bar
    • Ticket for Film Screening in Opera House
    • Entry to the vintage dance party in the Grand Foyer: Live music and dance
    • Reserved front-row tables at the party.

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This event is a fundraiser to restore the 35mm film projectors in the Opera House.

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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