Güeros (2014)

5:30pm, Saturday 17 March 2018, Grand Foyer

Year: 2014
Running Time: 1 hour 46 minutes
Director: Alonso Ruizpalacios
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cert: 15

Set amidst the 1999 student strikes in Mexico City, this coming-of-age tale follows two brothers venturing through the city in a sentimental search for an ageing legendary musician.

Tomás is too much for his lone mother so she sends him to live with his older brother Federico, (aka Sombra) and his roommate Santos, in Mexico City.

Both are students at the university, but they spend most of their time hanging out at home having boycotted school for the past few months as part of an ongoing student strike. Boredom leads the trio to embark on an unusual mission when they find out that their late father’s musical hero, Epigmenio Cruz is dying.

Travelling through the city in their rusty car soon becomes a voyage of self-discovery in this road movie in which the travellers barely manage to leave town.

With witty dialogue and crisp black and white cinematography, Güeros is a must for fans of New Wave cinema and anyone looking to experience new Mexican film-making at its best.

Winner of 21 awards including Best First Feature, Berlin International Film Festival 2014 Winner Best Cinematography Tribeca Film Festival 2014 Winner of 5 Mexican Ariel “Academy Awards”, including Best Film and Best Director.

Tickets £5.00 

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BOMBSHELL: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

7pm, Sunday 18 March 2018, Grand Foyer

Year: 2017
Running Time: 89 minutes (Q&A approx 30 mins)
Director: Alexandra Dean
Genre: Documentary

A film by Alexandra Dean
Produced by Susan Sarandon

Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr (Ziegfeld Girl, Samson and Delilah) was known as the world’s most beautiful woman – Snow White and Cat Woman were both based on her iconic look. However, her arresting looks and glamorous life stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved as an ingenious inventor whose pioneering work helped revolutionize modern communication.

Mislabeled as “just another pretty face,” Hedy’s true legacy is that of a technological trailblazer. She was an Austrian Jewish emigré who invented a covert communication system to try and help defeat the Nazis, then gave her patent to the Navy, but wasignored and tol to sell kisses for war bonds instead. It was only towards the very endof her life that tech pioneers discovered her concept which is now used as the basis forsecure WiFi, GPS and Bluetooth. Hedy never publicly talked about her life as an inventor and so her family thought her story died when she did. But in 2016, director Alexandra Dean and producer Adam Haggiag unearthed four never-before-heard audio tapes of Hedy speaking on the record about her incredible life.

Combining this newly discovered interview with intimate reflections from her children, closest friends, family and admirers, including Mel Brooks and Robert Osborne, BOMBSHELL (executive produced by Susan Sarandon, Michael Kantor and Regina Scully) finally gives Hedy Lamarr the chance to tell her own story.

Tickets £6

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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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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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Cinema in the Dark: Carnival of Souls

Date: Saturday 23 January
Venue: Foyer Bar
Time: 6.30pm

Tickets: £7.50

Carnival of Souls

Year: 2015  Running Time: 60
Director: Bren O’Callaghan
Produced by Sally Folkard
Script adapted by Len Horsey
Music and sound design by Euan Rodger
Starring: Matt Aistrup, Baby Dee, Henrietta Fusi, Amanda Hennessy, Len Horsey, Kate McCabe and Daniel Wallace.
Cert: 15

A new, unique adaptation of director Herk Harvey’s 1962 experimental feature film oddity, Carnival of Souls has been stripped and adapted to become an audio-only experience inside a darkened cinema, inspired by classic fantasy adventure radio serials of the 1930s-40s alongside sensory deprivation methods.

Commissioned by Film Hub North West Central with an advisory group of blind and partially sighted audience members, the broadcast is relayed across wireless headsets incorporating binaural audio – a technique that creates the illusion of the action happening to and around the listener, forming a sense of intimate proximity.

Binaural sound is discerned ‘outside’ the head, projected into physical space, with additional properties of direction, distance and range. Carnival of Souls attempts to explore to what end you, the audience, contribute to the cinematic experience by way of a largely unconscious understanding of form and audio foundations – from sound effects to musical composition, locative prompts and dialogue.


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Mary (Amanda Hennessy), escaping a traumatic past, attempts to establish a new life in a sleepy Utah town, site of a derelict carnival and dancehall. Subjected to the attentions and lure of a mysterious figure, Moroni (Baby Dee), Mary finds herself drawn to the ruins of the former pleasure ground… about which the local Mormon congregation know more than they choose to reveal.

Please note this performance takes place in near-darkness with the optional invitation to wear an eye mask for blotting out remaining light spill. It is therefore not suitable for those who may feel uncomfortable in this setting.


Special thanks to Matthew Irvine for permission to adapt from the original film treatment.

Thanks to Filmhub North West for their assistance with bringing this event to Blackpool.

If you like this, why not see the full feature film at our Carnival of Souls screening later on in the Opera House?

COS ticket offer

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

Doing the double bill offer? Buy your £2.50 ticket at the Cinema in the Dark event.

Take a look at the Facebook event.