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

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

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.

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.

Sing-a-long Calamity Jane (1953)

1pm, Sunday 5 February, Opera House

Year: 1953  Running Time: 101 mins
Director: 
David Butler
Starring:
Doris Day, Howard Keel, Allyn Ann McLerie
Cert:
U

Every year we have one ‘Exception to the rule’ screening of a colour film. This year we have a LGBT History Month Screening in Partnership with Blackpool Pride Festival

Polish up those cowboy boots because the Deadwood Stage is coming to Blackpool this February!

Join us for a sing-a-long screening one of the best loved musical films of the 1950s. The captivating Doris Day plays the whip-cracking, gun-toting frontier scout Calamity Jane, whose wild promises lead her to bring the beautiful Adelaide Adams to grace the stage at Deadwood’s Golden Garter saloon. The new arrival causes quite a stir, but has Calamity accidentally introduced a romantic rival?

The toe-tapping musical score by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster is a firm favourite, including catchy numbers like The Deadwood Stage, A Woman’s Touch and the Oscar winning Secret Love, which became a million-selling hit for Doris Day and a queer anthem.

We’re excited to bring you new digital sing-a-long release of this musical classic; so warm up your vocal chords as we’ll be encouraging you to belt out your favourites. Whip-crack-away!

Tickets £7.50.

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Dressing up is is not essential, but positively encouraged… Yee-haaaa!

There will be a bucket collection for Blackpool Pride Festival at this event.