Dystopia Utopia: Die! Goldstein

8:30pm, Saturday 16 March, Opera House

Running Time: 45 mins
Genre: Live Cinema, artist’s film
Cert: Suggested 12A

Step into a beautiful and jarring cinematographic soundscape in this terrifying and encouraging experimental, visual, post rock experience.  Mirroring alternative states of the human condition and its consequences, Die! Goldstein offers a harsh but hopeful journey of human experience, incorporating pressing societal issues through global imagery.

An inspiring and encouraging live cinema performance, accompanied by a collage of  many deconstructed films from a variety of sources, charting the progress from dark and desperate dystopian states to an enlightened, utopian present.
DIE! GOLDSTEIN is the Berlin-based project of sound composer, photographer and video maker Diego Mar. He has played more than 100 times live worldwide, in cities such as Berlin, Barcelona, Madrid, London, Rome, Tokyo, and Bangkok, and has shared a stage with bands such as Mogwai, Oceansize, Sakamoto and Vessels.
Tickets: £5
Join us in the bar after the screening for a Q&A with the artist and to hang out with other film fans.

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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: 135 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.

Lancaster Millennium Choir present ‘The Lone Ranger’

1:45pm Saturday 17 March 2018, Opera House

Year: 1949
Running Time: 60 mins
Director: George B. Seitz Jr.
Starring: Clayton Moore, Jay Silverheels
Genre: Western, Television
Cert: U

Lancaster Millennium Choir returns to the festival with their unique take on black & white classics. This year they bring us The Lone Ranger.

Experience the first episode of the classic 1950s series as you’ve never seen (or heard it) before…!

This is a relaxed/dementia-friendly screening.

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 performance so people can move around
    • The volume is slightly lower
    • Singing along is not only allowed but positively encouraged!
  • Wheelchair spaces are available

Tickets are free with an optional £3 donation on the door.

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

With Live Score By Chris Davies

Doors open 10:45am, Screening starts 11:00am, Saturday 17 16 March 2018, Opera House

Year: 1926
Running Time: 67 mins
Director: Lotte Reiniger
Cert: PG
Genre: Animation, family, art film

Lotte Reiniger’s beautiful 1926 silhouette animation, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, brings to life magical tales from the Arabian Nights.

First shown in 1926 in Germany by Lotte Reiniger. It’s preserved in the BFI National Archive and is the oldest surviving animated feature film and still stands as one of the great classics of animation — witty, lively, delicate, inventive, stirring and romantic.

Three years in the making, made in card, cut entirely by hand, Reiniger’s exquisite shadow characters move intricately through colourful worlds of demons, witches, beautiful princesses and flying castles.

The film features a silhouette animation technique Reiniger had invented which involved manipulated cutouts made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead moved frame-by-frame under a camera. Several famous avant-garde animators worked on this film with Lotte Reiniger, among them Walter Ruttmann, Berthold Bartosch and Carl Koch.

Musician Chris Davies reinvigorates the film with his skillful composition and live performance using a spectacular array of instruments from around the world to accompany Prince Achmed’s journey from the Middle East, to Africa, China and beyond.

Instruments used in this production:

Classical guitar, oud, darbuka, gong rack, bass drum, djembe, tin whistle, bowed psaltery, xylophones, thumb piano, zither, crystal singing bowl, bamboo flute, soprano saxophone, rattles, shakers and bells, voice, sequencing and computer programming.

Tickets: Adults £5, children £2.50.
Special early bird offer: buy one adult ticket get one child ticket free – book before 5 March 2018.

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Opening Night Party: Some Like it Hot (1959)

Doors open 6:45pm, Screening starts 7:30pm, Friday 16 March 2018, Opera House

Year: 1959
Running Time: 121 mins
Director: Billy Wilder
Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
Cert: 12

We’re heading down to Florida with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators in this fabulous musical comedy starring screen legend Marilyn Monroe with the iconic Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.

Arguably the best and most popular comedy ever made, join us for a screening of Billy Wilder’s classic screwball tale of cross-dressing Jazz musicians, gangsters, and a knockout blonde.

When down on their luck jazz musicians (Curtis and Lemmon) witness a speakeasy gang war, they find themselves out of a job and on the run from a ruthless gangster. Broke and looking for somewhere to hide, a gig with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators at a Florida beach resort seems like the perfect getaway. There’s just one problem: the Syncopators are an all-female band, and Joe and Jerry aren’t women – yet.

Armed with some dodgy wigs and wobbly falsettos, Joe and Jerry manage to join the Syncopators, where they meet Sugar Kane: a hooch-swilling, ukulele-playing knockout with a soft spot for badboy saxophone players. Barely able to believe their good fortune, things start to go off the rails for the pair when they begin to attract unwanted attention from lecherous millionaires and some familiar faces show up at their hotel for a gathering of the country’s most dangerous criminals.

 

59 years after its original release and including brilliant performances,  lots of laughs 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 1920s dance party after the screening in the Grand Foyer with live dance band the Billionaires. Meet some colourful 1920’s characters and Charleston the night away in style!

Buy Tickets

Standard Entry £10:

  • Cocktail on arrival in the secret speakeasy bar
  • Ticket for Film Screening in the Opera House

Party Entry £15:

  • Cocktail on arrival in the secret speakeasy bar
  • Ticket for Film Screening in Opera House
  • Entry to the 1920s swing dance party in the Grand Foyer: Live music and dance

VIP Entry £20

  • Cocktail on arrival in the secret speakeasy bar
  • Ticket for Film Screening in Opera House
  • Entry to the 1920s swing dance party in the Grand Foyer: Live music and dance
  • Have your souvenir photo taken by our professional photographer in our art deco setting – includes print and postage.
  • Reserved front-row tables at the party.

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

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

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

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Frankenstein (1931) with live singing from Lancaster Millennium Choir

3pm, Saturday 4 February, Baronial Hall
12:15pm, Sunday 5 February, Derham Lounge

Year: 1931        Running Time: 25 mins
Director: James Whale
Starring: Boris Karloff,  Colin Clive,  Mae Clarke,  John Boles, Edward Van Sloan
Cert: PG (Contains mild horror)

Lancaster Millennium Choir will be bringing their unique, and highly entertaining, interpretation of Frankenstein. Experience an abridged version of the 1931 classic in a new way as the choir sing along to clips using parts of Mary Shelley’s original text – plus a few other musical surprises along the way!

This event is a fundraiser for the Opera House 35mm Projector restoration project.

Suggested donation £3

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The Phantom of the Opera

4pm, Saturday 4 February, Opera House

Year: 1925
Running Time: 80 mins
Director: Rupert Julian
Starring: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry
Cert: PG
The Phantom of the Opera 

Beneath the sewers of the Paris Opera House dwells a masked figure. He is the Phantom, a hideously disfigured composer whose dream is to turn chorus singer Christine into a diva. Lon Chaney, the “Man of a Thousand Faces”, dominates this classic adaptation of the 1910 novel. His ghastly make-up and outrageous performance made this one of the great classics of American silent film.

Film critic Roger Ebert said in 2004 that “it has always been a question whether The Phantom of the Opera is a great film, or only a great spectacle.” Either way, to see this film in 1925 was a truly shocking experience. Fast-moving and exciting, the film is a dramatic tale of obsession, kidnap, murder and revenge, beautifully tinted throughout and featuring an impressive sequence of early Technicolor as the Phantom appears at a Masked Ball.

This is the original film version of Phantom which inspired numerous remakes. It was a critical and commercial success upon release, as these press quotes from the time contest: an “ultra fantastic melodrama” (New York Times); “produced on a stupendous scale” (Moving Picture World); “probably the greatest inducement to nightmare that has yet been screened” (Variety)

Minima have specialised in live accompaniment to screenings of silent films since 2006. Their electrifying new score for The Phantom of the Opera captures the horror of the story, but also finds pathos, romance and humour. Drums, bass, guitar and cello strike up a thrilling relationship with the film, following the Phantom down into his subterranean nightmare world.

“Minima are one of the leading bands accompanying silent film in Europe.” (Robert Rider, Head of Cinema, the Barbican Centre)

“Minima’s spine-tingling music clung to each twist of the movie… spellbinding accompaniment.” (The Guardian)

“A superbly sinister live score by the soundtrack group Minima.” (Financial Times)

 

  • Buy one adult ticket and get a free child ticket (under 16 yrs).

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

3pm, Sunday 5 February, Baronial Hall

Year: 1927  Running Time: 94 mins
Director: FW Murnau
Starring: Janet Gaynor, George O’Brien, Margaret Livingston
Cert: U

Awards 1st Academy Awards (1927/8)

  • Best Actress – Janet Gaynor
  • Cinematography – Charles Rosher and Karl Struss
  • Unique and Artistic Picture

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

sunrise_poster“This song of the man and his wife is of no-place and everyplace: you might hear it anywhere at anytime. For wherever the sun rises and sets…in the city’s turmoil or under the open sky on the farm, life is much the same, sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet.”

So begins F.W. Murnau’s astonishing film.

This is a moving simple story of a husband’s betrayal of his wife with a seductive city girl. Labelled simply ‘The Man’ (George O Brien) and ‘The Wife’ (Janet Gaynor) the protagonists embark on an adventure of temptation, reconciliation, reconsecration and redemption, told with a lyrical simplicity of timelessness and universality.

Made with an unlimited budget, the amazing cinematography captures both idyllic rural settings and the bustling modern city with pioneering camera work. Sunrise is silent film at its most poetic. it uses an amazing array of cinematic touches, with a plot that keeps the audience transfixed.

Wurlitza will provide live accompaniment, adding music that will be both familiar and unfamiliar, from Bach and Villa Lobas to Talking Heads, Echo and the Bunnymen, Madness and the Vapors, as well as some of their own. This is a truly unique and memorable experience, and great for all ages.

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Sunrise trailer