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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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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Millions Like Us (1943)

12:15pm, Sunday 17 March, Opera House

Year: 1943
Running Time: 1 hour 43 mins
Directors: Frank Launder, Sidney Gilliat
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Cert: U

Step back in time to Britain in 1943 in this wartime propaganda film which centres upon the lives, loves and work of a group of women employed in an aircraft factory.

This rare film about female factory workers during World War II looks at  how the war effort changed ordinary lives, dismantling old class prejudices and proving the truth of Churchill’s sentiments that the war would not just be won by “the few” but through the sweat and hard work of the eponymous “millions like us”.

Patricia Roc stars as Celia, whose dreams of joining the WAAF are shattered when she’s assigned to work on the production line. Best bring the tissues – this is wartime, after all. Oh, and if you’re a fan of 1970s telly series Upstairs Downstairs and The Professionals, see if you can spot Gordon Jackson.

Why not join us after the film for a free 1940s tea dance in the Grand Foyer?

Tickets £3

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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

 

Working Class Heroes: A Taste of Honey (1961)

2:30pm Saturday 16 March 2019, Opera House

Year: 1961
Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Director: Tony Richardson
Genre: Drama
Cert: 12

This gritty, multi award-winning screen adaptation of Shelagh Delaney’s play fits the ‘kitchen sink drama’ description perfectly. In 1960s Salford, 17-year-old Jo has a brief relationship with a black sailor called Jimmy. After he’s sailed she realises she is pregnant, but Jo’s problems are only just beginning.

This insightful classic of social realist film cleverly tackles the realities of economic deprivation, race, sexuality and class in a modern, refreshing way.

Rita Tushingham is astonishing in her debut role as Jo and look out for Dora Bryan as her absent, self-absorbed mother, Helen.

This screening will be followed by a talk and Q&A session on the British Film Institute’s Working Class Heroes season with special guest Danny Leigh.
 
Danny Leigh is the senior curator of fiction in the BFI National Archive. Danny came to the BFI in 2017 after a career in film journalism, writing for the Financial Times and the Guardian over more than 20 years. In TV and radio, he was co-host of the BBC1 Film programme for seven years. He has made documentaries about boxing movies for BBC4 and David Lynch for Radio 4, as well as two series for BBC Arts: Film Now: 21st Century Cinema and British Film Mavericks.
 
His areas of interest include class and British cinema, psychology on film and the film connections of Graham Greene.

Tickets £6.50
Or buy a double-bill ticket with Blackpool On Screen and receive a discount.

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Family Screening: The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

10:45am, Saturday 16 March 2019, Opera House

We’re pleased to bring you a special screening of the classic musical The Wizard of Oz at the magnificent Blackpool Opera House and kids go free!

Year: 1939

Running Time: 1h 38 mins

Director: Victor Fleming

Genre: Musical, fantasy

Starring:  Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger

Cert: U

A timeless family musical and one of cinema’s much loved productions, The Wizard of Oz (1939) sees young Dorothy Gale longing to escape black-and-white drudgery on a Kansas farm, for a life ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’. During a dramatic tornado her wish comes true as she and her dog Toto are carried off into the sky. Suddenly in Oz, life is Technicolor bedazzlement. In a bid to return to Kansas, new friends Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion help her fend off the Wicked Witch to reach the Emerald City and the wonderful but never-before-seen Wizard of Oz.

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

Buy one adult ticket, get up to 2 child tickets free. 

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If you wish to bring a group of children, please contact us directly.

Tickets: £5 per adult, up to 2 children go free with each adult.  Additional children’s tickets £2.50.

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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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