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.

Book Now

Maxine Peake as Hamlet

5:30pm, Sunday 18 March, Opera House

Manchester’s Royal Exchange present this unique production of Hamlet

Year: Filmed at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in 2015
Running Time: 3 hours 04 mins, no interval
Director: Sarah Frankcom
Genre: Drama, Shakespeare
Cert: BBFC Unclassified

Shakespeare’s most iconic work, Hamlet explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness.
From its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre comes a film version of this unique and critically acclaimed production of HAMLET with BAFTA-nominee Maxine Peake in the title role. This groundbreaking stage production, directed by Sarah Frankcom, was Royal Exchange’s fastest-selling show in a decade.

Alongside Maxine Peake as the eponymous prince, a number of other roles, including Polonious and Rosencrantz, are also played by women. HAMLET is brought to cinemas by film director Margaret Williams, whose Written on Skin (Royal Opera House/BBC) won many awards including the Diapason d’Or. The film is produced by Anne Beresford and Debbie Gray, the team behind the highly successful cinema broadcast of Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach which Margaret also directed.

Every scene offers at least one subtle-to-jolting twist on the HAMLET you think you know.

Tickets: £7.50

Buy Tickets


Cast & Talent:

Designer – Amanda Stoodley
Lighting – Lee Curran
Sound – Peter Rice
Composer – Alex Baranowski

Hamlet – Maxine Peake
Horatio – Thomas Arnold
Claudius – John Shrapnel
Ophelia – Katie West
Marcella – Claire Benedict
Polonia – Gillian Bevan

 

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.

Buy Tickets

I’m No Angel (1933) #Circus250

Friday Matinee #circus250 screening: Doors open 1:45pm, Screening starts 2pm, Friday 16 March 2018, Opera House

Year: 1933
Running Time: 87 minutes
Director: Wesley Ruggles
Starring: Mae West, Cary Grant, Gregory Ratoff
Genre: Comedy
Tira (Mae West) is a circus dancer and lion tamer with a taste for the finer things in life. She can hardly afford a champagne lifestyle on a sideshow performer’s salary, but with a string of rich admirers she rarely goes without gifts of fancy clothes and jewellery.
 
Wealthy Jack Clayton (Cary Grant) is one of the men smitten with Tira, until her small-time crook and boyfriend Slick Wiley (Ralf Harolde) threatens their engagement. But Mae isn’t one to take “no” for an answer.
 
Will she be able to marry her dream man, or will the circus keep its main attraction?
 
With plenty of cheeky quips and sassy one-liners, Mae West penned the dialogue to this racy pre-Code hit. In fact, many film historians cite her as one of the reasons that the Hollywood production code was introduced. With infamous lines such as:
‘It’s not the men in your life that count, it’s the life in your men.’ and “When I’m good I’m very good. But when I’m bad I’m better.” this is West as her risqué finest.
Tickets £5.
Early bird discount: Book before 1 March 2018 to receive 20% off
 Buy Tickets
This is a #Circus250 event:
Blackpool has been named as one of the UK’s six Cities of Circus and the resort will be included in a year-round programme of events to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the world’s very first circus in this country.
#circuseverywhere

 

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.

  Buy Tickets

Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928)

5pm, Saturday 17 March 2018, Opera House

Year: 1928

Running Time: 1h 45 mins
Director: Franz Osten
Starring: Himansu Rai, Enakshi Rama Rau, Charu Roy
Language: Silent
Cert: U

Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen, this epic silent film is the ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal.

Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings.

Produced by and starring Indian film legend Himansu Rai, the film is performed by an all-Indian cast, featuring Rai as humble potter Shiraz, who follows his childhood sweetheart Selima when she’s sold by slave traders to the future emperor.

We’re pleased to present this beautiful new restoration by the BFI National Archive which features a specially commissioned score by the Grammy Award-winning composer Anoushka Shankar.

Tickets £5

Buy Tickets

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.

Buy Tickets

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 

vote 100 banner

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.
 

#Vote100 – Find out more

Casablanca (1942)

Doors open 2:55pm, Screening starts 3:10pm, Saturday 17 March 2018, Opera House

Year: 1942
Running Time: 1 hr 42 mins
Director: Michael Curtiz
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains
Cert: U

World War II, Morocco – a viper’s nest of corrupt French police, spies, fleeing emigres, gamblers and drinkers. It’s the perfect place for weary American expatriate nightclub owner Rick Blaine to hide out. Rick’s Cafe is the gathering place for the good, the bad and the ugly, but he doesn’t care, as long as they spend their money.

One day, of all the bars in all the world, Rick’s long-lost love, Ilsa walks in with her resistance leader husband, Victor, and Rick is pulled into both a love triangle and a web of political intrigue. Ilsa and Victor need to escape from Casablanca, and Rick may be the only one who can help them.

Casablanca is the greatest love story ever told and time may have gone by but it has not diminished it, and this stunning new print is set to look breathtaking on the big screen and unforgettable as ever.

“Here’s lookin’ at you kid.”

Tickets £6, available online now.

Buy Tickets

Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film (1899-1917)

As leader Emmeline Pankhurst said in her legendary speech of November 1913:

“You have to make more noise than anybody else, you have to make yourself more obtrusive than anybody else, you have to fill all the papers more than anybody else. In fact you have to be there all the time and see that they do not snow you under.”

That meant film too: cinema was born just as the campaign was gathering momentum – and the suffragettes made it their business to get in front of the cameras!

This selection of 21 short silent films from the BFI National Archive shows how suffragettes were portrayed on the cinema screen while their battles were still being waged on the streets outside.

This fascinating compilation – with a specially commissioned score by Lillian Henley – combines contemporary newsreels with early comedies. Some contain grotesque parodies of female militants (often played by men in drag), but others also feature unruly girls who wreak havoc and still have the last laugh. These gloriously anarchic comedies reveal as much about young women’s aspirations as do the newsreels of demonstrations, arson attacks and other dramatic provocations.

Tickets are free, but booking is essential.

Book Now

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.

#Vote100 – Find out more

Vote 100 timeline

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.

See Facebook event