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

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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

 

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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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.

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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 

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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.

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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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