Bride of Frankenstein
Oct
31
7:30 PM19:30

Bride of Frankenstein

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Screening Venue: Shire Hall - Historic Courtroom 1, Stafford

Tickets £10/£8 concessions

Unseen Cinema returns to the Shire Hall for the first time in 2 years! The Shire Hall’s historic criminal courtroom is the perfect setting for our creepy Halloween screening of the Bride of Frankenstein. Boris Karloff returns as the monster in this classic sequel where Victor Frankenstein is tempted by his monster's proposal to create a female creature so that the monster can have a wife.

Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 American science-fiction horror film, the first sequel to Universal Pictures' 1931 hit Frankenstein.

We hope to welcome you back to the Shire Hall this Halloween to watch what is widely regarded as one of the greatest sequels in cinematic history!

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Release Date: 19 July 1935 (UK)

Duration: 1hr 15min

Director: James Whale

Writer: Mary Shelley (suggested by: the original story written in 1816 by) (as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley), William Hurlbut (adapted by)

Starring: Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive

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Top Hat
Nov
23
7:30 PM19:30

Top Hat

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Screening Venue: Shire Hall - Historic Courtroom 1, Stafford

Tickets: £8

Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO.   bfimusicals.co.uk

Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.uk

A good friend of ours has often complained that we never show any musicals, so when the opportunity came for us to run a mini season of classic musicals we jumped at the chance! First up we are screening Top Hat, the 1935 American screwball musical comedy film in which Fred Astaire plays an American dancer (Jerry Travers) who comes to London to star in a show where he meets and attempts to impress Dale Tremont (Ginger Rogers) to win her affection.

Come and watch this undeniable classic as we return to the wonderful Shire Hall, a Grade 2* listed gem situated in the centre of Stafford. Don’t miss your chance to hear it’slavish songs (including the gorgeous ‘Cheek to Cheek’) and see its effortless, masterful dance sequences on the big screen, amplified by the iconic chemistry between Rogers and Astaire.

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Release Date: 6 September 1935 (USA)

Duration: 1hr 41min

Director: Mark Sandrich

Writer: Dwight Taylor (screen play), Allan Scott (screen play)

Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edward Everett Horton

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White Christmas
Dec
20
7:30 PM19:30

White Christmas

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Friday, December 20, 2019

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Screening Venue: Shire Hall - Historic Courtroom 1, Stafford

Tickets: £8

Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO.   bfimusicals.co.uk

Screening as part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO. bfimusicals.co.uk

Our second screening as part of our Unseen Cinema presents…Musicals! season. Hopefully, by now you will have all got your last minute Christmas shopping done and have just finished your last day at work and are all ready for the Christmas Holidays? Okay, maybe this is all a little too optimistic, but that shouldn’t stop you from taking some time out to come to watch this Christmas classic starring Bing Crosby, a romantic tale that takes place in a Vermont lodge- where it is almost always, a "White Christmas."

We return to the Shire Hall, Stafford again for our final screening of 2019. The star-studded cast is packed with several favourites from the era, including Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, and Dean Jagger. What's more, the film introduced to the world a number of catchy sing-along tunes and is also known for helping make the song "White Christmas" as iconic as it is today.

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Release Date: 27 December 1954 (UK)

Duration: 2hrs

Director: Michael Curtiz

Writer: Norman Krasna (written for the screen by), Norman Panama (written for the screen by)

Starring: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney

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Casablanca
Feb
14
7:30 PM19:30

Casablanca

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Friday, February 14, 2020

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Screening Venue: Shire Hall - Historic Courtroom 1, Stafford

Tickets £10/£8 concessions

It’s considered one of the best romantic films of all time, and who are we to argue with that! Unseen Cinema is proud to present our Valentine’s special screening of Casablanca.

Humphrey Bogart stars as Rick, the owner of a nightclub in Casablanca during its Vichy France-Nazi occupation in the Second World War. He claims to be an apolitical man, but the chance arrival of his former lover Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) and her resistance fighter husband forces Rick to consider his loyalties, and confront his unresolved feelings for Ilsa.

We hope to welcome you back to the Shire Hall for our first screening of 2020 for an evening of cinematic love and romance.

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Release Date: 23 January 1943 (USA)

Duration: 1h 42min

Director: Michael Curtiz

Writer: Julius J. Epstein (screenplay), Philip G. Epstein (screenplay)

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid

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Speedy - With Live accompaniment by the Meg Morley Trio
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Speedy - With Live accompaniment by the Meg Morley Trio

Screening Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Stafford

Tickets £12/£10 concessions

Speedy was the last silent feature to star Harold Lloyd—and one of his very best. The slapstick legend plays the Yankees fan Harold "Speedy" Swift (Harold Lloyd), a scatterbrained New Yorker who can’t keep a job. He finally finds his true calling when he becomes determined to help save the city’s last horse-drawn streetcar, which is operated by his sweetheart’s grandfather. From its joyous visit to Coney Island to its incredible Babe Ruth cameo to its hair-raising climactic stunts on the city’s streets, Speedy is an out-of-control love letter to New York that will have you grinning from ear to ear.

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The film was directed by Ted Wilde, the last silent film to be directed by him, and was shot in both Hollywood, and on location in New York City.

This Harold Lloyd silent classic will be screened at St. Mary’s and we welcome back Meg Morley who this time will be providing a new live score by the Meg Morley Trio.

Meg Morley Trio

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Meg Morley – piano; Richard Sadler – double bass; Emiliano Caroselli – drums

Playing for her first silent film in 2016, Meg Morley has quickly become one of the UK's pre-eminent silent film accompanists, performing at various international film festivals (Birmingham's Flatpack, Bologna's Il Cinema Ritrovato, Pordenone's Le Giornate del Cinema Muto) and playing regularly at the London Cinema Museum where she is a resident pianist for the Kennington Bioscope. Her latest commission from the British Film Institute for The Marvelous Mabel Normand project, involved her improvising trio: a newly formed group, performing Morley's original music and recently being hailed in All About Jazz as “one of the most exciting on the current UK scene”. For more updates visit megmorleymusic.com


Release Date: 7 April 1928

Duration: 1hr 25min

Director: Ted Wilde

Writer: John Grey (story), Lex Neal (story)

Starring: Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff

This unique screening has been made possible with support from Film Hub Midlands through funds from the National Lottery. Film Hub Midlands support people to watch, show, and make films in the Midlands.

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The Holly and The Ivy
Nov
24
7:30 PM19:30

The Holly and The Ivy

Screening Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Stafford

The Holly and The Ivy is a lovable, life-enhancing seasonal movie. Set at Christmas and about the meaning of Christmas, it preserves in amber the austere atmosphere of postwar Britain. Ralph Richardson plays Reverend Martin Gregory, a recently widowed minister who is reunited with his family one Christmas.

Martin is torn between his roles of clergyman and father. His zeal for attending to his parishioners leads him to neglect the needs of his own family, until emotions boil over one Christmas.

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This Christmas classic also stars Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton and Denholm Elliott.

We hope to see you for our Christmas screening of this British festive classic!

Tickets £10/£8 concessions

Release Date: 22 December 1952

Duration: 1hr 23min

Director: George More O'Ferrall

Writer: Anatole de Grunwald (screenplay) (as Anatole De Grunwald)

Stars: Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton

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Nosferatu - With Live Wurlitzer accompaniment by Alan Wilson
Oct
27
7:30 PM19:30

Nosferatu - With Live Wurlitzer accompaniment by Alan Wilson

Screening Venue: Burton Town Hall, Burton

Unseen Cinema is proud to be working with Wurlitzer impresario Alan Wilson to create a chilling performance of F.W Murnau’s original Dracula film, Nosferatu.

This classic  will be brought to life through live Wurlitzer accompaniment and will take place in the perfect Halloween setting of Burton Town Hall.

 Don’t miss this opportunity to experience this horror classic with live accompaniment on the Wurlitzer which is considered to be one of the finest installations in the country.

The screening will feature live accompaniment by Alan Wilson on the Wurlitzer and is made possible by a generous grant from the BFI Film Audience Network.

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Tickets £12, £10 concessions

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The Great White Silence
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

The Great White Silence

Screening Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Stafford

We return for our new season of screenings with The Great White Silence, the official record of Captain Scott’s legendary expedition to the South Pole, restored by the BFI.

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Over a hundred years ago the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913) led by Captain Scott set out on its ill-fated race to the South Pole. Joining Scott on board the Terra Nova was official photographer and cinematographer Herbert Ponting. Ponting filmed almost every aspect of the expedition: the scientific work, life in camp and the local wildlife. Those things he was unable to film he boldly recreated back home.

Most importantly, Ponting recorded the preparations for the assault on the Pole – from the trials of the caterpillar track sledges to clothing and cooking equipment – giving us a real sense of the challenges faced by the expedition.

Ponting used his footage in various forms over the years and in 1924 he re-edited it into this remarkable feature, complete with vivid tinting and toning. The BFI National Archive – custodian of the Expedition negatives – has restored the film using the latest photochemical and digital techniques and reintroduced the film’s sophisticated use of colour. The alien beauty of the landscape is brought dramatically to life and the world of the expedition revealed in brilliant detail.

With a new score by Simon Fisher Turner featuring the composer, the Elysian Quartet, Sarah Scutt, David Coulter and Alexander L’Estrange.

Tickets £10/£8 concessions

 

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The General (Cert: U) - With Live Piano Accompaniment by Meg Morley
Mar
17
7:30 PM19:30

The General (Cert: U) - With Live Piano Accompaniment by Meg Morley

Screening Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Stafford

Buster Keaton’s 1926 American silent comedy The General was inspired by the Great Locomotive Chase, a true story of an event that occurred during the American Civil War. 

Expect romance, laughs and some fantastic stunts, all accompanied by the wonderfully talented Meg Morley on the piano.

Tickets £10, £8 concessions
 

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Release Date: 24 February 1927 (France)
Duration: 1h 7min
Directors: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
Writers: Buster Keaton, Clyde Bruckman
Stars: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Glen Cavender
 

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Westworld (Cert: 15)
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Westworld (Cert: 15)

Screening Venue: Oddfellows Hall, Stafford

Westworld - a futuristic theme park where paying guests can play out their fantasies in an artificial Wild West populated by Androids. But escapist fantasy suddenly takes on a grim reality when a malfunctioning robotic gunslinger (Yul Brynner) goes haywire!

Tickets £6

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Screening Venue: Oddfellows Hall
Release date: 8 December 1973 (Italy)
Duration: 1h 28min
Director: Michael Crichton
Writer: Michael Crichton
Stars: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin
 

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Fury (Cert: 12)
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

Fury (Cert: 12)

Screening venue: Staffordshire Record Office, Stafford

Join us at the Staffordshire Record Office for Fritz Lang’s first ever American film. When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to fake his death and frame the mob for his supposed murder.

Tickets £6

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Release date:5 June 1936 (USA) 
Duration: 1h 32min
Director: Fritz Lang
Writers: Bartlett Cormack (screen play), Fritz Lang (screen play)
Starring:  Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel
 

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Criminal Quilts - Artist Talk
Mar
15
6:00 PM18:00

Criminal Quilts - Artist Talk

Staffordshire Record Office, Free Entry

Find out about the work of Artist in Residence, Ruth Singer, who has been developing new work around the inspiring stories and images of women in the criminal justice system in the 19th century.


Ruth’s textile pieces, sketchbooks and new work in progress with be on display, along with research and original documents from the Archives relating to women in Stafford gaol. 
 

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Short Film Night
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Short Film Night

Stone Library, Free Entry

A selection of animated shorts. Expect all manner of genres and themes, but look out for The Burden by Swedish animator Niki Lindroth von Bahr in particular – it may possibly be the greatest short film ever made.
 

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The Florida Project (Cert: 15)
Mar
13
7:30 PM19:30

The Florida Project (Cert: 15)

The Florida Project tells the story of a precocious six-year-old and her rag-tag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder and a sense of adventure, while their parents and the adults around them struggle with the harsh realities of life in poverty at the edge of paradise.

Tickets available on the door. To buy tickets in advance please contact Gatehouse Theatre Box Office in person, by phone or online at: www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk
 

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Gatehouse Theatre, £7/£6
Dir: Sean Baker

We are pleased to be working with Stafford Film Theatre as part of the Pocket Film Festival.

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Withnail and I (Cert: 15)
Mar
12
7:30 PM19:30

Withnail and I (Cert: 15)

We return to Floodgate Ale House for a screening of one of the best British comedies ever made. Withnail & I follows two out-of-work actors as they spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub. When they go on holiday "by mistake" to the English countryside they encounter nothing but tedium, terrifying locals and torrential rain.

Tickets £6

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Duration: 1h 47mins
Release date:  19 June 1987 (USA)
Director: Bruce Robinson
Writer: Bruce Robinson
Starring: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths

BOOK YOUR TICKETS VIA Floodgate Ale House
147 Newport Road, Stafford, ST16 2EZ
07917 885821
 

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Stafford Lives: Films from the Archive
Mar
12
to Mar 16

Stafford Lives: Films from the Archive

Stafford Lives: Films from the Archive
12-16 March, various times*
Stafford Library and No.7 Market Square, Free Entry

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View amazing scenes of Stafford life in the 1950-1960s curated by the Media Archive for Central England. Back by popular demand, the films will play on a loop daily throughout the festival.

*Please check with venues for precise information
 

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Feb
10
7:30 PM19:30

BRIEF ENCOUNTER

Come and join us at the beautiful St. Mary's Church, Stafford for a Valentine's special screening of a romantic classic! Regarded by many as the best romantic film of all time, Brief Encounter is the 1945 British film directed by David Lean from a play written by Noel Coward. 

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Laura, a married woman with children, conventional life becomes increasingly complicated because of a chance meeting at a railway station with a stranger, Alec. They fall in love, bringing about unexpected consequences.

Release date: 26 November 1945 (United Kingdom)

Director: David Lean

Story by: Noël Coward

Starring: Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard

 

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Mar
18
8:00 PM20:00

The Wind, with live piano accompaniment

Victor Seastrom's 1928 melodramatic classic The Wind stars Lillian Gish as a girl who travels to live on an isolated ranch, where she is plagued by the advances of a cattle rancher and the incessant, maddening wind. 

The screening will feature a new live accompaniment by Meg Morley on piano, and is made possible by a generous grant from Film Hub North West Central. 

Tickets are £10 and £7.50 for concessions - including over 60s and under 30s. 

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Girl Shy, with live piano accompaniment
Feb
11
6:45 PM18:45

Girl Shy, with live piano accompaniment

In association with Creaky Cinema we are delighted to offer a Valentine’s special screening of Harold Lloyd’s 1924 silent romantic comedy Girl Shy. Lloyd stars as a tailor’s apprentice with a terrible stutter. Despite being cripplingly shy around women, he writes a book brazenly titled The Secret of Love Making. When he bumps into a lady who believes his manuscript to be a work of truth, he only has one thing on his mind – but in order to get the girl, he has to overcome her bigamist boyfriend.

With live piano accompaniment from Darius Battiwalla.

 

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Scrooge (1935) and Lea Hall Brass Band
Dec
17
6:45 PM18:45

Scrooge (1935) and Lea Hall Brass Band

In Association with Creaky Cinema and Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford we are delighted to offer this season's Creaky Special; Scrooge, 1935 adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol with Seymour Hicks. 

Scrooge, directed by Henry Edwards and starring Seymour Hicks, Donald Calthrop and Robert Cochran was the first sound version of the Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol. Hicks had previously played the role of Scrooge on the stage many times and is a classic cold-hearted curmudgeon in this often overlooked version of Dickens' Christmas ghost story.

Come early to watch a live performance of Christmas carols by Lea Hall Brass Band.

Doors open 6.45 (Lea Hall Brass Band), 7:30 (Scrooge).  Free drink and refreshments on arrival. 

£10 / £8 concessions

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Sep
17
5:00 PM17:00

The King and the Mockingbird

A masterpiece of traditional hand-drawn cell animation, The King and the Mockingbird is credited by celebrated Japanese animators Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata as inspiring the creation of their own studio, the now world-famous Studio Ghibli. Grimault and Prévert started work on the film in 1947, when it was planned to be France's first animated feature. A dispute stopped production, however, and it was released unfinished by its producer, without Grimault and Prévert's permission. Grimault spent 10 years getting the rights back and another 20 raising the money to finish the film as he and Prévert had envisaged it. It was finally finished and released in 1979, a few weeks after Prévert's death. 

Presented with English dubbing. 

£5 Adults/£4 Children

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Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

The Battle of the Somme

Screening at 12 noon and 4pm

The first feature-length documentary about a war, The Battle of the Somme was seen by over 20 million people in Britain at the time of its release. This newly-restored version has been released by the Imperial War Museum to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle, accompanied by a new score by Laura Rossi. 

Free, but please book below:

 

 

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Jul
27
2:30 PM14:30

Colour Box

Curated by Sam Groves of Birmingham's Flatpack Film Festival, Colour Box is an assortment of animated treats for families, featuring queen bums, alien creatures, hopping frogs, and elephants on bicycles: a celebration of how wonderful it is to be different. 

Advisory rating 5+ (some mild rudeness).

£3 per child/adults free - booking through the Shire Hall Gallery

Presented as part of www.moveit.org.uk

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Feb
13
6:30 PM18:30

City Lights

On Saturday 13 February Unseen Cinema returns to Stafford's Shire Hall Gallery (the Creaky Cinema) for a screening of Charlie Chaplin's 1931 romantic masterpiece, City Lights: a tale of love, boxing, attempted suicide and unforgettable drunkenness. 

Chris Gumbley's Jazzmatazz will set the scene with music from the 20s and 30s, before short films about love, including London-based  animators the Moth Collective's A Kiss, Deferred

Whether you're loved-up or lovelorn, we'll  sweep you off your feet with music from 6.30pm and films from 7.30pm.



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Oct
31
to Nov 1

The Invisible Man

Unseen Cinema’s first foray into the world of unusual film exhibition will take place this Halloween at Stafford’s Shire Hall Gallery with James Whale’s 1933 adaption of the H. G. Wells novella The Invisible Man.  

The gallery’s historic criminal court has no doubt seen its share of the criminally insane, and provides the perfect setting for a murderous, supernatural romp through the small English village of Iping.

The feature will be preceded by Buster Keaton in a 1921 short film, The Haunted House.

Films will start at 7.30pm on Saturday 31 October.

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