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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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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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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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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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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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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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 £10, £8 concessions

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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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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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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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