It’s back! Pocket Film Festival returns to Stafford 12-17 March 2018, heading to more exciting venues with a superb selection of films in tow.

The festival kicks off on Monday 12 March with the hilarious Withnail & I at Floodgate Ale House, followed by a week of short films, archive footage, old classics and new releases, and, for the big finish, a screening of Buster Keaton’s The General accompanied by the incredible Meg Morley on piano.

Take a look below for a full lowdown on all the events, and head over to the Events page for more info and to book.

Unseen Cinema are proud to be working with Flatpack: Assemble again on what we hope will be another successful festival during March 2018.


Pocket Film Festival 2018 Programme

Stafford Lives: Films from the Archives
Free entry
Back by popular demand, Stafford Library and Number 7 will host films about life in Stafford in the 50s and 60s curated by the Media Archive for Central England. They’ll play on a loop – check with venues for exact timings.

Withnail & I (15)
Dir: Bruce Robinson
Monday 12 March, 7.30pm
Floodgate Ale House, £6
Two out of work actors go on holiday to the English countryside “by mistake” where they encounter nothing but tedium, terrifying locals and torrential rain. We reckon it’s one of the best British comedies ever made.

The Florida Project (15)
Dir: Sean Baker
Tuesday 13 March, 7.30pm
Gatehouse Theatre, £7/£6
Six-year-old Moonee (Brooklyn Prince) and her rag-tag group of friends cause havoc around their wonderland home the Magic Castle, while her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) struggles to make ends meet, dealing with the realities of living on the impoverished fringes of paradise.

Short Film Night
Wednesday 14 March, 7.00pm
Stone Library, Free Entry
Look out for The Burden by Swedish animator Niki Lindroth von Bahr – it may possibly be the greatest short film ever made.

Criminal Quilts – Artist Talk
Thursday 15 March, 6.00pm
Staffordshire Record Office, Free Entry
Join Artist in Residence Ruth Singer for an introduction to her new developing work around the stories and images of women in the criminal justice system in the 19th century.

Fury (12)
Dir: Fritz Lang
Thursday 15 March, 7.30pm
Staffordshire Record Office, £6
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.

Westworld (15)
Dir: Michael Crichton
Friday 16 March, 7.30pm
Oddfellows Hall, £6
A futuristic theme park where paying guests play out their wildest fantasies in an artificial Wild West populated by Androids. Escapist fantasy takes on a grim reality when a malfunctioning robotic gunslinger (Yul Brynner) goes haywire.

The General (U) with live piano by Meg Morley
Dir: Clyde Bruckman & Buster Keaton
Saturday 17 March, 7.30pm
St. Mary’s Church, £10/£8
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 piano.


Venue Details

Stafford Library
Staffordshire Place, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH
0300 1118000

Floodgate Ale House
147 Newport Road, Stafford, ST16 2EZ
07917 885821

Gatehouse Theatre
Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LT
01785 619080

Stone Library
Market Square, Stone, ST15 8AT
0300 1118000

Staffordshire Record Office
Eastgate Street, Stafford, ST16 2LZ
0300 1118001

Oddfellows Hall
17 Greengate Street, Stafford, ST16 2HP
01785 258269

St. Mary’s Church
St. Mary’s Place, Stafford, ST16 2AP
01785 223600

Number 7
7 Market Square, Stafford, ST16 2JN
07917 885821