Free Screenings - Spring Season 2017 December 02 2016

STAFFORDSHIRE FILM ARCHIVE

FREE SCREENINGS AT THE FILM THEATRE, College Rd, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2EF

WEDNESDAYS, 7.45pm. Bar open from 7.00pm. Ticket-free – No booking required. Free parking adjacent to Film Theatre - enter from College Road opposite Queen Anne Street.

SPRING SEASON 2017

Wed 1st March       7.45pm

Arnold Bennett 150th Anniversary – THE CARD (1952)

The most popular of all the screen adaptations of Bennett and starring Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson and Petulia Clarke. Shown under special Licence. Plus promotional memorabilia and sidelights on the filming locally - and we hope to have a member of the film's cast with us for the occasion.

To support the cost of screening the programme of feature films from Bennett books, Staffordshire Film Archive is launching a set of £5 DVDs at this event featuring various aspects of Bennett's work. These include The Making of The Card - including scenes of the local filming in Middleport and the film’s Premiere at the Odeon in Hanley with the stars present. 

Alec Guinness came and filmed here... Yes - the great Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars once strode the cobbled streets of Middleport!

Wed 8th March          7.45pm

STOKE’S FORGOTTEN STAR

A review of the career of Hanley-born Mary Poole, who achieved West End fame in the 1920s as M’Lita Dolores – to coincide with the new exhibition at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Ray Johnson’s unique collection of memorabilia, photos, posters and films will bring her career back to life – and recent filming traces her post-war career as broadcaster in Malta and her final appearances in the cathedral choir in Valetta.

Wed 15th March        7.45pm

Arnold Bennett 150th – HOLY MATRIMONY (1943 - from “Buried Alive”)

Gracie Fields stars in this second Hollywood adaptation Bennett’s story (it was Oscar nominated for Best Screenplay) - after His Double Life in 1933. “A most delightful union between Gracie Fields and Monty Woolley - a charming picture which is full of sly humour" (New York Times). Clips of the 1933 film starring Lillian Gish and Roland Young will be shown.

Wed 22nd March       7.45pm

WE ARE NOT DEFEATED – A Tribute to BRENDA PROCTOR

A showing of the documentary produced by Brenda and the North Staffs Miners’ Wives Action Group in 1994, plus updates to the 2015 events commemorating the end of the Miners’ Strike of 1984/1985. Includes an extract from the New Vic play Nice Girls about the NSMWAG and original 1984 strike footage in Stoke. 

Wed 29th March        7.45pm

ENGLISH ELECTRIC FILMS, Stafford - DIESEL ELECTRIC

New digitisations of films produced at Stafford: Diesel Electric – 1947 film of the development and building of the first diesel-electric passenger locomotive 10000, The Locomotive Builders – 1965 film of EE locomotives around the world. Plus The Driving Force – the change from steam to diesel electric explained – and short films.

Wed 5 April               7.45pm


Arnold Bennett 150th – DEAR MR PROHACK 
(1949)

Dear Mr. Prohack is a British comedy, starring Cecil Parker as Arthur Prohack, a civil servant who is extremely frugal with the government's money. When he is swept of his feet by a sudden and unexpected fortune he finds himself much less adept at handling his own newfound riches. Thornton Freeland adapts Arnold Bennett’s novel, Mr. Prohack, marking the debut of Denholm Elliot and featuring Glynis Johns and Dirk Bogarde.

Wed 12th April

Easter Break – No Screening

Wed 19th April

Easter Break – No Screening

Wed 26th April           7.45pm

STOKE CINE AND VIDEO SOCIETY – 2017

Movies of the Year, our annual retrospective of films made by members of the Society over the past year.