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BANKS OF ENGLAND - A TRIBUTE TO GORDON BANKS OBE - Wed 20th Feb, 7.45, Stoke Film Theatre January 18 2018

STAFFORDSHIRE FILM ARCHIVE - STAFFORDSHIRE'S OWN TIME MACHINE

Free Screenings - Current Season 2019 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

  

Wed 20th February       7.45pm - Change of Programme 

BANKS OF ENGLAND - A Celebration of Gordon Banks OBE

The great Pelé, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Gordon Banks OBE – all together at this unique occasion at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday July 12th, 2008 and filmed by Staffordshire Film Archive.

This is the official Video Record of the event, enjoyed by thousands of people. These were the celebrations of the achievements and career of Gordon Banks – leading up to the unveiling of his statue which now stands outside the Stadium. In addition, we see Gordon talking about his career at the Kings Hall - with plenty of anecdotes.

All the key events of the day are here - the Youth ‘World Cup’ Final, with cups presented by Gordon Banks and Pelé, the Celebrity Match BRAZIL vs ENGLAND with teams of soccer stars and media celebrities and celebrity Managers Desmond Tutu, Pelé, Gordon Banks and actor James Nesbitt of Cold Feet.

And, of course, the Unveiling of the Gordon Banks Statue – with the Carnival preceding it and the key speeches from Pelé and Desmond Tutu. There are interviews with Gordon Banks, James Nesbitt and other celebrities including the sculptor Andy Edwards. Also - the complete Press Conference and the Celebrity Press Conference.

Extras include unique film of renowned local artist Rob Pointon chatting with Gordon as he paints his portrait, plus extracts from interviews with Gordon over the years by Ray Johnson, Gary Kelsall and Simon Lowe of Action Sports International.

 

Wed 27th February.       6.00-9.00pm

ARRIVE 19

Premiere screening of the latest films from final year students of the Media/Film Production Courses at Staffordshire University.

 

Wed 6th March             6.00-9.00pm

EVINCE 19

Premiere screening of the latest films from final year students of the Media/Film Production Courses at Staffordshire University.

 

Wed 13th March       7.45pm

BOTTLE KILN WALK

On September 20th 2009 champion walker Keith Meeson and a group of volunteers walked to all 47 surviving bottle ovens in the City - The Bottle Kiln Walk - raising funds for the Donna Louise Trust. Ray Johnson, with three other cameramen, filmed the event and interviewed people taking part, with the Lord Mayor, Jean Gough (daughter of Sir Stanley Matthews) and also entertainer Pete Conway - Robbie Williams’ father - and Joan Walley MP. We visit every bottle kiln still standing, and the evening also includes archive film footage of bottle kilns in use in various factories in the days of coal firing.

There will be an update for the current plans for restoring and preserving a number of our bottle ovens with funding from the Heritage Action Zone.

 

Wed 20th March       7.45pm

END OF AN EMPIRE - A GUIDED TOUR AND THE LAST DAYS OF THE EMPIRE THEATRE, LONGTON

The Empire was the largest Variety Theatre in the Potteries. When live shows finished it became a cinema before going over to Bingo. After the Bingo finished, it was left empty and unused. Here is archive film of the theatre still in use, plus a filmed guided tour through every part of the empty theatre. This film was taken just a month before the Empire burned down on New Year’s Eve in 1992 - there is film of the fire and its aftermath. 

 

Wed 27th March       7.45pm

THE HIDDEN VALLEY - Archive Films featuring the Churnet Valley, Staffordshire Moorlands

 A selection of films including: the Caldon Canal before, during and after restoration; 1950s/60s rides on steam trains from Macclesfield along the Churnet Valley Line of the North Staffordshire Railway - with scenes at Rudyard Lake, Leek, Alton, Oakamoor through to Uttoxeter; the hidden village of Consall Forge filmed in the 1960s and 70s; a guided tour of the Cheddleton Flint Mill with Robert Copeland plus other items.

  

Wed 3rd April       7.45pm

THE HEART OF STAFFORDSHIRE - Portrait of a Village

Church Eaton is a typical rural community of about 750 people seven miles from Stafford. This video looks at the archaeology and history of the village, its cattle, pigs and sheep farming, green bio-fuels farm projects, the artisan craftspeople with studios in the village, the woodsman and other individuals. There is a feature on the Church and the choir, the School, the Village Institute, the village-owned pub, societies and sports activities - and all aspects of community life. Filmed by Ray Johnson, with an update on the Village today

 

Wed 10th April        7.45pm

SCVS - STOKE CINE AND VIDEO SOCIETY - WINNERS ALL

SCVS host a selection of IAC award-winning films from the British International Amateur Film Festival 2018 - the best amateur filmmaking from around the world.

 

Wed 17th April       7.45pm 

WORLD CIRCUS DAY - Saturday April 20th

This is a review and celebration of Circus throughout the world for World Circus Day, and how the Philip Astley Project has now achieved international acknowledgement for the inventor of Circus 250 years ago - Philip Astley of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. There are up-to-date action scenes of various world Circuses blended with a selection of historic circus films.

 

Wed 24th April      

NO SCREENING – EASTER WEEK