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Merry Christmas from STAFFORDSHIRE FILM ARCHIVE January 18 2018

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Free Screenings - Current Season 2018 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

WINTER SEASON  

 

Wed 19th December      CHANGE OF VENUE - POTTERIES MUSEUM 7.30pm

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW LOCATION FOR THIS SCREENING. THERE WILL BE CONSTRUCTIONAL BUILDING WORK IN THE FILM THEATRE AUDITORIUM DURING WEEK BEGINNING 17th DECEMBER

STAFFORDSHIRE'S TERRITORIALS and the BREAKING OF THE HINDENBERG LINE - Premiere Screening 

Staffordshire's Territorials and the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line

This new film from Inspired Film & Video tells the story of how men from the 137th Staffordshire Brigade broke through German defences in September 1918 and helped bring about the end of the Great War.

https://vimeo.com/inspiredfilm/review/286197373/2a4fb0b794

Plus: FOR THE FALLEN: THE WWI WALL HANGING 

A Personal Guide by Levison Wood Snr to this "English Bayeux Tapestry" of the achievements of the 5th/6th North Staffs Regiments during WWI.

 

CHRISTMAS BREAK

 

Wed 9th January      7.45pm

HALMER END and the MINNIE PIT CENTENARY COMMEMORATIONS 2018

A record of the important events a year ago, when the village of Halmer End held commemorative events to mark the Centenary of the worst mining disaster in the history of North Staffordshire. Featuring the Centennial Memorial Walk: where over 500 people walked from the centre of the village out to the site of the Minnie Pit shaft and memorial -extracts from Voices From the Past: a moving play staged by the villagers themselves charting the day of the explosion and its aftermath as experienced in Halmer End - and A Sigh of the Coal: a play presented around the Village by New Vic Borderlines, with the disaster told by local girl Nancy Tipper and war poet Wilfred Owen (whose first published poem was Miners - written about this very disaster). Also remembering the Sneyd Pit disaster of January 1st, 1942.

 

Wed 16th January      7.45pm

NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE COALFIELD - The TREETOPS TREK

This was a fund-raising DVD made to support the Donna Louise Trust. Keith Meeson of the Apedale Heritage Trust and Mining Museum walked non-stop for 60 miles in 16 hours on June 23rd, 2005, to visit every derelict site of a colliery that was STILL working in North Staffordshire 60 years ago. A champion long-distance walker in his younger days, Keith achieved this feat to raise funds for the Donna Lousie Trust. This documentary is a record of this epic walk, on which Kieth was joined by local celebrities and local people for individual stages en route. It gives historical information about the North Staffordshire coalfield and individual collieries. There are photographs of every colliery in action, plus rare archive film footage of several pits, including underground shots, plus miners reminiscences of going on shift. There will be a collection for the Donna Louise Trust after the screening.

 

Wed 23rd January      7.45pm

80th ANNIVERSARY - 1938/9: THE LAST YEAR OF PEACE

Featuring a selection of local archive films in the run-down to the outbreak of World War 2 in September 1939 - including The Last Year of Peace by Trentham filmmakers Laurie and Stuart Day. Included are some of the first colour films of North Staffordshire - colour film being newly available to amateur filmmakers.

 

Wed 30th January      7.45pm

'MACARI'S RED AND WHITE ARMY"

This is a celebration of the glorious Stoke City team that won the league title in 1992/1993. This is the story of the team told by the people that were there, both on the pitch and on the terraces. The highs and lows, victories and defeats, goals and drama relived and retold on screen. But this isn't just a film about Stoke City, it's a film about the City of Stoke. The people, pot-banks, politics and personalities around the City at the time.

All welcome.