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
FILM THEATRE SUMMER BREAK
First Screening of Autumn Season:-
Wednesday 18th September 7.45pm
BASKEYFIELD VC - 75th Anniversary of ARNHEM
50th Anniversary of the feature-length drama filmed and produced by Bill Townley first shown in 1969 and digitally restored by SFA in 2009.
It's an accurate account of the gallant stand against advancing German tanks by two gun crews. When both crews were put out of action by the advancing tanks, and survivor Jack Baskeyfield found his own gun was jammed, he crawled to the unmanned gun and - single handedly - held the German advance at bay until he was killed by a direct gun on the gun he was manning. He died on September 20th 1944.
Thrillingly filmed in locations in North Staffordshire, this feature film is supported by extras including an insight into its making and a visit to the location of filming by director Bill Townley. [A Heritage Open Day event]
Wed 25th September 7.45pm
BANKING IN THE BALLROOM - WWII
A few days before the outbreak of World War Two the music and dancing in the Ballroom at Trentham Gardens had to stop. The Bank of England moved in and Trentham Ballroom was the base for all UK Clearing Banks - a hive of banking activities of significant importance to the war effort, with millions of pounds being processed here each week. This new film by the Trentham WWII Group, working with Staffordshire Film Archive, chronicles the seven years of occupation Trentham Ballroom by the Central Clearing House.
Wed 2nd October 7.45pm
A VICTORIAN FILM SHOW – 200th Anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria
Staffordshire Film Archive presents a Victorian film show featuring some of the earliest films ever shown - from 1888 onwards - during Queen Victoria's reign. There is a special feature of actual moving ciné clips of the Queen caught on film, concluding with her funeral in 1901 – an important film in itself as it was the first edited film documentary.
There are supporting extracts from documentaries telling the story of The Queen – her reign, her marriage, her children etc. plus rare local footage taken in Stoke, Hanley and Leek – restored and digitised by Staffordshire Film Archive – from 1900 and 1901.
Wed 9th October 7.45pm
THE OTHER POTTERY LADIES
Having recently celebrated the career and influence of Clarice Cliff, this is a collection of films looking at the importance of Susie Cooper, Charlotte Rhead and contemporaries before WWII, and new designers such as Jessie Tate and Enid Seeney in the 1950s - following the lifting of wartime restrictions on making and selling decorated ware, and responding to changing fashions and functions in the use of ceramics.
Wed 16th October 7.45pm
“MEN COULD BE DRIVEN MAD ON D-ROADS!” – Arthur Berry
To coincide with Claybody Theatre’s new play The D-Road at The Meadows in the Spode Works, this is a selection of contemporary films and comments made at the time the D-Road was under construction – looking at transport, communication and social issues of the early 1970s in the Potteries.
STAFFORDSHIRE FILM ARCHIVE - Season Oct-Nov 2019
Wed 23rd October 7.45pm
CARIBBEAN VOICES – Black History Month
Memories of North Staffordshire’s Caribbean Community, from those settling here in the late 1950s/early 1960s to the work of Caribbean organisations working tirelessly to improve the lives of their community.
Wed 30th October 7.45pm
THE WHITE COUNTRY (1959) Philip Donnellan
An important documentary from one of our most famous filmmakers, looking at our character and heritage. Plus “SIX TOWNS” (1960) made to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Federation of the Six Towns.
Wed 6th November 7.45pm
TIME TO REMEMBER
An archive compilation relating for Remembrance Day 10th November, coming up to date with current perspectives on Remembrance and the work of the Royal British Legion and SSAFA.
Wed 13th November 7.45pm
MEDICAL MEMORIES – Nursing and Research
To celebrate the refurbishment and re-opening of the NS Medical Institute at Hartshill. Films of nursing and research from the 1920s onwards plus reflections on the importance of the Medical Institute.
Wed 20th November 7.45pm
The HERITAGE OF SPODE – Archive Compilation
Archive films and documentaries from 1929 onwards, reflections on the ending of production a decade ago and developments up to the BCB.
Wed 27th November 7.45pm
THE LOSS OF GIANTS – COAL AND STEEL
It’s a decade since deep coal mining was lost to Staffordshire, and two decades since our steelworks closed down. Here we show both industries in full production on film, and chart the fights against the closure of both.