Lights, camera, action! Volunteer character actors needed for Film Festival opening night

Some Like it Hot – Friday 16 March 2018, Blackpool Winter Gardens

We’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting an immersive screening of the 1959 classic Some Like it Hot as the opening night event of the Winter Gardens Film Festival.

We are looking for volunteers to take part in our live cinema event at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

About the event
This event cinema screening takes place in the Grand Foyer of heritage venue Blackpool Winter Gardens. The venue will be set up as a late 1920’s nightclub. There will be cocktails on arrival in the secret speakeasy and a 1920’s style party with a live band after the screening.

Volunteer roles

You will be in character as customers and staff of a 1920’s nightclub and speakeasy will be based in the Opera House entrance, Cocktail Bar and the Grand Foyer.

You don’t need any previous acting experience and you will not need to learn a script. Costumes will be provided, or if you have suitable 1920’s clothing, you can wear your own costume.

There will be a workshop session to:

  • Familiarise you with the film
  • Show you the venue
  • Tell you about your role
  • Fit your costumes

Key Dates
You will need to attend a workshop session before the event, we will give you date options after you have signed up.

Show date: Friday 16 March 2018 – 6pm until late

About the film

  • Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • Director:Billy Wilder
  • Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon

Two down on their luck jazz musicians find themselves out of a job and on the run after the police raid the speakeasy they perform in and they inadvertently stumble upon a gang war. With no money and nowhere to hide, a gig with Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators at a Florida beach resort seems like the perfect getaway. There’s just one problem: the Syncopators are an all-female band, and Joe and Jerry aren’t women – yet.

About the Winter Gardens Film Festival
Since 2014, the Winter Gardens Film Festival has showcased the best of modern and classic black and white film in the spectacular historic setting of Blackpool Winter Gardens.

If you would like to take part, please complete this online form by 25 January 2018*.

For any more information, please send us an email.


  • Do I have to be 18yrs or over? Yes, however we can make some exceptions for 16/17yrs but we’ll need you to email us.
  • This is a callout for people to take part in an immersive live cinema event – it’s not about being in a film!
  • *Due to the large amount of interest, we’ve brought the closing date forward to 25 January 2018.

Oxide Ghosts – The Brass Eye Tapes + Q&A

Pop-up Picturehouse is pleased to present our Christmas special:

Oxide Ghosts – The Brass Eye Tapes + Q&A with director Michael Cumming

Made from hundreds of hours of unseen material from his personal archive, director Michael Cumming’s film shares insights into the process of making the legendary TV series Brass Eye. Michael directed both of the pilots and the series and, over a two year period, witnessed the highs and lows of Brass Eye from a very personal perspective. Part documentary, part artwork – the film is designed solely for live screenings and is made up almost entirely of never before seen footage. Oxide Ghosts carries the blessing of Chris Morris and provides a rare glimpse of his extraordinary working practices.
Michael Cumming is a director and filmmaker, successfully working at the cutting edge since the ’90s. A graduate of the Royal College of Art Film School and recent recipient of an honorary doctorate, Dr Cumming’s back catalogue also contains such gems as Jo Brand’s improvised comedy drama ‘Going Forward’, cult classic ‘Snuff Box’, political pranks and polemics on ‘The Mark Thomas Product’ and Matt Berry’s BAFTA winning sitcom, ‘Toast Of London’.

Michael will be doing a Q&A after the film – spilling beans, shattering myths and letting a few cats out of the bag. Celebrating twenty years since Brass Eye’s transmission in 1997, this film & Q&A sessions are a must for fans of the series but will appeal to anyone with a curiosity about how great comedy is made.

Tickets £7.50 available now

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Screening details
Oxide Ghosts (2017)
Director: Michael Cumming.
Featuring: Chris Morris.
Duration: Film 60mins, Q&A 40 mins
Event 100mins approx.
Language: English
Cert: Uncertified, suggested 18
Doors open 7:00pm
Screening starts at 7:30pm
Q&A at 8:45pm

Merry Muff-mas! Knittaz With Attitude: December hook-up!

Knittaz with Attitude

Join us for our December get-together.

We’re making twiddle-muffs (or twiddle-pockets if you prefer) for Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients at Victoria Hospital.

What the Dickens is a twiddle-muff?

They’re knitted muffs with items attached to keep dementia patients’ hands active and busy. They contain strands of textured ribbons, beads, and various fabrics attached both inside and outside.

People with dementia often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands occupied. A twiddle muff provides a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation, and keeps hands snug and warm at the same time.


You can join in with our activity or work on your own Christmas projects.

Join us for a relaxed session with good tunes and have a natter over yummy food and a brew.

£3.50 – includes food, drinks, wool & equipment.

Charabanc Christmas Shopping Party 2017

Looking for a unique gift or just want to join us for our Christmas party? Head to Charabanc for an evening of handmade and locally produced delights on Thursday 30th November 2017 from 6pm to 8pm.

We have a fantastic selection of gift ideas from many local artists and makers.

Not only is this a great chance to peruse our products, many of which are perfect for Christmas gifts, but also to warm up with a glass of mulled cider and a tasty treat.

Britain on Film 2017: Retroscope Photo Gallery

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In summer 2017, we invited you to step back in time and discover a world of archive film showing beautiful, breezy Blackpool through the ages. We had live performances, a deckchair theatre, nifty seaside-themed craft activities, super sideshow performers, parasol parade and penny farthings!

#BritainonFilm #CoastandSeaBlackpool Photos by CJGriffiths Photography

See the full photo album on Facebook

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Halloween Screen

Pop-up Picturehouse presents

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Halloween Screen

From 7pm Friday 27 October at

Blackpool Central Library, Queen St,  FY1 1PX

Come and sing along with the classic episode Once More with Feeling on the big screen. There’ll be a big fat Buffy quiz great snacks, costume competitions and general Buffy geekery this October at the Hellmouth.

Hang out in the library with your vampire hunting friends, or you might want to pop to The Bronze for a drink and some live performance.

Tickets £5 available online soon.

Facebook Event

Poetry Doc Night at ICW (In Collaboration With)

Pop-up Picturehouse brings you a double bill evening of poetry documentaries.

Director: Franco Rosso
Duration: 43 minutes and 46 seconds

This vibrant portrait of dub poet and political activist Linton Kwesi Johnson transports us back to the turbulent streets of Brixton in the late 1970s. Jamaican-born Johnson explains with precise and powerful eloquence the violence and racism meted out to Black and Asian communities in London and beyond – and how his poetry acts as a weapon in the struggle for justice.

Director: Nick May
Duration: 1 hour, 1 minute, and 8 seconds

The near-legendary bard of Salford, aka John Cooper Clarke, aka the ‘name behind the hairstyle’, is the focus of this essential documentary. Nick May’s film wisely sets aside narration to give space to Clarke’s sharp, take-no-prisoners words: in live performance, interviews and simple but striking impromptu ‘videos’ for tracks from his LPs with producer Martin Hannett. The film climaxes with a grim tour through Manchester slums to accompany Clarke’s magnum opus, Beasley Street, a despairing hymn to the urban devastation and human casualties of the Thatcher era.

This is no conventional biography; the film also serves as a useful introduction to the shortlived ‘punk poetry’ scene that rose up around Clarke at the turn of the 80s.

Cost: Donations on the door: £3 suggested.
Refreshments: Drinks & snacks available – details coming soon.
Doors open: 6:45pm
Screening start time: 7:15pm, 15 min interval at 8pm.

This will be a relaxed informal screening,
Huge thanks to ICW for use of the space

Get involved with Retroscope – volunteer character actors needed

Retroscope – Family Archive Film Day, Saturday 29 July 2017, Blackpool Winter Gardens

We’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting a family archive films day as part of the British Film Institute Britain on Film season.

We are looking for volunteers to take part in our live cinema event at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

About the event

Retroscope is a variety of screenings performance and family activities taking place in the Pavilion of heritage venue Blackpool Winter Gardens.

There will be sideshows, promenade theatre, craft activities, deckchair theatre, a dress-up photo studio, a parasol parade, music and lots more.

Volunteer roles

You will be in character as visitors to Blackpool through the ages and will be based in the Pavilion Theatre and Horseshoe area.

You don’t need any previous acting experience and you will not need to learn a script.

Costumes will be provided, or if you have suitable period clothing, you can wear your own costume.

There will be a workshop session to:

  • Familiarise you with the films
  • Show you the venue
  • Tell you about your role
  • Fit your costumes

Key Dates:

Workshop sessions (you will need to attend one of these):

  • 6:30pm Thursday 13 July, Winter Gardens
  • 6:30pm Thursday 20 July, Winter Gardens

Show date: Saturday 29 July – 10am – 6pm

About Britain on Film

Britain on Film: Coast and Sea is an exciting programme of archive film screening events bringing our coastal heritage to life this summer.

Britain on Film : Coast and Sea is part of Britain on Film, a major project from the BFI National Archive, Regional and National Archives and rights holders from across the UK that reveals new and unseen stories of our lives through the history of film. Unlocking the UK’s film and TV history – our national collection, much of it previously unseen – the season will open up our local histories and provide unprecedented online access to our screen heritage. As part of a major programme of digitisation, which started in 2012 and continues until the end of 2017, Britain on Film offers ways to discover, explore and engage with the newly digitised films.

Britain on Film is supported by Unlocking Film Heritage awarding funds from The National Lottery.


If you would like to take part, please complete this online form by 16 June 2017.


This is a fantastic opportunity to work on a fun and exciting BFI project.

For any more information, please send us an email.


  • Do I have to be 18yrs or over? Yes, however we can make some exceptions for 16/17yrs but we’ll need you to email us.

Pictures in the Park: Life, Animated (2016)

Directed by: Roger Ross Williams

Duration: 1h 32mins

Genre: Documentary, Animation

Language: English


  • Sundance Film Festival 2016: Directing Award – U.S. Documentary
  • Academy Awards 2017: Nomination – Best Documentary Feature

From Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. The subject of his father Ron Suskind’s New York Times bestseller, Owen was a thriving three year old who suddenly and inexplicably went silent – and for years after remained unable to connect with other people or to convey his thoughts, feelings or desires. Over time, through repeated viewings of Disney classics like The Little Mermaid and The Lion King, Owen found useful tools to help him to understand complex social cues and to re-connect with the world around him.

Life, Animated evocatively interweaves classic Disney sequences with scenes from Owen’s life in order to explore how his identification and empathy for characters like Simba, Jafar, and Ariel gave him a means to understand his feelings and allowed him to interpret reality. Beautiful, original animations offer rich insights into Owen’s relationship with Disney films as he imagines himself heroically facing adversity as a member in a tribe of sidekicks. Owen’s story is a moving testament to the many ways in which stories can serve as a means of persevering through the dark times, leading us all toward the light.
Autism-friendly screening with low-level lighting, no trailers and quiet/chill-out area.

Tickets £3.50 – carers go free.

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Unlimited tea, coffee and soft drinks.
Please note that this screening will take place at Blackpool City Learning Centre, Bathurst Ave, Blackpool FY3 7RW

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Pictures in the Park: Moonlight (2016)

Directed by: Barry Jenkins,
Duration: 1h 51mins
Cert: 15
Genre: Drama, LGBT
Language: English


Academy Awards 2017

  • 8 Oscar Nominations including: Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress
  • 3 Oscar Wins: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Writing (adapted screenplay)


  • 4 nominations including: Best Film, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress

A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man named Chiron as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough Miami neighbourhood.

At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths.

Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins’ staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.

One of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year, ‘Moonlight’ is a hugely powerful story of one man’s self-discovery.

Tickets £4.00 – available on the door and online.

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Free unlimited tea and coffee.

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