Pictures in the Park: Room (2015)

Room (15)
Monday 12 December, Start:7pm

Directed by: Lenny Abrahamson Genre: Drama
Language: English Awards: 2016 Oscar Winner: Best Actress , 2016 Oscar Nominee: Best Motion Picture

Acclaimed director, Lenny Abrahamson brings us the powerful and wonderfully life-affirming Room based on the best-selling novel from Emma Donoghue. A must-see emotional journey about the power of love, imagination and the strength of the human spirit, Room is a touching celebration of the bond between parent and child.

Ma has created a whole universe in ‘Room’ for 5 year-old Jack, where they have both lived for Jack’s whole life. Ma takes a big risk by allowing Jack to escape into the outside world. Mother and son start on an emotional journey into the world beyond ‘Room’ which changes their lives forever. Featuring an Academy Award-winning performance from Brie Larson, make sure that you don’t miss this celebration of the bond between mother and son.

Tickets £4.50 available online soon and on the door.

Event cinema: Stormy Weather (1943)

Join us for a trip back to the 1940’s with an event cinema screening of the classic musical Stormy Weather.

For one night only, Blackpool Winter Gardens will be transformed into the Grand Foyer Club, where cocktails and zoot suits are the order of the day! Jive the night away to the swinging sound of our live band the Billionaires.

Ticket prices start at £15

Standard tickets include:

– Entry to the Art Deco cocktail bar with its 1940’s staff and patrons
– Complimentary cocktail
– Cabaret-style table seating at the screening
– Party until late with live swing band and dancing

VIP tickets include all of the above, plus:
– Reserved seating (front row tables)
– Complimentary snack selection
– Vintage-style Winter Gardens souvenirs

So put your glad rags on and get ready to feel film come to life!

Buy Tickets

This event is part of the British Film Institute’s Black Star season: the UK’s biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors. Black Star explores the relationship between stars and the audiences who love them, spotlighting great performances by black actors on screen.

Christmas Shopping Party 2016

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 1st December 2016 from 6pm to 9pm.

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.

Pictures in the Park: Taxi Tehran (2015)

Taxi Tehran (12A)
Monday 28 November, Start 7pm

Directed by: Jafar Panahi
Genre: Comedy, Drama Language: Persian
Awards: Golden Bear prize – 2015 Berlin International Film Festival

A taxi driver is driving through the vibrant streets of Tehran. Diverse passengers enter the taxi, each candidly expressing their views while being interviewed by the driver who is no other than the director himself. His camera placed on the dashboard, transforming his car into a mobile film studio, he captures the spirit and contradictions of Iranian society through this comedic and dramatic drive.

Banned from travelling and making films in 2010, Jafar Panahi has managed to astonish us with his beautiful trilogy composed of This is not a Film (2011), Closed Curtain (2013) and now Taxi Tehran.

“I’m a filmmaker. I can’t do anything else but make films. Cinema is my expression and the meaning of my life. Nothing can prevent me from making films.”
Jafar Panahi

Tickets £4.50 available online and on the door.

Pictures in the Park: Tangerine (2015)

Tangerine (2015)
Directed by: Sean Baker
Genre: Drama, LGBT
Cert: 15
Language:English
Awards:
2015 – Audience Award, Gotham Independent Film Awards
2015 – Stanley Kubrick Award, Traverse City Film Festival

It’s Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee is back on the block. Upon hearing that her pimp boyfriend hasn’t been faithful during the 28 days she was locked up, this working girl and her best friend Alexandra, embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumour.

Their rip-roaring odyssey leads them through various subcultures of Los Angeles, including an Armenian family dealing with their own repercussions of infidelity.

A hot favourite at the Sundance Film Festival, Tangerine received great admiration for being made for just $100,000 and shot on the iPhone 5. A truly DIY project, director Sean Baker found lead actors Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriguez by hanging out at Donut Time (which features in the film), he also used their real-life stories to shape the script. Other actors were sourced through Vine and Instagram.

Tangerine is a non-stop, vibrant and fierce trip into the LA street scene, that also explores a rarely seen on film Trans street culture with great empathy.

Tickets £4 Buy online or on the door.

Knittaz With Attitude Monthly Hook-Up

Come and join us for a knit and a natter, all ages/abilities welcome. As usual we will have a light meal, tea and cake available, as well as wool, needles, hooks etc, for you to have a go with. Bring your own project or help us with our next yarnbombing adventures.

£3.50 as usual…Look forward to seeing you there!

Pictures in the Park: Devdas (2002)

After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying his childhood sweetheart Paro, Devdas Mukherjee’s life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up a life of vice to numb the pain. In a moment of weakness, Devdas puts a wall of separation between them which leaves Paro the heartbroken wife of another man. Shattered by his loss, even the devotion of a beautiful courtesan, Chandramukhi, cannot ease his pain. A Bollywood classic, this well loved iconic film is an emotional story that will definitely pull at your heart strings.

Our Diwali and dine screening includes authentic Indian pure vegetarian meal. Starters are available at the beginning of the film, then you will be served a thali (a selection of dishes) main course during the intermission to eat during the second half.

Tickets £10 with dinner
£4.50 without

Knittaz With Attitude Monthly Hook-Up

Come and join us for a knit and a natter, all ages/abilities welcome. As usual we will have a light meal, tea and cake available, as well as wool, needles, hooks etc, for you to have a go with. Bring your own project or help us with our next yarnbombing adventures.

£3.50 as usual…Look forward to seeing you there!

Get involved with Black Star – volunteer character actors needed

BFI Black Star event – Stormy Weather, Friday 9 December 2016, Blackpool Winter Gardens

bfi-black-star-season-artworkWe’re pleased to announce that we will be hosting an immersive screening of the 1943 musical Stormy Weather as part of the British Film Institute Black Star season.

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 an early 1940’s nightclub. There will be cocktails on arrival and a swing/jive party accompanied by a live band after the screening.

Volunteer roles

You will be in character as customers and staff of a 1940’s nightclub and 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 1940’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:

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

  • 6:30pm Thursday 3 November, Winter Gardens
  • 6:30pm Thursday 10 November, Winter Gardens

Show date: Friday 9 December 2016 – 6pm until late

About the film
Stormy Weather (1943) is an American musical film. Featuring Lena Horne, Bill ‘Bojangles’ Robinson, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and the Nicholas Brothers; it’s a who’s who of Hollywood’s best African-American performers from the 1940s. It’s an unusual film because at this time, African-American actors and singers rarely appeared in lead roles in mainstream Hollywood productions, especially those of the musical genre.

Stormy Weather is based upon the life and times of its star, dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Robinson plays Bill Williamson, a talented dancer who returns home after fighting in World War I and tries to pursue a career as a performer.

About Black Star

Black Star is the UK’s biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors. Black Star explores the relationship between stars and the audiences who love them, spotlighting great performances by black actors on screen.

If you would like to take part, please complete this online form by 20 October 2016.

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

For any more information, please send us an email.


FAQs

  • Do I have to be black? No, we are looking for volunteers of all ethnicities.
  • 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: Anomalisa (2015)

Anomalisa (2015)
Directed by: Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Cert: 15
Language: English
Awards: 2015 Venice Grand Jury Prize winner

Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) brings us Anomalisa, a tender, touching and achingly funny black comedy – filmed entirely in breathtaking stop-motion animation. Michael Stone, a husband, father and successful motivational speaker, feels trapped by his mundane life. On a business trip to a customer service convention, he checks into his hotel and prepares to once more go through the motions. But this time a chance meeting with Lisa, an unassuming baked goods sales rep, throws the dullness into disarray and Michael feels he may have just met someone who can make a change.

Smart, humorously absurd and bracingly humane, Anomalisa is a technically stunning work of animation, beautifully orchestrated by co-director Duke Johnson and scored by Carter Burwell (Carol, In Bruges, Fargo). There are brilliant performances from Blackpool-born David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Tom Noonan, Anomolisa sees Charlie Kaufman at his daring, dazzling best.

This screening includes a post-screening afternoon tea.

Tickets £5.50 – available soon.