Black History Month events with AFRA

Celebrate the beginning of Black History Month in style with AFRA Blackpool.

7:30pm – late, Saturday 5 October
at Layton Institute, Westcliffe Drive, Blackpool,  FY3 7HG

Join us on Saturday 5 October to enjoy delicious Caribbean food, experience a live performance from Tidal Beats Community Drumming and dance the night away to brilliant sounds from Blackpool Radio’s Lukie-d Ms-Cruger

Try your luck at the prize raffle or pick up a beautiful souvenir from the Blackpool Gambia School Project jewellery stall.

It’s an event not to be missed!

Menu

Pumpkin Soup           Curry Goat
Jerk Chicken              Rice & Peas
Dumplings                   Dessert to follow.

Tickets

Adults £12
Under 12’s £8
Under 5’s Free

Book online (booking fee applies) or call Phil on 07968 401799 or Janette on 07871 949106

Britain on Film: Black Britain

6:15pm – 8:15pm, Thursday 24 October
Blackpool Central Library, Queen St, FY1 1PX

Dir: various | 1901 – 1985 | 91 mins | 12A

Join us as we explore a collection of archive films showing the  history of black Britain throughout the 20th century.

Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, it offers incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of black British life on screen.

Watch miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire and Yorkshire; and soldiers from across the Empire joining the services to fight for King and ‘mother country’ in World War I. See rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957, a Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964, and touching interviews with black school leavers in 1965; witness growing racial tensions on a Liverpool housing estate and in New Cross, London; communities in search of their roots and partying on the streets of Notting Hill during Carnival.

Revealing new voices from across a century of vast and turbulent social change in the UK, Britain on Film: Black Britain not only offers audiences the chance to explore stories of migration, community and the struggle against inequality – but also an opportunity to celebrate vivid black British life and culture on screen.

Tickets: Free, optional donation on the door. Booking is essential.

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Tea and coffee available.

Film details: Dir: various | 1901 – 1985 | 91 mins | 12A

Doors open 6pm. Film screening 6:30pm – 8pm

Keep an eye on the AFRA Facebook page for more Black History Month 2019 Events.

Interactive Cinema: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Something peculiar this way comes…

 

Join us for an evening of storytelling and mystery as we celebrate Ransome Riggs’ gothic fantasy tale of time travel and transformation.

On Friday 9 November, we’re bringing Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, to Garstang Library for a free interactive screening featuring crafts and a time-travel treasure hunt.

Based on the novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Tim Burton’s film adaptation follows 16-year-old Jacob Portman on an adventure that spans different worlds and times.

After he discovers mysterious clues left by his Grandfather, Jacob finds a magical island orphanage existing beyond space and time. There he meets the exceptional Miss Peregrine, who protects a group of orphaned (or ‘peculiar’) children, each with a signature ability, who are in danger from from a sinister threat.

What special powers will Jacob uncover?

Have the peculiars met their match with the sinister hollowgast?

Find out on 9 November.

Who knows, you may meet a real ymbryne…

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Times: Doors will open at 6pm, with the film starting at 6:35pm.

Tickets: FREE – book here!

Dressing up is not essential, but is warmly encouraged!

Film info:  Director:Tim Burton. Duration: 2h 7 mins. Cert: 12A

Trailer: https://bit.ly/2OkjWeb

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About us: We’re a Blackpool-based community cinema group that has been popping up in different Fylde Coast locations since 2011.

In 2017, we won Best Single Event at the UK Cinema For All Awards. We’re completely volunteer run and led; film is our passion as is dressing up and having lots of fun. Come and say hello!

Family Halloween Screen: The Witches

Join us for an evening of mischief and magic as we celebrate Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale of spells, secrets and making the world’s children disappear!

On Friday 26 October, we’re bringing The Witches, to Lytham Assembly Rooms for a smashing family-friendly interactive Halloween screening featuring crafts and face-painting.

Grandma has taught nine-year-old Luke well, he knows all about folk lore and most importantly, how to spot a witch. What a stroke of luck! While on holiday at the seaside he discovers that he’s staying in the same hotel as a coven, who are hatching a plan to eliminate the things they hate most… children.

Can Luke and grandma stop the witches before all of England’s children are transformed?
Have they met their match with the terrifying Grand High Witch?

Find out on 26 October. Who knows, you may meet a real witch…

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Times: Doors will open at 17:30, with the film starting at 18:30.

Tickets: Adult/child (includes crafts) £6.50. Accompanying adults (no crafts) £5.50. No booking fees.

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Dressing up is not essential, but is warmly encouraged!

Film info: The Witches (1990). Director: Nicolas Roeg. Duration: 1h 31 mins. Cert: PG
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About us:

We’re a Blackpool-based community cinema group that has been popping up in different Fylde Coast locations since 2011.

In 2017, we won Best Single Event at the UK Cinema For All Awards. We’re completely volunteer run and led; film is our passion as is dressing up and having lots of fun. Come and say hello!

 

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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.


FAQs

  • 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

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.

DREAD BEAT AND BLOOD (1979)
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.

TEN YEARS IN AN OPEN NECKED SHIRT (1984)
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.


FAQs

  • 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

Awards:

  • 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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