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.

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.

Stormy Weather Photo Gallery

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On Friday 9 December, we took a trip back to the 1940s for an event cinema screening of Stormy Weather (1943). We experienced this fabulous film in the atmospheric Grand Foyer of the Winter Gardens, then had a swinging time dancing to the sounds of our live band the Billionaires.

We hope you enjoy these photos by CJ Griffiths photography.

For more Winter Gardens Film Festival events, please visit: www.wintergardensfilm.co.uk 

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.

Got mad retail skills? Charabanc Volunteers Needed

We’re looking for awesome volunteers to help us run our town centre shop Charabanc.

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Our shop front

 

Charabanc is located at 1 Olympia Buildings Coronation Street, Blackpool, FY1 4NY and sells items made by local designers, artists and makers. Commission from sales pays for the upkeep of the shop and helps to subsidise other low cost arts activities and projects such as young people’s art workshops and film screenings.

We have plenty of volunteering opportunities available as we want to increase our opening hours.

You’ll receive appropriate training and we’re pleased to offer our volunteers a financial contribution to lunch and transport, so there’s no need to be out of pocket when you’re helping us out!

For more information on becoming a volunteer please complete this online form.

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Winter Gardens Film Festival 2016: Volunteers

FF LogoFILM FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER CALLOUT!

Fancy getting involved in January 2016? We’re looking for volunteers to fill a number of roles. From technical jobs to focus groups, admin to PR and marketing, why not get involved?

Volunteers will receive free admission to screenings as well as free ‘family & friends’ tickets for selected screenings.  If you are interested then please complete this registration form.

After you submit the form, you’ll receive a link to the Volunteers Facebook group where we will keep you updated.

Aunty goes to ‘that London’: European Year of Volunteering #EYV11Tour

Last week Aunty took part in the London stage of the European Year of Volunteering (EYV) tour at Coin St Neighbourhood centre in London.

The London EYV Tour events lasted a week and were designed to inspire volunteers.  The events, backed by the European Commission, offered anyone interested in helping others the chance to meet voluntary and community organisations and their volunteers.  It was also a chance for volunteers to get together, share their experiences and discuss issues that affect them.

It was great to meet other organisations and their volunteers and a special ‘shout out’ goes to the lovely Mark from Consortium and May from Greater London Volunteering Also, a big Blackpool “thank you” to the EYV Tour staff who looked after us well and gave us some very bright orange t-shirts to fashion into something tasteful *cough* and oh so *cough* stylish.

For more on EYV, visit www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/eyv11tour or take a look at the #eyv11tourUK hashtag on Twitter.

Aunty’s Tea Party – Project update

Hello Everyone!

We’re having a little get together just to update everyone on what’s going on at Aunty Towers.

We’re meeting at Claremont Park Community Centre, Claremont Road, Blackpool, at 6:30pm on Monday 15th August.

Do come along and find out what’s happening or to volunteer /take part in:

-Connected (social media surgeries for the voluntary and communty sector)
– Knittaz with Attitude
– Pop-up Picturehouse (film club)
– Crafternoons (at the Grundy Art Gallery)
– The new Aunty HQ at The Old Rock Factory (we need some volunteers to help decorate)
– Bike Polo
– Geek crafts (craft activities with a sci-fi/comic/video game slant)
We’ll provide the tea/soft drinks and some cake, but if you can, please bring something yummy along, Jacob’s Join stylee!

Aunty HQ: Cocked, locked and ready to rock!

On Friday evening Aunty Social opened the new HQ at 25 Deansgate, Blackpool, FY1 3AU.

We managed to secure an empty shop (due to be demolished for the Talbot Gateway project in November) through the Blackpool Culture Shops Programme run by Blackpool Council Arts Service.  The agreement allows us to display in the windows and provides us  with a temporary central base for of Arts/crafts workshops.

Over 20 volunteers donated their time, skills, decorating and cleaning materials and we were able to make this transformation in only 5 days.  We have had extensive positive feedback not only from members, but also from local residents and members of the public.  Neighbouring business owners have also commented positively on the improvement we’ve made to what was a grotty, disused space.

The project has really brought people together, doing something positive for the Blackpool arts scene and for the community as a whole.

It’s a tremendous achievement, so thanks to all the volunteers, you are ace of base!

Put your marigolds on for Aunty!

Help us spring clean our new HQ and get launch tickets (including cake and cocktails):
Aunty has secured a town centre venue through the Blackpool Culture Shops Project 2011 and needs lovely volunteers to make her HQ spick and span in time for the launch of the project on 8th July.
If you are free to lend a hand between Monday 4th and Friday 8th July, please visit the Facebook event page and follow the instructions to mark your availability.
All of the time slots last 2 hours and you can choose more than one. All helpers will receive an invitation to the event launch on Friday 8th July at 6pm (details will be given on signup).
For any additional information, please email [email protected]
A few pictures of the shop in its current state: