Aunty needs you

Aunty Social is on the hunt for at least one new Director to join the board of this creative and crafty community interest company based in Blackpool.

Our aspirations are to grow the Aunty Social projects that we already have and strengthen their sustainability and impact. We’re also interested in how we can develop as an organisation to ensure that we’re geared up to access larger funding opportunities and deliver services on behalf of public bodies.

With this in mind we have three key goals for 2017…

  1. Increase opening hours in Charabanc Shop by at least 50%
  2. Increased trading income (shop sales, film box office and advertising)
  3. Securing of at least one large funded project to include project management fees

We’re looking for Director(s) with the following skills to join the board…

  • Business development
  • Commercial business experience (small business retail especially)
  • Financial management and/or accountancy
  • Human resources and/or legal
  • Private sector philanthropy
  • Social investment
  • Advertising sales

Details of the level of commitment and legal duties associated with being a Director are contained in the recruitment pack.

For more information download the recruitment pack here.

Applications should be sent to [email protected] no later than Monday 13 February at 5pm.

So, what are you waiting for? Become an Aunty and get your New Year going with a new challenge.

Pictures in the Park: When Marnie Was There (2015)

When Marnie Was There (U)
Thursday 29 December, Start 7pm

Directed by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi,
Genre: Animation, drama
Language: Japanese, English Subtitles
Awards: 2016 Oscar Nominee: Best Animated Feature Film, Winner: Best Animated Feature Film – Chicago International Film Festival 2015

From legendary animation house Studio Ghibli comes this exquisitely crafted film based on the novel by British author Joan G. Robinson. Their final release, When Marnie Was There, is a suitably nostalgic and overwhelmingly moving story, as well as another superb artistic achievement.

Anna, an artistically gifted but timid girl, is sent to live with relatives on the coast to recover from an illness. While out exploring, Anna discovers an abandoned mansion, where she meets Marnie, a mysterious girl she spies through a window. Sometimes this strange house looks new, clean and full of guests; but at other times it’s empty and dilapidated. Which is real? Why are Anna’s dreams being invaded, and what is Marnie’s secret? With all the gentle, highly imaginative narrative complexity and visual grace that’s made the studio’s reputation, this is a beautiful drama and a fitting tribute to Ghibli’s filmography.

Tickets £4.50 available online soon and on the door.
Free unlimited tea and coffee.

Christmas Crafternoon: The Tree Fairy (2015) + family crafts

The Tree Fairy + family craft workshop (U)
Thursday 29 December, 2pm

Directed by: Louis Neethling Genre: Family, Drama
Language: BSL, English Subtitles
Awards: Best British Film, Best Director,
Best Actress – Deaffest 2015

Struggling to fit in with her new step-family, a young deaf girl called Libby, makes three wishes to the Christmas Tree Fairy. She is delighted when the fairy appears and can communicate with her using sign language. But will she get what she wished for?

This screening also includes a Christmas craft workshop, where you can make your very own felt fairy and book tree. Suggested age range for workshop 5-10yrs.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
BSL interpreter support provided.

Tickets £2.50 available online soon and on the door.

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.

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Pictures in the Park: Notes on Blindness (2015)

Notes on Blindness (U)
Monday 19 December, Start 7pm

Directed by: Peter Middleton, James Spinney Genre: Documentary Language: English

After losing sight, John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand blindness it would destroy him.

In 1983, he began to keep an audio diary to help him make sense of the forthcoming upheaval in his life. Based on these original recordings and his published diaries Touching the Rock, Notes on Blindness recreates Hull’s fascinating and deeply moving experiences through a clever mixture of documentary, dramatic reconstruction and highly sensory cinematic techniques and sound design.

John’s recordings form a unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal, documenting his discovery of ‘a world beyond sight’.

Notes on Blindness is an ambitious and groundbreaking work; one of the most essential British documentaries of the year.

Tickets £4.50 available online soon and on the door.

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!

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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
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.