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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Pictures in the Park: Moonlight (2016)

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

Awards: 

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)

BAFTA

  • 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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Pictures in the Park: Chevalier (2015)

Directed by: Athina Rachel Tsangari
Duration: 105 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cert: 18
Language: Greek – English Subtitles

Winner of Best Film at the London Film Festival, Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Chevalier is a funny, perfectly pitched satire that puts masculinity under a microscope.

Taking competitive spirit to the extreme, six men holidaying together on a luxury yacht go to bizarre lengths to prove that he is ‘The Best in General’. Concocting an increasingly absurd series of contests to test each other’s manhood, they score each other on everything from flatpack furniture assembly to morning erections. Rivalries and insecurities emerge, allegiances shift, tempers fray, and all good sportsmanship goes well and truly out the window and it’s only a matter of time until the knives come out…

Tsangari, a long time collaborator with Yorgos Lanthimos (who made last year’s smash The Lobster), is one of the most exciting directors at work in Europe today. At once a wonderfully weird comedy and an incisive study of the games men play, Chevalier is an indie hit to watch out for.

Tickets £4.00 – available on the door and online.

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Spring Screening: I Daniel Blake (2016)

Spring Screening with Blackpool Food Partnership & Fair Trade Fortnight

Dir: Ken Loach
Duration: 1h 40 mins
Cert: 15
Genre: Drama

Awards
• Winner – Palme d’Or – Cannes Film Festival 2016
• Winner – Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention – Cannes Film Festival 2016
• Winner – Audience Award – Locarno International Film Festival 2016
• Winner – Audience Award – San Sebastián International Film Festival 2016
• Winner – Outstanding British Film – British Academy Film Awards 2017

Daniel Blake (59) has worked as a joiner most of his life in Newcastle. Now, for the first time ever, he needs help from the State. He crosses paths with single mother Katie and her two young children, Daisy and Dylan. Katie’s only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know, some 300 miles away.

Daniel and Katie find themselves in no-man’s land, caught on the barbed wire of welfare bureaucracy as played out against the rhetoric of ‘striver and skiver’ in modern-day Britain.

Cost: Pay what you can. Suggested £4

Book online: Pre-pay or reserve ‘donate on the door’ tickets.

It’s Fair Trade fortnight, so we have refreshments:

– Fairtrade Tea/coffee included
– It’s also Shrove Tuesday if you would like pancakes with toppings, please bring a donation for Blackpool Food Partnership to exchange for your treats. Non-perishable food is great, but cartons of long-life milk are ideal as they are in high demand.

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Pictures in the Park Programme: February – March 2017

All the films in Feb/March 2017.
Enjoy!

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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 

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.

Get Knotted – Beginners Macramé for Voluntary Arts Week

Macramé (making textiles using knotting techniques) has made a huge comeback, so we’re hosting a drop-in beginners sessions in Charabanc this Voluntary Arts Week

Anyone can come and have a go at making plant hangers. The workshop is FREE and includes all materials and plants.
You can take your hangers home with you too!

Come and see how much fun craft and making can be.

Get Knotted

Get Knotted! Beginners Macramé for Voluntary Arts Week

 

Macramé (making textiles using knotting techniques) has made a huge comeback, so we’re hosting a drop-in beginners sessions in Charabanc this Voluntary Arts Week.

Anyone can come and have a go at making plant hangers. The workshop is FREE and includes all materials and plants. You can take your hangers home with you too!  

Come and see how much fun craft and making can be.

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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.