Heritage films to be shown at Blackpool church

The NWFA will present public screenings of films drawn from the archives at St John’s Church Blackpool, on Wednesday 19th of July 2017. Moving North: Coastal is delivered by North West Film Archive in partnership with, North East Film Archive and Yorkshire Film Archive as part of the BFI Film Audience Network, to complement the nationwide launch of the BFI’s ‘Britain on Film’ Coast and Sea.

This latest online collection from Britain on Film features over 600 newly digitised archive films from across the UK, drawn from the BFI National Archive, and the UK’s Regional and National Film Archives, available mostly for free, and many for the first time on BFI Player.

The films selected for ‘Moving North Coastal – Lancashire by the Sea’ feature coastal life in and around the Lancashire over the past 100 years.

This specially selected compilation of fascinating archival films includes footage of Blackpool Seafront in the pioneering days of filmmaking in 1898 and of the holidaymakers and dance bands on the piers in the film Blackpool Promenade from 1924.

Catch the crowds on the seafront as they look on while the Tower Circus Elephants take a dip in the sea in 1930 and join with the day-trippers from W & J Whitehead on their Centenary Celebrations trip to Blackpool.

Head into the sea with the Hindley Family, with their delightful home movie of their visit in 1936. Visit Fleetwood in Coronation Year and look on as the town is represented in the naval review in Trawlers at Spithead.

With the classic film Holiday from1957 we see the Lancashire resorts in their heyday and see the beginnings of new social changes in the CND marches of Ban the Bomb from 1964 all in this new compilation of films from the archives.

The screenings on Wednesday 19th of July at St John’s Church Blackpool will take place at 2.00pm, and again at 7.30pm.

The Archive’s Service Manager Marion Hewitt said “The NWFA is delighted to be involved in the BFI’s Britain on Film initiative, it’s is a great opportunity for the people of Blackpool and indeed throughout the Fylde and Wyre area to enjoy an event with a difference, and take a look back at life on the coast in and around their location in the past century”.

The shows will be presented by the Archive’s Collections Assistant Geoff Senior.  For further information, interview, and footage contact Geoff Senior on 0161 247 3097.

Tickets for the screening at St John’s Church on Wednesday 19th of July at 2.00pm costing £2 for the matinee, or at £5 for the evening screening, are available on the day  or from http://buyonline.mmu.ac.uk/product-catalogue/north-west-film-archive/events/moving-north-coastal-lancashire-by-the-sea

Posted on Friday 30th June 2017

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