Cary Grant Comes Home For the Weekend Festival | UK

Posted on Aug 26, 2014


Cary Grant Comes Home For the Weekend Festival | 11-12 October 2014 | Bristol, UK

From Dr Charlotte Crofts (UWE) and Dr Anna Farthing (Harvest)

For full programme and how to book see:

Two seminal talks at Watershed offering a critical reappraisal of his life and work:

Sat 11 October
10-12pm From Horfield to Hollywood
A panel of experts chaired by the effervescent Laura Rawlings (BBC Radio Bristol Afternoon Show). Mark Glancy (Queen Mary), Kathrina Glitre (UWE) and Andrew Spicer (UWE) will explore Cary Grant’s journey from Horfield to Hollywood, interspersed with extracts from Cary Comes Home (directed by Stuart Napier, 2004)– a documentary celebrating Cary Grant’s Bristol roots

Sat 11 October
1-2.30pm Educating Archie
International film critic, David Thomson cites Grant as “the best and most important actor in the history of cinema” reflects on the journey Archie Leach made in becoming the quintessential Anglo-America gentleman, Cary Grant. Thomson, who has been described as “The greatest living writer on the movies” (John Banville, New Statesman), will be interviewed on-stage by BBC Presenter Matthew Sweet, plus book signing of the updated 6th Edition, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, which topped Sight & Sound’s poll of international critics and writers as the best film book ever written. UWE Film and Television Research Group in association with festival partner Bristol Festival of Ideas/Observer.

The festival culminates with gala double bill screenings at the Bristol Hippodrome, the very theatre where young Archie Leach got his first job backstage which inspired him to become an actor. Experience two of Cary Grant’s most acclaimed performances on the big screen – both screenings come both with wraparound extra treats, including a red carpet entrance, paparazzi, live entertainment and vintage music, fashions and dancing:

3pm Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)  PG
Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life) directs Cary Grant in this much-loved classic Halloween screwball comedy.

6.30pm North by Northwest (1959)  PG
Alfred Hitchcock (Vertigo) directs Cary Grant’s most stylish performance ever in this tense and sexy thriller.

Double bill offer includes Sunday backstage tour of the Hippodrome – first come first served – see website for details.

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Many thanks,

Dr Charlotte Crofts (UWE) and Dr Anna Farthing (Harvest) – festival organisers

11-12 October | Bristol UK

Major sponsors: UWE, Bristol and Harvest Films Ltd
Festival Partners: Watershed, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol Festival of Ideas
Supporters: BFI Film, BFI Audience Network, 123Media, Big Screen At-Bristol Millenium Square, A Suit That Fits, Visit Bristol, The Big Act, City Sightseeing Bristol

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