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MY DREAM IS YOURS

USA : 101mins : 1949 : Certificate ‘U’

Directed by Michael Curtiz

1PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM 

TICKETS £6

In this colourful musical comedy, frustrated talent agent Doug Blake walks away from his arrogant singing star, desperate to discover one who will shine even brighter. Finding effervescent songstress Martha Gibson (Doris Day, in only her second film) he decides to give her a chance... During the shooting of the future star’s first film, Romance on the High Seas , director Michael Curtiz was so impressed with the sparkling newcomer that he set the wheels in motion for My Dream Is Yours . He was not to be disappointed! Even Bugs Bunny joins in the fun, hopping into a fabulous dream sequence. Great fun!

Sponsored by Celtic Marches

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CASTLE IN THE AIR

UK : 89mins : 1952 : BW : Certificate ‘U’

Directed by Henry Cass

1PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE  TICKETS £6

The penniless 19th Earl of Locharne, the owner of a run-down Scottish castle, has to deal with a myriad of financial issues. Mr. Phillips, from the National Coal Board, wants to requisition it for conversion into a miners’ hostel, while wealthy, attractive American divorcee Mrs. Clodfelter Dunne is considering buying the place. Then there’s the beautiful family ghost, Ermyntrude - and eccentric tenant Miss Nicholson, who is obsessed with proving that the earl is actually the rightful King of Scotland. David Tomlinson stars, alongside Festival favourite Margaret Rutherford as the dotty Miss Nicholson, in this delightful comedy. 
 

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A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS

USA : 100mins : 1937 : BW : Certificate ‘U’

Directed by George Stevens

3:30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM 

TICKETS £6

Fred Astaire glides through this effervescent comedy of confused courtship, written by master humorist P. G. Wodehouse. He’s Jerry, an American in England who’s lured to a country estate by a love letter from lovely Lady Alyce Marshmorton (Joan Fontaine). But she didn’t write the letter – she’s set her heart on someone else! Still determined to win her hand, Jerry goes a-wooing, if only the ‘helpful’ staff, including George Burns and Gracie Allen, didn’t keep making his life so difficult! Featuring some of George Gershwin’s finest songs (‘I Can’t Be Bothered Now’, ‘Things are Looking Up’), and Oscar-winning dance direction, this is one of Fred’s funniest and best loved films.

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INSPECTOR HORNLEIGH ON HOLIDAY

UK : 77mins : 1939 : BW : Certificate ‘U’

Directed by Walter Forde

3:30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE TICKETS £6

All Inspector Hornleigh and his assistant, Sergeant Bingham, want to do is to enjoy the wind and rain on their annual seaside holiday. But then one of their fellow boarders goes out one dismal night, and is found burned to death in his wrecked roadster. Hornleigh and Bingham immediately get to work, investigating in their own, inimitable manner! Will our intrepid heroes, under suspicion as the last people to see the man alive, win through and solve the case? One thing’s for sure, with Gordon Harker and Alistair Sim returning as the sleuths, there will be plenty of laughs alongside the thrills!

Sponsored by Piano Pavilion

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...AND GOD CREATED WOMAN

France - Italy : 92mins : 1957 : Subtitles : Certificate ‘PG’ 

Directed by Roger Vadim

6PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM 

TICKETS £6

In glorious St. Tropez, 18 year old orphan Juliette makes no effort to restrain her high level of sexual energy. Disregarding social restraints and the opinions of others, she becomes a magnet for the men who circle around her. Her first suitor is an older man, who plans to build a new casino, but she has her eyes on Antoine, a son of the wealthy family that is blocking the casino development. But when he spurns her, she goes after his brother…  This is the film that launched Brigitte Bardot into the public spotlight and cemented her “sex kitten” persona, making her an overnight sensation. Hugely controversial at the time, it still packs a punch today.
 

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BULLDOG DRUMMOND COMES BACK

USA : 64mins : 1937 : BW : Certificate ‘U’

Directed by Louis King

6PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE 

TICKETS £6

Captain Hugh ‘Bulldog’ Drummond’s girlfriend, Phyllis, is kidnapped by dastardly villains seeking revenge for the death of a criminal sent to the gallows a year ago through Drummond’s actions – and for whom simply shooting the Captain would be far too quick. To save his girl, Drummond and his friend Colonel Nielsen are given a series of riddles to solve, making this one of the most baffling cases our hero has faced. John Howard returns in the lead, and is superbly paired with John Barrymore, no less, who has great fun playing a variety of characters in disguise, while lovely Louise Campbell returns as Phyllis.

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RUDEBOY:THE STORY OF TROJAN RECORDS

UK : 85mins : 2018 

Directed by Nicholas Jack Davies

8:30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE BALLROOM 

TICKETS £6

This compelling film tells the story of the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture through the prism of one the most iconic record labels in history, Trojan Records. Combining archive footage, interviews and drama, RUDEBOY places the label at the heart of the cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and dance floors of late 60s and early 70s Britain, and how that period of immigration and innovation transformed popular music and culture. This amazing story is told by a huge cast of legendary artistes.

 

RUDEBOY , plus short Kojey Radical, introduced by Daryl Easlea, writer, DJ and music consultant Screening courtesy of Pulse Films and BMG

In this reflective, atmospheric and illuminating short film directed by Dean Chalkley, we journey into the mind of one of the UK’s most exciting emerging musical artists; Kojey Radical. A true creative in every sense of the word, Kojey is, for many, becoming the voice of his generation. His inner-city sound is pushing British music in bold new directions; uninhibited and with a strong socio-political conscious

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SHOPLIFTERS

Japan: 121mins : 2018 : Subtitles : Certificate ‘15’ 

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda

8:30PM : PARK INN BY RADISSON PALACE ROYAL VIEW SUITE 

TICKETS £6

Nominated as Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, BAFTA and the Golden Globes, this 2018 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or-winning film is a critically-acclaimed portrait of a poor but close-knit family that survives on part-time jobs and petty crime. During one shoplifting spree, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold and invite her home with them. Osamu’s wife reluctantly agrees to shelter her – but then an unforeseen incident upsets the delicate balance the family have created, revealing long-buried secrets.

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