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New Solstices Film Festival Announced

New Solstices Film Festival Announced

The Whitaker Museum & Art Gallery will play host to the inaugural Solstices Film Festival next month.

The newly formed Solstices community group, based in Rossendale, have curated a programme of outstanding films and outdoor entertainment which will take place at the Whitaker between Friday 22 June and Sunday 24 June 2018.  The films will be shown in the Whitaker building, and the outdoor entertainment will take place in the Whitaker courtyard.  The full festival programme is as follows:

Friday 22 June, 7pm: Withnail and I

All tickets £6.50

The 1987 British black comedy film written and directed by Bruce Robinson. Based on Robinson’s life in London in late 1960s London, it follows two unemployed actors, Withnail and ‘I’ (Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann) who live in a squalid Camden Town flat in the late 1960s while squandering their finances on alcohol. Needing a holiday, they obtain the key to a country cottage in the Lake District belonging to Withnail’s gay Uncle Monty and drive there, but the weekend proves less recuperative than they expected… The screening will be complemented by 1960s and 1970s inspired live music in the courtyard from 8.30pm; there’s no charge for the music, but there’ll be collection buckets and visitors are invited to pay what they sincerely think the bands deserve.

Saturday 23 June, 11am: Fantastic Mr Fox
All tickets £2

The 2009 comedy film directed by Wes Anderson starring George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray and Owen Wilson and based on the children’s novel by Roald Dahl. After twelve years of bucolic bliss, Mr. Fox breaks a promise to his wife and raids the farms of their human neighbours, Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Giving in to his animal instincts endangers not only his marriage but also the lives of his family and their animal friends. When the farmers force Mr. Fox and company deep underground, he has to resort to his natural craftiness to rise above the opposition.

Saturday 23 June, 3pm: a selection of short films by local students
All tickets free of charge but must be reserved in advance.

Includes a screening of The Orange Tree (2016, pictured) directed Sion Evans Berry – an observational, reflexive short documentary film, spending time with independent volunteers on the island of Lesbos, Greece, and refugees that have made their way to Piraeus harbour in Athens from their home countries. The screening will be complemented by musical performances from students in the courtyard from 4pm; there’s no charge for the music, but there’ll be collection buckets and visitors are invited to pay what they sincerely think the bands deserve.

Saturday 23 June, 7pm: 24 Hour Party People
All tickets £6.50

The 2002 British comedy-drama about Manchester’s popular music scene, written by Frank Cottrell Boyce and directed by Michael Winterbottom, and starring Steve Coogan, Lennie James, John Thomson, Shirley Henderson, Andy Serkis, Mark E. Smith, John Simm and Paddy Considine.  Manchester, 1976: Tony Wilson (Coogan) is an ambitious but frustrated local TV news reporter looking for a way to make his mark. After witnessing a life-changing concert by a band known as the Sex Pistols, he persuades his station to televise one of their performances, and soon Manchester’s punk groups are clamouring for him to manage them. Riding the wave of a musical revolution, Wilson and his friends create the legendary Factory Records label and The Hacienda club.  The screening will be complemented by Madchester Northern bands, The Hooping Harlots, circus performers and more in the courtyard from 8.30pm; there’s no charge for the outdoor entertainment, but there’ll be collection buckets and visitors are invited to pay what they sincerely think the bands, dancers and performers deserve.

Sunday 24 June, 3pm: The Commitments
All tickets £6.50

Alan Parker’s 1991 much-loved and critically acclaimed musical comedy-drama and based on the novel by Roddy Doyle. Jimmy Rabbitte, a self-proclaimed promoter, decides to organize an R&B group to fill the musical void in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. The band comes together but ends up consisting entirely of white musicians who have little experience with the genre. Even though their raw talent and lofty aspirations gain the group notoriety, the pitfalls of fame began to tear at their newfound friendships as they prepare for their big show. Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle.  The screening will be complemented by live music with a North and Southern Irish theme from 4.30pm; there’s no charge for this outdoor entertainment, but there’ll be collection buckets and visitors are invited to pay what they sincerely think the bands and performers deserve.


Tickets for all films must be booked in advance via the Whitaker’s website at www.thewhitaker.org.  For more information, please contact The Whitaker directly on 01706 260785.

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