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Telford Film Festival

Friday 6th September - Sunday 20th October 2019

Various Telford Venues | 00:00 - 22:00

Telford Film Festival returns 6 September - 20 October to bring a jam-packed month of screenings and special events back to venues all over town, from ghost trains, brass bands and camp singalongs to silver screen classics.

As well as providing an opportunity to celebrate film in all its amazing variety, it’s also a chance to see Telford itself in a new cultural light.

The Telford Film Festival is the result of a collaboration between Telford & Wrekin Council and Flatpack Projects, and is part of Film Hub Midlands’ mission to develop film culture across the region.

All tickets for the Film Festival can be purchased online, or alternatively pop into the film venues where you will be able to buy in person but please contact the venue directly as opening hours vary.

Here's what's in store...

Sunset Cinema: Bohemian Rhapsody(12A)

Friday 6 September, doors 6pm/film 8pm
Telford Town Park, £12/£8

This Oscar award-winning biopic is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and legendary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Charting Mercury’s life from the formation of the band up to their electrifying Live Aid performance, the spirited rock and roll film perfectly captures the era, the man and the music which will most certainly rock your socks off.
Tickets available here.

Sunset Cinema: Greatest Showman Singalong (PG)

Saturday 7 September, doors 6pm/film 8pm
Telford Town Park, £12/8

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the moment you’ve all been waiting for...we’re bringing this hit musical back to Telford Town Park. Bring along your best vocals, camping chairs, and picnic blankets for a show-stopping evening of singing, show-business, and rewriting the stars.
Tickets available here.

Mamma Mia! (PG)

Tuesday 17 September, 7pm
Dale End Park Yurt, £7/£5

Get your dancing shoes on for a night of film and song as the original Mamma Mia! movie takes over Dale End Park.
A young bride-to-be invites three men from her mother’s past to her upcoming wedding, in the hopes that her real father can walk her down the aisle.
Tickets available here.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG)

Monday 23 September, 7pm
Dale End Park Yurt, £7/£5

Set five years after Mamma Mia!, Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother's past.
Full of those ABBAtastic tunes we all love, Dale End Park will come alive once again to the sound of our favourite Swedish pop group.
Tickets available here.

Breakfast At Tiffany's (PG)

Friday 20 September, buffet 6.30/ film 8pm
The Maws, £15

While you might not quite be able to have breakfast at Tiffany’s, you can still enjoy a New York-style buffet at the Maws Craft Centre - known for their handcrafted jewellery and so a fitting venue for this open air screening.
Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly in this Hollywood romance, a New York socialite and party girl on the hunt for a millionaire. Uninspired writer Paul Varjak moves into her apartment building and becomes captivated by her, but both of their pasts threaten to get in the way.
Tickets available here.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (12A)

Friday 20 September, doors 6pm/ film 8pm
RAF Cosford, £15/£13

Set thirty years after Return of the Jedi, the Galactic Empire has fallen and the evil First Order arises from its ashes, creating more threats for the galaxy to face. Follow Defector Finn and scavenger Ray in their search for the long-lost Luke Skywalker, as they risk everything to protect a B-88 drone unit from falling into the hands of the First Order.
The force is calling you...to RAF Cosford.
Tickets available here.

Top Gun (12A)

Saturday 21 September, doors 6pm/ film 8pm
RAF Cosford, £15/£13

“I feel the need...the need for speed”
And speed is what it’s all about in this adrenaline-fuelled action drama, as badass pilot Maverick fights to be the best of the best at the elite Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School. A classic bursting with escapes, rebellions, and aerial showdowns that will take your breath away - and what better place to watch it than the RAF Museum?
Tickets available here.

Aardman Animations + Model Making

Saturday 21 September, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Ketley Community Centre, £2.50 per person
Get creative with clay and learn how to craft your very own model of one of Aardman’s classic characters, with the help of an Aardman expert model maker. Ask questions, hear great anecdotes about the studio, and even bring your creation home with you!
There’s a choice of three hands-on workshops to get stuck into: choose to make either Gromit, Shaun The Sheep or the villainous Feathers McGraw - each beginning with a screening of one of Aardman’s award-winning shorts.
Tickets available here.

Mary Poppins Returns (U)

Sunday 22 September, workshop 4pm/ film 5pm
Dale End Park Yurt, £7/£5

The magical Mary Poppins returns decades after her original visit to help the next generation of the Banks family.
A whimsical, toe-tapping sequel guaranteed to make you feel supercallifragilisticexpialidocious!
Tickets available here.

The Miners’ Hymns (U) + Wellington Brass Band

Thursday 26 September, 7pm
Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, £7/£5

This collage film, consisting of rarely-seen found footage from the likes of the BFI and BBC, mourns and celebrates the industrial past of mining communities in North East England.
Wordless hymns and rich black-and-white images of weathered faces tell the story of struggle, unity, and a lost culture - all without words. Not that you’ll need them because although the mines are gone, the music still lives on through a live score performed by the Wellington Brass Band.
Tickets available here.

The Wizard of Oz (U)

Saturday 28 September, 10.30am & 7.30pm
Sunday 29 September, 2.30pm

Wellington Orbit, £8/£7/£6
Slip on those silver shoes and follow the yellow brick road to Wellington Orbit for an afternoon of magic, Munchkins, and camaraderie.
Ready your vocal chords and raise the roof for this singalong classic, because there’s no place like Telford.
Tickets available here.

Dumbo (PG)

Sunday 29 September, 5pm
Dale End Park Yurt, £7/£5

Tim Burton’s live-action reimagining of Dumbo soars to Dale End Park Yurt this September, bringing with it a world of wonder, mystique and magic.
A heartwarming tale where differences are celebrated, family is cherished and dreams take flight.
Tickets available here.

Stan & Ollie (PG)

Tuesday 1 October, 2pm
Oakengates Theatre, £7/£5

“Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.”
See behind-the-scenes into the lives of beloved comedy duo, Laurel and Hardy, as they embark on a variety hall farewell tour around Britain and Ireland to regain their spots in the limelight.
A warming tribute bursting with spot-on performances, big laughs, and moving moments.
This screening is enhanced to suit the needs of people with dementia, enabling them to enjoy film in a fun and comfortable environment.
Tickets available here.

Giro: Is This The Modern World? (U)

Friday 4 October, 7pm
Dawley Town Hall, £4

This hugely enjoyable slice of punk TV from Birmingham Film and Video Workshop was made in collaboration with a group
 of unemployed young Telfordians, as they try and find answers to questions about the dole system, wage levels and what the future might hold.
Complete with energetic soundtrack and interviews with Ken Livingstone to Jimmy Somerville and a representative of the Basic Incomes Group.
The original crew behind the film will be reuniting for this special one-off event, and joined for a short Q&A after the screening by filmmakers Jonnie Turpie and Graham Peet.
Tickets available here.

Dance Into Your Life: Force Of Nature Natalia (12A) + Cuban Fury (15)

Sunday 6 October, 12.30pm & 3.30pm
The Edge Arts Centre, £7/£5

Designed to get your twinkle toes (or two left feet) tapping, two very different forms of dance are celebrated in this unique pair of screenings at The Edge Arts Centre.

The first screening, Force Of Nature Natalia, is a documentary giving backstage access to the life of ballerina superstar Natalia Osipova as she prepares for her Royal Ballet season. Preceded by a talk from a local ballet school.
Tickets available here.

The second screening is raucous salsa rom com Cuban Fury, starring Nick Frost as a former salsa prodigy who returns to the world of dance in order to woo his new boss. Preceded by a talk from a local salsa club.
Tickets available here.

Casablanca (U)

Monday 7 October, 7.30pm
Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge Community Centre, £7

If you’re looking for adventure, you’ll find it in Casablanca - one of the most-quoted, most-loved films in Hollywood history. Follow Victor, Ilsa and Rick in this wartime allegory that explores memory, sacrifice, and puts the capital R in romance.
Here’s looking at you, kid.
Tickets available here.

Scooby Doo! Frankencreepy & Halloween Ghost Train! (PG)

Saturday 12 October, 11am
Telford Steam Railway, £7/£5

‘Looks like we’ve got another mystery on our hands…’
2019 marks 50 years since a group of crime-fighting teenagers and their talking Great Dane made a debut on our screens. To celebrate Scooby’s birthday, you can follow the adventures of the Mystery Inc. gang in classic episodes at Horsehay Community Centre, before we transform one of Telford’s steam engines into a spooktacular ghost train, where you can solve mysteries of your own!
Tickets available here.

Brief Encounter (PG) + prosecco afternoon tea

Saturday 12 October, 3.30pm
Telford Steam Railway, £14

Giving Casablanca a run for its money as the most romantic film of all time, this romantic drama begins with grit in a housewife’s eye, a chance meeting in a railway station, and ends with a doomed love affair between two married strangers.
There couldn’t be a more fitting place to watch this story of stiff upper lips and forbidden passion than Telford Steam Railway, complete with afternoon tea.
Tickets available here.

Trash Film Club presents Chopping Mall (18)

Saturday 19 October, 8.30pm
Telford Centre, £7/£5

If you’re going to enlist three hi-tech robots to protect your shopping mall, make sure that there’s no way a freak lightning storm can frazzle their circuits and transform them into very well-armed killers.
That’s the rather obvious lesson offered up by trashy 80s horror Chopping Mall, which this October gets what (we assume) is its very first UK screening in an actual shopping mall.

This special event is hosted by Trash Film Club, a regular Midlands-based cinema night celebrating the very finest ‘so-bad-they’re-good’ movies around. The screening comes complete with live commentary from hosts Luke and David during the film to guide you through some of the cheesier moments.
Tickets available here.

Oldboy (18)

See Cineworld website for date & time
Telford Cineworld

“Revenge is good for your health, but pain will find you again.”
Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, Oldboy is a South Korean neo-noir mystery thriller and a tale of vengeance.
Oh Dae-su, an obnoxious drunk and businessman, is inexplicably abducted from a Seoul street corner and imprisoned in a grim hotel room cell for 15 years. Eventually released, he is given five days to track down his tormentor and finally get retribution, but his final encounter will yield yet more unimaginable horrors.

Do The Right Thing (15)

See Cineworld website for date & time
Telford Cineworld

As the mercury rises, so do racial tensions on the hottest day of the year on a street in Brooklyn, until reaching boiling point and exploding into violence in Spike Lee’s incendiary 1989 drama, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

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