We are delighted to announce that Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDb.com – and one of Cary Grant’s biggest fans, with two Cary Grant movies in his top 10 movies of all time – has joined our Advisory Board. Col will also be introducing our Christmas screening of The Bishop’s Wife on 23 November 2017 at Bristol Cathedral. Tickets will go on sale on 23 September, so save the date and join our mailing list so you are the first to know. IMDb.com are also supporting the event. A huge thanks to Col and all at IMDb.com
We are excited to announce that Becoming Cary Grant, a new documentary, directed by local Bristol-based director Mark Kidel, which has just premiered at Cannes International Film Festival is coming to Bristol. Watershed are now screening the English Premiere as part of their Cinema Rediscovered season, in partership with the Cary Grant Festival on Sunday 30 July at 17.50, with an introduction and Q&A with director Mark Kidel. We were lucky enough to welcome Mark to the 2016 Cary Grant Festival where we were given a sneak peak of work in progress and an exclusive Q&A with the director. READ MORE>>>>
We are delighted to introduce our new cake stands from the “Archie” range of chinaware – hand decorated by Stokes Croft China. These vintage designs are printed on salvaged pottery and are unique, one-offs. We have a two-tiered cake stand in pink Rose of Tralee print:
And the larger single tier cake stand in Blue Rose:
These are limited edition. Once they are gone, they’re gone! Matching oval platters, teapots and mugs also available, as well as the Red Rose collection:
Check out our online shop for more merchandise. All profits go towards making the Cary Grant Festival sustainable, so – if you’ve enjoyed our screenings – please think about supporting the festival by buying some of our lovely merchandise.
We’re loving our new “Archie” collection of bone chinaware hand decorated by our friends at Stokes Croft China using salvaged rose prints and featuring the famous quote:
“I pretended to be somebody I wanted to be until finally I became that person. Or he became me” (Cary Grant).
We’ve got mugs, teapots and platters in three colourways – red, blue and pink rose of Tralee. The red items are slightly more expensive as it’s a rarer print. Cake stands are coming soon.
At the moment we’ve only got one each of the teapots and platters, available exclusively online. The mugs are also available at the Tourist Information Centre beneath Watershed on the Harbourside.
We are delighted to share this wonderful video filmed by UWE Student volunteer Hattie Williams – it really captures the glamour of our gala event at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, where we screened the screwball classic Bringing Up Baby starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant – this was “event cinema” with bubbly on arrival, live vintage music, cocktails and canapes, plus Hollywood glamour – Bristol style.
Check out these fabulous photos from the 2016 gala taken by some of our UWE student volunteers – they give a real sense of the occasion, with the red carpet, vintage music and Hollywood glamour. The festival returns in 2018, but watch out for our programme of fringe events in 2017! To be the first to know, make sure you’ve signed up to our mailing list.
Cary Grant Festival director Charlotte Crofts (centre) and co-ordinator Fern Dun pay tribute to Cary Grant on the 30th Anniversary of his death on 29 November 1986. They were interviewed by James Hanson from BBC Radio Bristol for the Emma Britton show, right next to the Cary Grant statue in Millennium Square, Bristol. Cary was looking as suave as ever in the crisp winter morning light:
Charlotte Crofts said:
“Cary Grant began life in Bristol in 1904 as Archibald Leach, but ended up – partly through self-invention, partly through the Hollywood studio system – as the internationally renowned film icon we know and love from films like Bringing Up Baby, An Affair to Remember and North by Northwest. But he never forgot his Bristol roots and the fact that he returned to Bristol regularly demonstrates his loyalty to his home town. He is still sorely missed.”
Listen again on BBC Radio Bristol (at about 02:24:16).
We just drew the raffle and the winning numbers are below – have a look to see if you’ve won one of our fabulous prizes:
1st Prize: Shawn the Sheep sketch by Mr Golly donated by Aardman Animations
£200 Slaters Formal Bristol Menswear and Formal Hire gift vouchers
The Cary Grant Movie Collection box set of 21 DVDs
Averys Wine Merchants Special Cuvee Champagne
Family ticket to At-Bristol
Year’s membership to Everyman Cinemas
Exclusive DVD of the History of Fabergé (feat. a tiny clip of Cary Grant)
One month’s video rental 20th Century Flicks
A huge thank you to all our supporters who very kindly donated the prizes – see the full list on our supporters page.
The festival kicks off today with events at Watershed and Everyman and culminates in our gala screening of Bringing Up Baby at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Sunday. We’ve got some fantastic prizes for the best dressed man, woman and couple (of any description) at the gala – no rules, no set era, just don your best Hollywood vintage outfit and look fabulous!
A huge thank you to all of our supporters for their generous donations:
If you haven’t got a stitch to wear – don’t worry, come as you are. Red carpet attire encouraged, but not essential!
Hooray – the newly opened Slaters Menswear and Formal Hire shop in the Galleries, Broadmead, has donated £200 worth of gift vouchers to our raffle. Look out for raffle tickets at all our events and at our marquee next to the Cary Grant statue in Millennium Square throughout Bristol Harbour Festival! A huge thank you to all at Slaters for this generous donation.