Festival director Dr Charlotte Crofts (Associate Professor Filmmaking, UWE Bristol – above right) and Festival co-ordinator Fern Dunn (graduate of the MA Curating, UWE Bristol – above left) took The Cary Grant Festival to Hannover, Germany for the weekend on 25-26 November 2017 as part of the 70th anniversary of Bristol’s twinning, in partnership with Twin Cities Hannover and the Kommunales KOKI cinema.
The opening night of the Cary Grant Weekend kicked off with a warm welcome from the Mayor of Hannover, Thomas Hermann, then Bristol Cllr Kye Dudd (who initiated the visit) spoke about the importance of Bristol’s twinning in terms of cross-cultural exchange and Cllr Estella Tincknell (ex-Deputy Mayor and Associate Professor of Film and Culture, UWE Bristol) celebrated Bristol’s recent designation as a UNESCO Creative Cities Network City of Film, joining Hannover as City of Music. Charlotte then introduced the award-winning documentary, Becoming Cary Grant emphasising how Archie Leach’s early life in Bristol had a profound impact on his incredible journey to becoming Cary Grant. The evening gala was made completewith Hannover Gin cocktails and live music from the Elmar Braß Trio and rounded off with a late night screening of the classic rom-com thriller, Charade.
On Sunday, Charlotte presented an illustrated talk about Cary Grant’s Bristol and the history of the Cary Grant Festival and Estella introduced a screening of To Catch a Thief. The weekend continued with screenings of The Grass is Greener, North by Northwest and Blonde Venus on Sunday afternoon.
We are delighted to announce that we are partnering with The Après Bar in Millennium Square at The Christmas Fair for events in November. This year we’re really excited that their snug will be incorporating the Cary Grant statue! The Looking For Archie walking tour on 18 & 19 November will culminate with us raising a glass of Prosecco to Archie in the snug and 20% off drinks. Not only that, but ticket holders for our festive screening of The Bishop’s Wife on 23 November will also get a 10% discount in the bar.
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. 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:
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 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.”
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.
Men – if you haven’t got a stitch to wear for our gala – then why not try Slaters formal hire? Just be sure not to do this!:
Averys are doing a special offer if you attend our Notorious screening tomorrow (Fri 8 July). The offer is for a mixed case of the wines inspired by the film that we’ll be tasting at this special “drink-along” screening in partnership with Bristol Film Festival’s Vintage Screenings series.
The offer is for a case or wine, including 3 bottles of each of the following:
Arauco Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Chile x 3
Wonderfully aromatic with a medley of orange blossom and tropical fruit on the nose. Round and fleshy Sauvignon with a structured, fresh palate and a streak of mineral acidity
Reichsrat Von Buhl Riesling Trocken Pfalz 2013, Germany x 3
This is a really bright and refreshing dry Riesling with lively, fresh aromas of blossom, lime, white stone fruits and grapefruit. More bright fruits on the palate with a lingering minerality
Weinreich Spätburgunder 2013, Germany x 3
This delicious Spätburgunder (same grape as Pinot Noir) has an enchanting bouquet of red berries with delicate oak from barrel maturation.
Santa Julia Malbec Mendoza 2015, Argentina x 3
A dark, rich colour hints at what’s to come and the nose offers plums, blackberries and black cherries in abundance. Big but beautifully balanced, with hints of chocolate and spice on the palate.
Usually retails at £134.88 – Special discounted price of £105.99 (saving £28.89) plus free delivery (usually £7.99) giving you a total saving of £36.88. Special price only available until 29th July 2016
Find out how to take advantage of this offer at the screening tomorrow!
Fri 8 July, doors 19:00. Averys Wine Cellars
Tickets £25, including bubbly on arrival, bread and cheese and 4 wines. Over 18s only!
We’ve got two events at the Watershed highlighting how Bristol-born Archie Leach changed his name and his fortunes to become the internationally famous film star known as Cary Grant:
Sat 16 Jul 12:00 The Man From Dream City features a double bill of illustrated talks. Kathrina Glitre on Cary Grant’s kiss and his onscreen chemistry with his leading ladies and Mark Glancy on the remarkable RKO production history of our gala film Bringing Up Baby. Hosted by the wonderful Laura Rawlings (BBC Bristol).
Sat 16 Jul 14:00 The Making of Becoming Cary Grant a Q&A with director Mark Kidel on his current documentary on Cary Grant, including exclusive clips from his work in progress featuring unseen home movie footage of Cary Grant, which demonstrates he had a keen eye for the camera.
Don’t miss this opportunity to find out more about one of Bristol’s most internationally recognised cultural icons – sorry Banksy! – and be inspired by his incredible journey from Bristol boy to The Man From Dream City.
Tickets cost £25 / £20 concessions (plus £1.50 transaction fee) and the price includes bubbly on arrival, a selection of vintage canapes, live entertainment, including a-cappella singers and the South by Southwest Swing Ensemble, featuring Martyn Harris and players from the Dave Salt Big Band. Red carpet attire is encouraged and there will be prizes for the best dressed.
… and everyone wants an excuse to try the brand new Everyman Cinema: the recently renovated Whiteladies Picture House and Bristol’s oldest surviving cinema. We’ve got two screenings for you to choose from:
Sat 16 July 16:00, Matinee: Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Howard Hawks’ action-packed adventure romance, with aerial stunts read more..
Sun 17 July 11:00, Brunch: An Affair to Remember (1957), Leo McCarey’s tear-jerker set on a Transatlantic cruise ship read more…
Great photo of Cary Grant receiving his US citizenship in 1942. But did you know that he always had a soft spot for his hometown Bristol and returned every year?
Make the pilgrimage to our festival celebrating Cary Grant’s Bristol roots, kicking off this Friday 8 July with a curtain raising screening of Hitchcock’s Notorious. Watch the famous wine cellar scene in an actual wine cellar – at Averys Wine Cellars in partnership with Bristol Film Festival’s “Vintage” Screenings series. Their last drink-along screening sold out twice-over, so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment!
Tickets cost £25 including bubbly on arrival, bread and cheese and four wines from Latin America and Germany inspired by the film.
We are delighted to announce our full programme is now on sale – we’ve got something for everyone, from the romantic tear-jerker An Affair To Remember to the action adventure Only Angels Have Wingsat the newly refurbished Everyman Cinema, to inspiring talks at the Watershed., including one on Cary Grant’s kiss and a sneak preview of work in progress from a new documentary biography on Cary Grant.
This year the festival runs in partnership with the Bristol Harbour Festival as we celebrate how Bristol’s maritime history and the golden age of Transatlantic travel helped shape Archie Leach’s incredible journey from Bristol boy to “the man from Dream City”.
Come and join is in Millennium Square next to the Cary Grant statue where you can snap Cary Grant selfies, book tickets and buy our official merchandising to help make the festival sustainable for the future.
We’ve had a beautiful poster designed for us by local artist Sam Bessant of @CultFilmPosters – we love the subtle Art Deco background and the 1930s typeface. A huge thank you to Sam and hope you all love it as much as we do.
Tickets are now on sale for our red carpet gala screening of Bringing Up Baby at Bristol Museum on Sunday 17 July, doors 1900; film 2000. Tickets £25 / £20 concessions (plus £1.50 transaction fee).
We are also challenging you to make a micro movie – up to 90 seconds long – inspired by Howard Hawk’s screwball classic by 3 July. For full details of the rules, prize and jury visit our Film Challenge page.
Please help spread the word by sharing on your social media. Tweet us @carycomeshome and find us on Facebook.com/carycomehome.
We knew partnering with Slapstick Festival for a screening of the classic Screwball comedy, The Awful Truth (1937) would be a good idea, but little did we know how perfect our choice of film was until seeing it on the big screen with an audience.
If you are not familiar with the plot, it’s a comedy of remarriage, in which Bristol’s legendary Cary Grant is teamed with Screwball comedy’s most underrated actress, Irene Dunne, in the film that broke him as a romantic lead. Coined as the “slapstick prince charming” by critic Pauline Kael, for his marriage of elegance and physical comedy, Grant shines in the definitive, Oscar-winning comedy of the 1930s. Slapstick veteran Leo McCarey (Sherlock Junior, Duck Soup), directs this wonderful vaudeville team.
Watching Cary Grant in screwball masterpiece The Awful Truth (1937) at Slapstick this year was an absolute hoot. But the moment in this fizzy film when Grant is perched on the handlebars of a motorbike, Sherlock Jr-style, and touches his collapsed opera hat to his forehead in imitation of the great Buster Keaton? Priceless.
Cary Grant in The Awful Truth
Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr
Grant and Dunne sizzle, McCarey knows how to milk a pratfall and Mr Smith, the dog, gets up to all sorts of tricks. The audience were left crying with laughter, proving that Screwball comedy is indeed the true legacy of Slapstick.
A huge thank you to stand-up comedian and festival favourite, Lucy Porter who introduced the film. Thanks also to Chris Daniels and all at Slapstick Festival for what we hope to be a long and fruitful partnership.
We look forward to collaborating with Slapstick Festival again soon.
The Cary Grant Festival returns 16-17 July 2016. Save the date!
We are delighted to announce that the date of the next Cary Grant Comes Home For The Weekend Festival will be the weekend of 16-17 July. The gala has been confirmed: Sunday 17 July. We are so looking forward to welcoming him home again. Please spread the word!
The full programme will be announced in the new year, but for now – save the date and start planning your red carpet outfit! Read more…
We are also really excited to be teaming up with Slapstick Festival for a screening of classic Screwball comedy, The Awful Truth. Read more…
So if you are searching for a very special Christmas present for the film-lover in your life, then look no further!
To give you a flavour of last year’s gala, take a look at this lovely video made by UWE BA (Hons) Filmmaking students who volunteered at the festival. It gives a real sense of the atmosphere: recreating the golden age of cinemagoing; with the Hippodrome staff in vintage ushers uniforms and everybody dressed to the nines. There’s a cameo from Festival Producers, Charlotte Crofts and Anna Farthing on the red carpet and one of the festival goers – the lady in the red coat towards the end – had even met Cary Grant as a young woman.
A short film documenting the Cary Grant Comes Home For The Weekend Festival 2014 gala screenings at the Bristol Hippodrome, which included a song raid by the Bristol Hippodrome Choir as part of the Bristol Festival of Song and a performance reenacting the life of Archie Leach by The Big Act, plus red carpet entrance and prizes for the best dressed.
This video was made by UWE Level 3 BA (Hons) Media and Journalism students from Taylor’s University, Malaysia participating in work experience at the Cary Grant Comes Home For The Weekend Festival.
We want to extend a huge thank you to all the UWE student volunteers who helped document the festival, Martin Williams and all at The Big Act and Victoria Bourne and all at the Bristol Hippodrome choir for helping us showcase Bristol talent.
The Cary Grant Comes Home For The Weekend Festival 2014 culminated in a red carpet double bill of Arsenic and Old Lace and North by Northwest at the Bristol Hippodrome – marking nearly 80 years since Cary Grant’s face last shone down from the silver screen when six of his films where screened there between 1932-38 when the theatre briefly operated as a cinema.
Front of house staff at the Bristol Hippodrome got into the spirit of the occasion and dressed as vintage ushers and usherettes to welcome people on the red carpet entrance. Prizes for the best dressed were announced on our Facebook page and you can images of the red carpet taken by our wonderful UWE student volunteers, Ellisha Von Grunewald (UWE Film), Bethany Fitter (Filmmaking and Creative Media) and Jen Stuart (UWE Fashion). Professional photographer Jon Craig coached them on how to pap, as well as taking his own wonderful set of photos, which you can view here.
The winners of the Cary Grant Film Challenge 2014 were announced at the glamorous festival gala screening of North by Northwest at the Bristol Hippodrome, and showcased before the film.
The winning film, The Girl With the Compass Tattoo, by Rob Ayling (pictured above holding his Morph by Morphwest prize donated by Aardman), was commended by the Jury for squeezing in so much double-crossing into such a short film.
Festival co-producer Charlotte Crofts (UWE Filmmaking) says:
“it was important to us to bring Cary Grant’s films to a new audience and the Film Challenge was part of that work. We also wanted to inspire young people with Cary Grant’s incredible life-story of struggle through adversity and self-creation”.
All the Cary Grant Film Challenge 2014 shortlisted films were shown on the Big Screen in At-Bristol’s Millennium Square – right opposite the Cary Grant statue – throughout the week before the festival. You can watch the full shortlist here.
We will be running another Cary Grant Film Challenge in 2016 in connection with the gala film – so watch this space once the programme is announced in the new year.