A biennial festival celebrating how Bristol born Archie Leach changed his name and his fortunes to become internationally famous film star Cary Grant, yet never forgot his Bristol roots. This year’s festival is themed around Hitchcock and Cary Grant and we’ve got ambitious plans to take the next festival to New York in 2020 to celebrate 100 years since Archie started on his journey to becoming Cary Grant. Please support us by buying our Official Festival Merchandise, or donate using the button below.
Friday 23 November 2018, 7pm
Join us for our opening night reception and special screening of the award-winning Becoming Cary Grant which takes place at UWE Glenside campus, nee Bristol Lunatic Asylum, where Cary Grant’s mother, Elsie Kingdon Leach was committed in February 1915. The screening will be followed by a Q&A panel discussion with director Mark Kidel, and a panel of experts.
Saturday 24 November, 7.30pm
Watch the Hitchcock classic, North by Northwest, in the suitably starry setting of Bristol’s Planetarium. With a video welcome from Col Needham (founder and CEO of IMDb.com), who even after watching more than 10,000 films still rates North by Northwest as one of his all-time top 10 favourites and names Grant as his favourite film actor + an introduction from Matthew Sweet (presenter of BBC Radio’s Sound of Cinema).
Sunday 25 November 2018, 7pm
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly dazzle in Hitchcock’s classic romantic comedy thriller set on the French Riviera. With bubbly on arrival, live swing music and prizes for the best dressed vintage Hollywood style. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this Hitchcock classic on the big screen at Trinity Community Arts Centre, just down the road from the Empire Theatre where young Archie used to work. Sizzling chemistry between Grant and Kelly, sumptuous costumes by Edith Head and the glamorous backdrop of Cannes.