Gala Best Dressed Prizes Announced

We’re delighted to announce our prizes for the best dressed competition at our gala screening of To Catch A Thief on Sunday 25 November at Trinity Arts Centre Bristol.

One of the aims of the Cary Comes Home Festival is to recreate the golden age of cinema, that era when going to the pictures used to be a proper night out. To that end, we encourage people to dress up to the nines in their best vintage Hollywood style. There is no pressure to dress up, you can just come as you are, but – if you want to really go for it – get your glad rags on for a chance to win one of these fabulous prizes!

Best Dressed Woman

Restyle and Blow-dry with an Oway Luxe Treatment from Clair Swinscoe Studio Couture, 11 Kings Road, BS8 4AB

Best Dressed Man

Either a hot towel shave or a month’s free membership to the VIP scheme at Suave & Co, Barbershop and Lounge, 37a Princess Victoria Street, BS8 4BX.

Best Dressed Couple or Group

A magnum of Fantinel Spumante Prosecco Extra Dry donated by our friends at Renato’s Bar and Pizzeria, 33 King Street, BS1 4DZ.


Check out our Full Programme and book early to avoid disappointment!



Hitchcock and Cary Grant

Check out this amazing video that Col Needham (Founder and CEO of has made for us to promote our screening of North by Northwest!


Col is a great supporter of the festival and one of Cary Grant’s biggest fans. Shot at headquarters in Bristol, the promo was scripted by Level 3 UWE Filmmaking student Mitchell Brown, based on Hitchcock’s original trailer in which he pretends to be a travel agent:

With Dylan Evans on Camera and Grading, Producer Saoirse Mahon, Editor Holly Bond, Marina Aparicio Arribas and music by UWE Centre of Music. The video is playing on The We The Curious Big Screen in Millennium Square.

This not to be missed screening of North by Northwest takes place in The Planetarium on Saturday 24 November and includes a brief video introduction by Col, followed by a introduction to the fabulous Bernard Herrmann score by Matthew Sweet.

This event had sold out but we’ve just released the last remaining tickets so snap them up now!

This is part of our wider Hitchcock and Cary Grant theme this year, showing all 4 of their collaborations, including Suspicion with expert panel discussion at Watershed, Notorious with an intro by the amazing Paul McGann at Everyman and culminating with a glamorous gala screening of To Catch A Thief with prizes for the best dressed vintage / Hollywood style.

Check out our Full Programme and book early to avoid disappointment!





Cary Went to Hannover

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 complete with 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.

More photos here.

Après Archie

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.

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Get Christmassy with’s Col Needham

We are delighted to announce that Col Needham, founder and CEO of – 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. are also supporting the event. A huge thanks to Col and all at

Becoming Cary Grant English Premiere

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>>>>

The “Archie” collection

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.

Last Christmas delivery 20 December – we cannot guarantee you will receive it in time for Christmas. If you live in central Bristol (BS1-8) then we might be able to hand deliver – email us.

30 Years Ago Today…

Cary Grant Festival director Charlotte Crofts 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:

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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).

Bristol-born actor Cary Grant - real name Archie Leach. (Died 30/11/1986, aged 82).
Bristol-born actor Cary Grant – real name Archie Leach. (Died 29/11/1986, aged 82).

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Get your glad rags on!

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!

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Best dressed man – one hour simulation session for up to 4 players
Best dressed woman – photoshoot at Shutter and Flash
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Best dressed couple – pair of Watershed cinema tickets




A huge thank you to all of our supporters for their generous donations:

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If you haven’t got a stitch to wear – don’t worry, come as you are. Red carpet attire encouraged, but not essential!

Win Slaters Menswear in our Raffle!

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!:

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Festival Goodie Bag

Readers of the Bishopston Voice will receive a goodie bag of our official festival merchandise if you can answer this question:

Who was the Hollywood star who gave Cary Grant a career-changing role in which she invited his character: “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?”

Email your entries to or post to Bishopston Voice, Cary Grant Competition, 16 Chandag Rd, Keynsham, BS31 1NR by 11 July.

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Notorious Wine Offer

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:

image002Arauco 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

image003Reichsrat 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

image004Weinreich 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.

image005Santa 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!


From Bristol Boy to the Man From Dream City

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).

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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.

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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.

Everyone wants to be Cary Grant

… 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…

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