Cary Grant at 120
Screen 2, Clifton Summer Screenings, The Mall Gardens, Clifton Village, Bristol UK, BS8 4BHEngland (map)
Thursday, 4 July, 2024, doors 11:00 – 12:00

“Everybody wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant”


Join Bristol Film Festival at Clifton Summer Screenings! For their very first event of 2024’s Clifton Summer Screenings, Bristol Film Festival kicks off with a special collaboration with Cary Comes Home. Don’t miss festival director, Professor Charlotte Crofts’ illustrated talk dedicated to one of the city’s most famous sons, Cary Grant. Celebrate 120 years of Cary Grant with a unique Bristol twist! Uncover the surprising story of Archibald Leach, the Bristol boy who became a Hollywood icon. Explore his enduring love for his hometown, the films that made him a legend, and the various ways in which the city celebrates his life and work, from the Cary Grant statue to the “Cary Comes Home” Festival and the new Raising Cary Grant theatre walk – a local passion project keeping his legacy alive. It’s a tale of transformation, from a childhood spent by the docks to Hollywood stardom, Cary Grant’s journey is as inspiring as his films.  Join us for a glimpse into the man behind the legend!

Taking place in the beautiful Mall Gardens in the heart of Clifton Village, this is outdoor cinema with a twist. With covered seating, a state-of-the-art LED screen and wireless headphones, enjoy your film come rain or shine – this is an outdoor experience that’s not to be missed.


Professor Charlotte Crofts is a Professor of Cinema Arts at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and founder and director of the Cary Comes Home Festival (established in 2014). She is passionate about both cinema-going and Bristol as a city of film and has made various projects celebrating local cinema culture, including The Curzon Memories App and The Lost Cinemas of Castle Park App. She is on the Board of Trustees of the Curzon Community Cinema, Clevedon. She got the idea for the Cary Grant Festival when researching Bristol cinemas and discovered that Cary Grant talked fondly of visiting The Clare Street Picture House with his mother – where he learnt to use a pastry fork and saw early sound pictures – and the Metropole, with his father – a fleapit which smelt of raincoats and galoshes, but was by far his favourite of the two.

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Attending this event? Why not book tickets for the following screening of Cary’s classic comedy Arsenic And Old LaceInfo and tickets here

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Cary Comes Home is a biennial festival which aims to celebrate Cary Grant’s Bristol roots, develop new audiences for his work and recreate the golden age of cinema-going, directed by Dr Charlotte Crofts (Professor of Cinema Arts, UWE Bristol). Learn more at


In partnership with Bristol Film Festival


In Association with UWE Bristol Moving Image Research Group

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Celebrating Bristol’s status as a UNESCO City of Film, in recognition of the city’s vibrant screen heritage, of which Cary Grant is one of our brightest stars.