2020 Festival Programme Announced

We are excited to announce the full programme for the 2020 Cary Comes Home Festival which, due to the pandemic, is taking place entirely online this year from 20-21 November.

Read more on our main Events Pages or book events directly on our new Crowdcast Channel where you will also be able to watch recordings again or catch up later. An overview of the Full Programme is available on a live Google Doc with links directly to the CrowdCast events. All advertised times are GMT.

The overarching theme of the festival is Journeys – celebrating the centenary of one journey in particular – Archie’s emigration to the Big Apple in 1920, but also acknowledging other journeys of class and social mobility,  identity and self-discovery.

An Affair to Remember – which would have been our gala film on Saturday night if we’d been able to meet in person – is our key film, as it encompasses not only the geographical journey of the transatlantic cruise ship which ends in New York, but also the voyage of romantic awakening, loss and redemption (and of course Deborah Kerr also has a Bristol connection).

Because of the UK lockdown the festival has moved entirely online this year. Normally we’d have a big gala with lots of wrap-around content, live music, cocktails and dressing up. We can’t recreate exactly the same experience online, but we still hope to bring a sense of fun and glamour to proceedings by encouraging you to dress up and there is a competition on our socials for the best dressed outfits posted to #CaryStaysHome on Twitter and Instagram. We’ve included some ideas of what to wear and what to drink to accompany each film so you can be fabulous in your own homes. 

This also means that sadly we can’t actually stream films due to distribution rights, but we aim to create a sense of togetherness in isolation through watch-alongs. Before the start of the screening you will need to source your own copy of the film and cue it up ready to play (suggested Viewing Options are outlined on each event page).

After a brief 5-10 minute introduction on Crowdcast we will count down and all press play at the same time. The CrowdCast will end and we’ll watch-along together using the #CaryStaysHome hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, both @carycomeshome.