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Thursday 24th September - Thursday 19th November

Art History & Appreciation Course: The Life and Art of Henry Scott Tuke

Study the Life and Art of Henry Scott Tuke (1858 – 1929) Falmouth’s Most Famous Painter with art historian and curator Catherine Wallace.

In this 8 week course we look at the life and work of Falmouth’s most famous painters Henry Scott Tuke. From his formative years in Falmouth- his training and early travels; through to his fame he achieved as a member of the Newlyn School; the inspiration of Cornwall and its people, his approach to portraiture whether it was locals or lords and ladies; his maritime art; his approach to painting the nude outdoors and comparing it with his contemporaries; his travels abroad and at home. Week 8 will be held at Falmouth Art gallery looking at the Poly’s unique collection of his work.

To book a place please contact Catherine Wallace on talks@cathwallace.co.uk or 01326 618914 or 07974995085
Payments by cheque, BACS or cash only – 8 weeks £120
24 September – 19 November 2015 (No Class 8 October) Thursdays, 2.00 – 4.00 p.m.


Monday 5th October - Tuesday 6th October

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Dir: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon – USA – 105mins (12A)

Beautifully scripted and perfectly cast, this is a coming-of-age drama which is both uniquely funny and equally moving.

Greg is a 17 year old loner, who comes from a family of bohemians whose DVD collection provides hours of entertainment for him and his friend Earl.  Spending their youth bonding over their inexplicable affinity with world cinema, they remake the classics (from A Sockwork Orange to Pooping Tom) and have a particular love of the films of Werner Herzog.

But then Greg’s mother asks him to visit a childhood friend, Rachel, recently diagnosed with leukaemia, which proves to be a very challenging but life-changing experience for the awkward teen.

Unique in its sincere depiction of the deep bonds of platonic friendship between teens, across gender, class and race, this is a film that is surely set to be a benchmark for a generation.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival


Monday 5th October 8:00pm

Film Club: Dr. Strangelove

Poly Film Club screening in the Bar at 8pm

Dir: Stanley Kubrick – 1964 – 90mins (PG)

Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant Cold War satire remains as funny and razor-sharp today as it was in 1964.

Club Membership £15:

Ticket Prices £2.50 for Members & £5 for Non-Members + £1 Poly Fund on all tickets

Book early – only 35 seats available.

Cafe Sci

Wednesday 7th October 7:30pm

Cultured Creatures: The Science of Animal Culture

As humans, culture separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Or does it?

Recent research shows that animals from bees to birds and meerkats to monkeys learn from one another, allowing groups to form distinctive cultural traditions. Dr Alex Thornton will discuss the science of animal culture and what it can teach us about ourselves.

Alex is BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow, Centre for Ecology and Conservation, Exeter.Alex is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus.  His research on Kalahari meerkats, Cornish jackdaws and humans seeks to uncover the secrets of how intelligence and culture evolve.

For more on his work, follow @Cornishjackdaws on twitter
or visit: www.wildcognitionresearch.com


Wednesday 7th October 7:30pm


Part of our Film & Fashion Festival

IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades.

More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris’ dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment. Despite the abundance of glamour in her current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”


Saturday 10th October 11:00am

The Lego Movie

Saturday Morning Pictures

Dir: Phil Lord & Christopher – 101 minutes (U)

A perfectly ordinary LEGO mini-figure is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person in the world and has to embark on an epic quest to save the world.

Boasting beautiful animation, a charming voice cast, laugh-a-minute gags, and a surprisingly thoughtful story, The Lego Movie is colorful fun for all ages.

All Tickets £2 + £1 Poly Fund



Saturday 10th October 7:00pm

THE MAGICIAN, The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of one of the most influential directors of all time, we are screening a fantastic double bill.   Firstly a new documentary about the great man’s life THE MAGICIAN, The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles at 7pm and at 9pm one of his cinematic masterpieces, A TOUCH OF EVIL.

The screenings will be presented by Dr. NEIL FOX, Lecturer in Film at Falmouth University and also a massive Welles film.

Ticket Prices: £6 per film but if you buy tickets for both films you pay £10 for both plus £1 Poly fund per ticket

Sherry will be available.

THE MAGICIAN, The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles

Dir. Chuck Workman – USA – 91mins (12A)

Wonderfully entertaining, illuminating and very touching portrait of Orson Welles.

“A polished biography of cinema’s wayward genius”

“Enjoyable and diligently researched…touches on everything from [Welles’] romantic life to his gourmandising”

“Enthralling and insightful”

“An informative overview…packed with choice clips”



Saturday 10th October 9:00pm

Touch of Evil

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of one of the most influential directors of all time, we are screening a fantastic double bill.   Firstly a new documentary about the great man’s life THE MAGICIAN, The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles at 7pm and at 9pm one of his cinematic masterpieces, A TOUCH OF EVIL.

The screenings will be presented by Dr. NEIL FOX, Lecturer in Film at Falmouth University and also a massive Welles film.

Ticket Prices: £6 per film but if you buy tickets for both films you pay £10 for both plus £1 Poly fund per ticket

Sherry will be available.


Dir: Orson Welles – USA – 104mins (12A)

Artistically innovative and emotionally gripping, Orson Welles’ classic noir is a visual treat, as well as a dark, sinister thriller.  Recently digitally remastered.


Monday 12th October - Tuesday 13th October

The Dance of Reality

Dir: Alejandro Jodorowsky – CHILE – 133mins (18) S/T

The legendary director’s first film for more than two decades is a triumphant return, which mixes autobiography, politics, torture and fantasy to exuberant, moving effect.

Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where the film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and alienated childhood as part of an uprooted family.

Blending his personal history with metaphor, mythology and poetry, The Dance of Reality reflects Alejandro Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our own imaginations.



Wednesday 14th October 7:30pm

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

Dir: Jeannie Finlay – UK – 88mins (TBC)

ORION tells the story of Jimmy Ellis – an unknown singer plucked from obscurity, and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave.

With an outlandish fictional identity torn from the pages of the novel Orion by Gail Brewer Giorgio, the backing of the legendary birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll Sun Records and a voice that seemed to be the very twin of Presley’s himself, the scheme – concocted in the months after Presley’s death exploded into a cult success – and the “Elvis is alive” myth was begun.

Borne by his incredible voice, the masked Orion – gained the success he’d always craved but it was at a price.  The story revels in the manipulative schemes of the music industry, the truth and lies at the heart of the story, the allure of fantasy and the eternal search for identity.

Orion proves that fact is indeed ‘stranger than fiction’. This is the story behind that story. Who was that masked man?

We are delighted to welcome the documentary’s director JEANNIE FINLAY, who will be here to introduce the film and host a Q&A after the screening.

JeanieFinlay_Director_portraitWe’ll be playing some Elvis tracks in the Bar after the screening ….


Thursday 15th October 7:30pm

Gwary Teg (Fair Play) Productions present: National Minority

It is 1901 – the dawn of the twentieth century.  In the library of a remote country house in Cornwall, the noted antiquarian and Celtic revivalist Edward Cardew is about to make a remarkable discovery. What he finds may change him markedly, and reposition his attitude toward literature, religion and love.  In a land where time is never linear and more commonly layered upon place and space, the discovery may also alter the nature of history itself.  What curiosity Cardew finds both attracts and repels him, mysteriously shifting him between the ages.

In the same library, exactly one hundred and thirteen years later, a young working-class scholar, Jake Rowe, pursues his quest to explore the life and work of Edward Cardew who has importantly shaped Cornwall’s position as a Celtic nation, paving the way for devolution and national minority status.  Confused about his own identity, Jake discovers more than he wants to know, setting him on a wildly different course, and making him, like Cardew, face a number of cataclysmic truths.

Conceived by Alan M. Kent – the award-winning playwright behind The Tin Violin, Surfing Tommies, A Mere Interlude and Bewnans Peran – this imaginative new play takes audiences back and forth across time to explore the wastefulness of longing and success, and the eternal importance of love and forgiveness.


Saturday 17th October 11:00am

Ghosthunters on Icy Trails

Saturday Morning Pictures

Dir: Tobi Baumann – IRELAND/GERMANY – 99mins (PG)

A fantastic new children’s live action and animated adventure about a young boy who teams up with a ghost and a former ghosthunter when an Ice Demon threatens the world.

Men in Black meets Ghostbusters!  Spooktacular fun for the family.

All Tickets £2 + £1 Poly Fund



Monday 19th October - Tuesday 20th October

The Second Mother (Que Horas Ela Volta?)

Dir: Anna Muylaert – BRAZIL – 112mins (15) (Sub-titled)

The delicate relationship between employer and servant is skilfully subverted and scrutinised in this funny, serious study of class in modern-day Brazil.

When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

A warm and funny tale of clashes both personal and social, and an engaging showcase for a wonderfully rich performance by Regina Case.


Monday 19th October 8:00pm

Film Club: 500 Days of Summer

Poly Film Club screening in the Bar at 8pm

Dir: Marc Webb – 2009 – 93mins (15)

A clever, offbeat romantic comedy, 500 Days of Summer is refreshingly honest and utterly charming.

Club Membership £15:

Ticket Prices £2.50 for Members & £5 for Non-Members + £1 Poly Fund on all tickets

Book early – only 35 seats available.


Tuesday 20th October 7:45pm

Hope in the Heart CIC presents: Ubuntu Soweto – From South Western Towns to South Western Townships


Soweto is South Africa’s most populated urban area; a paradoxical Wonderland infused with the history of the Freedom Struggle, the challenges of continued poverty and segregation, and the joy of a vibrant community that knows its roots and cares for its own.

The name “Soweto” is an acronym of South Western Townships, and Tam Martin Fowles, of Penzance-based social enterprise Hope in the Heart and international community initiative Compassionate Cornwall, spent the summer living and working in its beating heart.

Using images and film to illustrate the soul of this extraordinary community, Tam will talk about the spirit of Ubuntu (common humanity) through which she was welcomed as an honorary Sowetan, and share what she feels Cornwall’s South Western Towns can learn from their South Western cousins


Wednesday 21st October 7:30pm

The Wolfpack

Dir: Crystal Moselle – USA – 90mins (15)

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed the Wolfpack, the brothers spend their childhood re-enacting their favorite films using elaborate homemade props and costumes.

With no friends and living on welfare, they feed their curiosity, creativity, and imagination with film, which allows them to escape from their feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Everything changes when one of the brothers escapes, and the power dynamics in the house are transformed. The Wolfpack must learn how to integrate into society without disbanding the brotherhood.

Combined with unprecedented access into The Wolfpack’s world, and their vast archive of homemade movies, director Crystal Moselle crafts a captivating portrait of an extraordinary family. By fully immersing herself into their world, she is able to delve into the true nature of identity and creativity, by telling letting their remarkable story to naturally unfold on camera, without judgement.

This documentary charts a fascinating coming of age story and becomes a true example of the power of movies to transform and save lives.


Wednesday 21st October 7:45pm

Ron Scamp – Daffodils, Old and New

Ron Scamp, and son Adrian are the country’s top daffodil breeders and growers.  Ron will give an insight into the preservation of historical varieties and the production of new varieties.


Friday 23rd October 8:00pm

Jenny Eclair: How To Be A Middle Aged Woman (Without Going Insane)

Professional Grumpy old woman, Splash survivor, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Eclair is younger than Madonna but eats crisps and likes wine. Semi –bearded and suffering from outbreaks of gout and hysteria, Eclair puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! You are most welcome to join her, just button your cardi up properly and wipe that lipstick off your teeth.

All Tickets £17.50 + £1 Poly Fund


Saturday 24th October 11:00am


Saturday Morning Pictures

Dir: Jean-Christophe Lie & Rémi Bezançon – Belgium/France – 78 mins (PG)

Under a baobab tree, an old man tells a story to the children around him: The story of the undying friendship between Maki, a child aged 10, and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe, who was sent as a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France, Charles X.

Hassan, Prince of the Desert, is instructed by the Pasha to deliver Zarafa to France. But Maki has made up his mind to do everything in his power to stop Hassan fulfilling his mission and to bring the giraffe back to its native land – even if it means risking his life.

During a long journey that takes them from Sudan to Paris, passing on the way through Alexandria, Marseille and the snow-capped Alps, they have many adventures, crossing paths with the aviator Malaterre, and a pair of unusual cows called Mounh and Sounh, and the pirate Bouboulina.

All Tickets £2 + £1 Poly Fund



Saturday 24th October - Tuesday 27th October


Dir: Anton Corbijn – USA – 111mins (15)

A snapshot in time-the film chronicles the story behind the 1955 LIFE magazine photo thread by Dennis Stock of then-rising star, James Dean, and gives us an inside look at some of Hollywood’s most iconic images and into the life of a gifted, but troubled man.

Anton Corbijn who also directed Control & A Most Wanted Man, brings the 1950s into life with atomspheric cinematography and a wonderful soundtrack.

This is a beautifully crafted drama which richly personalises a man whose life story has so often been told in headlines and broad strokes.


Wednesday 28th October - Saturday 31st October


Dir: Richard Bracewell – UK – 94 mins (PG)

Brought to you from the team from the brilliant Horrible Histories, this tells the story of ‘what really happened’ during Shakespeare’s ‘lost years’ – how the hopeless lute player Bill Shakespeare left his family and home to follow his dream. Along the way he encounters murderous kings, spies, lost loves, and a plot to blow up Queen Elizabeth.

All Tickets £2 + £1 Poly Fund



Wednesday 28th October 7:30pm

A Royal Night Out

The next in our Maybe You Missed Strand

Dir: Julian Jarrold – UK – 93mins (12)

It’s VE Day 1945 and across Europe people are celebrating the end of the war.  London overflows with celebration and excess and two young ladies are allowed out for the first time to join the party.  These are no ordinary ladies as their home is Buckingham Palace and our two girls are Margaret and the future Queen of England, Elizabeth!

Inspired by true events, this heart-warming story of the Queen witnessing the energy and spirit of this unique night is a real winner.



Friday 30th October 7:30pm


This is the fascinating story of the Second World War’s Allied Codebreakers, who deciphered a vast number of German secret messages and used this intelligence to hasten Allied victory.  The Germans had entrusted their secret communications to an ingenious ciphering machine the Enigma, which was portable, easily operated, and could be set up in millions of ways. The codes were used and every one was changed every 24 hours.

The Allies gained invaluable information about troop and aircraft dispositions, orders of battle, U-boat movements, technical development, military intentions and tank and artillery strengths. It is generally reckoned that the intelligence from Enigma shortened the war by about two years.

Dr Mark Baldwin has made a detailed study of the Enigma machine, the code-breaking work at Bletchley Park, and U-boats and has built up a unique collection of slides which illustrate the main features of those important facts of the Second World War. He has prepared an entertaining instructive show on this subject.

The talk is followed by an opportunity for questions, then a hands-on demonstration of one of the very few surviving Enigma machines.

We will also be screening THE IMITATION GAME on Saturday 31st October at 2.30pm

Ticket Prices: Talk £9 plus £1 Poly Fund; Talk + Film screening £11 plus £1 Poly Fund

Enigma Machine


Saturday 31st October 2:30pm

The Imitation Game

Dir: Morten Tyldum – UK – 114mins (12A)

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code, helping the allies win WWII.

An intense and haunting portrayal of a brilliant, complicated man, this film follows a genius who under nail-biting pressure helped to shorten the war and, in turn, save thousands of lives.

This screening is linked to the talk by Dr. Mark Baldwin on Codebreakers, which takes place on Friday 30th October at 7.30pm.  He will be bringing with him one of the few surviving Enigma machines which was used in this film.

Ticket Prices: Film Only: £5 plus £1 Poly Fund: Talk + Film £11 plus £1 Poly Fund



Saturday 31st October 7:30pm

Cornwall Horror Fest

Cornwall Horror Fest once again returns to Falmouth to scare the hell out you with a selection of the creepiest, bloodiest and most shocking short films from all over the world, now in their second year and known as ‘The Home of Independent Horror in Cornwall’ it is a ‘not to be missed’ evening and a unique way to celebrate your Halloween night.

The festival will also host a night of entertainment in the way of a theatrical twist and they’re encouraging you to come in fancy dress, with prizes for best-dressed, or simply come as you are and enjoy a night of great horror short films.

If that wasn’t enough every ticket also gets a free ‘Cornwall Horror Fest Welcome Drink”

Over 18s Only

Tickets are £7.50+£1 Poly Fund


Monday 2nd November 8:00pm

Film Club: Benda Bilili!

Poly Film Club screening in the Bar at 8pm

Dir: Renaud Barret, Florent de La Tullaye – 2011 – 106mins (12)

Benda Bilili! follows an unlikely group of musicians in Kinshasa, capital of the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo.

Club Membership £15:

Ticket Prices £2.50 for Members & £5 for Non-Members + £1 Poly Fund on all tickets

Book early – only 35 seats available.


Wednesday 4th November 7:30pm

Love at the Poly: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Dir: Blake Edwards (1961) 112mins (PG)

A lonely, struggling writer becomes enchanted with his neighbour: an independent young woman who strives to be a high-climbing socialite with a penchant for high-fashion and wild parties. But, soon he uncovers the vulnerability she has at heart.

Blake Edwards is at his funniest in this iconic classic and Audrey Hepburn absolutely lights up the screen.

These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 


Friday 6th November 7:00pm

Salon du Cinema: Marilyn Monroe

A unique collaboration between Scary Little Girls, The Poly and Falmouth University’s Fashion & Textiles Institute continues with a celebration of cinema’s favourite blonde, MARILYN MONROE, in an intimate evening combining storytelling, performance, presentations and most importantly film.

Together we will explore the life of this much loved, but often misunderstood, film star and her legacy on popular culture.

Join us for live performances of some of Marilyn’s most famous songs, readings from her autobiography, a talk by Professor Julie Ripley entitled “From Swimsuits and sweaters to satins and sequins: Marilyn Monroe’s sartorial journey”.

Followed by a screening of the iconic Marilyn film BUS STOP (1956) in which stars Marilyn stars as the kind of woman who can’t understand why she always brings out the worst in men.

Join us as we pay homage to both the ambitious starlet Norma Jean Baker and the glamorous icon Marilyn Monroe!

Ticket Prices: £10 / £8 plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket


Saturday 7th November 11:00am

The Big Knights

Saturday Morning Pictures

Dir: Neville Astley & Mark Baker – UK – 70 mins (U)

In the far off land of Borovia, where dragons are fierce, witches are wicked, scientists are insane, the economy is bad and television is in black & white, stands Castle Big: home of The Big Knights.

From the award-winning animators behind Peppa Pig, The Big Knights revolves around the exploits of brothers Sir Boris (the finest swordsman in the world), Sir Morris (the most enthusiastic) and their noble pets, Sir Horace the Dog and Sir Doris the Hamster.

Narrated by Alexander Armstrong and voiced with bellicose charm by Brian Blessed (Sir Morris) and David Rintoul (Sir Boris), the brothers are the height of two men, the weight of four and the strength of sixteen.

They right wrongs, rescue princesses and woe betide anything that gets in their way! This does not always make things easy for the inhabitants of Borovia, who struggle to carry on with their everyday lives despite the Big Knights’ constant heroism.

Endowed with all the wit and charm familiar to audiences of Peppa Pig, The Big Knights is humorous and immensely endearing

All Tickets £2 + £1 Poly Fund



Saturday 7th November 8:00pm

Sam Lee

Mercury Prize nominated Folk singer, song collector, promoter (of BBC award winning Nest Collective) radio host, TV personality, teacher and animateur, in June 2015 released his debut album “Ground Of Its Own’ comprised of songs learned 1st hand from the Gypsy Traveler community. The recording is a new musical manifesto, reflecting Sam’s unique artistic journey. Winner of the 2011 Arts Foundation Award, he is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of folksong today. Likewise his band ‘Sam Lee & Friends’ perform unconventional and contemporary interpretations challenging all preconceptions of what ‘traditional folk’ should sound like.


Wednesday 11th November 7:30pm

Love at the Poly: Annie Hall

Dir: Woody Allen (1977) 82 mins (15)

Filled with poignant performances and devastating humour, Annie Hall represents a quantum leap for Woody Allen and remains an American classic.

It’s a testament to the timelessness of Annie Hall that most of its references to pop culture or current events don’t date the film.

These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 


Wednesday 11th November 7:45pm

From The Sea to The Sky: The Evolution of The Fear of Invasion on The British Home Front, 1914-1915


Speaker:  Dr. Catriona Pennell, ~Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter

On the morning of 4 August 1914 the biggest invasion force of modern times invaded neutral Belgium. Not only did the German army violate Belgian and French territory but it committed acts of atrocity previously unimaginable within ‘civilised’ Europe. Amongst ordinary British and Irish people, the invasion manifested itself in a sense of palpable fear that the same could happen on British soil.

This talk will track the evolution of invasion fears amongst ordinary people in Britain and Ireland over the opening twelve months of the war in order to highlight the chronology of fear as experienced by contemporaries at the time. While a landed invasion was believed imminent following the bombardment of Hartlepool, Scarborough and Whitby on 16 December 1914, from that Christmas onwards people began to look to the skies as a frightful new arm – air bombardment – became an increasing possibility and a dark foreboding of wars of the future.


Thursday 12th November 7:30pm

Tom Adams presents HOWL AT THE MOON

Directed by Toby Park (Spymonkey)

It’s July 1969.

David Bowie has just released ‘Space Oddity’.  The Apollo 11 Rocket is going to the moon.  On board are Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.  Two of them are destined to be the most famous men on the planet.  You are about to meet the third. 

Michael Collins is on a mission all of his own. 

Whilst Neil and Buzz muck about moonwalking, Michael has a serious job to do.  For 60 minutes, he will visit the dark side of the moon, out of radio contact with the rest of humanity. 60 minutes of utter solitude. 60 minutes to think about home.  60 minutes to examine the nature of existence.

And all through the medium of street dance and some really catchy tunes.


Saturday 14th November - Sunday 15th November

Brief Encounters – a Scary Little Girls Living Film Walk

As part of our Love at the Poly season.

Walk right into the magic of Hollywood’s greatest love stories in your own backyard!

The Poly and the BFI are proud to present Scary Little Girls’ newest interactive performance walk, an up close look at some of the most moving and memorable movie love scenes, played out live as never before!

In small groups using your specially written guides, follow a carefully prepared route around Falmouth and find –

– a Brief Encounter at the station!

– a lavish tango that is Strictly Seaside!

– an orgasmic moment over tea and cake!

– and many more…then vote on the live “clips” you’ve seen on the walk and see the most popular favourite movie screened that night in full!

Join the hundreds that have enjoyed these popular walks from local favourites Scary Little Girls and fall in love with these classic films all over again.

Praise for previous Scary Little Girls performance walks –

“Scary Little Girls got my vote!  The wandering stars of rural theatre.”  Lynn Gardner, The Guardian

“Everyone is talking about Scary Little Girls and their fascinating walks, are they worth the hype?  Yes!”  The Independent

“Scary Little Girls’ walks are proof yet again that Cornwall is a place where exciting things happen.”  Cornwall Today

Ticket Price: £12* (*+ £1 Poly Fund)

Price includes tea & cake together with free entrance to the film screening on the day of your walk – get your free ticket to the film when you book your walk ticket.

Walk times:  11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2pm, 2.45pm & 3.30pm  with evening film screening at 8pm.

These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 



Saturday 14th November 11:00am

Paper Planes

Dir: Robert Connolly – AUSTRALIA – 97mins (U)

An imaginative children’s film about a young Australian boy’s passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.

A rich, imaginative, big-hearted adventure, which will have caring about a piece of paper!

All Tickets £2 + £1 Poly Fund


Saturday 14th November - Sunday 15th November

Mystery Love Film

As part of our Love at the Poly season.

We will be screening a classic love film, this film will remain a surprise until the screening starts at 8pm – but it will be chosen by those who took part in BRIEF ENCOUNTERS – a Scary Little Girl Living Film Walks on the same day.

Free for those who bought tickets to the Walks, or £5 for anyone wishing to come along and see a classic love film.

These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 



Monday 16th November 8:00pm

Film Club: On the Waterfront

Poly Film Club screening in the Bar at 8pm

Dir: Elia Kazan – 1954 – 103mins (PG)

With his electrifying performance in Elia Kazan’s thought-provoking, expertly constructed melodrama, Marlon Brando redefined the possibilities of acting for film and helped permanently alter the cinematic landscape.

Club Membership £15:

Ticket Prices £2.50 for Members & £5 for Non-Members + £1 Poly Fund on all tickets

Book early – only 35 seats available.


Tuesday 17th November 7:45pm

Ivor Corkell: The Life & Times of William Murdoch

Ivor Corkell is Secretary to the Old Cornwall Society, and Secretary to Camborne Old Cornwall Society.

The Scottish engineer, William Murdoch arrived in Redruth in 1779, when he was sent here by the Birmingham company, Boulton and Watts.  Murdock spent twenty years checking for infringements to Boulton & Watts steam engines and he went on to have a distinguished career as an engineer and inventor.  In 1792, his Redruth house became the first in the world to have gas lighting. Redruth commemorates his achievements and legacy every year, when they hold their annual Murdoch Day.


Wednesday 18th November 7:30pm

Love at the Poly: A Matter of Life & Death

Dir: Powell & Pressburger – (1946) 102mins (PG)

Squadron Leader Peter Carter (David Niven) is alone in a blazing plane over the English Channel and is about to bale out without a parachute. During what he feels are his last moments Peter confides to a young American radio operator (Kim Hunter) his thoughts on love and poetry. Then he jumps, falling through the fog into the sea and is washed ashore. He appears to be unhurt and by some strange coincidence meets the WAC and falls in love. But all is not as it seems, he has suffered severe concussion and experiences a series of strange hallucinations, brought on by intense headaches, in which he sees characters from the Other World.

Legendary directors Powell and Pressburger at their most imaginative – and controversial.

These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 


Thursday 19th November 8:00pm

Keith James: One Evening – Two Concerts

First Set: ‘Always’ Keith’s widely acclaimed new Album

Keith’s first original Album for 10 years, performed in its entirety.

After more than a decade of dedicated study and more than 1500 acclaimed concerts performing the work of much admired Songwriters and Poets, Keith is releasing what can only be described as an amazing landmark original Album entitled ‘Always’. These 10 original songs (apart from Hiring Fair by Ralph McTell ), meticulously written and arranged, have come together slowly over the past 10 years or so and have matured with a strong sense of both personal and collective awareness, a tone that has been caught through older eyes; surreal, sub-textural, daring and provocative, showing anger and disturbance, humour, resolve, vision and sometimes compelling sadness.

‘A bold, fresh and imaginative album containing tender, thoughtful and observant songs’ Anthony Weightman, AAA music

‘Master of musical phrasing. A superb songwriter with faultless delivery’ Frank Hennessy BBC Radio Wales.

Second Set: ‘Solid Air’ The Songs of John Martyn from 1970-76

John Martyn OBE, simply the most unforgetable and deliciously evocative songwriter and guitarist this country was ever blessed with. A wild card and a maverick, more of a soul singer with an acoustic guitar. His music is entirely emotionally driven and often incomparably beautiful and tender – somehow opposite to the man himself, excessive and ill behaved.

This very personal and studied concert visits his most rich and potent songs, those that have found themselves in the most loved and preserved corner of our collective consciences.



Saturday 21st November 8:00pm

Fred MacAulay: Twenty Fifteen

From BBC Radio 4’s ‘The News Quiz’; ‘Bridget Christie Minds The Gap’; The Unbelievable Truth’

It sounds like a wrong tennis score, but Twenty Fifteen is a hugely significant year for one of Scotland’s best (and best loved) stand-up comedians. Back on the road again after 18 years at BBC Radio Scotland, Fred looks back on family life at home…..and forward to how his country will shape up after the referendum of 2014.

In his first tour since 2012 and with a new show, as well as looking backwards and forwards he’ll probably look sideways at politics, sport, the environment and without this sounding too like a brief for a newspaper, there will undoubtedly be a colour supplement with a look at ‘celebrity’.

Twitter: @fredmacaulay

Website: fredmacaulay.com

Ages 16+

Ticket prices: £15 / £13 plus £1 Poly Fund


Wednesday 25th November 7:30pm

Love at the Poly: Blue Velvet

Dir: David Lynch – (1986) 115mins (18)

A hallucinogenic mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover sadomasochistic violence, corruption, drug abuse, crime and perversion. Kyle Maclachlan stars as Jeffrey Beaumont, a square-jawed young man who returns to his picture-perfect small town when his father suffers a stroke. Walking through a field near his home, Jeff discovers a severed human ear, which he immediately brings to the police. Their disinterest sparks Jeff’s curiosity, and he is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that’s being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and the ether-addicted Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper).

The charged erotic atmosphere makes the film something of a hallucination, but Lynch’s humour keeps breaking through.

These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 


Saturday 28th November 7:30pm

In the Mood for Love

A very special screening hosted by THE CINEMATOLOGISTS, which is a film club and live podcast for discerning cinephiles.  The hosts, Dr. Neil Fox & Dr. Dario Llinares will introduce a screening of Wong Kar Wai’s seminal IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, followed by a discussion with the audience.

Dir: Wong Kar Wai – 96mins (PG)

Set in a Shanghaiese enclave in Hong Kong in 1962, the film centers on two young couples who rent adjacent rooms in a cramped and crowded tenement. Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) works as a secretary in an export company while her husband’s job at a Japanese multinational keeps him away on extended business trips.  Across the hall, Chow (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) works as a newspaper editor and is married to a woman who is also frequently out of town. Neither respective spouse is ever shown in full, instead they are shot from the back or obscured by walls and furniture. 

In The Mood For Love is a delicate masterpiece of shared sorrow inflicted by distant and adulterous spouses. Elegance despite treachery. Stylized and sophisticated cinema artistry. Sultry soundtrack. Exquisite.

These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 


Monday 30th November 7:30pm

Man Up

The next in our Maybe You Missed Strand

Dir: Ben Palmer – UK – 86mins (15)

Nancy, is done with dating. 10 times bitten, 100 times shy, she’s exhausted by the circus. So when Jack blindly mistakes her for his date, no one is more surprised than her when she does the unthinkable and just — goes with it. It’s going to take a night of pretending to be someone else for Nancy to finally man up and be her painfully honest, awesomely unconventional self… but will Jack also man up, and be able to get over her duplicity? Best just to let the evening unfold, roll with the consequences, and see if one crazy, unpredictable, complicated night can bring these two messy souls together.

The film’s script-writer TESS MORRIS will be at the Poly on Tuesday 1st December giving a talk entitled IN DEFENCE OF THE ROM COM followed by a screening of the classic rom-com MOONSTRUCK.

These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 

Tickets £5 + £1 Poly Fund


Tuesday 1st December 7:30pm

In Defence of the Rom-Com & Moonstruck

We are delighted to welcome script-writer TESS MORRIS, whose recent film MAN UP will be shown on Monday 30th November.

Tess will give a talk entitled IN DEFENCE OF THE ROM-COM followed by a screening of the classic romantic comedy MOONSTRUCK.

DIR: Norman Jewison – USA – (1987) 100mins (PG)

Led by energetic performances from Nicolas Cage and Cher, Moonstruck is an exuberantly funny tribute to love and one of the decade’s most appealing comedies.

A now-classic romantic comedy, Moonstruck won Oscars for Cher, Olympia Dukakis, and screenwriter John Patrick Shanley.

These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 



Tuesday 1st December 7:45pm

Dr. Paul Gainey: The Flora & Fauna of The Lizard Peninsula

Paul Gainey has been to The Poly on numerous occasions, entertaining and informing his audience with he knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Lizard Peninsula.


Wednesday 2nd December 7:30pm

Love at The Poly: Gregory’s Girl

Dir. Bill Forsyth 1980 – GB – 91 minutes  (12A)

This classic comedy remains the ultimate depiction of coming-of-age awkwardness and an enduring favourite of Scottish cinema. Gregory (John Gordon Sinclair) is the teenager who’s smitten with the new star player of the school football team, the enigmatic Dorothy (Dee Hepburn). With almost cringe-making authenticity, Forsyth’s film captures the mumbled geekiness of teen love and the fleeting thrills of chip-shop trips and doorstep kisses, years before American indie cinema appropriated the milieu.

These events are supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery. 


Thursday 3rd December 7:30pm

An Evening with Stephen Moss

Stephen Moss is an award winning producer of Natural History programmes for television. He was the original producer for BBC’s ‘Springwatch’ and worked on the programme from 2005 to 2010. Other major works include ‘Big Cat Diary’ and ‘The Nature of Britain’ with Alan Titchmarsh.

All of Bill Oddie’s birdwatching programmes were produced by Stephen and he also made ‘Birds Britannia’ about the relationship between the people of Britain and the birds around them.

He is the author of many top selling natural history books, a broadcaster on Radio 4 and a columnist for ‘The Guardian’.

Stephen’s illustrated talk will be about the ups, the downs and the various crises that filming nature can throw at the crew.

“My passion is to communicate the wonders of the natural world to the widest possible audience”

stephen moss


Monday 7th December 8:00pm

Film Club: The Big Sleep

Poly Film Club screening in the Bar at 8pm.

Dir: Howard Hawks – 1946 – 109mins (PG)

The definitive Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall vehicle, The Big Sleep casts Bogart as Raymond Chandler’s cynical private eye Philip Marlowe.

Club Membership £15:

Ticket Prices £2.50 for Members & £5 for Non-Members + £1 Poly Fund on all tickets

Book early – only 35 seats available.


Thursday 10th December 8:00pm

Mark Thomas – Trespass

Trespass carries on from where Mark’s previous show 100 Acts of Minor Dissent left off.  It is his usual odd mix of theatre, stand up, activism, a dash of journalism, activism and dollop of mayhem.

Mark asks the question: If the ramblers of the 1930’s were here now what would they do to open up the cities?

How do we turn the skyscrapers and corporate squares into our playgrounds?

He sets out to try and carve a small space in the urban world where mischief and random chance can lurk.

No one knows where this show is going to end up.



Friday 11th December 6:30pm

Squashbox presents: The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness!

Squashbox Theatre’s show is a celebration of everything Christmassy, from fir trees, fairy lights, sleigh bells and snowflakes to crackers, carols, presents and puddings!

Meet a snowman who lives in the fridge, try and spot some naughty elves, play hunt the Brussels sprout, endure the world’s worst Christmas jumper and gaze at the “beautiful” Christmas fairy…

Learn about Yuletide traditions old and new, hear the story of the first Christmas Tree and even explore some festive science.

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs, quizzes and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts – all presented in that unique Squashbox style!

“Craig has a huge sense of joy and fun that is as inspiring as it is infectious. An engaging entertainer to be treasured.” The Cornishman

60 min long; suitable for children aged 5+ and their families