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Film

Thursday 7th August - Monday 1st December

The Poly’s Sci-Fi Season – tickets on sale now!

BFI Sci-Fi - Days of Fear and Wonder

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Film

Monday 15th September - Wednesday 17th September

The Two Faces of January

Dir: Hossein Amini – UK/USA/FRANCE – 96mins (12A)

Screenwriter Amini (The Wings of a Dove, Drive) makes a stylishly directed debut with this sleek thriller, an involving adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel.

While visiting the Parthenon a wealthy American couple (played by Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst) meet an American expat, Rydal, who acts as a guide whilst fleecing his clients.  Instead of becoming his latest victims, the couple befriend him.  But this handsome couple are not what they seem and soon Rydal finds himself out of his depth and on the run across Greece with his new American friends.

Taut, playful and very seductive, this latest Highsmith adaption delivers exactly what we hope and expect from her misanthropic, suspenseful world.

“A superior directorial debut for a smart, literate screenwriter delivers both first-class character drama and edge-of-your-seat suspense.” Empire Magazine

Talks

Thursday 18th September 7:30pm

Jonathan Griffin – A History of Falmouth Through Artists’ Eyes

Until the invention of photography in the mid 19th century, we had to rely on the work of artists to understand what our town actually looked like. But how reliable were their images? Were the artists recording what they saw or using artistic licence? And what can we learn from them?  Using historical research, this talk will enable people to see Falmouth, both then and now, through fresh eyes.

Jonathan Griffin has worked in cultural tourism for over 30 years. His career has included working with London Zoo, English Heritage, the British Tourist Authority, the Britain Abroad Task Force and the British Council.  Since 2003, he has been director of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, although he will be stepping down from this post in October.

Ticket prices: £6 Full / £4 Concession + £1 Poly Fund per ticket

Workshops

Saturday 20th September 10:30am
Poly Bar

The Craftivist Garden

Calling All Crafters!

If you can knit, crochet or sew you may be interested in becoming involved in a project led by Falmouth University – the ‘ #wellMAKING Craftivist Garden project’ in conjunction with Arts for Health Cornwall.  This interactive project is inviting craft groups and individuals from across the UK to knit, crochet and hand-embroider flowers while reflecting on the importance of creative making to wellbeing and what we need in order to flourish as a society.  The flowers will be crafted at Saturday morning sessions at The Poly on September 20th, October 18th and November 22nd and will eventually be gathered together for a celebratory event to be held in London in January 2015. To reserve a place and for more details, please e-mail project researcher,  Dr. Ann Roberts at ar121490@falmouth.ac.uk.

Film

Monday 22nd September - Tuesday 23rd September

Frank

Dir: Lenny Abrahamson – UK/IRELAND – 95mins (15)

A comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.  Frank’s uniqueness lies in the fact that he makes music purely for the joy of creating … and because he wears a giant fake head.  After a rocky start, Jon ingratiates himself with the band members and they retreat to a cabin in the woods to record their first album and it all kicks off from there.

Starring Michael Fassbender as the eponymous hero and Maggie Gyllenhaal as a terrifying band-mate.

“Frank works as satire, as memoir, as a comedy bromance, but it works mostly because it is just so weird: an anti-Dumas fable about a man who never removes a fake head.”  The Guardian

Film

Wednesday 24th September 7:30pm

Finding Vivian Maier

Dir: Charlie Siskel, John Maloof – USA – 84mins (12A)

A mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later, is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers.   Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

A fascinating documentary that unearths an unknown artist and creates a tantalising and ambiguous picture of the “missing” person.

Theatre

Thursday 25th September 7:30pm

Silly Boys Present: The Elves & The Shoemaker & Other Stories . . .

Three children wander through a dark forest. They are cold, hungry and lost. Stopping for a rest, they decide to share some of the weird and wonderful stories they have heard along the way… Find out what happened to the jolly old shoemaker, discover the dreadful fate of the Gingerbread Man and laugh in astonishment at The Emperor’s New Clothes!

 

A magical new show from Silly Boys (creators of The Tallest Horse On Earth) and co-produced by Colchester Arts Centre, expect a hilarious, wacky and heartwarming take on some of the world’s favourite fairytales. Reimagined using puppetry, live music and a giant dose of silliness! The perfect treat for all the family.

 

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/99125676

 

Family tickets are available in groups of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) at £5 per ticket.

Film

Saturday 27th September

Sound & Cinema: Early Horror Shorts

The next screening in our silent film season with the Cornwall Film Festival is a selection of silent short horror films from the dawn of the 20th century, featuring brand new scores especially commissioned by the Abertoir Horror Festival. Composed and performed by pianist Paul Shallcross with introductions about each film.

La Légende Du Fantome (1908)
(Segundo de Chomón, France 9mins, Pathe)
A journey into the underworld – a psychedelic cacophony of arresting visuals, human lizards, grim reapers, demons and ghosts, all joined together by a demon’s chariot (a poorly disguised car) and a narrative that would baffle Einstein. A memorable and barking mad experience!

Frankenstein (1910)
(J. Searle Dawley, USA 13mins, Edison Mnf. Company)
Filmed by the Edison Company in 1910, this was the very first example of Mary Shelley’s classic novel ever to be put on film. It features a terrifying creation scene that still astounds today, even though the distributors claimed they were toning down the “repulsive situations” of Shelley’s novel. A fascinating landmark in film history.

Le Spectre Rouge (1907)
(Segundo de Chomón, France 9mins, Pathe)
A demonic magician performs a magic show in the depths of Hell itself, however his mistreatment of his female assistants incurs the wrath of a good spirit who starts to interfere. Some ground-breaking special effects are on display here (including miniature women in glass bottles) in this early example of a “trick” film which even predicts the invention of the TV!

The Jest (1921)
(Fred Paul, UK 15mins)
A fantastic British film from the “Grand Guignol” series. After his wife leaves him, an old man suffers for 40 years longing for her to return, until one day his fellow lodgers decide to play a vicious prank… By far the most modern of these films, it offers a narrative that could compete with the very best of today’s stories.

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Film

Monday 29th September - Tuesday 30th September

Jimmy’s Hall

Dir: Ken Loach – UK/IRELAND/FRANCE – 109mins (12A)

Ken Loach’s period drama tells the true story of political activist Jimmy Gralton, who was deported after building a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland – a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream … but above all to dance and have fun.  The film is set in 1932 and follows events when Jimmy returns from a decade in New York to re-open the hall.

“An unusual story, vividly and intelligently told, and one that leaves you with a stirring sense of joy, injustice and hope.” Time Out

It’s been rumoured that Jimmy’s Hall is Ken Loach’s swan song, and if it is, it’s definitely an inspiring note to go out on.

Theatre

Friday 3rd October 8:00pm
Theatre

Dumbshow Theatre presents: The Pearl

When impoverished pearl-diver Kino finds the ‘pearl of the world’ he believes his family’s life will be transformed forever. Seduced by the pearl’s beauty and promise of riches, he is blind to the danger of possessing something that everyone else wants. Instead of bringing hope, the pearl leads Kino and his family down a dark and dangerous path.

A timeless fable about the allure of wealth, the confines of class, and the redemptive power of love. The Pearl asks us to consider what we value most in the world.

Dumbshow adapt John Steinbeck’s classic novella for the stage, bringing it to life with their trademark visual inventiveness, original music and playful theatricality.

Following a popular and critically-acclaimed run at Edinburgh’s Pleasance in 2013 – Dumbshow are touring The Pearl nationwide in Autumn 2014.

★★★★ “A bric-a-brac masterpiece… real emotional heart… an imaginative joy to behold”— The Scotsman (Hot Show)

★★★★ “Subtly political and ultimately moving”— A Younger Theatre

★★★★★ “Beautifully crafted… a must-see” — Audience Member

Family tickets are available in groups of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) at £6.50 per ticket.

Film

Monday 6th October - Tuesday 7th October

Lilting

Dir: Hong Khaou – UK – 86mins (15)

Set in contemporary London, this film tells the story of a Cambodian-Chinese mother mourning the untimely death of her son. Her world is suddenly disrupted by the presence of a stranger, sensitively played by Ben Wishaw. Though they don’t share a common language, a translator helps piece together the memories of a man they both loved.  A touching and at times humorous film about unlikely connections and the tragedies that bring us together even though we may be worlds apart.

A heartbreakingly lovely film about the seemingly insurmountable distances between us when sharing grief is too painful.

 

 

Theatre

Wednesday 8th October 7:30pm

An Evening of Magic With Bertie Pearce

Bertie Pearce is one of the most exciting magicians you’ll ever be lucky enough to see.

He has charmed audiences in London, Paris, Switzerland, and the USA, as well as on Cruise ships across the Seven Seas.

He recently entranced a full house at the Princess Pavilion.  Now a Poly audience will enjoy a wizard performance of their own.

Bertie is a Gold Star member of the Inner Magic Circle.  With his natural flair for magic and comedy, and hilarious audience participation, he creates a wonderful atmosphere of cheerful disbelief.

How does he do it?  That’s magic.

“A genuinely off-the-wall performer with a totally original style” – Peter Hepple, The Stage

 

Film

Thursday 9th October 7:30pm

The Man Whose Mind Exploded + Q&A with Director Toby Amies

This surprisingly sweet and quietly insightful documentary about the so-called “seventh life” of Brighton eccentric Drako Zarharzar takes us into the home – and by extension, the mind – of its amnesiac subject, who appears to have found happiness living in the moment after brain damage robbed him of his short-term memory.

Toby Amies traces Drako’s strange history, fragments of which adorn every inch of his flat – plastered upon the walls, scattered across the floor, hanging on strings from the ceiling.  In between breakdowns, accidents and attempted suicides, Drako worked with Salvador Dali. Tattooed on his forearm are the words “trust absolute unconditional”, the mantra by which he opted to live when other certainties failed him. He makes for an extraordinary subject, clearly much loved by family, friends and film-maker alike, his repeated cry of “love it all” a strangely sincere vindication of his life less ordinary.

Director Toby Amies will be in conversation with Dr Deborah Sugg Ryan (Associate Professor of History and Theory of Design, Falmouth University) after the film, followed by a Q&A.

Deborah’s research explores the history of the home and the domestic interior.

www.themanwhosemindexploded.com

“a fascinating, very touching documentary.” The Independent

 

Film

Friday 10th October 7:30pm

Beatles Night

As part of our Digital Cinema fund raising campaign, we invite you to join us to celebrate the swinging ‘60s in a night dedicated to the days when pop culture was born, when skirts were short and hair was long.

The evening starts with a screening of the classic Beatles’ film A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, which is unbelievably 50 years old this year.

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

The year is 1964 and four young lads from Liverpool are about to change the world – if only the madcap world will let them out of their hotel room. Richard Lester’s boldly contemporary rock n’ roll comedy unleashes the fledgling Beatles into a maelstrom of screaming fans, paranoid producers, rabid press and troublesome family members, and reveals the secret of their survival and success: an insatiable lust for mischief and a life-affirming addiction to joy.

“It’s pure joy as I Should Have Known Better, And I Love Her and Tell Me Why pour out over footage of thousands of screaming, weeping schoolgirls with bouffant hair and miniskirts pursuing John, Paul, George and Ringo.” The Times

After the film, head upstairs to our Main Gallery for some delicious Betty Stoggs* ale (other drinks will be available) and enjoy live music from NOT THE BEATLES, Cornwall’s own Beatles tribute band.  You can twist the night away and sing along to all those much-loved hits.  We’ll also have a DJ playing 1960s music from other top pop acts of the decade.

This is your chance to show us your moves as prizes will be awarded.  There will be games, including a twisting competition, best 60s outfit (male and female) and best 60s hairstyle.

*Sponsored by Skinners Brewery

PROGRAMME

19:00    Doors open

19:30 - 21:30    Screening of A Hard Day’s Night

21:30 – 23:30   Upstairs to Main Gallery for live music from NOT THE BEATLES

Tickets: £12 /£10 concessions

Theatre

Saturday 11th October 7:30pm

‘Owdyado Theatre presents Above Bored

A police interrogation room. A woman has been detained for questioning after her boss is found dead in suspicious circumstances. In a room down the hall, her colleague also awaits an interview. Just routine questions. Just routine. But what if the monotony of routine was responsible for pushing one of them over the edge? After all, perhaps it’s not unusual for employees of an adhesive supply company to feel a little… stuck.

Above Bored is an original psychological drama with a wide streak of dark comedy, written by Charlotte Bister and Daniel Richards (Wrongdoings and Wake-Up Calls at the Stop-Off Motel and directed by the WOCA (What’s On Cornwall Award) winning Simon Harvey(Kneehigh, o-region). The show also features film by award winning director Brett Harvey (o-region) and set design by Alan Munden (Miracle Theatre).

First performed as a preview at the Poly in February 2014 and developed using the audience feedback, this captivating two-hander returns to it’s birthplace with the completed version following a succesful spring tour around Cornwall and beyond.

***** “A piece of intimate theatre which is as engaging as it is extraordinary” (Frank Ruhrmund -West Briton)

Suggested audience age: 15 plus (Contains some strong language)

For more information on the company or show see www.owdyado.co.uk

Tickets £10 & £8 plus £1 Poly Fund

Film

Monday 13th October - Tuesday 14th October

Wakolda

Dir: Lucía Puenzo – ARGENTINA – 93mins (15) (S/T)

1960, a travelling Doctor strikes up a relationship with a local Argentine family, in particular their daughter Lilith, a lonely 12-year-old girl who unknowingly becomes close friends with one of the world’s most terrifying Nazi war criminals, Josef Mengele A.K.A ‘The Angel Of Death’, who is on the run for his crimes in Auschwitz.

Based on true events, this dark, intense dramatic thriller from acclaimed writer- director Lucia Puenzo is adapted from her novel, WAKOLDA, exposing the hidden identity of the ‘German Doctor’.

“The tone is very different from that of Boys from Brazil-style thrillers. This is a stately art-house drama, well shot in wintry landscapes, which plays like a coming-of-age story”. The Independent

 

Workshops

Tuesday 14th October - Tuesday 4th November

Shipwrecks and Sunken Worlds

Learn how maritime archaeology investigates our changing relationship with the world’s oceans and seas, from 2.5 million years ago until today.

The Open University is hosting a number of short, free, on-line courses on a range of subjects, including one run by Southampton University’s Centre for Maritime Archaeology on Shipwrecks and Sunken Worlds  - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/shipwrecks

The course is done in your own time and at your own convenience, but Falmouth Café Scientifique  will also be hosting a weekly session in The Poly where people can get together to discuss the course and exchange ideas.

This is a MOOC course.  What’s a MOOC you ask?  This link to Falmouth Café Scientifique will tell you all you need to know: http://falmouthcafescientifique.weebly.com/what-is-a-mooc.html .  If you need to know more about the course, the discussion group, or Café Scientifique, please contact the  Cafe Sci co-ordinator, Robin Johnson, at http://falmouthcafescientifique.weebly.com/contact.html

On-line course runs from Monday, 6th October, for four weeks.

Café Sci Discussion group will run from Tuesday, 14th October at 2.00 p.m., for four weeks.  Cost £1.00 per person per week (to include tea/coffee).

 

Film

Monday 20th October - Tuesday 21st October

Belle

Dir: Amma Asante – UK – 104mins (12A)

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay.  Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield and his wife, Bell’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing.

While her cousin Elizabeth chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left wondering will she ever find love.  But then she meets an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society and the two work together to help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief justice in a bid to end slavery in England.

“A finely wrought tale of a woman out of time, a film that plays eloquently upon the heartstrings as it interweaves familiar personal intrigue with stirring social history.” Mark Kermode The Observer

Talks

Tuesday 21st October 7:30pm
Poly Bar

Local History Talks – The Hidden Graveyard

Brought to you by Falmouth’s Local History and Research Group

The Dissenters Burying Ground, Ponsharden – The Hidden Graveyard

A Talk by Robert Nunn and Tom Weller, restoration volunteers and authors of the fascinating new book about the cemetery and the people buried here.

The Dissenters Burying Ground (also known as the “Independent Burial Ground” or the “Congregationalist Cemetery”) at Ponsharden, Cornwall was opened in 1808 to serve the Dissenting Christian congregations of Falmouth and Penryn.  It received approximately 587 burials over a period of 120 years, including many local residents of note, before being abandoned in the 1930s. During the 20th century the site experienced significant neglect and extensive vandalism.  In May 2012 a volunteer group began to restore the burial ground which (combined with an adjacent Jewish cemetery) is now a protected Scheduled Monument of national importance.   Restoration work continues and the burial ground is open to the public on selected occasions.  The newly published book provides an insight into the graveyard and the lives of those buried here.

7pm in The Bar for a 7:30 start

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1)  Book early. Limited to 40 seats.

Taking place in the Poly Bar. Come early for a drink and comfy seats.

Film

Thursday 23rd October 7:30pm

Flash Gordon + Q&A with Director, Mike Hodges

As part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi Season: Days of Fear & Wonder, the Poly is proud to present:

Screening of FLASH GORDON + Q&A with Director, Mike Hodges

Falmouth University’s School of Film & Television autumn guest lecture season, in partnership with The Poly, are pleased to welcome legendary British director Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Croupier) to Falmouth to discuss his career following a screening of Flash Gordon.

The film has gone from being seen as a huge, kitsch misfire on release to a cult classic latterly and stands currently as a lurid satire on American ego as the natural heroes and rulers of not only Earth, but the known and unknown universe.

And it’s still a rollicking piece of entertainment.

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22 Panels 2014

Saturday 25th October 7:30pm

The Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan Talbot

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22 Panels 2014 LogoInternationally-acclaimed, multi-award winning writer/artist Bryan Talbot has been described as “a dazzling and tireless exponent of the comic art form”. The Graphic Novel Man: The Comics of Bryan Talbot provides the definitive Bryan Talbot experience for established fans and first-time readers. This title release from the Digital Story Engine documentary series has unprecedented access to behind the scenes material and personal stories.

Starring guests include Neil Gaiman, Joe Sacco, Warren Ellis, Gilbert Shelton, Ian Rankin, Kim Newman, David Lloyd, Pat Mills, John Wagner, Charlie Adlard, Carlos Ezquerra, D’Israeli, Doug Braithwaite, Andy Diggle, Simon Fraser, Al Davison, Mary M. Talbot, Hunt Emerson, Paul Gravett, Mark Stafford, Professor Henry Jenkins, Dr. Mel Gibson, Lee Harris, Dan Charnley, Richard ‘Chester’ West, and Jordan Smith.

Digital Story Engine’s Russell Wall, comic writer and filmmaker, will present the screening, with extra footage and copies of the DVD signed by Bryan Talbot.

Screening as part of the 22 Panels Comic Art Show 2014.

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EXCLUSIVE TO 22 PANELS!

As 22 Panels Special Offer THE GRAPHIC NOVEL MAN: THE COMICS OF BRYAN TALBOT [RRT: £15.99] will be available at the purchase price of £12.99. Ticketholders for the screening can purchase copies at the special price of £10.99. Advanced orders at these discounts [plus P&P] can be obtained directly from: salesdsengine@outlook.com

Please note this exclusive offer closes on MONDAY 27th OCTOBER.

22 Panels 2014

Sunday 26th October 12:30pm
Poly Bar

Creativity and Comics with EdieOP

22 Panels 2014 LogoAn informal workshop exploring the creative side of comics, where you can create your own comic/zine. Edie will present some basic bookbinding, allowing you to stitch your own book together, and then discuss different ways that you can use panelling within the page or text placement.

Edie will also be incorporating a short ideas generation activity into the workshop, for those who want to create a comic but struggle with the ideas process.

Suitable for adults or children / any skill level.

Limited to 10 places. Tickets: £4 PLUS £1 Poly Fund

Part of the 22 Panels Comic Art Show 2014.

Keep updated on the event over at the 22 Panels blog.

Film

Monday 27th October - Tuesday 28th October

Two Days, One Night

Dir: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne – BELGIUM/ITALY/FRANCE – 95mins (15) (S/T)

The latest from the Palme D’Or winning Dardenne Brothers stars the wonderful Marion Cotillard as Sandra, a woman in a precarious position when she goes back to her job after a leave of absence.  Her employer has given her colleagues a stark choice – they can either have Sandra back or carry on without her and each receive a bonus.  The employer agrees to a vote leaving Sandra with one weekend to convince the majority of her colleagues to sacrifice their bonuses so she can keep her job.

A tense dramatic situation and a subtly magnificent central performance from Cotillard add up to an outstanding movie … impassioned, exciting and moving – a Twelve Angry Men of the 21st-Century workplace” The Guardian

Theatre

Thursday 30th October 8:00pm
Theatre

DumbWise Theatre presents: FAUST

DumbWise and Greenwich Theatre present the award winning musical hit FAUST.

In DumbWise’s slick and stylish re-telling of Goethe’s classic, a young man sells his soul for fame and fortune, embarking on a musical spree of corruption and sin. Accompanied by a dark outsider, Faust tears his way through a God fearing community, setting his sights on the innocent but irresistible Gretchen, sparking a cacophony of chaos, calamity and murder. Poetic verse and stunning visuals collide with a masterful score of folk and blues songs, orchestrated live by an actor-musician cast.

DumbWise have adapted FAUST into an energetic and thrilling new musical for modern audiences. With their signature combination of live musicianship and dynamic storytelling, and a colorful soundtrack of original songs, FAUST is a truly unique theatre experience.

DumbWise are a highly acclaimed emerging theatre company that specialise in actor-musician adaptations. With the award winning FAUST and the sell-out revival of The Matchgirls at Wiltons Music Hall, they are fast becoming one of the finest and inventive actor-musician companies in London, and now offer their work on the national touring circuit.

“DUMBWISE’S SENSUOUS SPIN ON FAUST HAS A RARE POWER” The Argus

“A VISUAL AND AURAL ONSLAUGHT BY A MAGNIFICENT CAST” Broadway Baby

“SIMPLY PUT – MASTERFUL” One Stop Arts

“A SEDUCTIVE FORCE I SUSPECT FEW COULD RESIST” Latest Magazine

Film

Friday 31st October 7:30pm

Halloween Sci-Fi Double Bill: The Fly

As part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi Season: Days of Fear & Wonder, the Poly is proud to present:

Two classic Sci-Fi Horrors to celebrate Halloween.

Doors open at 7pm

7:30 Introductory talk by Neil Fox, Film Lecturer, Falmouth University – THE FLY (1986) Dir: David Cronenburg (18) (92 mins)

A blackly funny film that is almost a satire about man’s ego and vision of dominating nature, were it not for the horrific physical terror of  seeing this folly unfold, or should that be peel, before our very eyes.

Interval: Adjourn to the bar for a Sci-Fi cocktail followed by screening of DEMON SEED.

Ticket Prices -£6.50 Full & £5 Concessions – if you book for both films – £11 Full & £8 Concessions (plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket)

Special 02 price – £5.50 or £9 for both films (plus £1 Poly fund per ticket)

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Film

Friday 31st October 9:45pm

Halloween Sci-Fi Double Bill: Demon Seed

As part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi Season: Days of Fear & Wonder, the Poly is proud to present:

9:45  Introductory talk by Dario Llinares, Senior Lecturer, Film, Falmouth University – DEMON SEED (1977) Dir: Donald Cammell (15) (90mins)

Demon Seed is a classic 70s Sci-Fi that certainly relies on its ideas rather than its special effects. Released in the same year as Star Wars you couldn’t find a more different example of the genre. The film deals with the encroachment of technology into our everyday lives and posits the notion of the singularity when Artificial Intelligence overtakes human control. But these themes are explored in dramatically human way with Julie Christie excellent in conveying terror of technological attack on the body.

Post film: Final visit to the bar before venturing out into the witching hour.

Ticket Prices -£6.50 Full & £5 Concessions – if you book for both films – £11 Full & £8 Concessions (plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket)

Special 02 price – £5.50 or £9 for both films (plus £1 Poly fund per ticket)

 

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Comedy

Saturday 1st November 8:00pm

Lloyd Langford Live

A brand new stand up show about being bamboozled by the modern world. Perennial grouchy young man Lloyd Langford is annoyed by quite a few things. And he’d like to tell you about them. If you’ve ever been annoyed by advertising, fashion, other people, electrical equipment, porn or pandas then there’ll be something here for you. Join Lloyd for a show jam-packed with gags, anecdotes, gripes, grievances, riffs, character assassinations and occasional exasperated pleas to the sky. It’s a cracking night of stand up comedy for you. And a sort of therapy for him, I guess.

Radio Academy Award Nominee 2014 (Best Comedy, Here Be Dragons)

“Langford has funny bones. It’s wonderfully rare to see a comedian so relaxed and honest with his audience.” **** The List

“One of the sharpest comedic minds on the circuit.” The Guardian

As seen on Ask Rhod Gilbert (BBC1), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), Don’t Sit In The Front Row (Sky Atlantic), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3) and Comedy Store Live (Comedy Central). As heard on The Unbelievable Truth, The Now Show, The News Quiz, Everyone Quite Likes Justin, Wordaholics (BBC Radio 4). Writer for Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2).

Film

Monday 3rd November - Wednesday 5th November

Boyhood

Dir: Richard Linklater – USA – 165 mins (15)

Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise trilogy) makes a triumphant return to his independent roots with this dazzling micro-epic, shot in 39 days over 12 years in and around Austin, Texas.

It follows the tumultuous lives of a couple played by Ethan Hawke & Patricia Arquette and their son & daughter starting from when the boy is about six years old.  Within that timeframe, relationships ebb and flow, loved ones pass away, romantic entanglements develop and life general takes its course.

What the director and his top notch cast give us are the small, intimate moments of the type we may witness every day in our own homes but never stop to appreciate.  Boyhood is a glorious achievement in film-making.

This heartwarming and complexly layered drama isn’t just one of the best films of the year, but one of the best of the decade, the kind of deeply touching experience that feels like a one-off.

Comedy

Saturday 8th November 8:00pm

Tony Law: Enter The Tonezone

Dive into the zone of Tone for a brand new show of life-affirming, life-changing comedy from the multi award-winning nonsense-maker.

As seen on Have I Got News For You, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, The Alternative Comedy Experience, Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe and more. Following a sell-out tour and mammoth West End run in 2013, Mr Tony Law is striding back out on tour this Autumn with a brand new show.

Tony is an Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2012, Chortle Best Live Show Award winner 2013, Chortle Best Club Comic Award winner 2013 and Chortle Best Breakthrough Act Award winner 2012.

 

“Takes stand-up to a dangerously funny new level” - The Guardian

 “Chaos has rarely been so finely constructed and this much fun” - The Times

“A whole heap of ludicrous fun… One of the finest, funniest stand-ups around” - Time Out

 “One of the most delightfully zany and disconcerting comedians around” - The Telegraph

www.showandtelluk.com | @MrTonyLaw | @show_and_tell

Talks

Tuesday 11th November 7:30pm
Poly Bar

Local History Talks – The Enys Estate

Brought to you by Falmouth’s Local History and Research Group

A presentation by local historian Terry Chapman giving insight into the fascinating history of the house, gardens and owners of the and future plans for the Enys Estate.

The Enys Estate has been owned by members of the influential Enys family since the 13th century. The Estate encompasses the house and outbuildings as well as 30 acres of gardens featuring a range of plants and woodland areas as well as the famous bluebell meadow. Recent developments have included the establishment of a history room where visitors can find out more about the Enys family, the gardens and the house.

7pm in The Bar for a 7:30 start.

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1)  Book early. Limited to 40 seats.

Come early for a drink and comfy seats.

Music

Thursday 20th November 8:00pm

Keith James – Time Let Me Play

BRAVE AND COMPELLING SONGS FROM THE POETRY OF DYLAN THOMAS COMPOSED AND PERFORMED BY KEITH JAMES

A dynamic and emotional collection of Dylan’s most cherished Poems, meticulously set to music by one of this country’s most singular and critically acclaimed performers. A synthesis and re-imagining of this precious body of work. Realising its beauty, anger, shame and humility. Words from where the very core of human spirit lives.

Keith James, well known for his emotive performances and his unrelenting passion for irresistible, weighty prose to be at the forefront of his music. This is a concert of Dylan’s honest and binding poems, set into song and embarking on a new journey.

Also included are Keith’s unique and passionate settings of Poems by Pablo Neruda, William Blake, Federico Garcia Lorca, Isabel Allende and Leonard Cohen.

Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’  The Independent

 ‘Amongst the best of innovative re-imaginings of the writer’s work’  The Telegraph

 ‘Musicians brave enough to make the music they really believe in. Keith James is one of these’ Bob Harris BBC Radio

www.timeletmeplay.co.uk    www.keith-james.com

Ticket prices: £12 (plus £1 Poly Fund)

 

 

Music

Friday 21st November 7:45pm

The Oggymen

The Oggymen have built a strong reputation for their tight harmonies and rousing performances. Delighting both visitors and locals with their interpretation of Cornish and contemporary folk songs they have won a legion of fans.

Tonight’s performance reunites the 12 strong group with some of their talented friends to create an unforgettable evening of music and humour that will captivate every Cornish heart.

Film

Saturday 22nd November 7:30pm

Sound & Cinema: Diary of a Lost Girl

The next screening in our silent film season with the Cornwall Film Festival is The Diary of a Lost Girl with a specially composed soundtrack performed live by WURLITZA.

Fast moving and at times shocking, Diary of a Lost Girl traces the story of Thymian, played by the mesmerising screen idol Louise Brooks, as her life yoyos between episodes of lightness and innocence, darkness and despair.

Moments of great comedy involve life in a reform school for fallen girls headed by a villainous nun, and a modern dance lesson with an incompetent buffoon.

This gripping film defies convention, confounding expectations as joy and compassion are found in the most unlikely places.

Cornish band Wurlitza’s latest soundtrack has taken over two years to create, and includes music by Django Reinhardt, Fun Boy Three, Portishead, Wire, Chopin, Beethoven, Leonard Cohen, the Magic Numbers, Billie Holiday and the Doors.

Wurlitza’s sound is eclectic but always beautiful, sensitively co-ordinating the music with the action of the film. Every part of the performance is live, with no pre-recorded material at all.

With five musicians and a soundman, Wurlitza’s musical line up uses four part harmonies, piano and keyboards, classical and steel guitars, bass guitar, clarinet and mixed percussion.

 

From previous films;

I loved Wurlitza’s pop to classical mix” – Badaude, the Guardian.

What I particularly admired was Wurlitza’s skill in fitting the music to the films from both a timing point of view but also choosing just the right type of music. Whistling Take Five was a masterstroke!” – Nick Bailey, Classic FM

 A musical and visual treat that is not to be missed.” – Paul K Joyce (Composer/Producer)

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Film

Wednesday 26th November 7:30pm

The Thing

As part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi Season: Days of Fear & Wonder, the Poly is proud to present:

7:30 Introductory talk by Neil Fox, Film Lecturer, Falmouth University.

Followed by screening of THE THING (1982) Dir: John Carpenter (18) (129 mins)

One of the great paranoid films about the ‘other’, the fear that you don’t really know, that ‘perceived’ viruses can take root, changing those closest to us into something terrifying.

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Film

Friday 28th November 7:30pm

Rollerball

As part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi Season: Days of Fear & Wonder, the Poly is proud to present:

7:30 – Introductory talk by Dario Llinares, Senior Lecturer, Film, Falmouth University.

Followed by screening of ROLLERBALL (1975) Dir: Norman Jewison (15) (115 mins)

An amazing combination of sci-fi and sports film, Rollerball is another 70s classic that explores themes that still resonate today. The film is a satire on how violent spectacles keep citizens distracted while corporate elites control global decision-making (sound familiar?). James Caan plays superstar rollerballer Jonathan E whose fame gives him the potential power to question the entire system. Rollerball is an ambivalent film, which moves between the notion of utopia/dystopia and the action sequences are fantastic in convincingly capturing a future sport that is the opiate of the masses.

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Film

Saturday 29th November 2:30pm

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Dir: Mamoru Hosoda – JAPAN – 98 mins (12)

As part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi Season: Days of Fear & Wonder, the Poly is proud to present:

An award-winning anime from director Mamoru Hosoda, loosely based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Yasutaka Tsutsui, in which a schoolgirl discovers she has the ability to literally leap through time and relive moments of her life.

Makoto is an average teenage girl who enjoys playing baseball with her best friends Chiaki and Kosuke. After inadvertently crushing a strange walnut-like object, she discovers she can transport herself back in time by leaping into the air. These “time-leaps” allow her to change small events of her daily life, such as avoiding being late, getting good marks on tests and going on a karaoke session for hours.

Makoto’s manipulation of events soon starts to effect those around her and she finds herself using time-leaps to prevent awkward situations; avoiding a romance with Chiaki while helping Kosuke to develop a relationship with another student. But the problems only seem to mount, heading towards a disaster that even Makoto cannot stop, and an astonishing revelation from someone close to her…

Alongside this screening, local Manga artist Keith Sparrow will be running a workshop on Creating Anime Characters. Details and Booking TBA.

We are very excited to be working with Uncooked Media for this event, who are offering a FREE copy of NEO, the UK’s leading manga and anime magazine, for the first 50 attendees to THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME on Saturday 29 November. These magazines will be given out on the day, on a first-come first-serve basis.

Film

Saturday 29th November 7:30pm

Sci-Fi Double Bill: THX1138

As part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi Season: Days of Fear & Wonder, the Poly is proud to present:

7:30 – Introductory talk by Kingsley Marshall, Head of Film & Television, Falmouth University.

Followed by screening of THX1138 (1971) Dir: George Lucas (15) (82 mins)

The first film to emerge from American Zoetrope, a brand new movie studio established by George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola at the end of the 1960s, THX1138 was the feature debut of Lucas, and was itself based upon a short shot four years earlier in his final year of University of Southern California’s film school. Perhaps ironically considering his future output, he later stated that it had been his intention to react against the fantastical elements of science fiction with what he referred to as “science fact”, his film drawing its influence from European films such as Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey rather than the comic book heroism which continued to dominate the genre.

Interval:  Adjourn to the bar for a Sci-Fi cocktail or two before second film starts at approximately 9:30pm

Ticket Prices -£6.50 Full & £5 Concessions – if you book for both films – £11 Full & £8 Concessions (plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket)

Special 02 price – £5.50 or £9 for both films (plus £1 Poly fund per ticket)

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Film

Saturday 29th November 9:30pm

Sci-Fi Double Bill: Primer

As part of the BFI’s Sci-Fi Season: Days of Fear & Wonder, the Poly is proud to present:

9:30 – Introductory talk by Kingsley Marshall, Head of Film & Television, Falmouth University.

Followed by screening of PRIMER (2004) Dir: Shane Carruth (12) (77 mins)

Another debut, Shane Carruth’s first movie was also born in the 1970s, drawing influences from the conspiracy movies of Alan Pakula’s Paranoia Trilogy - Klute, The Parallax View and the All the President’s Men - in that small revelations give a sense of the wider plot. Carruth has stated that, “the way I enjoy a story to be told is without a lot of exposition,” with his mind-bending time travel drama requiring you to pay attention to the details. The temporal disconnection of the characters presents science as a corrupting force, which works to undo their values and morality. It won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, not bad for a film shot for $7000 by crew of five.

Final visit to the bar for drink and post film discussion.

Ticket Prices -£6.50 Full & £5 Concessions – if you book for both films – £11 Full & £8 Concessions (plus £1 Poly Fund per ticket)

Special 02 price – £5.50 or £9 for both films (plus £1 Poly fund per ticket)

Talks

Tuesday 9th December 7:30pm
Poly Bar

Local History Talks – The Mysterious Loss of The Darlwyne

Brought to you by Falmouth’s Local History and Research Group

The Mysterious Loss of The Darlwyne – A Cornish Holiday Tragedy.  A presentation by researcher and author Martin Banks about the tragic loss of this pleasure cruiser in 1966.

Almost 50 years ago, a boat full of men, women and children left Mylor for a day trip to Fowey little realising that none of them would survive the voyage. Described as one of the worst civil maritime tragedies in modern times, the sinking of the Darlwyne is still shrouded in mystery as the wreck was never found and the bodies of only 12 of the 31 people on board were ever recovered.

St Just author Martin Banks has carried out extensive research into the tragedy and recently had his book, The Mysterious Loss of The Darlwyne: A Cornish Holiday Tragedy, published.

7pm in The Bar for a 7:30 start

£5/£4 concessions (plus Poly fund £1) Book early. Limited to 40 seats.

Taking place in the Poly Bar.  Come early for a drink and comfy seats.