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

BFI Sci-Fi – Days of Fear and Wonder

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Friday 28th November 7:30pm


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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Saturday 29th November 11:00am
Poly Bar

Manga Drawing Workshop with Keith Sparrow


To celebrate the Poly’s screening of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, author and artist Keith Sparrow will be holding an open manga workshop/drawing session for aspiring and experienced manga artists alike to flex their artistic muscles! Grab pens, pencils, anything you want and come and get drawing – be a mangaka! Keith will help you bring your favourite anime and manga characters to life on the page, with advice and tips on all areas of drawing from keeping a sharp pencil to linework and shadows.

Keith has written six books about drawing manga, including his latest title, ‘Manga Now! How To Draw Action Figures’ out now on Search Press. He is currently working on a follow-up title on drawing Mecha & Monsters.

Suitable for all ages / skill levels. Limited to 15 places.Manga cover.lo



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…

Before the screening, local Manga artist Keith Sparrow will be running a workshop on Drawing Manga Characters.

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.


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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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)


Monday 1st December - Tuesday 2nd December

Mood Indigo

Dir: Michel Gondry – FRANCE/BELGIUM – 94mins (12A) Sub-titled

French writer/director Michel Gondry returns to his wild, imaginative and romantic roots. Colin (Romain Duris) is living a colourful life in Paris – he’s wealthy, he enjoys the company of his offbeat friends.  One day he meets the elegant Chloe (Audrey Tatou) and the two tumble into a whirlwind of jazz-dancing, ice-skating, city-sweeping romance.  They fall in love and get married but are suddenly confronted with the news of Chloe’s strange illness – she’s begun to grow a flower inside her lungs.

Gondry examines the joys, turmoil, and poeticism of love by creating another imaginative, evocative world coloured by elation and heartache, as he did in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep.

Mood Indigo revels in the magic of cinema, and in the power of love to create a protective bubble that can keep the real world at bay. Once again, Gondry has managed to make a film that has both a unique approach and a universal resonance.” Mark Kermode


Friday 5th December 7:30pm

Northern Soul

Dir: Elaine Constantine – UK – 102mins (15)

Focussing on the musical phenomenon that took hold of the north of England’s youth culture in the 60s and 70s, this is an authentic, uplifting drama about two friends whose horizons are expanded forever by their love of black American soul music.

Covering all aspects of the scene – the obsessive record collecting, energetic dancing, emotional roller-coaster all-nighters and the seductive, irresistible cool music, with a very danceable, high octance soundtrack.  The film depicts a generation of young people losing themselves in songs from another country and gives a real flavour of the euphoria of youthful escapism and self discovery.

Completely infectious.

Followed by DJs playing original soul 45s in the bar.


Saturday 6th December 8:00pm


A truly magical night for all your friends and family as the musical/comedy/dance duo from Redruth perform ALL their hits including 3 brand new songs for 2014.

Fresh from supporting Rhys Darby from Flight of the Conchords on his UK and New Zealand tours, as well as their own sell-out show at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, this is going to be one heck of a show!


Monday 8th December - Tuesday 9th December


Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski – POLAND/DENMARK 80mins (12A)

Shot in luminous black and white, this graceful and haunting drama explores the life of Anna, an orphan brought up in a convent in Poland.  Just before taking her vows, Anna visits her only living relative, her mother’s sister, for the first time. Aunt Wanda informs Anna of her Jewish heritage; her original name, Ida; and of her parents’ murder during the Nazi occupation.  The two women embark on a journey into the wintry countryside to find the parents’ unmarked graves, where dark secrets are unearthed.

Powerfully written and eloquently shot, IDA is a masterly evocation of a time, a dilemma, and a defining historical moment; IDA is also personal, intimate, and human. The weight of history is everywhere, but the scale falls within the scope of a young woman learning about the secrets of her own past. This intersection of the personal with momentous historic events makes for what is surely one of the most powerful and affecting films of the year.


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.



Wednesday 10th December 8:00pm

Luke Daniels – What’s Here, What’s Gone

“Good folk songs are like powerful ideas, forcing us to re-imagine who we are and the institutions that support us.”

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Luke Daniels has forged a reputation over the past two decades as one of the British folk scene’s most respected musicians.  Both as front man, on a remarkable series of albums in his own right, and as an in demand melodeon player for the likes of Ian Anderson, De Dannan, Riverdance and as a regular in The Cara Dillon band.

Over the course of a twenty-year career Daniels has performed at The London Jazz Festival, The Royal Festival Hall and festivals in the UK and internationally. Luke also worked alongside Howard Shore and The London Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist on the movie soundtracks for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

Daniels is one of the UK’s most gifted and inventive musicians and having found a new voice as a singer songwriter, is excited to be taking his contemporary acoustic folk in a new direction.

Intense, poetical and oft dark yet recounted through pleasing melodies. A rich tapestry has been woven into the songs; like a thoughtful unpicking and re-stitching of life’s journey. R2 Magazine


Friday 12th December 6:30pm

Squashbox Theatre presents: The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness!

Squashbox Theatre’s new 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


Monday 15th December - Tuesday 16th December

Effie Gray

Dir: Richard Laxton – UK – 100mins (12A)

Emma Thompson, wrote and stars in this compelling drama which explores Victorian social and sexual mores in the true story of Effie Gray, excellently played by Dakota Fanning.

A scandalous true story of the troubled relationship between Victorian art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) and Effie, his teenage bride. After marrying at the tender age of 19, Effie quickly realises her marriage is a lie when Ruskin refuses to consummate it. Yearning for affection, she soon falls for the charms of the artist John Everett Millais. Desperate to be freed from John, Effie embarks on a life-changing journey to become one of the first women in history to seek a divorce from her husband, making her an everlasting figure in feminist history.

Thompson’s intelligent screenplay explores the truth and is a handsomely shot, brilliant performed film with a fantastic ensemble cast.


Tuesday 16th December - Saturday 20th December

Sing-along: Frozen

Dir: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee – 102mins (PG)

A chance to see this fantastic family film from last year on the big screen – but this time it’s SING-ALONG.

“Frozen” is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

The film won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, and won the Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Animated Feature Film.

Now it’s your turn to sing along to the songs of this new Disney classic.

Glorious family entertainment.

Due to popular demand we have added two additional screenings: Tuesday 16th December at 4pm & Saturday 20th December at 6:15pm.  FURTHER DATE ADDED: Monday 22nd December @ 2.30pm


Friday 19th December 6:30pm

It’s a Wonderful Life

Dir: Frank Capra – 1946 – 130 mins (U)
Whether or not you believe in angels, this is a wonderful movie and a Poly Christmas tradition.
The stylish direction of Frank Capra and the winning charm of James Stewart lift this film into all-time-classic status.
It’s officially not Christmas until you’ve seen it!


Monday 22nd December 8:00pm

Near-Ta Theatre presents: Christmas. Time. 2014

Near-ta bring bucket loads of Christmas spirit and festive cheer to The Poly once more with their hilarious yuletide comedy.

Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What’s stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! And so they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody.

Join them on a fantastical adventure through Dickens, pantomime, musical, Christmas dinner and Christmas films.

Performed by Daniel Richards and Lewis Howard, written by Daniel Richards and Ciaran Clarke, and directed by Simon Harvey, this is musical comedy for all the family – and puts the ‘cell’ firmly back in ‘celebration’!

What’s On Cornwall award nominated company.


Tuesday 23rd December - Saturday 3rd January

Miracle Theatre presents: Dr. Livingstone, I Presume?

Up the Zambezi without a paddle!

Join Miracle in the jungle this Christmas for a show packed with comedy, drama and a high-kicking can- can!

Miracle deftly combines its own inimitable style with the wonder of a Victorian Music hall to tell the tale of a travelling theatre company on the verge of collapse. In their attempts to tell the story of the famous explorer ‘The Ffitch Repertory Company’ use every theatrical trick in the book  … think song and ballet, ventriloquism and stand-up comedy all of which end up being fraught with as much danger and catastrophe as any expedition into the heart of Africa.

This gorgeously funny winter show stars Ben Dyson, Ciaran Clark, Holly Cassidy and, making his Miracle debut, Giles King, (Black Fish & Kneehigh).  Dr Livingstone, I Presume? is just the ticket whether you usually love a traditional panto or are looking for something a little different for friends and family this year.

An evening of essential silliness” The Stage, Frankenstein! 2012

Had face ache when I got in from laughing and smiling so much” Audience feedback, Frankenstein! 2012

Written by Steve Clarke and Bill Scott

Winner of What’s On Cornwall Best Theatre Production 2013 (Waiting for Godot)

Tourism Activity, Sport & Experience GOLD award winners 2014


Dates: 23rd, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th December, 2nd, 3rd January:  7.30 p.m. & 27th December: 2.30 p.m.

Ticket prices: Adult £12 in advance –  £14 on the door /Concession; over 65, disabled & under 26  – £10 advance  – £12 on the door

Children £8 under 16’s  in advance & on the door / Family £35 in advance & £37 on the door ( 2 adults & 2 children)

Plus £1 Poly fund on every ticket.