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Monday 1st September - Tuesday 2nd September

Bright Days Ahead

Dir: Marion Vernoux – FRANCE – 94mins (15) Subtitled

This engaging French comedy has Fanny Ardant as an improbably glamorous recently retired dentist.  While her peers at the local seniors’ club pass the time with ceramics and amateur theatre, she finds a new hobby of her own between the sheets with the centre’s computer teacher Julien, a carefree ladies man decades her junior.

Ardant’s character may be a former dentist but that doesn’t stop her talking about Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex when she is not reminiscing about her old days spent filling in cavities.

As Caroline finds herself in the midst of a second youth – taking a new lover, living new experiences, breaking the rules, not doing what’s expected of her – will her retirement mark the beginning of the end for her marriage, or a new beginning?



Tuesday 2nd September 7:30pm
Poly Bar

Falifornia Music presents Polly Money Music

Polly is a 19 year old singer songwriter from Cornwall. She has just finished her final year of a BA Hons Degree in Songwriting at The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London (ICMP).

She has been writing and performing her own material for nine years now and last September she released her debut EP – The ‘That Guy’ EP.

2013 proved to be an awesome summer of touring and festivals to include playing at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, London’s KOKO and the London Acoustic Guitar show. She also had the amazing opportunity of supporting Muse at The Stade de France in Paris in June along with Biffy Clyro and Dizzee Rascal. She has since supported Gabrielle Aplin and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

The Poly Bar Sessions is a series of intimate music events in the Bar of the Poly in Falmouth. Mainly unplugged, the events show the artists in their purest form.

Tuesday the 2nd of September will see Polly Money play her beautifully crafted songs within an intimate setting.

Supported by the fantastic Lily Hayes music!

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Tickets: £2 + £1 Poly Fund


Thursday 4th September 7:45pm

Interrupted Memory

Dir. Michael Chanan, UK, 2013) 116 mins + Q&A with the director

This event is part of World Documentary Film & TV Conference (Falmouth University, 4-6 September 2014 http://worlddocumentary.org/)

Interrupted Memory (Memoria interrumpida) is a documentary about memory and politics in Argentina and Chile. Remembered experiences of popular militancy and resistance, military coups and state repression, shape a collective narration of recent history in the two countries, set off against the public memory of the film archives, and concluding with reflections on the politics of memory after the dictatorships.

Q&A with Michael Chanan (Roehampton University, UK)  Moderator: Mark Douglas (Falmouth University, UK)

Ticket prices £6.50 / £5 concessions plus £1 for the Poly Fund


Friday 5th September 6:30pm

BBC Commissioner, Nick Fraser in conversation + screening of The English Surgeon

Nick Fraser was born in London in 1948 and educated at Oxford. He has worked as a journalist, independent television producer and a programme editor. Currently he is editor of Storyville, the BBC’s long-running and successful series of international documentaries. Programmes shown on Storyville have won many awards, including an Oscar, Sundance prizes, Peabody awards, IDFA trophies and Griersons. Nick Fraser has written five non-fiction books, including The Voice of Modern Hatred, Encounters with the European Far Right, and he is a contributing editor of Harper’s magazine, New York. His latest pamphlet, Why Documentaries Matter,is published by Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Nick was the series editor of the global documentary project Why Democracy? and executive producer of Why Poverty?

The English Surgeon (2007/2008) dir.Geoffrey Smith 93 mins (Storyville documentary)  Henry Marsh is one of Britain’s leading brain surgeons. Ten years ago he befriended Igor Kurilets, a fellow neurosurgeon who works in the Ukraine, and ever since he has travelled to the Ukraine twice a year to operate on patients for free.Geoffrey Smith’s moving film follows Henry as he travels to Kiev to help Igor operate on a young man called Marian, who without surgery has just months to live. When Henry arrives, he faces a serious challenge – Marian must be awake when his tumour is removed, and Henry must use the most basic tools, including a Black and Decker drill. (Description from BBC Four, Storyville).

Moderator: Neil Fox (Falmouth University, UK)



Friday 5th September 9:00pm

Return to Homs

Dir: Tatal Derki, Syria/Germany, 2013) 90 mins

This event is part of World Documentary Film & TV Conference (Falmouth University, 4-6 September 2014 http://worlddocumentary.org/) in partnership with Cornwall Film Festival.

Nineteen-year-old Basset is the goalkeeper for the Syrian national soccer team. When revolution breaks out the charismatic young man becomes an iconic protest leader and singer. His songs reflect his dream of peaceful liberation from Assad’s brutal regime. Osama is a 24- year-old media activist and pacifist wielding his camera to document the revolution. But when the army cracks down and their beloved Homs becomes a bombed-out ghost town, these two peaceful protesters take up arms and transform into renegade insurgents, with devastating results.

Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary Sundance 2014.

Ticket prices £6.50 / £5 concessions plus £1 for the Poly Fund


Saturday 6th September 8:00pm

Remi Harris

Remi Harris is an exciting young guitarist and composer, he is widely regarded as one of the UK’s Top Gypsy Jazz Guitarists and has toured the UK, Australia and France as well as performing at Buckingham Palace and Live on BBC Radio 2.

The Remi Harris Gypsy Jazz Project take Traditional Gypsy Jazz and Swing Characteristics and infuses them with influences from Bebop, Blues, Rock, World Music, Contemporary Jazz and Popular Melodies for performances that mesmerise and inspire every time.

“Probably Britain’s greatest jazz guitarist to emerge since Martin Taylor… a recorded debut which places Remi Harris securely in the front line of the world’s finest jazz guitarists” Digby Fairweather

“This is true jazz yet it has a delightfully refreshing approach that brings a smile to the face while the ears are amazed at what they are receiving… The standard of playing is stunning… 5/5″ Guitar Techniques Magazine (Reviewing Remi’s Debut Album “Ninick”)

“Remi is the brightest talent in his genre (Gypsy Jazz) in the UK.” Stuart Carter­ Smith, founder of The International Gypsy Guitar Festival

“he is a tremendously gifted young player with an awesome command of Gypsy Jazz guitar” John Etheridge




Monday 8th September - Wednesday 10th September

A Thousand Times Goodnight

Dir: Erik Poppe – Norway/Ireland/Sweden – 117mins (15) S/T

War photographer Rebecca, played by Juliette Binoche, is extremely driven and known for her willingness to tackle risky subjects.  While photographing suicide bombers, she is badly hurt in an explosion.  When she returns home her husband and daughter tell her they’re tired of her risking her life on dangerous assignments.  They give her an ultimatum, making her choose between her work and her family.

It is fantastic to see such a complex portrayal of an older woman on screen and to have a character who is complicated, not always sympathetic but charismatic and engaging.  A film of real emotional resonance, beautifully shot and expertly gripping with Binoche at the centre, delivering a supremely confident and mesmerising performance .

Inspired by the director’s own experiences as a war photographer in the 1980s.



Tuesday 9th September 7:30pm
Poly Bar

Falifornia Music presents The Kernow Tour

This September Falifornia Music is taking some of Cornwall’s newest and upcoming musicians and taking them on tour! The Alphabets, Lily Hayes and Brackenthorn are the main acts on the tour, however there will be special guests on each night of the tour! Falifornia is holding a special Poly Bar Session on tour to show all the musicians off in their full acoustic goodness.

Tickets: £2+ £1 Poly Fund.

The Alphabets are an acoustic pop trio, rich with harmonies, clever songwriting and audience participation.

Lily Hayes is the girl with the beautiful voice, combining lovely melodies with lush guitar riffs.

Brackenthorn are the folk punk duo who will get you up and off your feet! Combining clever lyrics and bouncing rhythms they are sure to get you tapping your feet!


Thursday 11th September 8:00pm

Jarred Christmas: dogdish

This show was originally scheduled for Saturday 27th September but due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to re-schedule and the show will now take place on Thursday 11th September.

At the age of 34 Jarred is reflecting on a life of accidental trials leading to a pre-midlife crisis of a Man with no hobby.  So how did he get here?

  • At the age of 8 I wanted to be the Milky Bar Kid
  • At the age of 12 I accidentally dabbled in the occult
  • At the age of 15 I joined the porn industry as a low level supplier
  • At the age of 16 I took a “Male Grooming and Confidence” course and become a catwalk model for a day
  • At the age of 19 I pretended to be gay to break up with a girl, I pretended to be a Christian to kiss another girl and I went out with a dancer who cracked my rib with her thighs.
  • At the age of 34 I thought all these stories should make for a good comedy show.



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


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


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.


Monday 22nd September - Tuesday 23rd September


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


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.


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.


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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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.


Friday 3rd October 8:00pm

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.


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



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 take part in a Q&A after the film.


“a fascinating, very touching documentary.” The Independent



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.


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


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


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


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).



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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Thursday 30th October 8:00pm

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.






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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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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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).


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


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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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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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 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)