BFI Sci-Fi - Days of Fear and Wonder
An exciting programme of film screenings, workshops, lectures in the Poly’s first Sci-Fi Season.
Details will be announced soon.
Special fundraising edition of “bloody brilliant” theatrical pub quiz -book now!
It’s Your Round!: Doors open at 6:30 pm – quiz starts from 7pm – Tickets £6 plus £1 Poly Fund
Join quiz mistress and pub landlady Pat Pinch and her lively bar girl Liberty Belle as they take over Falmouth with live music, Northern prizes, audience participation, raffle and, of course, a few drinks!
Test your team with rounds such as:
How local are you? So down with your town you can almost taste it…?
Shots and Jumping Juke Box! Picture and music rounds – with a difference
Plus, a whole new take on the classic movie, literature and general knowledge rounds
Whether you’re a liver-bashing barfly or a strict abstainer; a quiz mastermind or an absolute beginner – Pat and Libby are waiting to treat you to six of the best PUB QUIZ ROUNDS EVER!
This event is a fundraiser for Scary Little Girls to help us put on a full-blown play at the magical Minack Theatre, carved into the cliffs of Cornwall. It’s an all-female adaptation of Dracula booked for September. We’re hoping to use the Minack shows as a springboard for a national tour – but we need money to make this happen! The Poly is helping us out by lending us their space for It’s Your Round! – all proceeds will go to SLG, so you can have fun while helping us make great theatre!
*****”Everybody’s talking about Scary Little Girls – are they worth the hype? Yes!” The Independent
*****”Performers Rebecca Mordan and Sharon Andrew are a good double act… and are very comfortable bouncing ideas off the crowd.” The Scotsman
Dir: John Turteltaub – USA – 105mins (12A)
A funny, touching and surprisingly fleet-footed comedy about a quartet of 60-plus male friends who are determined to grow old (dis)gracefully.
Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline play faded Brooklyn buddies who reunite to celebrate the forthcoming wedding of their former ringleader played by Michael Douglas. “This is the first bachelor party that could be covered by Medicaid,” they remark as they weave through the deodorised fantasy land of modern-day Vegas. These guys have all seen better days and their wild weekend stirs up old resentments.
De Niro, Douglas, Freeman and Kline set about Last Vegas with the panache of a lifetime’s experience. They laugh, they cry; they squabble and make up; they do it with such grace that they convince us it’s for real.
This movie celebrates friendship, especially among four friends who have known each other for more than 50 years.
Egglab is a browser-based, open source multiplayer game in which players search for hidden eggs against different backgrounds. As more people play, the eggs gradually evolve with the use of genetic programming techniques. The resulting patterns, evolved against nest site backgrounds of different species of bird, are being studied in order to help make new discoveries concerning camouflage and its evolution.
Eggshibition is part of the FASCINATE Conference, taking place from 27th – 31st August in Falmouth. FASCINATE is an interdisciplinary conference investigating the current and future applications of ubiquitous computing technologies in visual and performance arts, games, architecture, craft, design and interactive media.
The Cornwall Film Festival and The Poly are delighted to announce the first of a new series of silent film with live music performances in Falmouth.
We will be screening a selection of early Charlie Chaplin short films which be accompanied live by local musician extra-ordinaire SEAMAS CAREY, who has composed an original soundtrack for each film.
This will be followed by a short introduction to the main feature, by Falmouth University’s, Mark Douglas. Then sit back and enjoy the treat of seeing this classic silent comedy Shoulder Arms (1918) on the big screen.
Shoulder Arms proved to be Chaplin’s most popular film, a hilariously bittersweet depiction of life in the trenches, which sees Chaplin recruited by the aptly named Awkward Squad to fight in the Great War with typically catastrophic consequences!
Seamas Carey has previously composed new scores for classics such as Steamboat Bill Jr and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with great success. He regularly provides soundtracks for both theatre and film.
The film will be followed by a Q&A session involving Seamas.
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?
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
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
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
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.
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?
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
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
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
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.
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.
Family tickets are available in groups of 4 (2 adults and 2 children) at £5 per ticket.
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!
(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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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).
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
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).
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
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)