SHROPSHIRE’S FIRST WORLD WAR FILM FESTIVAL

Classic and new films at venues around the County. Now starting on 8th October.

Image above: Still from ‘The Long Way Home’

Visit the new Festival website at www.firstworldwarfilmfestival.com

NEW – ‘Oh! What a Lovely War’ now showing on 9th November at The Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury. See below.

 8th October to 23rd November 2018

Tickets are now on sale for all films. See film listings for details of how to book.

Tickets sold online may include additional booking fees. See the individual ticket booking sites via the link after each film. Most venues offer telephone bookings.

Film Listings

8th October 7.30pm The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock TF13 6NB

Flicks in the Sticks presents

‘Journey’s End’ (Cert 12A, UK, 2018, director Saul Dibb, 105 mins)

Based on RC Sherriff’s play and novel of the same name ‘Journey’s End’ is set in March 1918 as C-Company, led by a war-weary Captain Stanhope arrives in northern France to take its turn in the front-line trenches. Told that a German offensive is imminent Stanhope drowns his fears in whisky whilst the officers and their cook attempt to distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and life before war. They are joined by Raleigh, a young new officer fresh out of training excited about his first real posting, and a chance to serve under Stanhope. Raleigh’s naivety serves as a stark contrast to the other men’s impending fear as the tension rises and the attack draws ever closer.

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Tickets: £5, child £4 (child under 18)

Box Office Tel: 0333 666 3366

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10th October 8.00pm The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

Shrewsbury Film Society presents: –

‘La Grande Illusion’ (Cert U, France, 1937, director Jean Renoir, 111 mins, subtitled)

This 1937 classic starring Jean Gabin and Eric von Stroheim is set in PoW camps during the First World War. Directed by Jean Renoir (son of the painter Auguste) it tells of the friendships forged across the military divide, creating a profound humanitarian message. This was the first foreign-language film ever to be Oscar-nominated for Best Picture. It remains an acutely thoughtful masterpiece that easily stands the test of time.

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Tickets: £6

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Tel: 01743 234970

15th October 11.00am The Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH

‘Regeneration’ (Cert 15, UK/Canada, 1997, director Gillies MacKinnon, 96 mins)

REGENERATION, 1997. © Alliance Communications

Craiglockhart Army Hospital, 1917. Soldiers returning from battle are treated by disillusioned psychiatrist Dr William Rivers, a man beset by his own ethical doubts. Two of the soldiers meeting there are Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, two of England’s most important WWI poets. This deeply moving story is based on the best-selling novel by Pat Barker.

Cast includes: Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby, Johnny Lee Miller

More about the film – Gillies MacKinnon Website

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Tickets: £8/concs £7 FULLY BOOKED See 17th October for details of the screening of ‘Regeneration’ at Oswestry.

Tel: 01743 281281 http://www.oldmarkethall.co.uk

16th October 6.00pm The Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH

A World Premiere from the London Film Festival

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ (Cert 15, UK, 2018, director Peter Jackson, 64 minutes. With Q & A the presentation will be 94 minutes in length.)

Presenting his new work to mark the centenary of the First World War, the internationally renowned director Peter Jackson (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings) combines his personal fascination with the period and his Academy Award-winning directorial skills to bring the First World War to life in a way never seen before.

Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, and Imperial War Museums, They Shall Not Grow Old has been created exclusively with original footage from Imperial War Museums’ film archive and audio from BBC archives.

Trafalgar Releasing and BFI London Film Festival are also pleased to confirm that the film will be simultaneously screened, in 2D and 3D to cinemas and special venues across the UK. Attended by the director Peter Jackson, the simulcast will include a special post screening Q&A with Jackson, hosted by film critic Mark Kermode. Read more about the film.

Tickets: £14.50 FULLY BOOKED

The film is also being screened at The Regal Theatre in Tenbury Wells. More information and ticket sales

17th October 11.00am The Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury  SY1 1LH

‘Regeneration’ (Cert 15, UK/Canada, 1997, director Gillies MacKinnon, 96 mins)

For details see 15th October screening above.

Tickets £8, concs £7 FULLY BOOKED See 17th October for details of the screening of ‘Regeneration’ at Oswestry.

17th October 2.00pm & 7.15pm The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury

SY1 1TE

‘The Blue Max’ (Cert PG, UK, 1966, director John Guillermin, 156 minutes)

© 1966 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

George Peppard leaves the German trenches to join the aristocratic Air Force on the western front in World War I. Here he encounters prejudice against his lower-class background and has to fight hard to win over his fellow flyers such as Willi von Klugermann, played by Jeremy Kemp. His ultimate aim is to win the coveted Blue Max award for shooting down 20 enemy planes but an entanglement with a General’s wife (Ursula Andress) leads to his downfall. Noted for its spectacular flying sequences and great performances this is a rare opportunity to see ‘The Blue Max’ on the big screen.

Also starring James Mason and Jeremy Kemp

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Tickets: £6

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17th October 7.30pm Kinokulture, Oswestry SY11 1JN

‘Regeneration’ (Cert 15 – see details above)

Tickets £7, under 16s £5

Tel: 01691 238167 Book Tickets Now

20th October 7.30pm Trefonen Village Hall SY10 9DY

Flicks in the Sticks presents:

‘Journey’s End’ (Cert 12A, UK, 2018, director Saul Dibb, 105 mins)

See 8th October for details.

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Tickets: £4, child £2.50

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24th October 7.30pm Kinokulture, Oswestry SY11 1JN

‘Hell’s Angels’ (Cert PG, 1930, director Howard Hughes, 113 minutes)

Two brothers attending Oxford enlist with the RAF when World War I breaks out. Roy and Monte Rutledge have very different personalities. Monte is a freewheeling womanizer, even with his brother’s girlfriend Helen. He also proves to have a yellow streak when it comes to his Night Patrol duties. Roy is made of strong moral fibre and attempts to keep his brother in line. Both volunteer for an extremely risky two man bombing mission for different reasons. Monte wants to lose his cowardly reputation and Roy seeks to protect his brother. Their assignment to knock out a strategic German munitions facility is a booming success, but with a squadron of fighters bearing down on them afterwards, escape seems unlikely.

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Tickets: £7, under 16s £5

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25th October 1.30pm Kinokulture, Oswestry SY11 1JN

‘Hell’s Angels’ (Cert PG – see details above)

Tickets £7, under 16s £5 Book Tickets Now

25th October 6.30pm SpArC Theatre, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5AY

Flicks in the Sticks presents

‘War Horse’ (Cert PG, 2011, director Steven Spielberg, 146 minutes)

From director Steven Spielberg comes ‘War Horse’, an epic adventure for audiences of all ages. Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets.

Starring Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston

“War Horse is bold, exquisite family film-making in the grandest Hollywood tradition” Empire magazine.

Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo.

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Tickets: £5, under 18’s £4 Book Tickets Now

Book tickets by phone – 01588 630321/638038

http://www.sparctheatre.co.uk

5th November 1.30pm Wem Town Hall SY4 5DG

‘Oh! What A Lovely War’ (Cert PG, 1969, UK, director Richard Attenborough, 137 mins)

World War I gets the musical treatment in a series of a song-and-dance vignettes. The film follows the Smith family – stand-ins for the British working class – who initially view the war with sunny optimism. But after the Smith boys – Jack (Malcolm McFee), Freddie, Harry (Maurice Roëves) and George (Paul Shelley) – witness the reality of trench warfare, their illusions are shattered and the best they can hope for is survival.

A dementia friendly screening

Interviews and photos

Tickets: £5, carers free Book Tickets Now

Tel: 01939 232299 http://www.wemtownhall.co.uk

6th November 1.30pm & 7.30pm Wem Town Hall SY4 5DG

‘Lawrence of Arabia’ (Cert PG, 1962, UK, director David Lean, 216 mins)

David Lean’s splendid biography of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence paints a complex portrait of the desert-loving Englishman who united Arab tribes in a battle against the Ottoman Turks during World War I. Starring Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, Jose Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains & Arthur Kennedy.

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Tickets: £7, 19 years and under £5 Book Tickets Now

Tel: 01939 232299 http://www.wemtownhall.co.uk

6th November 7.30pm Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch Leisure Centre

SY13 2BY

Flicks in the Sticks presents

‘Journey’s End’ (Cert 12A, see above)

Tickets: £4.50, adult concs £4, young people £3.50

Tel: 01948 660660/07506724572

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6th November 7.30pm Lydbury North Village Hall SY7 8AU

Flicks in the Sticks presents

‘Journey’s End’ (Cert 12A, see above)

Tickets £4, under 16s £2.50

Buy tickets on the door or Book Tickets Now

Tea, coffee, ice cream and bar

General enquiries: Tel: 01588 680302

8th November 5.00pm Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery SY1 1LH

‘The Burying Party’ & ‘The Long Way Home’

A double bill with Q & A with the film makers chaired by Carl Jones, BBC Shropshire film reviewer.

See links for more details, cast and crew.

The programme is expected to last about 3 hours. Refreshments will be available at Stop Café on the ground floor of the Museum & Art Gallery before the performance. There will be a short break between the two films.

‘The Burying Party’ (Advisory 12A, 2018, UK, director Richard Weston, 60 mins)

October 1918, the final month of World War I. Beginning with the extraordinary victory at Joncourt, war poet Wilfred Owen looks back on the final year of his life as the Manchesters march toward Sambre, a battle which will likely wipe out his entire regiment.

Looking back to Summer 1917, Owen remembers his admission to Craiglockhart Hospital due to shellshock, which led to the unlikely meeting with his literary idol Siegfried Sassoon. They begin a remarkable friendship that sees him introduce him to some of the most influential literary figures of his generation.

No longer a struggling poet, but convalescing with his contemporaries, Owen spends many spectacular bohemian days and nights in London. He forms a relationship with Charles Scott Moncrieff, and is constantly reminded of the company’s incredible war records and experiences and decides to return to the front line.

https://www.theburyingparty.com/

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‘The Long Way Home’ (Advisory 15, 2018, UK, director Jacob Lewis-Taylor, running time TBA)

November, 1918. Silence falls on the Western Front. In the aftermath of an horrific gas attack, the remnants of a small Shropshire Battalion, led by Capt. John Hemmingway – the younger son of the estate they all left behind, find themselves trapped on the British front line.

As the German guns fall silent and an impenetrable fog befalls no-man’s land, the final days of the war become a desperate bid for survival as Capt. Hemmingway fights to hold on to what little sanity he has left.

https://thelongwayhomefilm.com/

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Tickets: £9 (age 15+ only) FULLY BOOKED See 10th November for details of the screening of ‘The Burying Party’ at Oswestry.

Tel: 01743 258888 http://www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk

9th November 6.30pm The Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH

‘Journey’s End’  (Cert 12A – see above)

A Charity Gala Screening in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. To commemorate this the Shropshire ABF The Soldiers’ Charity along with The Old Market Hall Theatre, Shrewsbury and XI Signal and West Midlands Brigade will be showing the moving film ‘Journey’s End’ at A Charity Gala Screening on Friday 9th November.

Guests are encouraged to arrive at the OMH at 6.30pm. You will be treated to some glasses of Prosecco and some WWI trench themed canapé’s.

There will be a presentation from Lt Col Jones explaining the last 100 days of the War, giving accounts from troops who served in the Campaign before the film is screened at 8.00pm.

Military guests are invited to wear mess kit and civilian guests can either wear smart dress or casual.

Lt Col Jones says “Please join us for what promises to be a first-class night and your opportunity to support ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.”

Tickets cost £25 each and are available now from the ABF Office at Donnington Army Camp (01952 674323) or the Old Market Hall Shrewsbury Box Office (01743 281281).

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9th November 7.30pm Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton TF9 3AX

‘War Horse’ (Cert PG – see details above)

In the main auditorium

Tickets: £6, Friends of the Centre £5.50, Under 12s £5. Book Tickets Now

Bookings may be made by phone 01630 654444 or in person at the Box Office.

See website for opening times.

9th November 7.30pm Leintwardine Community Centre SY7 0LB (New date)

Flicks in the Sticks presents

‘Journey’s End’ (Cert 12A – see above)

Tickets: £5.  Accompanied under 16s free.

Tickets will also be on sale at Griffiths Garage in Leintwardine.

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10th November 1.00pm Wynnstay Hotel, Oswestry SY11 2SZ

‘The Burying Party’ with Q & A with the film makers (see details above)

Tickets: £6

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10th November 6.00pm Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton TF9 3AX

‘Aces High’ (Cert PG, 1975, UK, director Jack Gold, 111 mins)

Starring Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Plummer, Simon Ward, Peter Firth

In WWI the high casualty rate among the rookie pilots of the Royal Flying Corps puts an enormous strain on the survivors. See more at IMDb.

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Showing in the Festival Room – Screen 2, unallocated seating.

Tickets: £4, Friends of the Centre £3.50 Book via the website.

Bookings may be made by phone 01630 654444 or in person at the Box Office.

See website for opening times.

10th November 7.00pm Priest Weston Village Hall SY15 6DE

Flicks in the Sticks presents

‘Journey’s End’ (Cert 12A, see above)

Tickets £5, child £3.50, family £15 Book Tickets Now

12th November 2.30pm Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge Community Centre TF8 7DX

Flicks in The Sticks presents

‘Journey’s End’ (Cert 12A – see above)

Tickets: £3.50

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 13th November 10.30am The Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH

‘Oh! What a Lovely War’ (Cert PG, 1969, dir. Richard Attenborough, 137 mins)

World War I gets the musical treatment in a series of a song-and-dance vignettes. The film follows the Smith family – stand-ins for the British working class – who initially view the war with sunny optimism. But after the Smith boys – Jack (Malcolm McFee), Freddie, Harry (Maurice Roëves) and George (Paul Shelley) – witness the reality of trench warfare, their illusions are shattered and the best they can hope for is survival.

Tickets: £9 + £8

Box Office 01743 281281 Book Tickets Now

16th November 8.00pm The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

Shrewsbury Film Society presents

‘A Very Long Engagement’ (Cert 15, 2004, France, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, subtitled, 133 mins)

From the director of “Amelie,” this is the amazing story of one woman’s journey to discover the truth behind the disappearance of her lover who left her for the Somme front line in 1917. Audrey Tautou plays the lead in this gripping, entertaining detective story which never loses sight of the horrors of war.

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Tickets: £6

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Tel: 01743 234970

23rd November 7.30pm All Stretton Village Hall SY6 6JR

Flicks in the Sticks presents

‘Journey’s End’ (Cert 12A, see above)

Enquiries: 07812 583113; [email protected]

Tickets: £4 Book Tickets Now

Note on bookings

Tickets are sold according to the terms and conditions of each venue/organisation. See their individual websites for details. New films may be added to the Festival and details together with any changes to the programme will be available on this page.

Festival organiser: Tim King Email:[email protected]

We would like to thank the staff at each venue and Ian Kerry at Arts Alive for their support.