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History film festival in Arnold will include celebration of Gedling borough’s rich heritage

Festival takes place from June 2

The heritage of Gedling borough is to be celebrated with celluloid during a week-long film festival taking place next month at Arnold’s Bonington cinema.

The Heritage and History of Gedling Borough is one of many the being screened at the venue during Britain On Film week, which takes place from Sunday, June 2 until Friday, June 7.

Nuggets from the BFI’s extensive archive will also be screened alongside more locally focussed films.

The festival opens with a kids-go-free screening of Disney’s Robin Hood at 11am. This is followed by a screening of Britain On Film: Protest! At 2pm. This collection of newly-restored clips from the BFI archive captures people locally and nationally across the country fighting against injustice during the last 100 years. The film will be introduced by Anthony Arblaster, who is a retired Reader in Politics of over 30 years at the University of Sheffield and author of The Rise & Decline of Western Liberalism and Democracy.

A free screening of The History & Heritage of Gedling Borough (U) will also take place on Sunday, June 2 at 4.30pm. The screening will be followed by a question and answer panel hosted by local filmmaker Bob Massey, and featuring special guests for a discussion centred around archive film and the Midlands. Although tickets are free, you must book your place.

Britain on Film Week has been made possible with support from Film Hub Midlands through funds from the National Lottery. Film Hub Midlands support people to watch, show, and make films in the Midlands.

The following films will also be screened during the celebratory week:

Sunday, July 2 at 7pm

Nottingham on Film: 1920-1980

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The twentieth century saw rapid change for Nottingham, in the market square – the largest in England outside the capital and scene of many civic celebrations, in industry and transport, as well as in everyday life – and the new medium of film was there to record this change.

Monday, June 3 at 2.30pm

Britain on Film: Coast & Sea (U)

Travel round Britain’s gorgeous, varied coast, filmed throughout the 20th century from 1901 to 1978.

Tuesday, June 4 at 2.30pm

Britain On Film: Rural Life (U)

This film takes audiences down the country lanes of the past, meandering through the dwindling customs of another era.

Tuesday, June 4 at 4pm

Free Screening: From Picture Palace to the Multiplex: Cinemas In The Midlands (U)

This nostalgic compilation of archive film curated by MACE, the screen archive for the Midlands, is a look back at the shared experience of a night at the flicks.

Wednesday, June 5 at 2.30pm

They Shall Not Grow Old (15)

Using state-of-the-art technology and materials from the BBC and Imperial War Museum, filmmaker Peter Jackson allows the story of World War I to be told by the men who were there.

Friday, June 7 at 2.30pm

Britain on Film: Welcome To Britain (PG)

The latest addition to the Britain on Film programme looks back to chart a century of arrivals to the UK, featuring the voices of different generations of British immigrants themselves.

Friday, June 7 at 7.30pm

Lancaster Skies (PG)

Lancaster Skies is a loving homage to the classic British war films of the 1940’s and 50’s. Douglas Miller, a broken, solitary, Spitfire ace, who survived the Battle of Britain, transfers to Bomber Command, determined to take the war to the skies over Nazi Germany.

For more details and to buy online tickets for any of the films visit https://theatre-web.gedling.gov.uk/Ticket/Diary

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