Samouni Road

Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Golden Eye Prize, Stefano Savona’s 2018 documentary follows the Samouni family; a small community of farmers who are about to celebrate a wedding in the rural outskirts of Gaza City.

It’s going to be the first celebration since the last war. Amal, Fuad, their brothers and their cousins have lost their parents, their houses and their olive trees. The neighbourhood where they live is being rebuilt.

As they replant trees and plough fields, they face their most difficult task: piecing together their own memory. Through these young survivors’ recollections, Samouni Road conveys a deep, multifaceted portrait of a family before, during and after the tragic event that changed its life forever.

Doors: 15:30. Screening: 16:00.

Climax

When members of a dance troupe are lured to an empty school, drug-laced sangria causes their jubilant rehearsal to descend into a dark and explosive nightmare as they try to survive the night and find out who’s responsible – before it’s too late.

Loosely based on the true story of a French dance troupe in the 1990s, “Gaspar Noé’s cinematic dance party will blow your mind” – Gregory Ellwood, Collider.

The 2019 psychological horror directed, written and co-edited by Noé features unusual cinematography choices, including several long takes and one lasting over 42 minutes. The film’s dizzying and psychedelic visuals are energised by it’s on-the-spot improv from the cast, who who were provided no lines of dialogue beforehand and had almost complete liberty as to where to take the story and characters. Produced by A24, the film stars actress and dancer Sofia Boutella.

Doors: 18:30. Screening: 19:00

Sing-a-Long-a Matilda The Musical (PG)

Calling all revolting children and their parents – come and be a little a bit naughty at Sing-a-Long-a Matilda the Musical From the producers of Singalonga Sound of Music and Singalonga The Greatest Showman.

Now is your chance to interact with this incredible tale of a little girl making her great escape!

Find the “magic” inside of you and join our gang at the latest film to get the singalong treatment, the Tony and Olivier Award winning Matilda the Musical based on Roald Dahl’s novel.

Matilda is an extraordinary girl, who armed with a sharp mind and a vivid imagination, dares to take a stand to change her story with miraculous results.

Our host will help you have “a holiday in your head” as they teach you some dance moves, show you how to use your free props bags and have you booing the villains and championing the heroes.

YOU the audience are the stars!

It couldn’t be easier or more fun! The first rule of Sing-a-long-a is THERE ARE NO RULES! Fancy dress is strongly encouraged and full audience participation essential.

Do you want to change your story and be a little bit naughty? Well, this is your chance…

Please note this is a screening of the movie not a live stage show

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

Desperate times call for desperate movies. In the midst of the Great Depression, manipulative emcee Rocky (Gig Young) enlists contestants for a dance marathon offering a $1,500 cash prize to the last couple standing.

Among them are a failed actress (Jane Fonda), a middle-aged sailor (Red Beuttons), a delusional blonde (Susannah York) and a pregnant girl (Bonnie Bedelia). Days turn into weeks as the competition drags on and people either drop out or expire. Rocky, however, will do anything for publicity and initiates a series of grueling derbies.

Based on a novel by Horace McCoy, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? reveals our collective fascination with human struggle put on display and the demoralizing illusion of Hollywood’s dream factory. Directed by Sydney Pollock, this psychological drama was applauded for its portrayal of the Depression area when it was released with Roger Ebert naming it as one of the best movies of the 1970s. 

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? “holds our attention because it tells us something we didn’t know about human nature and American society” – Roger Ebert. As of 2023, the film holds the record for obtaining the most Oscar nominations without receiving one for Best Picture.

Doors: 18:30. Screening: 19:00

The Liverpool College of Art : Timelin...

Liverpool John Moores University invite you to the first public screening of “The Liverpool College of Art : Timelines.” A 45 minute documentary film produced by Michael Swerdlow.

The film charts the history of the College bringing together alumni, tutors and staff who reminisce their time in the Hope Street building going back to the 1940s and, in candid interviews, they compare teaching methods and college life. The film also shows students at work in the old art school building on Hope Street, prior to its closure in 2008.

The film will be screened at LJMU’s John Lennon of Art and Design Building. To register for the event, see here. Register by 28th November.

Another Country

A journey through St Helens past 1982 – 1995.

A film written and produced by Roger Hill.

To book a free ticket, see here

Love Actually In Concert

The star studded and Christmas favourite Love Actually will come alive with a full orchestra performing its soundtrack live to screen.

Love Actually In Concert has become an annual festive tradition for many, gathering numerous sold out audiences in previous years. Written and directed by Richard Curtis and initially released in 2003, Love Actually follows ten different yet all interweaving stories of love around the festive period.

Boasting an all-star cast, Love Actually features Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Bill Nighy, Martine McCutcheon, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Rowan Atkinson, Martin Freeman and many more.

A full, live orchestra will perform Craig Armstrong’s scores at each show, with the film being projected onto a vast screen. Armstrong is perhaps one of the UK’s most recognised film composers, with his work being awarded a BAFTA.

Song of the Sea (Extra tickets)

The enchanting Irish animation SONG OF THE SEA tells the story of Ben and his little sister Saoirse – the last Seal-child – who embark on a fantastic journey across a fading world of ancient legend and magic in an attempt to return to their home by the sea.

The film takes inspiration from the mythological Selkies of Irish folklore, who live as seals in the sea but become humans on land. SONG OF THE SEA, directed by Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells) features the voices of Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, David Rawle, Lisa Hannigan, Pat Shortt and Jon Kenny.

This is a FREE event but places must be booked.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Runtime: 93mins Certification: PG

The Truffle Hunters (2020) plus short ...

Continuing the Heart Of Glass celebration of UK Fungus Day, join them for a free screening of Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw’s acclaimed feature length documentary The Truffle Hunters, plus a short film by Jane Lawson.

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years old, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle – which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation. They’re guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly-trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. They’re untethered to cell phone screens or the Internet, opting instead to make their food and drink by hand and prioritising in-person connections and community.

The demand for white truffles increases year after year, even as the supply decreases. As a result of climate change, deforestation, and the lack of young people taking up the mantle, the truffle hunters’ secrets are more coveted than ever. However, as it soon becomes clear, these ageing men may just hold something much more valuable than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.

“Unique and delightful. A feast for the eyes and nourishment for the soul” – The Hollywood Reporter.

Running time: 84 minutes

Presented in Italian and Piedmontese, with English subtitles.

The feature will be accompanied by a short film by artist Jane Lawson, who is leading an all-day workshop, Being Fungal, inspired by fungi on Saturday 7th October for UK Fungus Day.

We aim to create safe, welcoming and accessible spaces for all.If you’d like to discuss your access needs, please get in touch by contacting Heart of Glass via info@heartofglass.org.uk or call Anna on 07529224271. 

Access information for Lucem House:

Wheelchair accessible, with flat access

In a town centre location

Nearest train station St Helens Central (trains to and from Liverpool/Manchester/Blackpool/Wigan)

St Helens Bus Station for buses to Liverpool, Wigan and around St Helens

Nearest accessible parking at St Helens Town Hall and World of Glass (10 minute walk)

Nearest taxi drop off at Corporation Street

Birkenhead International Film festival...

Join the events this October ‘23 for the most ambitious year of the Birkenhead International Film Festival yet.

This October Convenience Gallery will bring the world to Birkenhead at the Williamson Art Gallery for the very first time. Step into the world of the BIFF with their blockbuster 2023 festival!

As always, the Birkenhead International is free to attend, and they hope to keep it that way. One way you can play a role in keeping it a free festival for everyone is by securing one of their BIFF BFF (Birkenhead International Film Festival, Best Friends Forever) tickets as a pay if you can option.

These tickets come from £3 right up to £100, with each tier including some BIFF merch and goodies as a thank you. However the free tickets are also still available too.

They will be hosting the festival on Saturday 21st October 2023, hot on the heels of their SOLD OUT 2022 festival. They are delighted to bring you their 4th festival, this year. This is a free festival, however we do also offer a BIFF BFF ticket, for those who can donate or pay a contribution which helps to keep this festival free for everyone.

The BIFF brings together a collective of filmmakers to explore the art of film from a varied range of backgrounds, filmographies and genres.

BIFF is all about bringing the world to Birkenhead and so for our 4th Edition of the BIFF we are exploring the theme of ‘World-building’ within the films selected. Films are submitted through an online platform by Directors from across the world.

The remit is that films are in the short film category, and have been selected by both festival directors and community screeners who have watched a long list of films to make the final selection of films for the final showcase.

Their festival will feature a selection of short films from around the globe, alongside a intro panel talk from industry leaders. This year we have incredible partners such as Northern Fortress Film from Bradford, Scenegraph Studios, Focal Studios and their wonderful hosts the Williamson Art Gallery.

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The announcement for this year’s festival selection will take place later this September
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Get excited for the biggest BIFF yet!