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The archive was founded and developed by Ray Johnson and is housed at Staffordshire University – forming one of the Special Collections. In addition to the original archive films collected, there are many hours of complementary video material generated by Ray to inform and enhance the period films – location filming, interviews, relevant visual materials and complete documentary video productions.

All SFA screenings are free of charge and start at 7.45pm unless otherwise stated.

Please note that seats cannot be reserved - arrive early to avoid disappointment.

For more details please visit the SFA website here.

Wednesday 21 November

IT'S IN THE AIR - The Spitfire and Historic Films of Flight

As the City's Spitfire is now actually being restored, a selection of archive films relating to the Spitfire - from Reginald's seaplanes which eventually won the Schneider Trophy in 1931 and held the World Air Speed Record - through to the first flight of the Spitfire and its role in the Battle of Britain. Along the way we will spend a typical day at London Airport (Croydon) in the mid 1930s and review of prominent pre-war aeroplanes caught on film. Also: From Paper to Steel - a film of the creation of the Steel Spitfire based on a paper Spitfire created by artist Suhail Shaikh and which now occupies the Spitfire Gallery in the Potteries Museum.

Wednesday 28 November

THE PHILIP ASTLEY PARTY

A celebration of the year-long commemoration of the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Circus - an entertainment devised by Philip Astley of Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1768 and the still one of the most popular entertainments worldwide. A presentation by the Philip Astley Project and the Lottery Funders, and an overview of a hectic year of around 100 events. A glass of fizz and buffet for all, bar available and a chance to meet and chat to Circus professionals. Then a selection of films documenting Astley's career and showing events, exhibitions and performances starts at 7.45pm. All welcome.

Wednesday 5 December

60th ANNIVERSARY - THE MAKING OF "A NIGHT TO REMEMBER" 1958

Biggest British film of the 1950s, this documentary by Ray Johnson features on the DVD and Blueray of the feature film itself. There are behind-the-scenes footage of all stages of making the film with a fascinating sequence in Pinewood Studios' huge water tank sinking the 30-foot long model of the ship. Exclusive interviews by Ray with Bill MacQuitty - the Producer of the film - in London, and in New York with Walter Lord - the author of the original book, who gives insight into how he researched and wrote it. The film remains the best researched and most authentic film version of the Titanic disaster, and includes Ray's interview with survivor Eva Hart who actually saw the ship sink from her lifeboat. The showing includes both the British and USA trailers for the film.

Wednesday 12 December

FIRST 18

Films by our First Year Media/Film Production students created on the annual residential film course at Ambleside in the Lake District.

Wednesday 19 December

STAFFORDSHIRE'S TERRITORIALS AND THE BREAKING OF THE HINDENBURG LINE

Premiere Screening

This new film from Inspired Film & Video tells the story of how men from the 137th Staffordshire Brigade broke through German defences in September 1918 and helped bring about the end of the Great War.

Wednesday 9 January

HALMER END AND THE MINNIE PIT CENTENARY COMMEMORATIONS 2018

A record of the important events a year ago, when the village of Halmer End held commemorative events to mark the Centenary of the worst mining disaster in the history of North Staffordshire. Featuring the Centennial Memorial Walk: where over 500 people walked from the centre of the village out to the site of the Minnie Pit shaft and memorial -extracts from Voices From the Past: a moving play staged by the villagers themselves charting the day of the explosion and its aftermath as experienced in Halmer End - and A Sigh of the Coal: a play presented around the Village by New Vic Borderlines, with the disaster told by local girl Nancy Tipper and war poet Wilfred Owen (whose first published poem was Miners - written about this very disaster). Also remembering the Sneyd Pit disaster of January 1st, 1942.

Wednesday 16 January

NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE COALFIELD - THE TREETOPS TREK

This was a fund-raising DVD made to support the Donna Louise Trust. Keith Meeson of the Apedale Heritage Trust and Mining Museum walked non-stop for 60 miles in 16 hours on June 23rd, 2005, to visit every derelict site of a colliery that was STILL working in North Staffordshire 60 years ago. A champion long-distance walker in his younger days, Keith achieved this feat to raise funds for the Donna Lousie Trust. This documentary is a record of this epic walk, on which Kieth was joined by local celebrities and local people for individual stages en route. It gives historical information about the North Staffordshire coalfield and individual collieries. There are photographs of every colliery in action, plus rare archive film footage of several pits, including underground shots, plus miners reminiscences of going on shift. There will be a collection for the Donna Louise Trust after the screening.

Wednesday 23 January

80th ANNIVERSARY - 1938/9: THE LAST YEAR OF PEACE

Featuring a selection of local archive films in the run-down to the outbreak of World War 2 in September 1939 - including The Last Year of Peace by Trentham filmmakers Laurie and Stuart Day. Included are some of the first colour films of North Staffordshire - colour film being newly available to amateur filmmakers.

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