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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 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.

Wednesday 30 January

'MACARI'S RED AND WHITE ARMY'

This is a celebration of the glorious Stoke City team that won the league title in 1992/1993. This is the story of the team told by the people that were there, both on the pitch and on the terraces. The highs and lows, victories and defeats, goals and drama relived and retold on screen. But this isn't just a film about Stoke City, it's a film about the City of Stoke. The people, pot-banks, politics and personalities around the City at the time. With a supporting feature of Stoke City bringing home the League Cup in 1972 with freshly digitised film footage and new interviews with some of the team. 

Wednesday 6 February

NEIL BALDWIN BEM - a Tribute to “Nello"

Neil was awarded the British Empire Medal in this year’s New Year Honours. The Television drama “Marvellous” based on his life was premiered here at the Film Theatre before being broadcast. With film clips, personal tributes from friends and a new interview, this is a celebration of “Nello”.

Wednesday 13 February

WHEN BUFFALO BILL’S WILD WEST SHOW CAME TO STOKE - 1903/1904

Buffalo Bill’s 1903-1904 UK tour started and finished in Stoke. The company wintered here in a railway train of special carriages built in Stoke which then transported the company on a year-long tour which began with its first performance in Stoke and had its final performance in Hanley. Actual archive films from 1898 - 1910 bring this great show back to life, along with posters, photographs and recorded tribute performances.

Wednesday 20 February

END OF AN EMPIRE - A GUIDED TOUR AND THE LAST DAYS OF THE EMPIRE THEATRE, LONGTON

The Empire was the largest Variety Theatre in the Potteries. When live shows finished it became a cinema before going over to Bingo. After the Bingo finished, it was left empty and unused. Here is archive film of the theatre still in use, plus a filmed guided tour through every part of the empty theatre. This film was taken just a month before the Empire burned down on New Year’s Eve in 1992 - there is film of the fire and its aftermath. 

Wednesday 27 February 6.00 - 9.00pm

ARRIVE 19

Premiere screening of the latest films from final year students of the Media/Film Production Courses at Staffordshire University.

Wednesday 6 March 6.00 - 9.00pm

EVINCE 19

Premiere screening of the latest films from final year students of the Media/Film Production Courses at Staffordshire University.

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