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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 26 April


Movies of the Year, our annual retrospective of films made by members of the Society over the past year.

Wednesday 3 May


Lots of archive films of the Jazz Age in London: the start of BBC Radio, The Charleston phenomenon, The Flying Scotsman London to Edinburgh, West End shows and a review of Arnold Bennett's career as writer, critic, journalist and screenwriter in the final decade of his life.


Wednesday 10 May


Arnold Bennett 150th

** With live piano accompaniment **

One of the pinnacles of British silent cinema, Piccadilly is a sumptuous show business melodrama seething with sexual and racial tension – with an original screenplay by Arnold Bennett. Chinese-American screen goddess Anna May Wong stars as Shosho – an exotic dancer who uses her wiles with the night club manager to advance from kitchen dishwasher to become the toast of London, but disaster awaits. Hollywood star Gilda Grey is a vengeful star dancer displaced by Shosho and Charles Laughton makes his impressive screen debut in a cameo role.

A stylish evocation of Jazz Age London, with dazzlingly fluid cinematography and scenes ranging from the opulent West End to the seediness of Limehouse. Beautifully restored by the BFI complete with vivid original tinting in sepia, blue and magenta for key scenes.

The screening will be accompanied on live piano with an original score by Ashley Thompson.

Prior to to the showing of the film, which will be introduced by John Shapcott, John's new publication of Bennett's original scenario and novel of Piccadilly will be launched. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

UK (silent with piano accompaniment, B/W with tinted scenes), 1929, 92 mins

Wednesday 17 May 6.00 to 9.00pm


A selection of fiction and non-fiction short films produce by 1st Year students during Semester 2

Monday 22 May 6.00 to 9.00pm


A selection of film work produce by 2nd Year  students during Semester 2.

Wednesday 24 May


A public screening of short films that have been produced by the final year  students during their final semester.

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