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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 March

FINDING WEE PADDY - A New Documantary

The incredible true story of an eighty year journey from Northern Ireland to Shanghai in search of a Londonderry-born soldier’s lost grave. On the 24th October 1937, 25-year-old Rifleman Patrick McGowan of Londonderry was killed by fire from a Japanese aircraft in the act of carrying a young woman to safety. This caused a political outcry, and the location of his grave in Shanghai was lost during the war. In recent years his niece Sara has been searching for it. This new documentary has been selected for this year’s Belfast Film Festival in April.

Wednesday 11 April


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

Wednesday 18 April


The earliest films of The Vic in action in the 1960s, with filmed contributions from Peter Cheeseman, Peter Terson, directors Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, actor Ken Campbell and the company of The Staffordshire Rebels (1965) – featuring Ben Kingsley and Robert Powell – from Philip Donnellan’s documentary of the same title. 

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