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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 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.

Wednesday 31 May


A nostalgic look at Leek and the Moorlands, featuring the villages of Cheddleton, Endon and Rudyard Lake, from 1925 to 1988. Featured items are: Horses working on the farm. The railway in the days of steam. Armistice Sunday at the outbreak of World War II. The restoration of the Caldon Canal The annual events of Club Day, Endon Well Dressing and Cheddleton Carnival. Leek's last working silk mill captured on film in 1988. Together with personal interviews and reminiscences, these "Moorland memories" and archive film bring to life a lost age. 

The evening begins with the premiere of the new film By Tom Andrews about the Spitfire; "The Shrew" - including the Spitfire crash on The Roaches in the Staffordshire Moorlands in 1940.

Wednesday 14 June


This documentary charts how the Homemaker design, first commercially available in 1957, went on to become a cult design classic of the 1950s.
Homemaker was sold only in Woolworths, from 1957 to 1970, and is now keenly sought by collectors. In an exclusive interview with the pattern’s designer – Enid Seeney – we get insight into all the stages of design up to production, and put Homemaker into the context of breakthrough ceramic designs and techniques of the day.

Wednesday 21 June


Charting a decade of ideas and various design proposals, through to the sculpting of the final design and the accomplishment to the statue funded by the Denise Coates Foundation, with foundry scenes and the unveiling of the statue on Bennett’s 150th birthday.

Wednesday 28 June

THE WINTON CHILDREN - With Love from Penkhull to Prague

Nicholas Winton organized a rescue operation that brought approximately 669 children, mostly Jewish, from Czechoslovakia to safety in Great Britain before the outbreak of World War 2. 12 children came to Stoke to live in the Penkhull Homes. This new documentary reunites some of these children and tells the story of the Winton Children in detail.

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