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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 22 February


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

Wednesday 1 March


Arnold Bennett 150th

The most popular of all the screen adaptations of Bennett and starring Alec Guinness, Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson and Petulia Clarke. Plus scenes of the local filming in Middleport, the film’s première at the Odeon in Hanley and promotional memorabilia.

UK, 1952, 91 mins

Wednesday 8 March


A review of the career of Hanley-born Mary Poole, who achieved West End fame in the 1920s as M’Lita Dolores – to coincide with the new exhibition at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Ray Johnson’s unique collection of memorabilia, photos, posters and films will bring her career back to life – and recent filming traces her post-war career as broadcaster in Malta and her final appearances in the cathedral choir in Valetta.

Wednesday 15 March


Arnold Bennett 150th

Gracie Fields stars in this second Hollywood adaptation Bennett’s story (it was Oscar nominated for Best Screenplay) - after His Double Life in 1933. “A most delightful union between Gracie Fields and Monty Woolley – a charming picture.

USA, 1943, 87 mins

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