Film Screenings

Paint It Black: Film Noir exhibition and Film Screenings

Local photographer, Paul Jackson of Unit 8 Photography, is producing a touring Film Noir inspired photographic exhibition that will feature local residents as they recreate some of the most memorable and distinctive scenes form this truly unique period of filmmaking. In partnership with Culture Warrington, LiveWire and Warrington Borough Council he plans to produce 12 photographs that will be toured around five libraries across the town. Each week the exhibition will move to the next library and the work will also be accompanied by a special film screening of a classic Film Noir.

These films have been hand-picked to showcase some of the best examples of Film Noir produced throughout the forties and fifties. Each film screening will be accompanied by a free introductory programme featuring an overview of each film plus a brief history of film noir.

Paint It Black: Film Noir exhibition and film screenings are sponsored by Watsons Solicitors

The Maltese Falcon – Cert PG

The Maltese Falcon – Cert PG

Thursday 04 May 2017, 7:30pm

£3

Warrington Central Library

Film

Cited as the first major film noir, the Maltese Falcon is the perfect place to start the journey into film noir. Based on Dashiell Hammett‘s 1929 novel of the same name the film stars Humphrey Bogart as P.I. Sam Spade and also features Mary Astor in the role of the femme fatale. The Maltese Falcon is a perfect introduction to the dark side of mean streets, knife-edged heroes, dark shadows and tough dames.
Double Indemnity – Cert PG

Double Indemnity – Cert PG

Thursday 11 May 2017, 7:30pm

£3

Penketh Library

Film

Directed brilliantly by Billy Wilder and co-written by Raymond Chandler, this film follows the classic noir narrative of the femme fatale and the unsuspecting hero who falls victim to her manipulation.

Double Indemnity broods as a housewife plots to claim double on her husband’s life insurance. insurance salesman Walter Neff becomes infatuated by her and concocts a plan to get away with the money, the woman and a murder. A stylistically moody and pessimistic film of betrayal, lust and deception.

The Killers – Cert PG

The Killers – Cert PG

Thursday 18 May 2017, 7:30pm

£3

Culcheth Library

Film

After two hit-men arrive in the small town of Brentwood and kill a garage attendant, insurance investigator Jim Reardon is called in to figure out who killed the ‘Swede’ Pete Lund and why. Plot twists a-plenty and a fantastic performance by Ava Gardner, another perfect demonstration of how the power female lead roles made this period of filmmaking so powerful and intriguing.
The Big Heat – Cert 15

The Big Heat – Cert 15

Thursday 25 May 2017, 7:30pm

£3

Stockton Heath Library

Film

Lastly and by no means least we finish of this remarkable quartet with David Lean’s sumptuous adaptation of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter (1945). A love story to end all love stories, this tale of unrequited love takes in 1945 during WWII in and around the fictional Milford railway station. At a café on the station, housewife Laura Jesson meets doctor Alec Harvey. Although they are both already married, they gradually fall in love with each other. Although they continue to meet every Thursday in the small café, they know that their love is impossible.
Touch Of Evil – Cert 12A

Touch Of Evil – Cert 12A

Thursday 01 June 2017, 7:30pm

£3

Padgate Library

Film

Considered the final film noir in this classical period and one of the most stylistic and unconventional films it features a heavy-weight cast and sees Orson Welles starring and directing.
Set on the border between Mexico and the US, a Mexican narcotics police officer is embarking on his honeymoon with American wife Susan in the border town of Los Robles when he witnesses the explosion of a car which has just driven across the border.