The Journeys of Cary Grant: An Audiovisual Celebration

Bristol / ONLINE, 20.-22. November 2020

We are delighted to announce our programme for the fourth Cary Comes Home for the Weekend Festival – 20-22 November 2020!

Full programme on our main Events Pages:

Book events directly on our new CrowdCast Channel, where you will also be able to watch recordings again or catch up later.

The overarching theme of the festival is Journeys – celebrating the centenary of one journey in particular – Archie’s emigration to the Big Apple in 1920, but also acknowledging other journeys of class and social mobility, identity and self-discovery.

An Affair to Remember – which would have been our gala film on Saturday night if we’d been able to meet in person – is our key film, as it encompasses not only the geographical journey of the transatlantic cruise ship which ends in New York, but also the voyage of romantic awakening, loss and redemption (and of course Deborah Kerr also has a Bristol connection).

Festival Highlights:

>> Two illustrated talks: festival director Charlotte Crofts explores Pauline Kael’s likening of Grant to a loveable but tough ‘mutt’ and tells another Bristol-boy Nipper’s comparable story of his rise from humble mongrel origins to world fame as His Master’s Voice;

>> In “Roamed About Again” – Mark Glancy joins us again to explore Cary Grant’s Wanderlust and its roots in Bristol as a port city, chaired by Matthew Sweet. You can also watch his book launch here.

>> Journeys of Cary Grant: An Audio-Visual Celebration – in collaboration with the Video Essay Podcast, watch video essays on the theme of Cary Grant’s journeys and hear from the filmmakers in an episode of the Video Essay Podcast.

>> Love Affairs to Remember Marathon – a watch-along screenings of all the remakes, launching with the original Love Affair (1939) to the Bollywood remake, Mann (1999), introduced by Monia Acciari (UK Asian Film Festival) as well as a late-night watch-along of Nora Ephron’s homage in Sleepless in Seattle, followed by an informal discussion with Ross Wilkcock.

>> Spotlight on George Stevens, who directed three Cary Grant films, Talk of the Town (1942, screened at our 2018 festival) and we are hosting watch-along screenings of the other two: Penny Serenade (1941) on Friday 20 at 8pm and Gunga Din (1939) on Sunday 22 at 4pm.

>> Cary Grant Quiz, co-hosted by Twentieth Century Flicks Video Shop – another Bristol institution – on Sunday 22 at 8pm.

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Best wishes,


Charlotte Crofts <>

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