Dementia Friendly Screening | The Band Wagon
Film Reel Lives

Dementia Friendly Screening | The Band Wagon

Nerve Centre

Admission: £5 + booking fee

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£5 + booking fee

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1hr 52mins

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Films targeted at those living with special needs, such as Dementia, physical and mental challenges, their families and carers. Films will screen with lights on low level, with no adverts or trailers and the audience will be free to move around, or sing along to any musical number if they so wish. Complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits will be served before the film to give people the chance to meet and socialise, and to familiarise themselves with the venue.

Special 70th Anniversary Screening

One of the most iconic classic Hollywood musicals featuring the iconic duo of Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, The Band Wagon appears as timeless 70 years on, as on it’s release. Following the story of a famous musical film star (Astaire) who fears his career might be on a declining period but whose friends Lester (Oscar Levant) and Lily (Nanette Fabray) have written a broadway musical with the aim of arresting this slide in his career.

Following on from the involvement of egotistical director Jeffrey Cordova (Jack Buchanan) and the subsequent casting of ballerina Gaby Gerard (Cyd Charisse), there may be more in store than originally anticipated.

Nominated for 3 Oscars®.

The Band Wagon was[…]more like one of Shakespeare's comedies, pushed up to date and set to music and dance. But the more you look at it, the more perfect it seems.” — Derek Malcolm, The Guardian.

1953. USA. Director: Vincent Minnelli. Cast: Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant. Duration: 1hr52mins. Cert: U.

Foyle Film Festival presents... Reel Lives

This event is part of Foyle Film Festival presents Reel Lives, a new short programme aiming to showcase different lives on screen, shining a light on alternative, lesser known perspectives, inspiring stories and people and communities on the margins seeing themselves on the big screen.

Reel Lives will host a series of public screenings, a primary and post primary education programme and some Foyle Film Festival favourites such as Cinematic Breakfasts and Dementia Friendly screenings.

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