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Cary Comes Home – at home!

November 19, 2020

This weekend sees the return of Bristol’s biennial Cary Comes Home for the Weekend Festival – taking place virtually. Here’s a rundown of delights to look forward to from the festival organisers. For more info, visit the website.

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

Read more on the main Events Pages or book events directly on the new CrowdCast Channel where you will also be able to watch recordings again or catch up later. 

An overview of the Full Programme is available on a live Google Doc with links directly to the CrowdCast events. All advertised times are GMT.

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).

Because of the UK lockdown the festival has moved entirely online this year. Normally we’d have a big gala with lots of wrap-around content, live music, cocktails and dressing up. We can’t recreate exactly the same experience online, but we still hope to bring a sense of fun and glamour to proceedings by encouraging you to dress up and there is a competition on our socials for the best dressed outfits posted to #CaryStaysHome on Twitter and Instagram. We’ve included some ideas of what to wear and what to drink to accompany each film so you can be fabulous in your own homes. 

This also means that sadly we can’t actually stream films due to distribution rights, but we aim to create a sense of togetherness in isolation through watch-alongs. Before the start of the screening you will need to source your own copy of the film and cue it up ready to play (suggested Viewing Options are outlined on each event page).

After a brief 5-10 minute introduction on CrowdCast we will count down and all press play at the same time. The CrowdCast will end and we’ll watch-along together using the #CaryStaysHome hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, both @carycomeshome. 

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.
  • 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 Wilcock.
  • 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.

This year the festival is Pay what you feel. We want to make the festival accessible whatever your budget, but for those that can afford it, we’d really appreciate it if you can give generously to keep the festival afloat in these difficult times. We rely on ticket sales as our main source of income, but Covid-19 has made this impossible this year, creating a huge shortfall in our finances.

We’re a biennial festival so we’re hoping by 2022 we’ll be able to return to live events, but in the meantime we’re determined to celebrate Cary Grant as best we can virtually.

If you would like to support the festival, you can also Donate here or buy our Official Merchandise from the shop.

More…

Watch recordings of our online talks marking the centenary of Archie setting sail from Southampton and arriving in New York in July 1920 on the Events page.