Propeller Scheme Projects –

Showcasing the projects and film screenings supported by our micro-fund Propeller Scheme

    Below is a list of  past, present & upcoming film screenings and events that have been awarded support via our Propeller Scheme.

    The scheme is intended for smaller/one off projects with the intention of growing audiences for specialised film.


    Small Cinema St Helens

    Book Film Club
    Run by: Re-Dock/ St Helens Small Cinema
    Location: St Helens Central Library
    Date/s: July 2016 – June 2017

    The Book Film Club was a film events programme based in the St Helens Central Library aiming to engage older audiences in St Helens in cinema-going. There were 8 films screened, based on books to reflect the setting of the library and also to create a parallel book club activity. The films ranged from classics (Hitchcock) to contemporary and alternative cinema, and were introduced by speakers and library staff, along with printed material to contextualise the film and book.

    More info here: 



    Holocaust Memorial Day 2017: TRIANGLES – Witnesses of the Holocaust
    Location: The Hive, Shrewsbury
    Run by: Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival
    Date/s: 27th January 2017

    A documentary Triangles was screened to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2017. Triangles is an unprecedented, inclusive and history changing film that shines an intimate light on a broader community and culture of the Holocaust not previously received. With a particular focus on the LGBT community, the film includes interviews with survivors.

    More info here:



    Screening of The Wind with live score by pianist Meg Morley
    Run by: Unseen Cinema
    Location: Lichfield Guildhall and St Mary’s Church Stafford
    Date/s: 12th November 2016 and 18th March 2017

    Unseen Cinema have commissioned a new live score of the 1928 film The Wind – an American silent romantic drama film directed by Victor Sjöström which was one of the last silent films released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and is considered one of the greatest silent films. The score was played live by Meg Morley on Piano – premiering in November 2016 at the Lichfield Guildhall and performed again in March 2017 at the atmospheric St Mary’s Church in Stafford.

    More info here:


    Leigh Parish Church

    Leigh Hackspace Film Event and Leigh Parish Church Christmas Event
    Run by: Leigh Film Society
    Location: The Cotton Mill in Leigh and Leigh Parish Church 
    Date/s: 14th October 2016 and 9th December 2016

    Leigh Film Society were approached by the Leigh Parish Church Committee and Leigh Hackspace to bring film to a new audience using their venues. The iconic gothic style church was home to a very popular screening of the classic Christmas Film It’s a Wonderful Life – whilst the young people attending the Hackspace at The Cotton Mill chose The Martix to be screened at a pop-up cinema inside their space.

    More information here:


    Black Gold Arts Festival

    Black Gold Arts Dance Cinema Event
    Run by: Black Gold Arts Festival (BGAF)
    Location: Stun Studio, Z-Arts Manchester
    Date/s: 7th October 2016 and 5th November 2016

    BGAF are commissioned younger (under-30) black and minority ethnic (BAME) choreographers to create small dance pieces from themes and ideas portrayed in film. The pieces were performed at the beginning and the end of a film screening (Strike A Pose). Introductions were done by BGAF Co-Artistic Director Darren Pritchard who explained a bit about the chosen film, the process of the dancers, and the ideas they chose to reflect in their work.

    More information here:


    Shropshire DAAT

    Shropshire Recovery Film Season
    Run by: Shropshire Drug & Alcohol Action Team (DAAT)
    Locations: Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Wem Town Hall, The Festival Drayton Centre & The Hive, Shrewsbury.
    Dates: 14th-20th November 2016

    The DAAT team presented a season of films on the theme of recovery from alcohol throughout National Alcohol Awareness week 2016. The films were selected in collaboration with the Shropshire Service User Recovery Forum, a community group based in Shropshire who support service users from drug and alcohol treatment services. The films screened were: The Lost Weekend, When A Man Loves a Woman, Days of Wine and Roses & Smashed. The films were screened across four venues in Shropshire with each one being introduced by the team. £1 tickets were available for service users and/or carers.

    More info for each of the screenings below:

    The Lost Weekend (1945) 7.30pm, Monday 14th Nov at Ludlow Assembly Rooms

    Days Of Wine And Roses (1962) 7.30pm, Wednesday 16th Nov at Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton

    When A Man Loves A Woman (1994) 7.30pm, Thursday 17th Nov at Wem Town Hall

    Smashed (2012) 8.00pm, Saturday 19th Nov at The Hive, Shrewsbury


    The Passion of Joan of Arc with Mie Yanashita
    Run by: Hoylake Community Cinema
    Location: Hoylake Community Cinema
    Date: 25th March 2016

    Hoylake Community Cinema offered a unique and one off opportunity to experience this remarkable film in the UK with a live piano accompaniment by renowned Japanese composer and performer Mie Yanashita.

    Her composition for The Passion of Joan of Arc, which is part scored and part improvised, is on the remastered Masters of Cinema DVD of the film.

    After having led numerous military battles against the English during the Hundred Years’ War, Joan of Arc is captured near Compiegne and eventually brought to Rouen, Normandy, to stand trial for heresy by French clergymen loyal to the English. On 30 May 1431 Joan is interrogated by the French clerical court. Her judges try to make her say something that will discredit her claim or shake her belief that she has been given a mission by God to drive the English from France, but she remains steadfast. One or two of them, believing that she is indeed a saint, support her. The authorities then resort to deception. A priest reads a false letter to the illiterate prisoner supposedly from King Charles VII of France, telling her to trust in the bearer. When that too fails, Joan is taken to view the torture chamber, but the sight, though it causes her to faint, does not intimidate her. When she is threatened with burning at the stake, she finally breaks and allows a priest to guide her hand in signing a confession. However, the judge then condemns her to life imprisonment. As the jailer shaves her head, she realises she has been unfaithful to God. She demands that the judges return and she recants her confession.


    Anime Film Festival
    Run by: Wigan S.T.E.A.M
    Location: Wigan S.T.E.A.M HQ
    Date: 19th & 20th March 2016

    On the 19th & 20th March 2016 a Japanese Film Festival took place in Wigan which was programmed, promoted and delivered by a group of 14-18 year olds. They had screenings of Studio Ghibli classics such as My Neighbour Tortoro, Spirited Away and Ponyo. Activities throughout the day included Manga art classes, Japanese-inspired food making activities, animation workshops and other techie/filmy fun! Read a review of the festival from one of the young people here.

    Disney & Ghibli Season
    Run by: The Dukes
    Location: The Dukes, Lancaster
    Date: February – March 2016

    The team at The Dukes wanted to build their family audiences for film so they offered a season combining animated films produced by Disney and Studio Ghibli. The season was spread across six screenings with three films from each studio and  family activities took place before the screenings. Film screened included: The Jungle Book, Princess Mononoke and Aladdin.

    Viva Festival in Shrewsbury
    Run by: Shrewsbury Film
    Location: The Hive, Shrewsbury
    Date: April – May 2016

    ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival is presented by HOME, Manchester, with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund. HOME offered a touring programme of films to Hub Members at a discounted rate, Shrewsbury Film screened To Kill A Man & Calmina and Amen in their Summer 2016 programme.

    Archive Film screening during the Buxton Festival Fringe
    Run by: Buxton Film
    Location: Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre Studio
    Date: 16th July 2016

    Buxton Festival Fringe screened a collection of archive clips digitised for them by MACE (the Media Archive for Central England). MACE holds dozens of bits of film about Buxton and the surrounding area going back to the early 20th-century. Much of this hasn’t been screened publicly for decades (if at all). Buxton Film presents an intriguing and varied programme selected from the archive.

    The clips were edited into a single compilation and some backing music added to those that were silent. Audiences were given researched notes on the background to each clip where this was available.

    Stoke Your Fires Film Festival
    Run by: B-Arts
    Locations: YMCA Stoke-on-Trent & Stoke Film Theatre
    Date: 25th March 2017

    Stoke Your Fires film festival is back with a mini-fest on 25th March as part of plans to revive this popular citywide event. Stoke City Council and co-ordinators B-Arts are planning a new direction for the festival to make it bigger and better. Films to engage non-cinema audiences will be screened at a range of venues across Stoke, including Stoke Film Theatre.  Confirmed programme:

    Hip-hop film evening featuring Chester P for Mayor: the YMCA, Harding Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3AE, to begin at 7pm.

    South Asian film evening featuring Out of the Ashes: Stoke Film Theatre, College Road, Stoke, ST4 2EF. 3.00pm.


    Buxton Film Festival 2017 – Robert Stevenson Strand
    Run by: Buxton Film
    Location: Pavilion Arts Centre
    Date: 10th – 17th April 2017

    Thee director Robert Stevenson, who made many well-known films such as Mary Poppins, was born in Buxton. Buxton Film Festival are commemorating his life and work with special events, an exhibition and some of his best films — they’re also publishing a small biographical pamphlet. An installation of a plaque to commemorate the director will take place in Buxton Pavilion Gardens at 2pm on 10th April followed by a screening of one of his greatest films: Jane Eyre. Other events as part of the strand are:

    Biographical talk on director Robert Stevenson plus screening of Know Your Ally: Britain – Tue 11 April, 11am.

    Screening of King Solomon’s Mines – Thu 13 April, 11am.

    Singalong screening of Mary Poppins – Mon 17 April, 2.30pm

    Viva Festival in Shrewsbury
    Run by: Shrewsbury Film
    Location: The Hive, Shrewsbury
    Dates: April – May 2017

    ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival is presented by HOME, Manchester, with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund. HOME again offered a touring programme of films to Hub Members at a discounted rate, Shrewsbury Film will screen Rara and Safe Passage as part of the 2017 package. This year they are planning on including talks and intros from academics as part of the screenings. More info will be on their website soon:

    Doc’n Roll Tour Liverpool
    Run by: Doc’n Roll Film Festival
    Location: Picturehouse at FACT Liverpool 
    Dates: 30th March – 2nd April 2017

    Doc’n Roll Films have successfully held three previous editions of their annual London based alternative music documentary festival (Doc’n Roll FF), in 2014, 2015 and 2016. They are currently planning their 4th edition, taking place in November 2017, featuring 16 premieres and Q&As.

    This touring project is in addition to Doc’n Roll Films’ core activity as it is not based in London and is a refined selection of films that have proven to be successful in other cities, such as Brighton. This season forms part of their regional touring strategy by selecting a “best of the fest” to be screened in regional cites of alternaive music significance.

    Six indepently produced feature documentaries from six first-time feature directors will be screened in Liverpool. All films will have the added value of Q&As attached. Three films are UK productions, while the other three are UK co-productions. The subject matters cover key themes of music sub-cultures, renegade artists, acceptance of alternaitve views and mental health issues within the recording industry.

    More info and tickets here.