A panel of experts chaired by the effervescent Laura Rawlings (BBC Radio Bristol Breakfast Show).
Join us on Cary Grant's exciting journey from Horfield to Hollywood, with talks from Kathrina Glitre and Andrew Spicer, interspersed with extracts from Cary Comes Home, a documentary celebrating Cary Grant's Bristol roots - which features cine-footage of Bristol filmed by Grant on his visits home; the inside scoop on exclusive snaps taken by local photographers; home movies of Cary Grant socialising with Bristol City Football chairman, Harry Dolman and the unveiling of the Cary Grant statue.
Kathrina Glitre (University of the West of England) - Every Girl Should be Married - to Cary Grant: Romance and Star Power
As film critic Pauline Kael noted in 'The Man from Dream City', one of the most striking aspects of Cary Grant's career was how women relentlessly pursued him onscreen. Grant's mere presence often had a visible, physical impact on women, becoming something of a running gag in his films. Taking these moments as a starting point, the talk then explores how Grant's romantic star power also affected casting and script development, drawing on films like Suspicion, Arsenic and Old Lace, North by Northwest and Charade.
Andrew Spicer (University of the West of England) - Cary Grant: The James Bond Who Never Was
Cary Grant was rumoured to be Ian Fleming's model for the character of James Bond and was the original choice for the role. But he was both too expensive and reluctant to commit to making a series of films, so the producers looked elsewhere. This talk focuses on the connections between Grant and 007, discussing his elegance, sophistication, and controlled athleticism but also the darker elements in the Grant persona that Hitchcock brought out in Notorious and above all North by Northwest, often seen as the precursor to the Bond franchise.
Tickets: £5.50 full / £4.00 concessions or get a combo ticket for both events (From Horfield to Hollywood and Educating Archie at 13:00) for £9.00 full / £7.00 concessions - book the combo ticket here.