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Please note : this season finished in Oct 2014

As part of the city-wide Cary Grant Comes Home For The Weekend festival we are pleased to present two events highlighting how Bristol-born Archie Leach changed his name and his fortunes to become the internationally famous film star known as Cary Grant.

In this critical reappraisal of Cary Grant's work, find out how he went from Horfield to Hollywood at our special panel discussion event on Sat 11 Oct at 10:00 chaired by BBC Radio Bristol's Laura Rawlings. The event will feature excerpts from the documentary Cary Comes Home exploring his Bristol roots and experts will talk about Cary's sex appeal and his influence on the creation of James Bond.

On Sat 11 Oct at 13:00 join us for Educating Archie, a conversation between international broadcaster and presenter Matthew Sweet and expert Mark Glancy who is writing a book on Grant and has been trawling the Cary Grant Archive. At this talk, we'll reflect on the Archie Leach's amazing journey from Bristol Boyhood to Hollywood icon, Cary Grant.

The wider programme, in other venues across the city, includes workshops, social events, city tours, a filmmaking competition and gala screenings of two of Grant's most popular movies at the Bristol Hippodrome - where Cary once worked in his youth!

So join us for this extra special festival that celebrates Cary Grant's Bristol connections and his international influence in the world of film.

Find the full festival programme visit

Tickets: £5.50 full / £4.00 concessions or get a combo ticket for both events for £9.00 full / £7.00 concessions - book the combo ticket here.

Sponsored by The University of the West of England, UWE Film and Television Studies Research Group and Harvest Films Ltd, in association with festival partners Film Hub South West & West Midlands, Bristol Hippodrome and Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Previous events in this season

Educating Archie

Cary Comes Home
Educating Archie - young Cary Grant
Please note: This event took place in Oct 2014

How did Archie Leach become Cary Grant? In this talk Mark Glancy focuses on Grant's boyhood in Bristol, the years he spent as a music hall and vaudeville performer, his time in Broadway musicals, and his earliest years in Hollywood.

From Horfield To Hollywood - Cary Grant
Please note: This event took place in Oct 2014

A panel discussion featuring experts who will talk about Cary Grant's Bristol boyhood, his sex appeal, and his influence on the creation of James Bond.

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