Widescreen Weekend 2019
10 - 13 October, 2019. Pictureville Cinema, The National Science and
Media Museum, Bradford, England
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Written by: The
National Science and Media Museum & Thomas Hauerslev
huge screen is wide and deeply curved. It’s the perfect framework to
present 70mm with 6-track sound in Super Technirama 70, Todd-AO and
Ultra Panavision 70. Image by Thomas Hauerslev
The 23rd annual Widescreen Weekend takes
place at the National Science and Media Museum from 10-13 October 2019,
with a selection of classic, contemporary, cult and rare movies to
showcase a raft of widescreen formats and cinema technologies.
Passes for the festival, which brings visitors from around the world
together to experience one of the most eclectic cinema programmes
available under one roof, go on sale from 22. May 2019.
This year’s highlights include a new 70mm print of "The Sound of
Music" (1965) photographed in
Todd-AO, the film in which Julie Andrews won audiences’ hearts as
the young nun-turned-nanny Maria. On its release "The Sound of Music"
was an instant box-office hit, featuring timeless songs by Rodgers and
Hammerstein, and topping "Gone With the Wind" as the
highest-grossing film to date. It went on to win five Oscars, including
Best Picture, Best Director (Robert Wise), and Best Original Music
Also screening are two Marvel superhero films released 20 years apart in
an action-packed double bill: Blade vs Black Panther. Blade (1998) is
considered to be the first commercially successful Marvel Comics film
adaptation, arguably paving the way for the all-conquering Marvel
Cinematic Universe’s ‘Infinity Saga’ of 22 films, which included Black
Panther and culminated with Avengers: Endgame this year. Screening from
a 35mm print, Blade stars Wesley Snipes as the title character, who
protects humans from vampires, and is celebrated for its darker take on
the superhero genre. Black Panther (2018), showing in IMAX, stars
Chadwick Boseman in the lead role, and is one of the most critically
acclaimed features in the MCU series. It is the first superhero movie to
get an Academy Awards Best Picture nomination.
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The WIDESCREEN WEEKEND October 2019
“Faith, Hope & Chariots”:
Programming Widescreen Weekend
• WSW Home
• Through the Years
• The Best of WSW
Academy of the WSW
Creating the WSW
Planning the WSW
Projecting the WSW
The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, BD1 1NQ, UK
these, the festival is screening "Ice Station Zebra", the 1968
espionage thriller originally photographed in
Super Panavision 70 format, directed by John Sturges, and starring
Rock Hudson and Patrick McGoohan. Among many memorable examples of
innovative cinematography is the first continuously filmed dive of a
The increasingly rare thrill of seeing films on film will again take
centre stage during Celluloid Saturday – a full day dedicated to
showcasing the qualities of non-digital screenings across an eclectic
mix of genres and eras. Widescreen Weekend will also welcome back guest
curator Sir Christopher
Frayling, who will be making a special selection of films set in
Festival Director Kathryn Penny said:
“Widescreen Weekend is all about
celebrating technological innovation and all styles of genres in
cinema – as long as the films are big and bold. This year is no
exception - we’re showing a new print of what some say is the most
popular musical of all time, "The Sound of Music"; we’ll see
what difference two decades of technology have made to superhero
films in Blade vs Black Panther; as well giving the chance to see as
a classic of cold-war suspense on the big screen.
“This year we’re also extending the student pass price to anyone
who’s under 25, which offers four incredible movie-packed days for
£80. And, of course, we continue to be the only venue outside the
USA where the public can see
2019 Widescreen Weekend, Bradford, UK
• “Faith, Hope & Chariots”:
Programming Widescreen Weekend
• The WIDESCREEN WEEKEND October 2019
Widescreen Weekend LARGE FORMAT FILM Program 2019
Cinema 2011: The audience is buzzing with excitement in front of the 146 dgr
louvered CINERAMA screen. Picture by Thomas Hauerslev
19.00 – 21.30 Opening Night Film:
"Ready Player One"
in 7OMM on the flat screen
10.00 – 12.30
"Cinerama South Seas Adventure"
Photographed in CINERAMA and presented in CINERAMA on the curve. (1st
half 3-strip CINERAMA /
13.00 – 15.30 "Barabbas" Photographed in 8-perf Technirama and
presented on the flat screen in 35mm Technirama.
14.00 – 15.45
"Apollo 11" 65mm material photographed in Todd-AO and presented
on the IMAX screen in IMAX Digital
16.00 – 18.40 "Ice Station Zebra" Photographed in Super
Panavision 70 and presented on the curve digitally.
20.00 – 23.00 "West
Side Story" Photographed in Super Panavision 70 and presented on
the curve in 7OMM Super Panavision
16.00 – 18.05
"Murder on the
Orient Express" Photographed in Panavision System 65 and
presented on the flat screen in 7OMM
Panavision Super 70.
18.30 – 18.50
Photographed in CINERAMA and presented on the curve in CINERAMA.
19.30 – 22.45 "The
Sound of Music" Photographed in Todd-AO and presented on the
curve in 7OMM Todd-AO
10.00 – 11.30 Cineramacana including
30 min introduction on the curve to the
process and the Todd-AO
Correcting Printing Process
by Dave Strohmaier & Thomas Hauerslev +
65mm Horror Short
"Daughter of Dismay"
14.00 – 16:30 "First Man" 65mm material photographed in IMAX and
presented on the IMAX screen in IMAX Digital
18.30 – 22.30
"Ben Hur" Photographed in Ultra Panavision 70 presented on the
curve digitally (4K).
• PDF: WSW 2019 - Full Programme
Large Format @ Pictureville Cinema, Bradford
format motion picture systems like CINERAMA and 7OMM is unlike anything you can see in cinemas today - a High Definition movie experience.
With very sharp and life-like images plus clear multi track stereo
sound, large format is
a very realistic illusion of reality, almost three dimensional.
Picture by Thomas Hauerslev
Tony Cutts & Duncan McGregor, former Heads of Projection,
Pictureville Cinema, 1996:
audiences clearly prefer the curved screen to the flat screen".
Projecting the Widescreen Weekend
Cinerama at the Pictureville
Bill Lawrence, former Head of Film, National Museum of
Photography, Film & Television, 1996:
"The Widescreen Weekend is a celebration of all that is extraordinary in large format film..."
Bill Lawrence in Conversation, 2018
Thomas Hauerslev, Editor in70mm.com, former Film
Programmer, Widescreen Weekend, 1996:
Pictureville cinema, is one of three existing cinemas
equipped to show
Cinerama in the original 3-strip format.
The huge screen is wide and deeply curved. It’s the perfect framework
to present large format films in all their celluloid glory in
Technirama 70, Todd-AO
Ultra Panavision 70."
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