Railways Film Screening at Cleethorpes Library

It seems hard to imagine, but there was a time when the railways in the UK were punctual, affordable, comfortable and perhaps even glamorous. Cleethorpes Library is offering you the chance to go back to these halcyon days with Britain on Film: Railways in The Albert Room on Wednesday 5th September from 7.30pm. This new film features archive footage including one of the oldest screen kisses and railway journeys from as long ago as 1898.

The Independent Cinema Office has partnered with the BFI to give cinema audiences unprecedented access to the UK’s cinematic rail history. This new feature-length curated programme of films is touring the UK, featuring work never-before-seen since first release.

Britain on Film: Railways gives you the chance to see John Betjeman lament on Britain’s very last steam service for British Railways, hand-tinted colour views from the front of a train at Conway Castle in 1898, thoroughbreds of the East Coast Main Line on the crack Elizabethan Express in 1954, high-speed thrills with a driver’s eye view from London to Birmingham in just six minutes, famous named express trains from the pre-war Golden Age of Steam, a Victorian kiss, some extreme weather and much more!

Britain on Film is one of the largest archive film digitisation projects ever undertaken, with thousands of film titles being newly digitised and made available to view online via BFI Player. Britain on Film on Tour reveals new and unseen stories from as early as 1898. This wide and diverse range of material opens up local and regional histories from across the UK.  This is the first time many of these films will have been seen by audiences since they were first shown.

Jemma Buckley, Project Manager of Britain on Film on Tour said, ‘Britain on Film on Tour captures the history of the nation in a way that words and pictures can’t. Watching these moving images is in itself an incredibly moving experience, especially when that experience is shared with others as we hope it will be by communities across the country.  I’m particularly excited that the tour begins with ‘Railways’ - a programme that captures so much of the UK’s diverse landscape as well as traditions, cultures and customs of times gone by.’

Doors open at 7.30pm with the film screening starting at 8pm.  Please note there will be no interval but refreshments will be available prior to the screening. Admission is £3.50 per person and no concessions are available. 

Bookings can be made at Cleethorpes Library (01472) 323650 or email jennie.cartwright@lincsinspire.com.  It is advisable to book in advance as places may be limited.

For more information about the Britain on Film Tour visit:  independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/tours/britain-on-film-on-tour