13 July 2016

Welsh venues set for celebration of Roald Dahl on Film

Roll up, Roald Dahl fans! This summer, Film Hub Wales and Chapter Arts Centre are coming together to celebrate Roald Dahl 100 - the centenary year of Roald Dahl’s birth. The author's magical tales are being brought to life through a series of over 50 screenings and special events across Wales.

With a family-friendly programme of films, workshops and events running all over the country, Dahl fans young and old can enjoy the wonderful worlds created by one of history's best ever storytellers, who was born in Cardiff in 1916

A still from The BFG

The brand new film adaptation of Roald Dahl's The BFG by Via Roald Dahl on Film

From scratch-and-sniff cinema showings of the classic film version of Matilda to outdoor screenings of the brand new film adaptation of The BFG in an ancient castle, there are plenty of chances to bring an extra bit of magic to Dahl's wonderlands.  There are also screenings of rarely-shown films that Dahl was involved with for older audiences, such as the thriller Night Digger and snippets of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. 

To accompany the season, there is an online game, some specially commissioned programme notes for adults, education packs for families and more. Full listings and more information can be found here: http://filmhubwales.org/roalddahlonfilm/  

Here are some of the highlights.

Arts Alive: Flicks in the Sticks

24 September, Priest Weston Village Hall, Montgomery, Mid Wales

In Powys, there will be a special screening of Four Rooms, a grown-up tale based on Roald Dahl’s adult short fiction writings.  

Chapter's Roald Dahl Season

22 July - 27 September, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, South Wales

Chapter Arts Centre in Canton, Cardiff, is hosting a mammoth season of film screenings and events celebrating the life and works of Roald Dahl. It kicks off with a showing of the new film adaptation of The BFG, with the chance to explore the world of The BFG with your family and friends and partake in workshops beforehand. 

In August, there are two special immersive cinema experiences. Their showings of the film Matilda, which is 20 years old this year, will include scratch-and-sniff cards for the audience (12-14 August). For young people, there is a week-long workshop called Stinky Flicks, a chance to create an interactive screening of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Along with these, other screenings at Chapter include: 

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (6, 7, 9 August)
  • James and the Giant Peach (27, 28, 30 August)
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (15 August; 19 September)
  • Fantastic Mr Fox (20, 21, 23 August; 14 September)
  • The Witches (1-4 September)
  • You Only Live Twice - the Bond classic, which Dahl wrote the screenplay for (4, 6 September)
  • Tales of the Unexpected (6, 20 September)
  • Gremlins (10, 11 September)
  • Night Digger - a thriller adapted by Dahl (11, 13 September)
  • Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Dahl wrote a famous episode of this (13, 27 September)
  • 36 Hours - thriller based on Dahl's 'Beware of the Dog' (18, 20 September)
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Dahl created the child-catcher (24, 25 September)
  • Porco Rosso - a Studio Ghibli film with Dahl parallels (24, 25 September)
  • Four Rooms - a 1995 comedy inspired by Dahl's short stories (25, 27 September)

Danny DeVito as Harry Wormwood in Matilda

Harry Wormwood, played by Danny DeVito in Matilda by Via Roald Dahl on Film

Darkened Rooms: Fantastic Mr Fox and Moonrise Kingdom

6 August, Norwegian Church, Cardiff Bay, South Wales

Where better to watch a double bill of Wes Anderson films than at the place where Roald Dahl and his siblings were baptised? 

Roald Dahl Day

6 August, Paget Rooms, Penarth, South Wales

The historic Paget Rooms in Penarth hosts a fun day of Dahl-inspired screenings, interactive activities, storytelling and more.   

Wicked 16: Wales International Youth Film Festival

13 and 22 September, Rhyl, North Wales

This new international youth festival launches with a celebration of Roald Dahl. There will be atmospheric screenings of Matilda and The BFG at Bodelwyddan Castle and special selections for younger audiences at the Rhyl Little Theatre.   

Village Hall Chocolate Factory

18 September, Llancarfan Community Cinema, Llancarfan, South Wales

The village hall in Llancarfan in the Vale of Glamorgan will be transformed into a chocolate factory, bringing the tastes and sensations of Willy Wonka to life.

Inflatable Screenings

20 August and 13 September, The Coastline Film Festival 2016, North Wales

TAPE Community Music and Film bring their blow-up air-screen to present the magic of Matilda at Ysgol Bryn Elian (13 September) and Fantastic Mr Fox at Min y Don (20 August).