Moonlight Flicks – Matilda (PG) #chesterculture

PG | Dir: Danny Devito | 1996 | 98 mins | USA |
Cast: Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Pam Ferris, Embeth Davidtz

Danny DeVito brings the Roald Dahl classic to the screen in this 1996 adaption which sees our heroine’s story moved from the UK to the US.

Matilda, a bright young genius ignored and mistreated by  her parents, escapes into books. As a result of her genius Matilda develops telekinetic powers. When Matilda starts school at Crunchem Hall, she befriends several children and learns of Trunchbull’s,  the school’s tyrannical principal, violent nature and overtly harsh punishments of the students. Miss Honey is a kind woman who adores her class and takes an immediate liking to Matilda.

With Miss Honey, can Matilda teach the evil grown-ups a lesson and find a happiness?

Roald Dahl on Film – Film Hub Wales and Chapter as Film Hub Lead Organisation, have put together a major, UK-wide programme designed to celebrate the most magnificent Welsh storyteller, Roald Dahl.  The programme will see an extraordinary array of film screenings and supporting activity delivered across the UK from the release of The BFG in July 2016, through to the centenary of his birth on the 13 September.

2016 is the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth. Storyhouse join the celebrations with a series of films based on and inspired by his writing: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate FactoryMatilda and Gremlins

Roman Gardens, Chester
Tuesday 16th August at 19.45
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Moonlight Flicks joins celebration of 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl #chesterculture

Storyhouse, producers of popular open air cinema season Moonlight Flicks, which will tour the region this summer have partnered with Film Hub Wales and Chapter to be part of Roald Dahl on Film, a major season taking place across nearly 50 other locations in the UK.

To celebrate the most magnificent storyteller, born in Cardiff in 1916, three films inspired by his children’s books have been added to the Moonlight Flicks schedule, family favourite Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Danny DeVito’s Matilda and 80’s cult classic Gremlins.

Alex Clifton, Artistic Director of Storyhouse, said “Roald Dahl is one of the greatest storytellers of all time so we are thrilled to be part of such an exciting programme marking his centenary. We all read his stories as children so it’s pretty wonderful to share them with the next generation, on a big screen, under the stars – magic!”

Also screening this summer is 80s classic Dirty Dancing, post-apocalyptic sci-fi Mad Max Fury Road, animated Oscar winner Inside Out, cult hit of 2015 Birdman, romantic drama Brooklyn, iconic road movie Thelma and Louise, tear jerker The Artist, all-time rom-com classic The Philadelphia Story and action adventure Jurassic World.

The Roald Dahl on Film project is led by Film Hub Wales and Chapter and supported by the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery. It is taking part in collaboration with the Roald Dahl Estate, which is marking the centenary with the Roald Dahl 100, a year packed full of exciting surprises and treats.

Screenings for Moonlight Flicks take place at Chester’s Roman Garden, Ashton Park in West Kirby and Castle Park in Frodsham.img_0932

Moonlight Flicks
presented by Storyhouse
The Roman Gardens
5th July until 27th August 2016