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
The Measure: cinema ticket


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


#chesterculture – Gladfest – Gladstone’s Library – Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2016.

The UK’s friendliest literary festival returns Gladfest returns with another programme of the best and brightest writing talents, from old friends returning with their latest books to new-to-Gladfest stars.

The three day literary celebration, held at the UK’s only Prime Ministerial Library in Hawarden, will be welcoming high profile and internationally renowned writers, novelists, poets and academics for its annual festival Gladfest from Friday 2nd September to Sunday 4th September 2016.  Now into its fourth year, Gladfest is back and it’s better than ever.

loyd-grossman_239116kHighlights include Val McDermid (Splinter the Silence) discussing what compels us to consume crime fiction; Scarlett Thomas (The Seed Collectors) who explores her complex relationship with realism and fantasy; Loyd Grossman (Benjamin West and the Struggle to be Modern) on the Georgian craze for history as expressed in books, prints and paintings; Guy Cuthbertson’s perspective on Wilfred Owen and the WWI poets and Richard Holloway (A Little History of Religion) who muses on religious experiences and expressions.


Michel Faber and Sarah Perry will make a welcome return with their latest books, Undying and The Essex Serpent after sell-out slots at last year’s festival.

Further highlights include Sir Anthony Seldon (Cameron at 10: The Inside Story) on contemporary politics and education; Rachel Holmes who delves into the radical lives of Eleanor Marx and Sylvia Pankhurst; Andrew Tate exploring the ruined futures of dystopian fiction; Ian Parks who considers the poetry of C.P. Cavafy and Peter Blair charting the meteoric rise of contemporary flash fiction.


If you’re a little more hands-on, there will be workshops throughout the weekend sharpening manuscripts with Francesca Haig (The Fire Sermon), prioritising workload with Michael Nobbs (Drawing Your Life), using the imagination as a literary device with Peter Moore (The Weather Experiment) and creating comics with Simon Grennan (Dispossession).

fantastic20mr20fox201_1For younger Gladfesters, there’s an expanded programme of Young People’s Events and a series of interactive activities inspired by the books of Roald Dahl who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. Young people can explore the poetry of Revolting Rhymes, the characters of Fantastic Mr Fox, the language of The BFG and create prints to take home inspired by Dahl’s marvellous animals and creature creations.

Plus there’s the all-new Gladfest market place filled with the best local designers and contemporary crafts, the Gladbooks bookstall stocking reads from festival speakers (plus the opportunity to get them signed), the Food for Thought servery open throughout the day for delicious homemade hot and cold food, and the Gladbar ready and waiting to serve up festival tipples.

As one of the UK’s only festivals with no green room and no backstage area, you never know who you’ll bump into. Mingle with like-minded festival-goers, share a fireside drink with the authors and really make the most of Gladfest 2016.

For the full lineup click here,
Click here to view the official Gladfest 2016 programme

Friday 2nd September to Sunday 4th September 2016. gladfest20201620speakers
Weekend Tickets: £55
Day Tickets: £30 and Workshop Day Tickets: £40.
Individual event tickets are priced from £7.
For more information call Gladstone’s Reception on 01244 532350 or email

General release opens at 9am on Wednesday 18th May.

Friends priority booking opens at 9am on Wednesday 4th May.
Friends may book tickets for themselves and up to two guests.

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