Countdown to Christmas at FACT!
12 February 2014
We LOVE Christmas at FACT so this year we’re going all out to celebrate in style with a massive selection of the best Christmas-sy films ever made. From family favourites to gothic horror via comedy and action, we’ve got something for everyone this December.
On Saturday 7 and 14 December, we’re very excited to be a hosting Digital Decorations. Using the latest 3D printing technology, courtesy of 3DPM, you can design and print your own Christmas decorations to take away with you. Perfect for the whole family, the free workshops will be running between 12pm-4pm on the Ground Floor of FACT.
Tickets for all the Picturehouse at FACT Christmas films are on sale now from the Box Office, online and by phone on 0871 902 5737
Friday 13 December, 6.45pm
Black Christmas (18)
Bob Clark. Canada 1974. 98 mins.
A sorority house is terrorised by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the girls during Christmas break.
Friday 13 December, 9pm and Wednesday 18 December, 6.45pm
The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D (PG)
Henry Selick. USA 1993. 73 mins.
Jack Skellington, King of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn't quite understand the concept.
Saturday 14 December, 9pm
Batman Returns (12A)
Tim Burton. USA/UK 1992. 126 mins.
When a corrupt businessman (Christopher Walken) and the grotesque Penguin (Danny DeVito) plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman (Michael Keaton) can stop them – while the Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) has her own agenda.
Sunday 15 December, 5.30pm
Die Hard (15)
John McTiernan. USA 1988. 132 mins.
NYPD officer John McClane (Bruce Willis) tries to save his wife and several others taken hostage by terrorists during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. This is an incredibly rare screening of a 70mm film version of the movie.
Monday 16 December, 6.30pm
The Bishop’s Wife (U)
Henry Koster. USA 1947. 109 mins.
A bishop trying to get a new cathedral built prays for guidance. An angel (Cary Grant) arrives, but his guidance isn't about fundraising.
Tuesday 17 December, 8.45pm
Trading Places (15)
John Landis. USA 1983. 116 mins.
A snobbish investor (Dan Aykroyd) and a wily street con artist (Eddie Murphy) find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires.
Wednesday 18 December, 8.45pm
Joe Dante. USA 1984. 106 mins.
A boy inadvertantly breaks three important rules concerning his new pet, and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.
Contains moderate violence and fantasy horror.
Thursday 19 December, 6.30pm, Saturday 21 December, 3.45pm and Tuesday 24 December, 1pm
The Muppet Christmas Carol (U)
Brian Henson. USA 1992. 86 mins.
The Muppets tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.
Thursday 19 December, 8.45pm
Richard Donner. USA 1988. 101 mins.
A cynically selfish TV executive gets haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.
Friday 20 December, 6.45pm
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (15)
Jalmari Helander. Finland/Norway/France/Sweden 2010. 83 mins. English and Finnish with English subtitles.
In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest-guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.
Friday 20 December, 8.45pm
Bad Santa (15)
Terry Zwigoff. USA/Germany 2003. 91 mins
A miserable conman (Billy Bob Thornton) and his partner (Tony Cox) pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss (Bernie Mac) discovers the plot.
Saturday 21 December, 6.00
Lethal Weapon (15)
Richard Donner. USA 1987. 109 mins
A veteran cop (Danny Glover) is partnered with a young suicidal cop (Mel Gibson). They have one thing in common: they hate working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with each other to stop a gang of drug smugglers.
Saturday 21 December, 8.30pm and Monday 23 December, 9pm
Jon Favreau. USA/Germany 2003. 97 mins
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man (Will Ferrell) raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the US in search of his true identity.
Sunday 22 December, 1.30pm, Monday 23 December, 6pm, and Tuesday 24 December, 3.15pm and 6.10pm
It’s a Wonderful Life (U)
Frank Capra. USA 1946. 130 mins.
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman (James Stewart) by showing what the world would have been like if he had never existed.
Sunday 22 December, 4.30pm
Home Alone 1 and 2 Double Bill (PG)
Chris Columbus. USA 1990/1992. 103 mins / 120 mins.
An eight-year-old boy (Macaulay Culkin), who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars. One year later, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.
Monday 23 December, 3.15pm
White Christmas (U)
Michael Curtiz. USA 1954. 119 mins.
A successful song-and-dance team (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) become romantically involved with a sister act, and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.