Drawing on the broad cultural heritage of Hayes, the programme features a selection of films celebrating EMI’s contribution to the area. All of the films will be presented in the Old Vinyl Factory (formerly EMI Hayes) and opens with a Gala Screening of Tom Hooper’s Oscar-winning The King’s Speech (2010). The film focuses on King George VI’s preparation for a crucial speech as King, a role forced upon him after the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII. The screening will also include archive footage of Edward VIII’s visit to the factory while Prince of Wales.
On Saturday afternoon we will be showing the first-ever recordings of stereo sound on film, which were made by Alan Blumlein in the EMI factory and at Hayes Station in the 1930s. Until now they have never-before been shown in public, and this will be a unique opportunity to view this pioneering work. This will be followed in the evening by Ken Loach’s new film, The Spirit of ‘45 (2013) and a screening of an extract from his EMI Films’ produced Family Life (1971)
Sunday starts with a selection of archive footage of Hayes from the 1950s and 60s, followed by a screening of one of the first feature films produced by EMI, The Railway Children (Lionel Jeffries, 1970).
You can purchase tickets for the festival on our Tickets page. We look forward to seeing you!
This event would not have been possible without the help and support of the following people:
Charlotte Baldwin (Hillingdon Council), Jackie Bishop (EMI Archives Trust), Paul Bowman (Film London), David Brough (Hayes Town Partnership), Carolyne Cotton (Hillingdon Library), Frederick D’Lima (Stay City), Martyn Evans (Cathedral Group), Joanna Hughes (EMI Archive Trust), Amanda Huntley (Huntley Film Archives), Anna Kime (Film London), William Leahy (Brunel University), Helen Lowder (Hayes Constituency office), Laura Manziotti (Cathedral Group), John McDonnell (MP for Hayes and Harlington), Massimo Moretti (Studio Canal), Mort Smith (Uxbridge Gazette), Jacqui Tudor (Old Vinyl Factory), Janette West (Brunel University), and Dan and Rino (GCDA)
Film London through National Lottery Funding on behalf of the BFI
Hillingdon Arts Grant – hillingdon.gov.uk/arts