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What We Watched - Vote to See Top Films From The Past 60 Years at The SJT

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Vote on your favourite films from the past 60 years for the chance to see everyone from James Bond to Billy Elliott, back on the big screen.

The Stephen Joseph Theatre is 60 this year and it invites the public to select their pick of the flicks from its What We Watched film list featuring 60 titles released during the company’s history from 1955 to the present.

From a shortlist of 10 films per decade, including action, comedy, drama, family, musical and sci-fi, the six top choices will be screened between 28 August and 2 October. It is the latest 60th anniversary event at the SJT which is based in a former Odeon cinema building.

From 1955 to 1964 cinema hits to choose from include Goldfinger with Sean Connery, Some Like It Hot starring Marilyn Monroe, Disney’s 101 Dalmatians and 12 Angry Men.

The next 10 years saw Dustin Hoffman’s breakthrough film role in The Graduate, Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry, the original Planet of the Apes, Carry On Screaming and The Jungle Book to name a few.

Sci-fi is the popular option between 1975 and 1984 with Star Trek, Alien and E.T. The period also saw Sylvester Stallone’s first outing as boxer Rocky and Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

Film choices for 1985 to 1994 could put Kevin Costner, Bruce Willis and Michael Keaton in the frame. There’s competition from Mia Farrow in Hannah and Her Sisters and cult classics Little Shop of Horrors and Withnail and I.

For 1995 to 2004, could it be the red pill or the blue pill in The Matrix, to infinity and beyond in Toy Story or back to the Qing Dynasty in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon?

The Hunger Games is up against Helen Mirren’s portrayal of The Queen, the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men, Pan’s Labyrinth and Christopher Nolan’s Inception in the final decade.

Votes can be made online at alternatively paper forms are available from the theatre. Votes for 1955 to 1984 films must be cast by 12noon on 21 August, and by 12noon on 11 September for 1985 to 2015 films. Winning film details will be available online following the closing date.

The films will be shown at 5pm on 28 August (1955-64), 4 September (1965-74), 11 September (1975-84), 18 September (1985-94), 25 September (1995-2004) and 2 October (2005–15).

Cinema tickets, priced at £7, are available from the box office on 01723 370541 and online at All voters will receive a two-for-one ticket offer for one of the film screenings.

Full list of film choices:

1955 to 1964: 101 Dalmatians, 12 Angry Men, Forbidden Planet, Goldfinger, North by Northwest, Some Like It Hot, The Magnificent Seven, The Pink Panther, To Kill A Mockingbird, West Side Story.

1965 to 1974: Blazing Saddles, Carry On Screaming, Chinatown, Dirty Harry, For A Few Dollars More, Oliver!, Planet Of The Apes, The Graduate, The Jungle Book, The Sting.

1975 to 1984: Airplane!, Alien, All the President's Men, E.T. the Extra – Terrestrial, Grease, Life of Brian, Rocky, Star Trek - The Wrath of Khan, Superman, The Shining.

1985 to 1994: Batman, Die Hard, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Hannah and Her Sisters, Little Shop of Horrors, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, The Princess Bride, The Untouchables, Unforgiven, Withnail and I.

1995 to 2004: Billy Elliott, Bridget Jones Diary, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Gladiator, Moulin Rouge, Shaun of the Dead, The Matrix, The Sixth Sense, The Truman Show, Toy Story.

2005 to 2015: Inception, Kick-Ass, Mamma Mia, No Country for Old Men, Pan's Labyrinth, Slumdog Millionaire, The Artist, The Hunger Games, The Queen, Up.

What We Watched - Vote to See Top Films From The Past 60 Years at The SJT Reviewed by Editor on 09:35:00 Rating: 5

1 comment:

  1. Born Free?
    The Sound of Music?
    The Great Escape?

    The queue was 'round the block' for those films.


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