Celebrate one of Bristol's most iconic sons at this year's festival dedicated to the life and works of Cary Grant
Cary Grant, one of the most iconic faces, voices and personalities from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen, is celebrated in his home city of Bristol this month with the annual Cary Comes Home festival.
This year’s festival will see screenings of Alfred Hitchcock’s thrilling Notorious, one of cinema’s greatest love stories, An Affair To Remember and a 4K remaster of adventure flick Only Angels Have Wings. There will also be documentaries about Grant, including previews of Becoming Cary Grant, a unique first-person look at Grant’s life which includes very rare home footage.
The festival will close with a red carpet gala showing of Howard Hanks’ screwball caper Bringing Up Baby at the Bristol Museum, with bubbly, canapes and live entertainment in addition to the film itself. Red carpet attire is welcome, with prizes for best dressed — the ‘paparazzi’ will also be in attendance!
Born in Horfield as Archibald Leath, Grant’s career took him across the world and into some of the most famous films of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. He worked with a cavalcade of legendary stars, from Alfred Hitchcock to Katharine Hepburn, and is one of the most beloved actors of the 20th century — but he got his theatrical start in Bristol. Despite his meteoric rise to the dizzying heights of international fame, Grant always came home to support local businesses and visit family.
Cary Comes Home looks to showcase Grant’s movies to a whole new generation of Bristolians, and shine a spotlight on the early days of his career.
Festival directors Charlotte Crofts and Anna Farthing began the festival in 2014, and it’s since attracted devotees from various corners of the globe — and with a bill as strong as this year’s, it’d be no surprise to see more overseas fans making the trip!
Events are ticketed separately.
When: 16-17 July
Where: Watershed, Avery’s Wine Cellar, Everyman Cinema and the Bristol Museum