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Coming soon: UK-wide celebration of Roald Dahl on Film

Film Hub Wales and Chapter launch a major season of film across 49 unique locations this summer

Fans of all ages will be able to relive their most magical memories this year, as Roald Dahl’s films are brought to life on the big screen.

To celebrate Roald Dahl 100 - the centenary year of Roald Dahl’s birth, Film Hub Wales and Chapter as Film Hub Lead Organisation, have developed a family-friendly film programme that will celebrate the world’s number one storyteller, who was born in Cardiff in 1916.

The season launch coincides with the release of Entertainment One’s The BFG, in July, and culminates on Roald Dahl Day on the 13th September - 100 years since Dahl’s birth.

The programme will appeal to audiences of all ages, featuring his best-loved classics like James and the Giant Peach and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. There will also be lesser-known screenplays such as the cult classic Gremlins, which was inspired by Gremlin Gus and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which will give us a chance to relive one of our scariest childhood moments with the ‘child catcher’, the character Roald Dahl added into Ian Fleming’s original story.

Venues across Wales and the UK are promising to put on far from average events, with plans for everything from interactive ‘Scratch ‘n’ Sniff’ screenings of Matilda to celebrate the film’s 20th year anniversary, to thrilling immersive cinema experiences and workshops for the family. The season also promises to cater to an adult audience, with films such as Night Digger and episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which captivated us when we really should have been in bed.  

Hana Lewis of Film Hub Wales, said: “We are extremely proud to be leading the UK’s national celebration of Roald Dahl on Film and look forward to working with our partners across all nine BFI Film Audience Network regions.”

“We were all inevitably inspired by Roald Dahl as children and as we grow into adults, his stories remain with us. The season will offer a rare opportunity for parents to enjoy his films together with their children, on the big screen.

“Venues have some exceptional ideas in store to entertain audiences, from outdoor events, to creative workshops and darker tales for the grown-ups. We’ll be announcing the full listings in the coming weeks.”

John Collins, Brand Marketing Director at The Roald Dahl Literary Estate, said: "Roald Dahl had an incredible talent for creating stories and characters that not only leap off the page, but leap too onto the big screen so naturally and so memorably. We’re delighted that Film Hub Wales and Chapter are celebrating these amazing movies through Roald Dahl on Film during his centenary year."

Ben Luxford, the BFI’s Head of UK-wide Audiences, said “Roald Dahl’s stories have inspired generations of young people and have become part of our film heritage. Enabling the BFI Film Audience Network to bring these classic stories to new and familiar audiences reflects our aims to give audiences everywhere the opportunity to enjoy and experience a wide range of films including family titles.”

The project is taking place with the support of the BFI (British Film Institute), which has awarded National Lottery funding, and 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.

The season will involve 21 cinemas and 49 unique locations across the UK, projecting a total of 263 screenings in the three-month period. Many more cinemas will get involved and benefit from resources created through the project.

To find out what’s on in your area and how to buy tickets, visit:

Participating venues:

  • Film Hub South East (Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford; The Regal, Henley-on-Thames; Duke of Yorks and Dukes at Komedia, Brighton; Harbourlights Picturehouse, Southampton)
  • Film Hub North (City Screen York; Picturehouse Bradford at the National Media Museum,Showroom (Sheffield))
  • Film Hub North West Central (Flicks in the Sticks venues, Picture house at FACT, The Dukes Lancaster, Storyhouse, Home (Manchester), Metamorphasis Open Cinema (Lancashire), They Eat Culture (Preston))
  • Film Hub Central East (Cinema City, Norwich; Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge, Broadway (Nottingham))
  • Film Hub South West & West Midlands (Flicks in the Sticks venues, The Mac (Birmingham), Watermark (Ivybridge), The Watershed, Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse; The Little Theatre Cinema, Bath; Exeter Picturehouse)
  • Film Hub London (Clapham Picturehouse; The Ritzy, Brixton; Hackney Picturehouse; East Dulwich Picturehouse; Stratford Picturehouse; Greenwich Picturehouse; Crouch End Picturehouse; The Gate, Notting Hill; Picturehouse Central)
  • Film Hub Scotland (The Cameo, Edinburgh, Filmhouse cinemas in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, MacRoberts Arts Centre Stirling)
  • Film Hub Wales (Chapter, Darkened Rooms (Norwegian Church), Dinas Powys Community Cinema, Flicks in the Sticks venues, Llancarfan, Community Cinema, The Paget Rooms, Tape – Coastline Film Festival, Wicked: 16)
  • Film Hub Northern Ireland (Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People - QFT, Strand, Ulster Museum)


For more information please contact Kate Mann or Hollie Jones on 02902 789321 or email /

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Film Hub Wales aims to bring more films, to more people, in more places around Wales. Along with its independent member venues, FHW regularly develops inventive ways for people in Wales to go to the cinema.

Film Hub Wales (FHW) is one of nine UK wide ‘hubs’ funded by the BFI (British Film Institute) to form the Film Audience Network (FAN), with Chapter appointed as the Film Hub Lead Organisation (FHLO) in Wales. We aim to develop the exhibition sector through dedicated research, training and audience development project support. Since Film Hub Wales set up in 2013, we’ve supported over ninety exciting cinema projects, reaching over 100,000 audience members.

In partnership with our member cinemas, arts centres, community venues, societies, festivals and wider film practitioners, FHW aims to celebrate and support the vibrant cultural film sector here in Wales, working together to expand and increase choice for audiences, regardless of where they live.


Film Hub Wales contacts:
Hana Lewis, Strategic Manager, on 02920 353 740 or
Lisa Nesbitt, Development Officer, on 02920 311 067 / 

The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
  • Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world
  • Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences

The BFI is a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:

  • As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
  • By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
  • By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK.

Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.

The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger CBE.

The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) is a ground-breaking initiative that gives audiences across the UK the opportunity to see a diverse range of films in a cinema setting. For filmmakers, getting films onto cinema screens is a highly competitive business, particularly for specialised films which includes archive, documentary, independent and foreign language films. The BFI FAN aims to change this.

With £8.7 million of Lottery funding over four years (2013-2017) the BFI FAN works with cinema exhibitors, film festivals, educators, film societies, community venues, film archives and other organisations in their regions or nations to boost audiences for film across the UK.

The film hub partners which drive audience engagement across the UK comprise:  Broadway Cinema Nottingham and Cambridge Film Trust; Chapter, Cardiff; HOME, Manchester; Film London; Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast; Regional Screen Scotland; the University of Brighton; Showroom Sheffield and National Media Museum, Bradford; and Watershed, Bristol. 

About Chapter
A multi-platform venue that presents and produces international art, live performance and film from around the world alongside a social space that welcomes over 800,000 visitors each year. Chapter is a dynamic cultural and community venue with 2 cinemas, theatres, exhibition spaces, a cafe/bar, 60 resident companies in cultural workspaces and rooms for hire for 200 community and cultural groups. In relation to film, Chapter remains the only cultural centre in Wales with a full-time commitments to cultural film programming, two screens, educations programme, Europa Cinema support and access to high-definition digital projection.


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