Great Britain Retro Film Festival returns to Windsor Cinema

Chariots of Fire will screen as part of the second Great Britain Retro Film Festival.
Chariots of Fire will screen as part of the second Great Britain Retro Film Festival.

WITH last year’s first ever Great Britain Retro Film Festival a hit with audiences of all ages, deciding to secure more classic films for another was a no-brainer.

Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace general manager Paul Dravet again collaborated with long-time friend and iconic film reviewer David Stratton on this year’s schedule.

The Sydney-based film lovers hand-picked a range of British films from the 1940s to the 1990s to screen throughout three weeks.

But they did not always agree.

“Yes, we disagree sometimes but that is par for the course,” Dravet said.

“This year we have Mrs Brown, which I love and David likes it too but would not put it at the top of his list.

“There are a few others that will remain nameless that did not get in this year but I will try my luck again with David next year.”

Dravet said nostalgia was driving people back into cinemas to watch old films readily available on home entertainment.

“I don’t know the answer to it but retro is stronger than ever; people like to reminisce,” he said.

“When DVD came out there was the thought that the retro business would be dead, but something happened; people don’t always want to sit at home and watch movies.”

This year’s second Great Britain Retro Film Festival features critically acclaimed films such as Academy Award winner Chariots of Fire, The Ladykillers and Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb.

Stratton said the positive response to last year’s festival was “gratifying.”

“This second edition features more wonderful films, many of which have not been seen on a cinema screen in decades,” he said.

The festival runs from May 12 to 25 at Windsor Cinema.

For films, session times and tickets, go to