Cary Grant Comes Home Festival

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Cary Grant in Bristol


A biennial festival celebrating how Bristol born Archie Leach changed his name and his fortunes to become internationally famous film star Cary Grant, yet never forgot his Bristol roots. 

Born out of a passion for Bristol’s vibrant cinema culture and film heritage, the festival’s aims are to celebrate Cary Grant’s Bristol roots, develop new audiences for his films and recreate the golden age of cinema-going. Cary Grant’s incredible journey – from Bristol boy, Archie Leach, born in Horfield in 1904, to global style icon, Cary Grant – is inspiring for Bristolians and beyond. At the age of eleven Archie was tragically separated from his mother when she was committed to mental hospital and he was led to believe that she'd died, only reunited with her in his thirties, after he’d become famous. As a child, young Archie haunted Bristol docks, longing to be carried away from his troubles in one of the tall ships. He eventually sailed away to New York with a troupe of acrobats in 1920, where he worked his way to Hollywood and reinvented himself as Cary Grant.

This year, the theme will be "Class" exploring Cary Grant's incredible journey from working class poverty as son of a tailor's presser in Bristol, UK to the epitome of Hollywood elegance and style. 

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Dates: (18 Nov 2022 - 20 Nov 2022)


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