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WonderZoo Launch Hidden Figures of Plymouth Project at Plymouth Arts Cinema

‘Hidden Figures of Plymouth’ is a ground-breaking 2-year project sponsored by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. 

To celebrate the launch of the project Hidden Figures of Plymouth have taken over the PAC programme for a day. The launch coincides with Black History Month which is during the month of October.

The project’s core aims are to share the untold stories of the contributions of People of the Global Majority to the city of Plymouth. The stories of people like Jimmy Peters (the first black rugby player to play for England in 1906 who also played for Plymouth Albion), and Claude Miller (who in 2004 became the first black Lord Mayor of Plymouth) and Ann Wilkinson (one of the founders of the Plymouth Respect Festival in 1998), to name a few.

As well as highlighting the stories of past figures, the project will capture the stories of living figures and engage with younger people from the Global Majority communities to explore their vision for a future, knowing their past.

The project started in February 2023 and is the brainchild of WonderZoo, a Plymouth based arts collective (www.wonderzoo.org).

The event will commence with an opening reception with the Deputy Lord Mayor Kathy Watkin giving a talk along with Robin Miller son of the late Lord Mayor Claude Miller.

The film programme at Plymouth Arts Cinema is as follows: 

Hidden Figures (PG)
Saturday 14 October, 2.30pm

The incredible and inspiring untold true story about three women at NASA who were instrumental in one of history’s greatest operations – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

Belle (12) + introduction by Dr. Jenny Graham
Saturday 14 October 5.30pm

Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. 

Belle is screening to coincide with the exhibition, Reframing Reynolds: A Celebration on Sir Joshua Reynolds currently at The Box, Plymouth. Dr Jenny Graham was on the project team of the exhibition and is Associate Professor in Art History at University of Plymouth.


Get Out (15)
Saturday 14 October 8pm

Jordan Peele’s brilliant horror-satire combined genuine thrills with a no-holds-barred critique of black-white relations with its tale of a young African American man who visits his white girlfriend’s family only to find their superficially warm welcome masks an unthinkably dark secret. 

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit this page: https://plymouthartscinema.org/event-attribute/hidden-figures-of-plymouth/
Ticket Prices: Day Pass: £12 Individual tickets for each film: £5 Full price / £4 Concession.


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