Cary Goes to New York

Three free online Research Seminars in partnership with the Cary Comes Home Festival

Archie Leach emigrated to New York at the tender age of 16 on the RMS Olympic (the Titanic’s sister ship), which set sail from Southampton on 21 July 1920 and arrived in New York at dawn on 28 July. He was on tour with the Pender Troupe of Acrobats, running away from a difficult childhood and seeking his fortune in a new land, the first leg of his journey to becoming international film icon, Cary Grant. UWE Bristol Moving Image Research Group is hosting three free online events to mark the centenary of Cary Grant’s first transatlantic voyage this week, in partnership with the Cary Comes Home Festival:

Sailing with Cary Grant
Tuesday 21 July, 2020 18:00-19:00

Learn about Archie Leach’s voyage on the RMS Olympic 100-years ago on the first leg of his journey to becoming Cary Grant, with Festival Director and Associate Professor of Filmmaking, Dr Charlotte Crofts (UWE Bristol).

Cary Grant Arrives in New York: A Virtual Tour
Tuesday 28 July 2020, 11:00-12:00

Join Charlotte Crofts on a virtual tour of Pier 59 at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers to welcome Cary Grant’s ship the RMS Olympic which arrived in New York the early morning of 28 July 1920.

Some Versions of Cary Grant 
Tuesday 28 July 2020, 11:00-12:00

Professor James Naremore (Indiana University Bloomington) analyses the variety of performance styles in a range of Cary Grant’s best-loved and lesser known films To celebrate the centenary of Archie’s emigration to America, we had planned events in New York City, including a one-day symposium in collaboration with the Graduate Centre and CUNY, which were cancelled due to the global pandemic. Thankfully our keynote James Naremore very kindly agreed to do this online event.

Cary Comes Home is a biennial festival which aims to celebrate Cary Grant’s Bristol roots, develop new audiences for his work and recreate the golden age of cinema-going. The next festival proper is due to take place 20-22 November 2020 so save the date and sign up to our mailing list for further updates: Hope you can join us! Best wishes, Charlotte You can follow Cary Comes Home on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @carycomeshome and Moving Image Research Centre: This event is support by the Digital Cultures Research Centre:

This event is supported by UWE Bristol’s Moving Image Research Group (MIRGe) and the Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC) in partnership with the Cary Comes Home Festival.