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Tales of the Unexpected Intro

This FREE screening will be introduced by Andy Murray, freelance film journalist.

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This FREE screening features a selection of episodes from the classic macabre British television series, often told with sinister and wryly comedic undertones, based on the short stories by Roald Dahl.

Tales of the Unexpected: The Man From the South
Dir Micheal Touchner/GB 1979/25 mins
Pamela Stephenson, José Ferrer, Michael Ontkean

An American sailor and his girlfriend, Cathy, are on holiday in Jamaica. They become involved in a bizarre bet with Carlos, who loves to gamble. When the young man boasts about his cigarette lighter, Carlos offers him his Jaguar if the boy can strike his lighter successfully ten times in a row. But if it fails even once, if the boy does not strike it precisely, Carlos will cut off his finger.

Tales of the Unexpected: Lamb to the Slaughter
Dir John Davies/GB 1979/25 mins
Brian Blessed, Susan George, Michael Byrne

Mary Marney, a devoted housewife, finds her husband dead. The police conclude that Patrick was killed with a large blunt object, but are baffled when the murder weapon cannot be found. As they were all friends of Patrick, Mary begs them to stay and eat the lamb which has been roasting, while they discuss the case.

Tales of the Unexpected: Royal Jelly
Dir Herbert Wise/GB 1980/25 mins
Susan George, Timothy West, Andrew Ray

A Bee-keeper becomes concerned when his wife tells him that their baby daughter is ill and losing weight. To help the baby gain strength, he begins feeding her Royal Jelly.

Part of a UK-wide programme led by Film Hub Wales, with the support of the BFI, which has awarded National Lottery funding, 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.

Roald Dahl On Film  Film Hub Wales  CHAPTER Film Audience Network