COMMUNITY CINEMA in the SOUTH WEST
The South West Group represents and supports over 70 Film Societies and Community Cinemas in the region. It is organised by a small team of volunteers who have experience in running their own venues and have an established track record for helping new ventures get off the ground with trial screenings and technical advice.
Here is news from just some of the societies and clubs operating every week from Swindon to Penzance...
SOUTH WEST SOCIETY NEWS
Topsham Celebrates 10th AnniversaryBack in October, Topsham Film Society celebrated the opening of their tenth season with a special cake before the two screenings of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. For the matinee performance, the cake was washed down with tea, the bubbly being saved for the evening show.
The Society was launched in March 2004 when over 180 people were invited to a free screening of Cinema Paradiso in Topsham’s Matthews Hall, a former cinema, to gauge support for the formation of a film society. The evening was a great success leading to the formation of a committee and the founding of the Society was confirmed in May by a model BFFS constitution.
The new committee selected a programme of six films for the first season and invitations to join followed.
The first film shown was the Coen Brothers' The Man Who Wasn't There on 3 September 2004. The tenth season now feature twelve films and is an exciting mix of latest releases such as Argo and No with classic revivals including Local Hero and Walter Salles’s Central Station.
Budleigh Film Society Funds MilesThe Devon society, in its sixth season, is doing well enough to feel able to help a local student with his fees at the prestigious National Film and Television Film School. Following a spell on Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Miles Ridgway was selected as one of only three British students, out of a total of eight, for the MA Cinematography course starting in December but, because it is an MA course, he is not eligible for a grant or a student loan. Budleigh Film Society member Stuart Yerrell told FSW : "The Society had a modest surplus so we decided to set up a scholarship to help aspiring young talent. We felt that we should be ploughing something back into the British film industry and Miles has a lot of talent". But Miles still has to raise enough for all his living costs so Stuart added: "Are there any white knights out there that come to the rescue?!".
Shipham Community Cinema Celebrate Five YearsAs a curtain raiser to their fifth anniversary celebrations, the Somerset group's Christmas Family Special screening of Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists last month was a great success. Tom Barnes from Aardman Animation gave a fascinating talk on the making of the film helped by the original models of the Pirate Captain and Charles Darwin.
To celebrate their five years as a community cinema, Shipham is planning their first Film Festival in March with an exciting weekend of film for their village whilst welcoming visitors from surrounding villages.
The Film Festival weekend will commence on Friday 14th March with the annual Film Feast! - a magnificent two course meal to be followed by a showing of the first film of the Festival, Sunshine on Leith! Featuring music by The Proclaimers, the film follows the story of two people returning to Edinburgh after serving in Afghanistan.
The Festival continues on Saturday 15th March with a programme of good film and workshops for all age ranges. Despicable Me is a family film showing in the morning following on from an animation workshop. During the afternoon, there will be more workshops and a choice of films - a taste of world cinema with In the House (Dans La Maison), with Kristen Scott Thomas. or the blockbuster Captain Phillips.
Reasonably priced light refreshments will be available for purchase during the day and for lunch, being prepared by Lennies and Save the Children, local organisations who donate all profits to their nominated charities. A fish and chip supper will be available to buy in the late afternoon.
The Festival will conclude with a showing of the recent release Le Weekend. The director, Roger Michell, subject to work commitments, will be attending to give a short talk about the film followed by a Q & A session.
Tickets will be on sale later in January – for further information visit website
Chudleigh Film Society’s Top FiveBrian Portch of the Devon society has been looking back at the Society’s first five seasons and has contacted Film South West with details of the films most popular with their membership. The five "Greatest Hits", which received audience rating of over 90%, were-
Touching the Void, La Traviata, La Tosca, Manon Des Sources , Untouchable.
The Society meets on the second Friday of each month in the Woodway Room of Chudleigh Town Hall, screening from the balcony. The season runs from September to May and includes a Members' Choice which this April will be Quartet. See website for further details.
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