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.
Festival Favourites for BFFS South West Two-Stop Spring Viewing
This April, the SW Group is holding its film preview day, featuring six new DVD releases, in two venues in the east and west of the region to allow more of its members, potential and established, to attend.
The first leg, on Sunday 13th April, brings a welcome return to Launceston Town Hall, home of 'Films Launceston in the Community (FLIC)' which hosted the second Devon and Cornwall Film Day in 2011. A fortnight later, on Sunday 27th April, the same strong line-up of six recent DVD releases will be previewed at Batcombe Jubilee Hall, five miles south-east of Shepton Mallet.
At each venue, the six titles will be screened in two auditoria, providing an opportunity for film society, film club and community cinema organisers to preview possible selections for their next seasons. The emphasis is on recent Festival and Awards successes, some of which are only just receiving their cinema release. Nebraska was released at the end of last year in time for the Oscars® where it received six nominations including Best Film and Best Director for Alexander Payne, following his earlier successes with The Descendants and Sideways, as well as veteran Bruce Dern as Best Actor, the award he won earlier at Cannes.
The dark comedy was also was also up for BAFTAs where another of our line-up, The Selfish Giant, missed out to Gravity as the Outstanding British Film (discuss!). However, Clio Barnard’s stunning second film is very much grounded in contemporary Bradford rather than outer space and was deservedly awarded Best European Film at Cannes 2013.
Asghar Fahadi’s Paris-set follow-up to the Oscar®-winning A Separation and his first outside Iran, The Past, was premiered at Cannes where its star Bérénice Bejo, from The Artist, won the Best Actress award. Other Festival favourites for Launceston and Batcombe include The Rocket, an evocative coming-of-age story set against the visually stunning backdrop of Laos, and Half of a Yellow Sun with 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor in an adaptation of the Orange prize-winning novel. The last title is sure to be an audience pleaser – described as ‘India’s hottest indie film of the year, The Lunchbox won the Critics’ Week Viewers Choice Award at Cannes.
Launceston, Sunday 13th April – our hosts for the screenings in the Town Hall are FLIC. Registration will be in the Town Hall from 10am and the screenings will start in the two auditoria at 10.30am.
One of the aims of this event, apart from previewing six great films (!), is to explore the possibility of developing the Devon and Cornwall network, so that organisers of all community venues are welcome, as well as BFFS members. In particular, we are looking forward to welcoming members of the C Fylm project, a network of film clubs administered in Cornwall by Carn-to-Cove. The BFI Film Hub South West & West Midlands is supporting the event are hoping to make a presentation on the plans of the Hub.
Please fill in the application form as soon as possible with details of your group and their catering preferences and return to Hans Hoffbauer by e-mail. Payment can also made by bank transfer. Details of this and other information can be found on the page for the Launceston viewing link.The ticket price includes coffee, lunch and tea and the Reviews Brochure. The closing date for catering numbers is Monday 7th April.
Batcombe, Sunday 27th April – two weeks later, the programme will be repeated at the Jubilee Hall in Batcombe where we will be making a welcome return as guests of Batcombe Film Society for our third visit; as previously, the six titles will be screened in the main hall and the Old School House. It has been decided to postpone the AGM of the SW Group until a region-wide event to be arranged later in the year but there will be an opportunity to raise any pressing issues affecting your film societies and community cinemas at a Members Forum after lunch.
Our hosts will be providing their usual excellent catering. Please fill in the application form as soon as possible with details of your group and their catering preferences and return by email as soon as possible to Andy Hastie by e-mail. Payment can also made by bank transfer. Details of this and other information can be found on the page for the Batcombe viewing link. The ticket price includes coffee, lunch and tea and the Reviews Brochure. The closing date for catering numbers is Monday 21st April.
How to Get to Batcombe: Virginia Membury writes: ”The village is signposted from the main Frome to Yeovil road (A359), from Evercreech (A371 & B3081) and Bruton off the B3081 (1 mile from the A359 and 3 miles from Evercreech and Bruton). The hall complex is adjacent to the church and Three Horseshoes Inn. The latter now has a few (small) brown tourist signs at key junctions but we’ll also site some arrows/signs to help guide people. Parking is available at the hall complex and opposite the church next to the playing field. The post code is BA4 6HE and a map is attached (link)”.
Launceston or Batcombe? Anyone is welcome to come along to either event if the distances or timing are more convenient. Just fill in the requisite form. See you there!
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