This week’s picks are from Becky Innes (@msbeckyinnes), Programmer and Trustee for the Cambridge Film Trust (www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk) who is also currently researching a PhD in rural community cinema at the Film, TV and Media Studies Department of the University of East Anglia in partnership with Creative Arts East’s Village Screen rural cinema network in Norfolk.
As an advocate and lover of non-theatrical cinema (screenings that, through necessity or choice, take place outside the traditional space of a conventional cinema auditorium) I’m lucky that my work gives me so many opportunities to experience the pleasures of communal cinema-going in the most unusual and wonderful spaces. Just this week I’ve enjoyed a sneak preview of THE IMITATION GAME in the evocative Teleprinter Hall at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes – the film’s main location and the place where Alan Turing worked his code-cracking magic – as well as a smaller-scale but no less special screening of local history films in an old village hall in a tiny hamlet outside Cromer in Norfolk (a unique event which about half of the village turned out for on a bleak and squally night!) This range and variety is reflected in this week’s listings, which are truly spoiling us with a tempting range of cinematic delights. Here’s a few that caught my eye…
TO HELL WITH CULTURE
Monday 10 November 8:30pm @ Hyde Park Picture House, LEEDS
Having missed it at the London Film Festival I’m desperate to see what sounds like a truly inspiring illustration of the power of community cinema.
As one third of the programming team for the Cambridge Family Film Festival (the other two thirds being my 8 and 10 year old kids), I’m always going to be interested in an event which describes itself thus: “Children and Big Children Welcome.” Innovative family-friendly programming is hard to come by so this event – also part of the impressive Liverpool Radical Film Fest – sounds intriguing.
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