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Roald Dahl Launches
Roald Dahl on Film opens nationwide

To coincide with the launch of Entertainment One’s The BFG and the Roald Dahl 100, Film Hub Wales and Chapter launch a major season of film across 49 unique locations.
Fans of all ages will be able to relive their most magical memories later this summer, as Roald Dahl’s films are being brought to life across 165 confirmed screenings and special events with many more to announce.
To celebrate Roald Dahl 100 – the centenary year of Roald Dahl’s birth, Film Hub Wales and Chapter as Film Hub Lead Organisation, have developed a family-friendly film programme that will celebrate the world’s number one storyteller, who was born in Cardiff in 1916.
The season runs from July up until the end of September, including Roald Dahl Day on the 13th September – 100 years since Dahl’s birth.
The programme will appeal to audiences of all ages, featuring his best-loved classics like James and the Giant Peach and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Lesser-known screenplays such as the cult classic Gremlins, which was inspired by Gremlin Gus and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are also being shown, giving us the chance to relive one of our scariest childhood moments with the ‘child catcher’, the character Roald Dahl added into Ian Fleming’s original story.
Venues across Wales and the UK are putting on far from average events, including everything from interactive ‘Scratch ‘n Sniff’ screenings of Matilda to celebrate the film’s 20th year anniversary and chocolate tasting classes, to Q&A sessions with original cast members and animation workshops for the whole family. The season will also cater to an adult audience, with films such as Night Digger and episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which captivated us when we really should have been in bed, with darker dinner events for grown-ups.
Cinemas will have access to a host of resources from an innovative online game to share with audiences, which doubles up as a fun evaluation tool, in addition to specially commissioned programme notes for adults, Stinky Flicks workshop templates for ages 9-13 and education packs for family audiences. Audiences will also be able to rate their film experiences using Roald Dahl ‘Gobblefunk’ language, to win 5 official Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionaries, thanks to a social media challenge in partnership with the Oxford University Press.
Hana Lewis of Film Hub Wales, said: “We are extremely proud to be leading the UK’s national celebration of Roald Dahl on Film and are looking forward to working with our partners across all nine BFI Film Audience Network regions.
“We were all inevitably inspired by Roald Dahl as children and as we grow into adults, his stories remain with us. The season offers a rare opportunity for parents to enjoy his films together with their children, on the big screen.”
John Collins, Brand Marketing Director at The Roald Dahl Literary Estate, said: “Roald Dahl had an incredible talent for creating stories and characters that not only leap off the page, but leap too onto the big screen so naturally and so memorably. We’re delighted that Film Hub Wales and Chapter are celebrating these amazing movies through Roald Dahl on Film during his centenary year.”
Ben Luxford, the BFI’s Head of UK-wide Audiences, said “Roald Dahl’s stories have inspired generations of young people and have become part of our film heritage. Enabling the BFI Film Audience Network to bring these classic stories to new and familiar audiences reflects our aims to give audiences everywhere the opportunity to enjoy and experience a wide range of films including family titles.”
The project is taking place with the support of the BFI (British Film Institute), which has awarded National Lottery funding, and 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.
Full listings and details of screenings and events are now available in our What’s On section.
Some highlights from the season include:  

Chapter, Cardiff

Matilda: Scratch ‘n Sniff 

12th, 13th & 14th August, ticket prices vary

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the family favourite at the ‘Scratch ‘n’ Sniff’ event; fully immerse yourself, awake the senses and smell along with the movie
The BFG (2016)

Tuesday 22nd-31st July (various times) ticket prices vary £3-7.90

As the new BFG motion picture strides into cinemas across the UK, Chapter is putting on extra special school screenings and workshops too.
You Only Live Twice

Sunday 4 (5pm) and Tuesday 6 September (2.30pm)

Did you know Dahl wrote the screenplay for the 1967 movie? Catch the Bond classic on the big screen once again.
For chapter’s full listings visit: http://chapter.org/season/roald-dahl-film

Broadway, Nottingham

James and the Giant Peach

Saturday 13 August

Dive into the world of James and friends; if you’re feeling inspired then you can try your hand at computer animation in a workshop afterwards.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Saturday 20 August

Watch the family favourite, then get arty in a drawing and making workshop afterwards for the whole family.
For Broadway’s full listings visit: http://www.broadway.org.uk/events

Cinemagic, Northern Ireland

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Strand Arts Centre, Saturday 3 September

Following the screening audiences will be invited to attend a Q&A session with special guest; actress Julie Dawn Cole, aka Veruca Salt.
The Witches

Queens Film Theatre, Saturday 24 September

Families are invited to stick around following the screening for a special peek into Dahl’s livelihood with a storyboarding and character design workshop.
For Cinemagic’s full listings visit: www.wegottickets.com, www.strandartscentre.com and www.queensfilmtheatre.com

Darkened Rooms, Cardiff

Special pop up screenings of Fantastic Mr Fox and Moonrise Kingdom

Norwegian Church, Saturday 6th August

Roald Dahl’s family regularly worshipped at the Norwegian Church where he and his siblings were baptised!

For Darkened Rooms’ full listings visit: www.darkenedrooms.com

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Matilda, Highbury Hall

Saturday 30 September, 12 & 2pm (£3 screening, workshop is free)

Celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary in style, then send the little ones to a fun and interactive workshop with Ben Semp.
James and the Giant Peach

The Mac, Cannon Hill Park, Wednesday 27 July, 3pm (£6-£8 screening, workshop is free)

Follow the special screening of the movie with another workshop for children guaranteed to get their creative cogs turning.
For mac birmingham’s full listings visit: https://macbirmingham.co.uk/whats-on

Picturehouse cinemas

Fantastic Mr Fox

Greenwich, Stratford, Exeter and other locations, Saturday 3 September

Join Mr Fox and his furry friends for a screening and flipbook making session at a Picturehouse cinema near you – don’t forget your animal costume!
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Hackney, Clapham, The Phoenix and other locations, Saturday 17 September

Sweet tooth? Step into the shoes of Willy Wonka with an exciting chocolate tasting session after the film has ended.
For Picturehouse Cinemas’ full listings visit: https://www.picturehouses.com/

Metamorphosis Open Cinema, Lancashire

The Witches

Lancaster Library, Saturday 10 August

Join everyone at Lancaster Library for another interactive children’s workshop after the screening – this one used to scare us silly!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Lancaster Library, Saturday 24 August

Settle down to watch this truly scrumptious family favourite – did you know Dahl worked on the screenplay?
For Metamorphosis Open Cinema’s full listings visit: https://www.facebook.com/opencinemalancashire/

Showroom, Sheffield

Esio Trot

Showroom Workstation, Friday 26 August – Sunday 4 September (TBC)

Watch the heart-warming tale unfold on the big screen – who’s got the popcorn?
Danny the Champion of the World

Showroom Workstation, Friday 12 – Thursday 18 August (TBC)

Settle down and immerse yourself in Danny’s world as Showroom presents the long-standing crowd pleaser.
For Showroom’s full listings visit: http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/cinema/

Storyhouse, Chester

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Chester Roman Gardens and other locations, Sunday 24 July, Tuesday 26 July, Thursday 4 August & Wednesday 8 August

Watch the all-time classic al fresco in one of Storyhouse’s Moonlight Flicks Outdoor Screenings, with a picnic of course!
Gremlins

Chester Roman Gardens, Monday 25 August

Watch the cult classic under the stars in another Outdoor Screening from Storyhouse.
For Storyhouse’s full listings visit: https://uk.patronbase.com/_Storyhouse/Productions

TAPE, Coastline Film Festival

Matilda

Ysgol Bryn Elian, Tuesday 13 September

Hosted in the school grounds on a blow-up cinema screen, this showing of the family favourite promises to delight the whole family.
For TAPE’s full listings visit: www.tapemusicandfilm.co.uk/roald-dahl-on-film

The Dukes, Lancaster

Matilda

The Dukes, Saturday 3 September

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the family favourite at the Scratch ‘n’ Sniff event; fully immerse yourself, awaken the senses and smell along with the movie.
For The Dukes’ full listings visit: http://dukes-lancaster.org/dahl/

The Watermark, Ivybridge

Lamb to the Slaughter

The Watermark, Wednesday 14 September

An evening of the unexpected for the adults looking for something a bit darker; featuring a screening, evening meal and murder mystery quiz.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The Watermark, Friday 16 September

All children taking part in the summer reading challenge are invited to come and join in the fun and games at this free screening.
For The Watermark’s full listings visit: http://www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/roalddahlonfilm

Watershed, Bristol

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Watershed, Sunday 28 August (TBC)

Settle down to watch this truly scrumptious family favourite – did you know Dahl worked on the screenplay?
Gremlins

Watershed, Sunday 21 August

Sit back and enjoy a screening of the cult classic.
For Watershed’s full listings visit: http://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/coming-soon

Wicked 16: Wales International Youth Film Festival, North Wales

Matilda

Bodelwyddan Castle, Thursday 22 September

Celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary and get stuck in to a workshop in the impressive surroundings of Bodelwyddan Castle.
For Wicked 16’s full listings visit: http://wicked.wales/
HOME, Manchester

Matilda

HOME, Sunday 14 August

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the family favourite at the Scratch ‘n’ Sniff event; fully immerse yourself, awaken the senses and smell along with the movie.
For HOME’s full listings visit: http://homemcr.org/cinema/
To find out more about what’s on in your area and how to buy tickets, visit: www.filmhubwales.org/roalddahlonfilm or https://www.facebook.com/roalddahlonfilm/
Enter the world of Roald Dahl and play the game online at www.roalddahlonfilm.com

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Shakespeare on Film Gets Even Bigger: 300 Events Now Confirmed Across the UK
  • Kenneth Branagh to take part in Q&A, beamed live to cinemas UK-wide
  • Over 300 screenings to take place across the length and breadth of the UK, marking the bard’s quatercentenary year
  • BFI Film Audience Network brings the most ambitious testament to Shakespeare’s cinematic legacy, BFI Presents: Shakespeare on Film, to audiences across the UK

www.bfi.org.uk/shakespeare #ShakespeareLives

The BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) is proud to announce BFI Presents: Shakespeare on Film: a spectacular UK-wide series of 300 special screenings and events celebrating the enormous impact the playwright’s life, work and legacy has had on cinema. The events will begin in April, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on Saturday 23 April.

The project is led by Film Hub London working in partnership with the BFI and the UK’s eight other film Hubs. BFI Presents: Shakespeare on Film will see multiplexes, independent cinemas, film clubs, pop-ups and community venues the length and breadth of the UK enticing audiences with a broad range of must-see filmic interpretations of Shakespeare’s work and special events featuring leading cinematic lights.

From a Q&A with Kenneth Branagh beamed live to 70+ cinemas across the country from Belfast’s Queen’s Film Theatre, to spectacular screenings in castles, and silent films set to bold new scores from leading contemporary artists, BFI Presents: Shakespeare on Film promises a series of big screen revelations that will enthral and entertain everyone from dyed-in-the-wool bard aficionados to casual cinemagoers keen for a fresh new filmic experience. The programme will also contain a dedicated youth focus, including an ‘in conversation’ session with Kenneth Branagh and Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, that will be filmed and used as an educational resource and BFI Presents: Shakespeare on Film elements incorporated as part of this year’s Into Film Festival in November.

Kenneth Branagh, director, actor and patron of Film London’s own Shakespeare on Screen initiative, said: “It’s a real privilege to be returning with Henry V – the first Shakespeare feature I directed, to the Queen’s Film Theatre in my home city, as part of this wonderful celebration of Shakespeare’s life, work and legacy on screen. The fact that Film London has organised the event to be beamed live to cinemas across the UK is particularly exciting.”

Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “Shakespeare might have been a man of the theatre but his work offers endless possibilities to film-makers. Somehow the power of his stories, characters, his all too human resonant and relevant themes of power, politics, family, romance, tragic conflict and joyous comedy, manages to transcend barriers of time and the English language such that specific cultural settings can be interpreted by filmmaking artists, in all different kinds of locations, contexts and languages. I am hugely grateful to the BFI and FAN for working in partnership with Film London to deliver this wealth of Shakespeare programming and activity around the whole of the UK.”

Ben Luxford, BFI Head of UK Audiences, said: “Shakespeare’s work is arguably at its most accessible through film, and the BFI Film Audience Network exists to make great cinema available to all – we’re pleased to support this range of fantastic events that promise to bring the very best cinematic interpretations of Shakespeare’s work to audiences right across the UK.”

Highlights from the BFI Presents: Shakespeare on Film programme:

  • ACROSS THE UK: Henry V screening + Kenneth Branagh Q&A (Broadcast live to Cinemas). Taking place at Belfast’s Queen’s Film Theatre, the Q&A and film will be beamed live to 70+ cinemas across the UK. (Film London in partnership with Queen’s Film Theatre, supported by Pinewood Studios in association with Park Circus). This event forms part of Film London’s international Shakespeare on Screen programme. Preceding the event, through his role as Into Film Northern Ireland Ambassador, Kenneth will also take part in a special educational event for young audiences in partnership with Into Film, which is supported by the BFI through Lottery funding.
  • AT MULTIPLE UK VENUES: Live Cinema UK presents Shakespeare Re:Scored, wherein renowned contemporary artists provide specially-commissioned scores to Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Film, a new compilation from the BFI National Archive. (Film Hub North).
  • GLASGOW: An exploration of ‘the Scottish play’ courtesy of Glasgow Film Theatre, with a series of outdoor screenings showcasing, amongst others, the Shakespeare interpretations of Roman Polanski and Orson Welles (Film Hub Scotland).
  • WALES: Chapter partner with the British Council for family-friendly screenings, cult selections and discussions with academics and experts to examine Shakespeare’s relationship with Wales, while Pontio offer a unique one-off cinematic experience of Macbeth (1964) in Welsh from the BBC archive. (Film Hub Wales).
  • BIRMINGHAM: A sideways look at the bard as part of the tenth Flatpack Film Festival, incorporating spoken-word, animation and artists’ film (Film Hub South West & West Midlands). 
  • NOTTINGHAM: A selection of must-see cinematic classics at Broadway Cinema, Nottingham (Film Hub Central East).
  • SHEFFIELD: Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema presents a specially curated season of the finest Shakespeare on film, including an adult education programme (Film Hub North).
  • LANCASHIRE: Aunty Social CIC’s incorporation of a filmic strand into the popular Fylde Coast Shakespeare Festival, which sees Shakespearian events taking place across the region in venues that range from piers to pubs (Film Hub North West Central).
  • BERKSHIRE: South Hill Park’s Shakespeare Un/Told, which offers a week-long programme of multimedia events exploring the playwright’s work and legacy (Film Hub South East).
  • LONDON: Shakespeare’s Sister, an exploration of gender – both behind and in front of the camera – courtesy of Curzon. This discussion will include filmmakers, academics and the brains behind the Bechdel Test Fest (Film Hub London).

BFI FAN spans the length and breadth of the UK and connects cinemas, film archives, education organisations, community groups and others, to bring a wide range of films to audiences and help build interest in British independent and specialised film. BFI FAN members have fully embraced BFI Presents: Shakespeare on Film, creating a spectacular programme that promises to bring the bard’s cinematic interpretations to UK audiences in bold, brave and exciting ways.

For more information about BFI Presents: Shakespeare on Film, visit www.bfi.org.uk/shakespeare

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Essential Fundraising Skills Training

Between April and June 2016 The Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme have expanded their range of one-day fundraising training courses, suitable for anyone involved in fundraising or wanting to develop fundraising skills in the arts/cultural sector.

Further dates have been confirmed for their five existing Essential Fundraising Skills one-day training courses, as well as the introduction of two new courses: Arts Fundraising: the fundamentals with Amanda Rigali and Making Friends in fundraising with Sarah Gee.

Course locations include Exeter, Leeds and Nottingham as well as their usual training hubs of Bristol, Birmingham, London and Manchester.

Prices are held at £95+VAT per course, with a range of discounts to encourage you to attend as many as possible: you could attend any five courses for just £350+VAT. See here for more information.

In addition, we are running our popular Trustee Leadership half-day course in London in May 2016; this is targeted at senior staff and Trustees to attend together where possible.

“I have to say the quality of the training really is outstanding. I’ve done 4 out of 5 of the Essential Fundraising Skills and am very impressed. The trainers are not only experienced experts in their respective fields but also excellent communicators.”

Ruth Northey, Soft Touch Arts, Leicester

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New film library to tackle homophobic bullying in schools
  •        Ground breaking film library to tackle homophobic bullying in schools
  •        8 short films are now available free of charge
  •        Produced by young people in Wales for young people everywhere

Organisers of the Iris Prize have today (28 January 2016) launched a library of short films produced by young people dealing with LGBT bullying. The short films have been produced by secondary school pupils from all over Wales over the past two years. Available free of charge on YouTube, the 8 short films are all unique telling a different story using comedy as well as hard hitting drama to communicate their message.

Figures released by Stonewall confirm that over half of all young gay people experience homophobic bullying and of them, 41% have attempted or thought about taking their own life. 56% of young people deliberately self-harm and this rises to 61% if subjected to bullying.

Andrew Pierce, Chair of the Iris Prize said: “There’s something quite special about empowering young people to deal with these important issues on their own terms. We’ve been fortunate to have worked with some incredibly talented and brave pupils from all over Wales to produce these films.

“I’m encouraged that we have schools in Wales who are willing to address issues of homophobic bullying head on. These films can now be used by other schools as a starting point for debate and discussion. The films can also be integrated into different parts of the curriculum.”

“Thanks to the generous support of Ffilm Cymru Wales we are able to deliver the project for another year and during 2016 we will be visiting 5 secondary schools in Wales, and by the end of the year we will have another five films to add to the library.”

Janine Barnett-Phillips, Woodlands High School, Cardiff said: “Pupils who attend Woodlands High School have special needs. Thanks to the approach of Team Iris in treating the pupils as equals it has been a joy to see how they developed as individuals during this project. The level of discussion and debate, stimulated after making and watching short films, continues to make me proud of the individuals I teach. They are extraordinary and Team Iris have inspired them and helped to raise their self-esteem. The pupils from Woodlands more than most pupils understand the impact that being different can have on your life and this has helped them understand issues of homophobic bullying.

The 8 short films can be found here: http://ow.ly/Xj7pj

The Iris Prize education outreach project has received financial support from Google, Ffilm Cymru Wales and UIA Charitable Foundation.

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Further Details.

Berwyn Rowlands, Tel: +44 (0)29 20232744, Mobile: +44 (0) 7860 818294

Email: berwyn@thefestivalscompany.co.uk                  www.irisprize.org

The Iris Prize – Cardiff’s International LGBT Short Film Prize is supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation and continues to be the only LGBT short film prize in the world which allows the winner to make a new film. Iris is what film makers need – funding, support and guidance. The winner receives £30,000 to make their next short film in the UK.

Past winners, include Dee Rees (US) – 2007, Till Kleinert (Germany) – 2008, Eldar Rapaport (Israel/US) – 2009, Magnus Mork (Norway) – 2010, Daniel Ribeiro (Brazil) – 2011, Grant Scicluna (Australia) – 2012, Tim Marshall (Australia) – 2013, Brendan McDonall (Australia) 2014 and Arkasha Stevenson 2015 (US).

 

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FHW Top 10 Welsh Films 2015

It’s been a great year for Welsh cinema, Welsh filmmakers and retrospective seasons – here’s a roundup of some of the best films and events of 2015! 

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Call for Advisory Members

Film Hub Wales (FHW) is looking for experienced individuals who can bring new skills to our existing advisory group. We would welcome representatives from a diverse range of organisations from across Wales, including highly skilled freelancers.
The group will represent the interests of the region’s Hub members, work with the Hub management team to inform future strategy and act as an advocate for the Film Audience Network.
The group will be representative of the cultural exhibition sector in Wales and will ideally include an individual from outside of the film sector.
Members would be expected to attend four meetings per year (one per quarter). The team may request an infrequent sub-group meeting where circumstances require.

Key priorities for FHW:

1. All varieties of film exhibitors, including community representatives. Please see our members list for examples.

2. Young audiences and life-long learning,

3. Fundraising experience across multiple income streams,

4. Marketing and PR specialists,

5. Those working strategically within national organisations, with a cross arts remit,

6. Research, data capture and sector development,

7. Welsh culture,

8. Diversity.

 

It is recommended that applicants discuss the role with Hana Lewis, FHW Strategic Manager, prior to submission: hana@filmhubwales.org or 02920 353740

For information, our existing advisory members can be found on our website here.

Please read the FHW Advisory Group Terms of Reference (TOR) for further details. 

Please send completed Advisory Group EOI Forms by email to hana@filmhubwales.org by Monday 4th January 2016.
Candidates may be invited to meet following submission of the EOI.

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New Digital Platform means anywhere can be a Cinema

Since 2009, the social enterprise Open Cinema has been enabling low-income and excluded communities in the UK and Ireland to programme and manager their own cinemas and filmmaking programmes. Since inception, 34 film clubs have welcomed 14k admissions with 200 special guests, and participants have produced 56 short films of their own. The company has won numerous awards and recognition for its work, including being selected to present film made my homeless people from all over the world at the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Open Cinema today (Thursday 1st October) launches its new service, enabling workplaces, leisure or community centres to screen films to audiences across the UK. It has also received over 600 enquiries from 70 countries, from communities that want to use and adapt their model themselves and return communal storytelling to its ancient role in society.

  • Digital platform is a subscription service – £40 per month (£30 to low-income communities)
  • Venues can choose from a growing library of films – currently over 13,000 – to show to audiences at their chosen time, venue and price
  • Open Cinema helps venues get started with a guide to equipment and screening room preparations
  • Events are accessible to all, or to private groups, or if you wish, programmable by outside groups, such as a book club or surfers collective
  • Platform automates the licensing of each screening
  • Event marketing and reviewing tools are built in to the platform
  • Platform enables venues to sell tickets, with the revenues then being automatically distributed between the venue and the rights owner

The platform is operated by a new company, Open Cinema International Ltd, 10% owned by the Open Cinema Foundation. The Foundation continues to work on the special projects with frontline support organisations including St. Mungo’s Broadway and Homeless Link, publish impact research, and provides filmmaking programmes for both service uses and communications teams within social sector organisations. Open Cinema are currently in discussion with dozens of organisations across a wide range of sectors, including community centres, hotels, care homes and offices, and expect to capitalise on the success of over 6 years of community cinema delivery through the foundation.

10% of profits from the new company will be used to support the Foundation’s work in support environments

Founder and CEO Christopher Warrack says:

“Open Cinema was founded to bring excluded communities together through cinema, and to bring the film industry closer to the poor. A digital platform has always offered the prospect of reducing costs and prices, and making the model much more widely available to low-income communities.

But there shouldn’t really be such a distinction, so any community can now register a space as a cinema and start presenting thrilling or in any way significant film events – libraries and law firms, corporates and community centres, church halls and pubs – and these can be findable and accessible by anyone with the app, bring all walks of life together to engage in events that stir the passions and mobilize collaborations, or simply delight or bemuse.

We have a huge range of amazing features to add in the coming months, according to what people find valuable or useful. I hope that this begins to realise a little more of the potential in the much-loved medium of cinema, at a time when communities could do with better ways to express themselves and find solutions to the challenges we face.”

Film actor and former Open Cinema guest Natascha McElhone says:

“In these days of trying to watch great creative works on little gadgets on the bus, Open Cinema put the community and big screen first. They hand the gift of cinema to people far from the spotlight of the high street, wealth and celebrity.

I introduced The Truman Show to an audience of young people at a homeless shelter in the West End… I saw people’s moods change, lift, conversations start, interaction where there had been a heavy sad silence in the room before.

The transformational effect of movies is what makes them so necessary and everyone should have access to that experience – even if it’s just for two hours – being transported away from their real life woes can sometimes make things just bearable. With their new digital platform, many more communities will be able to watch great films in local settings and get closer to all the stories the world of cinema as to offer”

For more information please contact ben@opencinema.net or visit www.opencinema.co

 

 

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Charlotte Brownhill: The Work Experience Diaries 2015

Charlotte Brownhill – A second year BA (Hons) Media, Culture & Journalism student at the University of South Wales, talks about her placement with Riverfront Arts Centre (Newport):

21st October 2015

Today my day involved writing a press release for Disney Pixar’s Animated film Inside Out (U). The Riverfront will be showing this film at their cinema next week for half-term from Monday 26th – Thursday 29th October.

The Riverfront usually screens a film a week from Monday – Wednesday but due to half-term it was really important to produce a lot of marketing for Inside Out as it is a cheap day out for all the family, only costing £1.50 a ticket – you can’t go wrong there!

I began by writing a press release that will hopefully be featured in The Argus – A South Wales Newspaper. This newspaper is where The Riverfront advertise all of their upcoming events e.g. theatre, cinema etc. To ensure my press release would give the film justice I began to research reviews written about Inside Out, this involved the website Rotten Tomatoes which I highly recommend when trying to find an in depth review of a film as it provides statistics, trailers, ratings and reviews varying from top critics (such as The Guardian) to everyday users. I also began to look reviews from The Telegraph to Variety to Rolling Stones. I gather key words and information from them all and begin to form my own press release. I enjoy this as it gives me the opportunity to research thoroughly into a film – since beginning my work experience here my knowledge of films has improved.

After my press release is completed and checked, I schedule a number of tweets for the upcoming week to promote the film. I schedule tweets on Hootsuite throughout the day and evening promoting Inside Out in various ways such as linking trailers or images on the film as well as hash tags. The power of the hashtag can really boost promotion and I think it’s important to use as much social media as possible when promoting.

Another perk of the job this week was that I got two free meals for the Nando’s opening opposite the Riverfront in The Friars Walk shopping centre!

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Children’s Film First Conference 2015 (Claire Vaughan, Chapter)

Claire Vaughan, Programme Officer at Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff tells us all about her experiences at the Children’s Film First Conference 2015 in Brussels:

“A hop to London on a bus, a skip onto the Eurostar and a jump off the platform into the beautiful, multicultural city of Brussels and I was making my way to a European-wide conference on Children’s Cinema.”

 

 

 

In these times of austerity it proved that there are alternatives and with a little investment in these areas we can create a more robust and healthy film culture in the future. A really inspiring couple of days with some wonderful people.

 

 

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Tainted Love season 2016 (Philip Wyn Jones)

 

An introduction to Chapter’s Tainted Love season from Philip Wyn Jones, part of BFI LOVE, in partnership with Plusnet:

 

“I’M LOOKING FOR LOVE. Not something superficial and unconvincing. The real thing. But please don’t rush. I’m writing this with reference to four Hitchcock films showing at Chapter in October. They are: Rebecca (1940), Notorious (1946), Vertigo (1958) and Psycho (1960). All these films feature various kinds and degrees of love. I’ll be choosing the most impressive and placing those characters in my Lovers’ Gallery”

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Film Hub North presents This Way Up

Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 December, HOME, Manchester

We’re excited to announce This Way Up 15’s keynote speakers, guiding themes and an opportunity for you to help shape the programme.

This innovative two-day conference, hosted by Film Hubs North, Scotland and North West Central, invites film exhibitors to rethink traditional exhibition, and reflect on what audiences really want in a personalised, digital age.

Come along to examine emerging and disruptive trends, experiment with new models, and debate these provocations and more: What is the value of cinema? – From communal DIY to West End deluxe. Are film critics an endangered species? The rise and rise of Event Cinema  – is a film no longer enough?

Keynote speakers announced

Nick North (Director of Audiences, BBC) will explore how rapid shifts in delivery are changing the way audiences discover and consume content in Audiences 2.0.
Marianne Maxwell (Producer, National Theatre of Scotland) will ask what cinemas can gain when they start thinking Without Walls?
Anna Higgs (Executive Producer, High Rise, Duke of Burgundy) will look at how experiments with day and date releasing can create new opportunities for audiences, filmmakers and cinemas.
Writer, broadcaster, critic and arts consultant, Gaylene Gould will act as conference MC.

Open call for pitches

Interested in helping to shape this year’s programme? We’re launching an open call for pitches for content – contact michael@thiswayupconference.com with your ideas for discussions or lunchtime labs (Deadline: 30 October 5pm).

Book now

Snap up your delegate pass for £130 and access a range of specially negotiated hotel deals via www.thiswayupconference.com.

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Llandaff North Tivoli Cinema Nominated for Award

Llandaff North’s Tivoli Cinema is in the running for a national award this weekend – just three months on from the community project’s launch event in June.

Cinema For All – the organisation that supports community cinema across the UK is holding the Film Society of the Year Awards on Saturday, 3 October in Sheffield.

The Tivoli Pop-Up Cinema is nominated in the Best Single Event category for its screenings in June as part of the Llandaff North Festival.

The original site of the Tivoli became a car showroom in 1961 and is now James & Jenkins Garage. As part of the Llandaff North Festival, local residents converted the showroom back to its original use and screened “The Night We Dropped a Clanger” – the last film shown at the Tivoli before it closed in 1959.

When organisers approached Mark James, of James & Jenkins, he immediately offered to move the cars out of the showroom – the old cinema hall – so people could enjoy the film in its original venue. “The building itself looks very different now, of course, but if you look carefully, you can still see one or two of the cinema’s features. When we took over the building the old projection room was upstairs, with the screen at the far end of what is now our large showroom. I’m pleased we could be part of the festival in such a significant way, and wish them the best of luck at the awards”

Festival organiser, Lewys Wootten said, “When we learned that the garage was the original site of the cinema we researched online and found that the last film shown there was a wartime comedy starring some great British talents – Brian Rix, Leslie Phillips, Hattie Jaques, Liz Fraser, and a young Andrew Sachs. It seemed the natural choice for our pop-up cinema and proved very popular. We have some photographs and plans of the original cinema and many people who came along told us their memories of the Tivoli.”

There was also a family matinee show of ‘Paddington’ on the Sunday afternoon of the festival. Both films were very well attended and the Tivoli Cinema has since screened films in a local school and a café.

“We want to see families from Llandaff North, as well as film fans from further afield, come along to support our pop-up cinema. We keep ticket prices as low as possible and we show films that people will find interesting. It’s a fantastic initiative, but it needs the support of local people. The award nomination is recognition of the work we’ve put in as volunteers, and the potential for community cinema in Llandaff North.”

The Llandaff North pop-up cinema is supported by Film Hub Wales and Cinema For All, to find our more and to follow their progress head to their facebook page

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