113 delegates from 24 Societies enjoyed Batcombe’s legendary hospitality with great food and films. The highest scoring films were the feel-good The Peanut Butter Falcon and the outstanding documentary Honeyland both achieving scores of over 90% accompanied by some great shorts sourced by Chris Baker. We’ve already heard that some groups have shortlisted both The Peanut Butter Falcon and Bait for their forthcoming seasons, while Transit and Aniara were the most divisive titles of the day, one delegate describing the latter as “absolutely brilliant” while others were less convinced! We will continue to monitor the take-up of the featured titles by South West-based member groups – please let us know if you will be programming any of them (including the shorts). Full details of the audience reaction scores are shown below.
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
A massive thank you goes to Virginia Membrey and her fantastic team for making it such a memorable day. Thanks too to Helen Ostle for her wonderful work on the Viewing Day brochure and to the Cinema for All SW Executive for their additional support.
We are thrilled that Lost in Film in Lostwithiel have agreed to host the Cornwall leg of the Spring Viewing on 29th March 2020 but we are in need of a host for the eastern leg, hopefully on the 22nd March. If you feel you can help please contact Jane Sanders on 01934 842940 – all you need is a team of helpers, a venue with two suitable viewing rooms, somewhere to eat and meet and we will help with advice, expertise and anything else that’s needed!
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Everything you need to know about the Batcombe Viewing Session Date: Sunday 24 November 2019 Location: Jubilee Hall, Back Lane, Batcombe, SHEPTON MALLET BA4 6HE Map: Location map Registration and coffee from 10:00 am. The programme starts at 10:30. Parking: There is plenty of parking in the car park attached to the hall. Cost: CfA Members/Associates £18, CfA Affiliates £22 and Full-Time students £15.
The first leg of the South West Group’s Spring Viewing attracted over seventy organisers from twenty South West Community Cinemas and Film Societies. The hosts, Shipham Community Cinema provided their usual welcoming atmosphere in the Village Hall with good food, great cakes and an intriguing film quiz.
Stroud Film Festival 2019 will run at eleven independent venues across the town and beyond, from Saturday 9th March, through to the last screening at Lansdown Hall on Sunday 24th March. (And watch out! Continuing from last year, some Pre Festival Events will be happening in January and February outside the festival fortnight.)
Paul Conroy with Marie Colvin
A number of events involve more than simply a film screening. There will be a chance to hear well known film makers talking about their work; several live in Stroud.
In addition to seeing and talking about them, ‘Film School’, on 9th March, is a one day workshop for local people to learn film making skills at Atelier.