26 March Thornbury & 9 April Calstock
Over 120 delegates from 35 film societies and community cinemas enjoyed a superb programme of films at our twin viewing sessions this spring:
– first at Thornbury, north of Bristol, on 26 March, where our hosts Thornbury Picture House made us very welcome in the historic Armstrong Hall.
– and then a fortnight later, at Calstock on 9 April, we were welcomed by the very recently formed film club at Calstock Arts, in the beautiful Tamar Valley.
With two Oscar winning titles – Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea – in the line-up (albeit low-budget independent ones, that weren’t expected to win major prizes when the programme was planned!) competition for top audience ratings was going to be tough.
In the event, the audiences at both venues gave the CfA SW top marks to Iciar Bollain’s engaging Spanish fable The Olive Tree.
Like Bollain’s previous film Even the Rain – another film society favourite, and also, incidentally, introduced at CfA SW Viewings at Thornbury! – the film was scripted by Paul Laverty, long-time collaborator of Ken Loach.
CfA SW film notes for all of the films shown can be found here.
The Olive Tree and Moonlight are both available to CfA members and associates at preferential booking rates from Cinema for All’s Booking Scheme.
Audience reactions for all the films for combined venues are given below.
Click here if you want to see the details for the venues separately.
Special thanks to:
Calstock Film Committee: Jenny Coleman, Peter and Caroline Hammond, Anna Wright, Peter White and Tony Couchman, Claire Marshall and Carn-to-Cove, Calstock Arts and Film Hub SWWM for grant aid.
Thornbury Picture House: Jules Craig, Barbara Ray, Terry Ray and all members of the TPH Committee, Rosina Catering, and projectionists Mark Harris, Tony Ray, Mike Craig and Paul Schilling.
|Calstock||Bradford on Avon, Budleigh, Carn to Cove, Chudleigh, Liskerrett Community Cinema, Looe (Cinema by the Sea), Lostwithiel (Lost in Film), Millbrook Movies C Fylm, Ponsanooth C Fylm, Tiverton, Yeovil Cinémathèque (11 Societies/Organisations).|
|Thornbury||Batcombe, Bath Film Festival, Blandford Forum, Bracknell, Bradford on Avon, Budleigh, Crewkerne (FilmCrew), Dorchester, Highworth, Ilminster, Lyme Regis, Malmesbury, Nailsworth, North Curry, Olveston, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Shipham Community Cinema, Stroud & District, Swindon, Tetbury, Thornbury Picture House, Topsham, Warminster, Yeovil Cinémathèque (24 Societies/Organisations)|
For information and reports about earlier Viewing Sessions, please click on the links below.
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