THE OLIVE TREE tops the poll at Spring Viewing Sessions
Oscar winning Manchester by the Sea, and British indie comedy Burn, Burn, Burn shared second place, each scoring 81%.
Over 120 delegates from 23 film societies attended the twin sessions at Thornbury and Calstock. Thanks to Thornbury Picture House and Calstock Arts for hosting the events.
A full round-up will be published here shortly.
* The Olive Tree is now available for booking by CfA members and associates from the CfA Booking Scheme
Film South West Top Films 2016
Are you looking for ideas for your shortlist for next season?
Look no further!
Brian Clay has compiled a list of top film choices made by some of the media critics, with contributions from some of CfA SW Exec committee.
Click here to view and download a copy.
What were you watching in 1976?
Its passing evoked a bit of nostalgia for committee member David Johnston, thinking back and reflecting on the films he was watching then.
Most of us won’t have his encyclopaedic notes! – but his memories will surely remind us of where and when we watched many of the films he mentions here.
Send us your memories to add to the list!
CfA SW 40th Anniversary Offer
A reminder that the SW Group Executive has chosen their “top twenty” titles from the hundreds of films that have been shown at SW Viewings over the years, and is offering a £40 refund on the usual licence fee to the first ten SW applicants who book any of the titles in the coming season.
The films chosen range from foreign language favourites such as The Motorcycle Diaries and The Devil’s Backbone to British and US classics, including Stephen Frears’s Dirty Pretty Things and Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanours.
The full list, and how to apply, is here.
TRUMAN tops the SW Autumn Viewing audience poll
Tying in second place, with 82.7%, were the new addition to the Booking Scheme Sweet Bean, and Matteo Garrone’s extraordinary Tales of Tales.
All six films in the programme were very well received by the audience. For full details, and links to CfA SW film notes, click here
SW Group 2016 Annual General Meeting
Teignmouth was also the venue for this year’s SW Group AGM, held after lunch on Viewing day.
There were a number of changes to the Group Executive following Brian Clay’s stepping down after 40 years as Regional Secretary. He will continue to be the contact with the national body and Film Hub SWWM, whilst most of his roles have been taken over by other Exec. members.
Vice-Chair John Holmes said there were still jobs to be shared out and invited other SW Society organisers to step forward and join the fun!
Treasurer Chris Baker reported that the Group had added a new state-of-the art Canon digital projector for start-up screenings and hire by CfA members. It was in use for the previews in the Drama Studio that day with impressive results.
Film Hub SWWM were thanked for help in funding the Viewing Sessions, and for travel bursaries, which a several member groups had taken up.
SW Group at the CINEMA FOR ALL National Conference
The theme of this year’s National Conference, celebrating the 70 years from the founding of the British Federation of Film Societies in 1946 to the present-day Cinema for All, was Community Cinema Heroes. The 200 delegates who came to Sheffield’s Showroom Workstation certainly confirmed that volunteer-led cinema was ready to build on its heritage to ensure the future of community cinema.
The Heroes theme formed the basis of the well-attended seminars highlighting, amongst others, the Champions, Energisers and Originators that are showing the way forward. There were also film previews including Neruda, the new release of the Booking Scheme from Pablo Larrain, the Chilean director of a favourite from a few years back, No, also starring Gael Garcia Bernal.
The climax of the weekend was the 47th annual Film Society of the Year Awards on the Saturday evening which provided another opportunity to celebrate the heritage of seventy years and the current vibrancy of the movement.
South West Societies were shortlisted in two categories: Axbridge Roxy Film Society were up for the Community Award and Lostwithiel’s Lost in Film entered their Single Event presentation for the Cornwall Film Festival of silent films with a live jazz score.
Both Societies won deserved Commendations in their hotly contested categories.
Kat Smith said “Coming to the Conference was really worthwhile, there was lots of time for networking and meeting organisers from all over the country. We’d like to thank Film Hub SWWM for the travel bursary which helped with our 6-hour journey from Lostwithiel.”