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.
The selection of six new digital releases, shown in the Main Hall and the George Thiery Room, didn’t disappoint either, with some of the highest reactions recorded at recent SW Viewings. The line-up included some obvious choices for next season like the multiple Oscar winning Green Book but also less well-known titles such as The Guilty from Denmark and an up-lifting Swiss comedy drama, The Divine Order as well as Cannes Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters, all of which may find their way into community cinema programmes. There was also a fitting tribute to the legendary French director Agnès Varda who died last month at the age of 91. The full results will be available after the second leg in Cornwall but five of the six titles scored over 86% and the top title a record 95%. There were also many opportunities to network and enjoy the company!