48 Hour Film Rush
Our friends at Prestwich Arts Festival put together a 48 hour filmmaking challenge.
Aesthetica Short Film Tour
In October last year we had the fantastic opportunity to screen eight award-winning short films, across a range of genres and formats, from the BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival. We have been asked about screening the Film Tour again this year and hope to make it an annual event.
What else are we up to
In September 2017 things took an incredible turn for us when we started up our Classic Cinema Club at The Longfield Suite, right in the heart of Prestwich.
The brainchild of our dear friend and group chair, the late Nigel Devereux, this was a project leaning towards the traditional, classic, ‘old favourite’ style of movie.
Aimed at older people struggling with loneliness and social isolation, or those simply desiring a non-multiplex cinema-going experience and the opportunity to socialise, the Classic Cinema rapidly became a favourite Longfield fixture.
We were able to get the scheme off the ground thanks to partnerships we forged with Ambition For Ageing and Bury Venues (Bury MBC), and funding we received from both. Although the Classic Cinema Club is in abeyance just now, we are working on a new model that better suits us, the venue, and our partners, and hope to revivify the project in 2020.
A visitor from Thailand
In November 2018, we were thrilled to be able to screen Love & Bananas, a life-changing documentary about elephant conservation in Thailand and Cambodia, at The Federation, Manchester.
Prestwich resident, Jo Kingston, herself a volunteer with Save Elephant Foundation and one of our regular audience members, proposed we screen this intensely moving film when she learned that the scheme’s founder – Lek Chaillert – was touring the UK and would be able to attend the event and host a Q&A afterwards. What an absolute joy and mine of information Lek was, and the event raised an ample £300 for her elephant sanctuary.
Cineastes of tomorrow
On three occasions, Park View Primary’s PTA has asked us to show children’s favourites such as Despicable Me, Hotel Transylvania and Penguins of Madagascar for their school cinema nights – all total sell-outs so far, and wonderful ‘old school’ events with that crackle of excitement in the air.