I’m Restarting A Film Night!

So, we had a serious case of the gremlins. On 4th July we were all set to screen Beast (2017) and a technical issue got in the way. Quite a decent one, but thankfully people who want to watch movies are also extremely generous and gracious.

Here are the emails that were sent to all attendees…

Email 1

“First of all I would like to say thank you so much for supporting this event. It was great to see a room full of people that wanted to see something a bit different.

I would also like to apologise that the event didn’t happen. I appreciate that you have put time aside to attend, made arrangements for childcare and so on. We have figured out what the technical issue is and are determined to find a solution, although that might require a change of venue. As mentioned, I will shortly process refunds.

The next step is to reorganise, because the film is excellent and deserves to be enjoyed by an audience. Once I have new details I will be in touch. Some of you will have booked for Funny Cow (1 Aug) and Phantom of the Paradise (5 Sep) and, at present these screenings will be taking place, albeit maybe at an alternate venue.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.”

Email 2

“Good Morning

Here is an update regarding the Clameur Du Cinema film screenings;

Following the cancellation of the 4 July screening of Beast (2017), I am pleased to announce that the film will be screened at 7pm on Wednesday 18th July 2018.

Despite identifying the technical problem that led to the event being cancelled we are unable to resolve it and so the location of all screenings will be changed to the Frossard Theatre at Guernsey Museum, Candie. It is a shame to leave the Digital Greenhouse, I have held events there in the past and found it to be a brilliant location. If you are looking to hold a business, creative, media or tech related event I would urge you to contact the Greenhouse and find out how they might be able to accommodate you. You can find more information at www.digitalgreenhouse.gg

The move to Guernsey Museum means that changes have had to be made to our other planned screenings due to prior bookings. Apart from Beast, future screenings will now take place on the last Wednesday of the month rather than the first. Funny Cow will screen on 29 August and Phantom of the Paradise will screen on 26 September. If you have already booked for either of these screenings and cannot make the new dates please contact me for a full refund otherwise your booking will remain in place.

On the plus side, the Frossard Theatre has a larger capacity so there will be 20 more seats available at each screening and having the last Wednesday of the month as our screening slot means that there will be a film on Halloween!

I will shortly send out direct invites regard all our screenings. Please let me know if you wish to be removed from the mailing list. You can always find information about Clameur Du Cinema events at www.cdcgsy.com/screenings

Thank you for your support.”

…so, Beast will be screened, onwards and upwards.

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I’m starting a film night!

So, I’ve booked a venue, sorted three films and licensing, and chosen a name. I’m starting a film night.

I’ve screened films before, and talk about them endlessly, but it’s time to actually create a regular film night and share all the new, odd and interesting films that don’t get a look in on Guernsey’s screens. The films are vital, but it’s the audiences that will make it a success and their engagement and enjoyment.

So here we go…

The night is called Clameur Du Cinéma and won’t be as pretentious as it sounds. It takes place on the first Wednesday of every month at Guernsey’s Digital Greenhouse (a great interactive venue) starting on 4 July 2018 with Beast (2017). I’ve also booked Funny Cow (2017) and Phantom of the Paradise (1974). Tickets can be booked here.

Here goes, wish me luck…

Wynter

Goodbye to CineGuernsey

This week I heard the sad news that our local cinema society CineGuernsey would be closing after 11 years.  During that time it screened a wide variety of independent, foreign, and classic cinema to appreciative audiences.  Unfortunately, new, easier ways of accessing film (VOD) and ever decreasing cinematic release windows have led to lower audience numbers and the society’s inability to cover screening costs.  Which is sort of bitter-sweet as part of CineGuernsey’s mission was to broaden interest in cinema and they have certainly helped do that.

So if more people are watching more films on demand, if our local cinema is showing a massively increased variety of films compared to five years ago what have we actually lost?

The answer is conversation.

CineGuernsey didn’t just choose films to show, they curated.  Films were chosen after debate and discussion by the committee.  Why are we showing this?  Does it expand our understanding of film or the wider world?  Does it start a conversation?  In addition each film would have an introduction.  Sometimes a look at the director or screenwriter, sometimes a delve into the film and it’s production, there were also short story readings, Q&As with film makers, parallels with current events, discussions and even short films that complimented the main feature (Elephant (2003) and Elephant (1989) pictured above was one example).  Questions and comments were always welcome and no audience walked out in silence.

That’s a big loss especially when every cinema lover’s favourite question is ‘have you seen?’.

Screenings are, and always will be, a massively important part of film culture and so are the conversations that they inspire.  They are a place for a community to discover and discuss art, laugh, cry and hide behind their hands.

CineGuernsey will be much missed.  Thanks to all those that have been involved over the years, the films were wonderful and so were the people.

Goodbye CineGuernsey… or maybe À la perchoine if someone can figure out the economics.

 

 

CineGuernsey: Life of Riley (7.30pm, Fri 12 June 2015)

Adapted from the play by Alan Ayckbourn, Life of Riley is a French comedy-drama directed by Alain Resnais in his final feature before his death.

In Yorkshire, three couples are shattered by the news that their mutual friend George Riley is fatally ill and has only a few months left to live. Thinking how best to help him, they invite him to join their amateur dramatic group, but rehearsals bring their past histories to the surface.

Friday 12th June 2015 19:30

Frossard Theatre

Members: £6.50, Non-members: £8.00, Students: £5.00

2014 France (Français (Eng subs)) 108min. UK cert: 12.

Book online at http://www.guernseytickets.gg

Beau Cinema: June 2015 Picks

Beau Cinema’s June screenings are up and the full list can be found at http://beausejour.gg/cinema but here are my picks;

From 8 – 13 June they are holding a bit of a sci-fest (sorry about that) with 3D screenings of Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Gravity (2013), Pacific Rim (2013), Prometheus (2012), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Godzilla (2014).  If you can only go to one I would suggest Gravity, it’s a great opportunity to see it on a larger screen and the use of 3D’s weird miniaturizing effect is devastating.  I’m also duty bound to recommend Pacific Rim because a giant robot hits a giant monster with a giant boat.

About Time (2013) Richard Curtis’ time-travel romance (screening on 25th June) is also a touching film about fathers and sons.  It deserves to be wider seen and you can find a short review here – https://sarniacinemagsy.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/abouttime/

The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Jaws (1975) speak for themselves and are screening on 28th and 30th June respectively.

…but Film of the Month for June is undoubtedly Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015).  It’s a genuine pleasure of a movie and one that parents and children can enjoy together.  85 mins of bliss.

Tickets can be booked online at http://www.guernseytickets.gg or from Beau Sejour.

CineGuernsey: The Possibilities Are Endless (7.30pm, Tue 19 May 2015)

The Possibilities Are Endless tells the incredible story of Edwyn Collins, the Scottish songwriter who suffered a stroke. After a career as an internationally acclaimed lyricist, he lost all language and was only able to say two phrases: “The Possibilities are Endless” and “Grace Maxwell”. The film is narrated by Edwyn, trapped inside his devastated mind and his wife Grace, the woman who pulled him back to life. More than just a story of determination against all odds; it is an intimate and life-affirming journey of rediscovery that celebrates how love, music and language shape our lives.

Tue 19th May 2015 19:30

Frossard Theatre

Members: £6.50, Non-members: £8.00, Students: £5.00

2014 UK (English) 83min. UK cert: 12A

Book online at http://www.guernseytickets,gg