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UNEXPECTED FAVOURITES AT CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL
posted in Louth Film Club News 2007

The most satisfying aspect of the Louth Children’s Film Festival, co-hosted last week (9th-13th July) by Louth Film Club and the Playhouse Cinema, was that all the five films shown proved to be popular with the children who watched them.
 
It was not just the obvious films (The Railway Children and The Borrowers) they liked, but the three older or more unusual films. In fact, for the nearly 300 pupils of Lacey Gardens Junior School who saw three or more of the films, the favourites appear to have been Hue & Cry, a 60-year-old, black-and-white Ealing comedy, and Kirikou Et La Sorcière, a French cartoon telling a West African folk tale. Buster Keaton’s 1924 silent comedy Sherlock Jr, shown with one of his best short films, The Scarecrow, was also a great hit.
 
Total attendance at the special daytime schools performances was 1254, excluding teachers and other school staff. The public performances attracted a rather disappointing total of 107, split about 60/40 children to adults. A major publicity campaign failed to overcome local people’s reluctance to go to the cinema at 5.30pm! But, again, all five films were enjoyed by those who did turn up.
 
Thanks are due to Playhouse owner Gerald Parkes, for his enthusiastic support of the festival, and to all his staff, especially cinema manager Ralph Dalton and senior projectionist Steven West for uncomplainingly putting many extra hours and much hard work into making sure the festival ran smoothly. And a special thank you to Yvonne Finnie, for generating such interest in the festival, not just at Lacey Gardens, where she teaches, but also at other junior schools in the town.
 
Alex McMullen
Film Club chairman and festival organiser
17th July 2007
 

CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL: PUBLIC SCREENINGS SCHEDULED
posted in Louth Film Club News 2007

We have now fixed the programme of early evening (5.30pm) public screenings of the five films we will be showing at the Louth Children's Film Festival in July (see our announcement below). Dates and further details of the films can be found by going to our What's On page and clicking on Children's Film Festival.

 Louth Film Club Committee
 4th June 2007

COMING SOON: LOUTH CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL

CLUB PROGRAMME COMMENDED
AT FILM SOCIETY OF THE YEAR AWARDS

posted in Louth Film Club News 2007

For the second year in a row, Louth Film Club won a commendation at the Film Society Of The Year awards in London.
 
Last year we were recognised as one of the best new film societies in the country. This year our selection of films for the current season (February 2007 to January 2008) won a commendation in the Best Programming Category.
 
We thought were in with a real chance of winning an award this year, but are still delighted with the commendation in what is probably the FSoY’s most competitive category.
 
The awards ceremony, organised by the British Federation Of Film Societies, was held at BFI Southbank, formerly the National Film Theatre, on Saturday 3rd March.
 
Penwith Film Society, which shows films in Penzance and other towns in west Cornwall, won the Best Programming Category, whilst CinéGuernsey walked away with three prizes, including the main award, the Engholm Prize for Film Society Of The Year.
 
...AND WE PICK UP SOME IDEAS FOR NEXT YEAR’S PROGRAMME
 
Over the same weekend as the FSoY awards ceremony, film society representatives from around the country watched special previews of forthcoming movies at BFI Southbank, screened by the Independent Cinema Office.
 
Louth Film Club chairman Alex McMullen watched half a dozen films over the two days and was impressed enough by two or three to put them on his shortlist for the club’s next programme, or possibly to suggest them as candidates for the Members’ Choice evening later this year.
 
The Danish film After The Wedding, a kind of Scandinavian Secrets And Lies, and a gripping French thriller called Tell No One were Alex’s highlights, whilst he also enjoyed the new film about William Wilberforce and the abolition of slavery, Amazing Grace.
 
Louth Film Club Committee
10th March 2007

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