Community Cinema Weekend Brochure



Community Cinema Weekend Brochure
Hello and welcome to the Cinema For All Community Cinema Weekend in partnership with Film Hub NI and
access>Cinema! This brochure will give you all the information you need on the activities taking place over
the weekend. We hope you find plenty of opportunities to meet friends old and new, discuss and share
issues important to you and see some great films.
Welcome – join us as we welcome you to the weekend.
Workshops – see page 4 for more details, including speakers and panellists.
Film screenings – we are previewing a fantastic selection of upcoming features and short films, many of
which will be available from Cinema For All. See pages 5-10 for full information and programme notes.
Networking – we’ve programmed plenty of networking time for you to share tips, gain ideas, or just chat
over a glass of wine with your fellow exhibitors, as well as the Film Hub and access<CINEMA staff.
We look forward to seeing you over the weekend. You can find Cinema For All staff and volunteers around
the venue at all times so please come and say hello.
Registration is from 9.30am in the Café/Bar area. Please pick up your name badge upon arrival. Your name
badge will allow you entry to the workshops and screenings, so please keep it with you at all times.
Complimentary tea and coffee will be available during morning registration and a buffet lunch will be
served from 12.00pm in the Café/Bar. Please refer to the programme on page 2-3 for more details and
It is recommended that you carry any valuable items with you during the conference.
Please join us on Saturday in the bar from 5.00pm for some complimentary drinks.
We welcome delegates with disabilities. Please let us know in advance of any specific requirements.
Queen’s Film Theatre Cinema is fully accessible.
Cinema For All has devised a series of workshops and sessions to give you the very best information, advice
and support, no matter what stage of operation you are at. Join us in the seminar room for presentations,
case studies from film societies and community cinemas and group discussions. Led by Jaq Chell of Cinema
for All.
1. Keepings volunteers, keeping motivation – Saturday, 10.05-11.50
Volunteers are the life-blood of a community cinema, but building a team, keeping up morale and
avoiding burn-out can be a big task. In this session we’ll explore what it takes to keep a happy and
helpful team, how to find new volunteers, in addition to sharing the top tips of a range of film
societies with great volunteer spirit.
2. Selecting films for your venue, specialised film, building audiences and social media - Saturday,
Balancing the films that you want to screen with films that your audience might be dying to see, can
be a tricky task. Come to this session to hear how other groups have walked this tightrope, their
top tips and how to build your audience without alienating their choices. We’ll also be looking at
how groups use social media to engage audiences and build relationships.
3. Building a Cinema For All NI Network – Saturday, 15.05-16.35
Cinema For All is proud to have a long history of supporting groups of film societies and community
cinemas to come together and form regional or national networks. If you are interested in being
part of a group of volunteers that offer support to each other, represents the interests of NI groups
and helps new groups set up, come and join Jaq Chell and Rob Manley of Newcastle Community
Cinema as we explore the options and start the first steps.
Followed by networking drinks in the Jameson’s Bar.
4. Fundraising, equipment and alternative content – Sunday, 10.05-11.50
A one-stop-shop for three important aspects of running a community cinema - led by Cinema For
All’s equipment expert Holly Turpin. Holly will also be speaking about the BFI Neighbourhood
Cinema Fund, which she supports in her role at Cinema For All.
5. Drop in Sessions – Sunday, 13.00-14.55
Anything we haven’t covered this weekend? Drop in and see us to share what’s on your mind. The
following people will be available to chat:
Jaq Chell (Cinema For All) – Starting up, venue licencing, tracking down films and licences, unusual/
special events
Hugh Odling-Smee (Film Hub NI) – Film Hub support, the BFI Film Audience Network
Maeve Cooke (access>CINEMA) – programming , festivals, touring
Holly Turpin (BFI Neighbourhood Cinema Fund, Cinema For All)– Neighbourhood Cinema
Equipment Fund, general equipment queries, equipment hire
Abi Standish (Minicine, Showroom Cinema, Cinema For All) – special events, programming,
Karen Wall (access>CINEMA) – programming, licences
We have selected an exciting range of upcoming films for you to preview this weekend. We are grateful to
all the distributors who have granted permission to screen these films and also particularly to Maeve Cooke
of access>CINEMA for her assistance in securing the screening of In A House That Ceased To Be. Several of
these films are unlikely to receive a wide release via commercial and independent exhibition, so this
weekend provides you with a special opportunity to see some excellent and under-exposed titles. The
majority of the films will be available for DVD or Blu-ray screenings from Cinema For All but full booking
details for all the films is provided.
Matteo Oleotto| Italy| 2013 | 106 mins
Paolo, a brash, rude and conniving alcoholic, is excited to
hear that his aunt, has passed away and he has been
appointed heir. Much to his disappointment his inheritance is
not wealth but the custody of a quiet, unassuming nephew:
Zoran. Paolo takes an instant dislike to his new responsibility
but after leaving Zoran in a bar Paolo returns to discover
Zoran amazing the locals with his impeccable talent for darts.
Perhaps Zoran may be Paolo’s route to riches after all…
‘I have always thought that, for your first film, you have to focus on something that you know very well. And
I do know this very well. I know my land and all its eccentricities and beauties, I know the people living there
and I have always been attracted by their way of relating to each other. [I wanted to make a film about] A
specific geographic place, the people of my homeland and a strange relationship between two opposite
characters. That’s how Zoran, my nephew the idiot came about.’ Matteo Oleotto interviewed by Venice
Film Festival
‘This sweet Italian romp springs joyously to life…the chemistry between Battison and Prasnikar is
wondrously coming. An utterly uplifting film.’ Ben Smith, Shelf Heroes
‘An exhilirating Giuseppe Battison stars in Matteo Oleotto’s meeting of cultures.’ Camillo de March,
Official website:
Theatrical release date: Spring/Summer TBC
Non-theatrical release date: TBC
Language: Italian with English subtitles
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
DCP (& DVD in ROI) | Cinefile | Ilona Morison| [email protected] | 0131 225 6191
DVD (UK) | Cinema For All | Richard Clesham | [email protected]| 0114 221 0314
Alberto Rodríguez | Spain | 2014 | 105 min
A neo-noir set in Spain’s deep south, Marshland
operates something like a Spanish True Detective.
Set 5 years after the death of Franco while political
tensions run high, two detectives are sent to a
backwater town to investigate a swathe of murders.
Pedro is a young detective of the new generation,
full of hope for Spain’s future and he rails against
the old school methods of his older partner, Juan.
Juan is a product of the France regime and the
conflict between the two threatens to derail their
Marshland swept the Goya awards winning 9
including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay.
‘I don’t have a clear memory of the transition to democracy, because I was very young: it was told to us in
such a way that it remained thus. We were encouraged to take up this screenplay again – we had left it
aside in 2005 – by two documentaries by the Bartolomé brothers. They have an informal take on the
transition; they look at it from the street back then. I found them really interesting and they gave us the idea
to develop the plot during that period. Many of the problems that we had 34 years ago are back today. The
main difference between then and now is the presence of the military and terrorism; today they’re not as
present. But, there were a lot of connections and we were really interested in that underlying tension, which
would allow us to make a movie with two levels of meaning: the plot and something else veiled, which lies
Interview with Alberto Rodríguez by Cine Europa
‘A strikingly handsome period cop drama… produces a striking new form of Southern Gothic. [Marshland
stands out] for its political nuance and outstanding art direction.‘ Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
‘This superbly crafted, richly textured thriller is one of the strongest Spanish films of the year. Grounded in
real social events… [a film] with contemporary resonance.’ Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
Official Website:
Theatrical Release: Summer 2015 TBC (UK/ROI)
Non-theatrical release: TBC
Language: English
DCP (DVD/Blu-ray in ROI) | Altitude | Hamish Moseley | [email protected] | 020 478 7608
DVD/Blu-ray (in UK) | Cinema For All | [email protected] | 0114 2210314
Alex Ross Perry | USA | 2014 | 108 min
Philip (Jason Schwartzman) is a novelist awaiting the
publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out
of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and
noise, a deteriorating relationship with his
photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and
his own indifference to promoting the novel. When
Philip's idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers
his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets
the peace and quiet to focus on his favourite subjecthimself. Philip faces mistakes and miseries affecting
those around him, including his girlfriend, her sister,
his idol, his idol's daughter, and all the ex-girlfriends and enemies that lie in wait on the open streets of
New York. A caustically funny, savagely honest depiction of the delusions of grandeur artists hold.
‘The three characters – Philip, Ashley and Ike – are all equally biographical in some way. Obviously, it’s easy
to look at me and Philip and say he is an autobiographical character. But the three characters all have
different aspects of my personality, each equally well-represented.
Jason [Schwartzman] is a really nice guy, and he is really funny, so he makes Philip (an unlikable character)
what he needs to be, which is someone who you actually enjoy. If an intense, brooding actor like Sean Penn
played Philip, he would be a monster, he would be horrifying. No one would enjoy watching the movie, and
when he is being funny, you wouldn’t laugh.’
Interview with Alex Ross Perry by Film Comment
‘Somehow both honours and continues the tradition of the New York literary comedy while burning the
whole establishment to the ground. Pursues fresh and unexpected insight…it deserves to be loved.’ Scott
Tobias, The Dissolve
‘Rueful and wise, a remarkably achieved feature told by Perry with immense filmmaking verve and
novelistic flourish, and acted by an exceptional ensemble cast.’ Scott Foundas, Variety
Theatrical Release: 5 June 2015 (UK/ROI)
Non-theatrical release: TBC
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
DCP (& DVD/Blu-ray in ROI)| Eureka Entertainment | Steve Hills | [email protected] | 020 8459
DVD/Blu-ray (UK) | Cinema For All | [email protected] | 0114 2210314
Ciarín Scott | Ireland | 2014 | 89 min
Cristina Noble is a tireless humanitarian and children’s
rights activist who has helped countless children around
the world. But her drive comes from her own past:
institutional abuse and poverty. As a young child she was
separated from her brother and sisters after her mother
died and she was told her siblings were dead. Later in her
life, her own son was forcibly adopted. Fifty years after
her family was torn apart this documentary follows
Christina’s attempts to put her family back together.
‘I started out making a much less ambitious film. I began and I didn’t know who Christina was so I came
without any preconceived ideas – originally it was just going to be a short television piece. But once I got to
know her I felt that her work and life deserved a deeper piece of work. After we filmed in Clifden I started to
think this was going to need to be a documentary feature – we had such beautiful images already. I wanted
to give her life its due. When Christina asked me how I was going to make a documentary about her I told
her I hadn’t a clue, which I didn’t. I just said I would follow her around and film and I think that gave
Christina confidence. Lots of people have tried to make a documentary about her before and I don’t know
what they said but I think they were telling her all the things they were going to do with it [which I didn’t].
It was only when Christina started talking about her family and all those things that the film became about
that as well. It gave us the micro in order to tell the macro, that’s how I described it many years ago [when
filming was still underway]. I wanted the personal story to bring us in to the big story and if it has depth and
levels it comes from that I think.’
Director interviewed at IFI Stranger Than Fiction Festival
‘A mesmerising, powerful meditation on the nature of good and evil it celebrates the triumph of the human
spirit but also depicts the tragedy and sacrifice that are too often ignored in mainstream media. It is an
absolutely essential and very important piece of work.’ Niall Murphy, Scannain
‘ is a powerful and compelling account of the life and work of Christine Noble.’ Carol Hunt, The Sunday
Theatrical Release: 13 March 2015 (ROI)– TBC (UK)
Non-theatrical release: TBC
Language: English
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
All formats | Ciarín Scott | [email protected]
Franco Lolli | Colombia, France | 2014 | 86 min | 12
Eric, 10, finds himself almost overnight living
with Gabriel, his father, who he barely knows.
Gabriel lives in a boarding house, a world away
from what Eric is used to. Gabriel has trouble
keeping their heads above water and building a
relationship with his son. Maria Isabel, the
wealthy woman Gabriel works for as a
carpenter, decides to take the child under her
wing but her altruism drives a wedge between
Eric and his father. Through Eric’s eyes we see
the different sides of life in Bogota in this
touching, humorous social drama.
‘In France, like in Colombia, the expression Gente de bien has two different meanings: it refers to both
people who do good deeds and those, from an affluent background, that possess material goods. My film
toys with this confusion. On one hand, we have this woman who believes she is doing good by taking a child
away from his father, on the other, we have a child who, for one summer, is integrated into a higher social
class. The latter is at the heart of Gente de bien, and I wanted to depict social conflict from an intimate
angle. To me, it is first and foremost a film about family, even though, as I was writing it, I realised that I
was making a somewhat odd and unconscious connection between family relationships and financial
relationships: the issue of abandonment is to me linked to the idea of tipping over from one social class to
another. Also at the heart of Gente de bien is a tale of morality. In fact, this film owes a lot to the traditional
Christmas tale. Even though this is a film for adults, it evolved in large part from childhood memories and
draws upon tales that I was told as a child.’
Director’s Statement
‘Nuanced and well acted…a quietly absorbing and well observed debut feature.’ Stephen Dalton, The
Hollywood Reporter
‘Brayan Santamaria, who plays Eric, is searingly intense while Carlos Fernando Perez’ performance is
extremely subtle. This understated drama is one of the most effective at the festival [London Film Festival
‘14] this year.’
Helen O’Hara, Empire
Theatrical Release: 17 April 2015 (UK), TBC (ROI)
Non-theatrical release: TBC
Language: Spanish
DCP | Martin Myers | [email protected] | 07836 360343
DVD (UK) | Cinema For All | Richard Clesham |[email protected] | 0114 221 0314
The Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary last September. Here we
present a selection of award winning short films from last year’s festival. The 8 films we are screening will
form part of a package of short films that Cinema For All will be making available for purchase by
community exhibitors. The final collection will be released in April and will be available to buy, with group
screening rights for 12 months, for £100.
The collection presents a great variety of films, some running at just 90 seconds, others close to 30
minutes. We will see stop-motion, digital animation, documentary and drama. Entries to the Encounters
Film Festival come from all over the world and this collection includes films from Argentina, the USA,
Belgium as well as the UK. The 8 films we will be screening are:
Carpark | Anthony Blades |
A simple shopping trip goes horribly wrong.
Crocodile | Gaëlle Denis |
A bereaved headmaster fights a crocodile.
A Million Miles Away | Jennifer Reeder |
Melancholy is depicted as a survival strategy in the
American mid-west.
Patterns |Figures| Patterns | Miklos Keleti |
Hannah is a deaf-mute little girl. However she hears a strange noise in a park one day and becomes more
and more obsessed with that experience.
The Dewberry Empire | Christian Schlaeffer |
An eight year-old girl and six year-old boy amble through a strange and still summer afternoon which seems
to exist only for them.
Father/ Padre | Santiago 'Bou' Grasso |
Day by day, the daughter of a retired military commander takes care of her bedridden father. The
dictatorship has come to an end in Argentina, but not in this woman’s life.
Marilyn Myller | Mikey Please |
Marilyn is trying really hard to make something that is good. For once her expectations and reality are going
to align, perfectly.
The Peace of Wild Things | Adam Laity |
This autobiographical film based on the poem by Wendell Berry follows a man’s journey into nature as he
searches for balance in his life.
DVD (UK) available April | Cinema For All | [email protected] | 0114 2210314
DVD (ROI) enquiries to Gaia Meucci | [email protected] | 0117 9 299188
The event is organised with support from the BFI, Film Hub NI and access>CINEMA and we thank them for
this assistance. A special thanks also to the staff of the Queen’s Film Theatre and to Rob Manley of
Newcastle Community Cinema.
Film Hub NI are part of the BFI Film Audience Network, a major initiative developed by the BFI to enable
film and events experts to work in partnership to boost film audiences across the UK, particularly in the
areas of specialised and independent British film.
Access>CINEMA is the resource organisation for regional cultural cinema exhibition in Ireland.
We are also indebted to our partner distributors: Altitude Film Distribution, Cinéfile, Encounters Short Film
and Animation Festival, Eureka Films, Network Releasing, and Ciarín Scott.
Event Producers: Richard Clesham and Hugh Odling-Smee (Film Hub NI)
Film programming: Richard Clesham and Maeve Cooke (Access>CINEMA)
Marketing and publicity: Holly Turpin, Maeve Cooke, Hugh Odling-Smee
Workshop developer and lead: Jaq Chell (Cinema For All)
Workshop stage manager: Abi Standish (Cinema For All)
Although Cinema For All will be charting the reaction scores of the films screened throughout the weekend
and will report these at the end of the weekend, you might find it handy to make your own notes here: