In October 1925 The Film Society held its first meeting in Regent Street, London. The Society was set-up to screen the more artistic and avante–garde films which were being rejected by commercial cinemas. The concept of the community cinema was born.
Not only do community cinemas, which are run solely by volunteers with the help of grants and Lottery funding, provide access to films which are not normally available in commercial cinemas, but they also play a vital role in bringing local (often rural) communities together and creating opportunities for all ages that might not otherwise be available.
Gotelee Solicitors are therefore very pleased to sponsor the Village Film Festival for the Essex and Suffolk villages of Dedham, Wivenhoe, East Bergholt, Polstead and Langham. I’m delighted to say that the sponsorship has helped fund a special two-day ‘Film in a Weekend’ course for young people from 12-18 living in the villages involved.
I was invited to the opening reception for the Village Film Festival on 2nd October and it is not often I can say that I have met a group of such inspiring and passionate people. I was given an extremely warm welcome and had an enjoyable evening of good conversation, food and a few bubbles! Of course no film festival opening would be complete without a film and The Salt of the Earth, directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado was screened. This is a documentary about photographer Sebastião Salgado’s 40-year journey through the continents providing stunning images of our natural world in contrast with the horrors of famine and war.
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