A couple of years ago, me & a couple of mates went to three or four screenings of short films at The Rose & Crown pub. We saw some really great films there, and we were quite disappointed when the monthly event just seemed to stop (we were never quite sure why).
A couple of weeks ago, I happened to read this blog post by someone I know and realised that they were once again short films (I have to admit, I don’t know whether it’s the same people hosting it or not – it could well be someone completely different).
So, me and a friend went along last night to see what it was like.
Instead of being in the old, sticky, stinky room above the pub that has been done up as a theatre (where I have seen a few things), it is now held in The Red Room (which is no longer red) which is nice enough, but a bit noisy and very small. That helped make it feel rather crowded, even though there were less than 20 of us!
Most of the people there were actually involved in the production of the various films, so I did make a point of saying that we would be their audience
As before, there was a huge variety of films, but I have to say the quality was far better than it used to be!
There was animation, humour, documentary, drama, arty – a whole range of different styles…definitely something for everyone. We got to vote for our favourite at the end and both my friend and I discovered that we’d voted for the same one – The Cable, a documentary piece about a 50 year old zip wire in Colombia 1300ft over the Rio Negro used by villagers that takes them 27-30 seconds to complete and saves them walking 2 hours to the next town.
It was amazing – and happened to have been produced by someone who I met while volunteering at the Respite Centre! You can see more on the wire here, including a documentary that was NOWHERE near as good as the one we saw last night, but unfortunately I don’t have a link for
At £3.50 entry including a bag of popcorn and/or sweets and a chance to meet the film-makers, it was a brilliant evening’s entertainment. I can’t wait for the next one, and just hope it doesn’t get TOO crowded!