Funding update: blackout blinds

Earlier this month we applied for funding from Creative Rural Communities to meet 70% of the cost of new blackout blinds for the Village Hall.

Light spill is a perennial problem for film screenings in mixed-use venues, although it’s not so noticeable in the darker months of winter.

We’re very grateful to Lancarfan and District Community Association (which manages the Village Hall) for kindly agreeing to match fund the new blinds alongside a contribution from our own reserves.

We expect to announce the funding decision at our Christmas screening, and if successful the blinds should be in place for the new season of screenings starting January.

We Bought a Zoo: Saturday 15 December

“There’s a lot of fun waiting at
We Bought a Zoo.”
Rolling Stone

“…an easy-going, likable film.” The Guardian

For our Christmas special we’ve gone with Cameron Crowe’s (JERRY MAGUIRE) story of a young widower (Matt Damon) as he begins a new life with his children in a rundown house…with a zoo attached. Scarlett Johansson supplies romantic interest, and the film is inspired by a remarkable true story (originally set in Dartmoor). It promises a bit of festive fun for all ages!

This early afternoon performance (doors at 3.30pm, film starts 4.00pm) will be topped and tailed by some good old-fashioned Christmas socialising over mince pies, mulled wine, our usual selection of delicious ices and a chocolate fountain. (Don’t worry, the diet can wait until the New Year).

In addition, the Fox & Hounds is offering soup and a turkey roll before the screening if you fancy making an afternoon of it (please let Sue and John know in advance if you’re interested in the lunchtime offer).

With this performance we’re delighted to support two charities close to our hearts locally: the Cerys Potter Foundation and Dreams & Wishes. All profits from ticket sales and refreshments will be donated to these excellent causes.

Brewing up a storm

Thanks to everyone who braved the elements last Friday to attend our third performance of the new season. A good number of us gathered for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, which climaxes with a tremendous storm. We were treated to the spectacle of torrential rain and hurricane-strength wind, so no change there then.

On a brighter note, our next film (We Bought a Zoo, 15 December) promises plenty of sunshine and Christmas cheer. Honest.

Now, where’s that sou’wester?

For your viewing pleasure…

We have two special treats to accompany his Friday’s performance of Moonrise Kingdom.

Alongside our delicious selection of Joe’s Ice Cream, we’re delighted to offer a range of fresh gourmet sorbets from local producer Wild Fig. Flavours will include lemon, raspberry, apple and chocolate & armagnac, supplied in 120ml tubs.

And while you’re enjoying your flavour of choice, we’ll be screening a work by cameraman Pete Tefler called Murlunsain. The short film was shot in and around St Cadoc’s church in Llancarfan, with a musical score composed by Benjamin Talbott, a student at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. The film premiered at this year’s National Eisteddfod and we’re grateful to the filmmaker for this opportunity to share it with a local audience.

Page 3 stunna!

Turn to page 3 of the newly resurrected Moviola Newsletter and you’ll see we’re featured (click here to see the PDF). What a delightful pair of images!

And if you’re wondering who Moviola is, as an Associate we benefit from their exemplary film booking service and other support whenever needed. You can find out more about the organisation and our fellow Associates on Moviola’s web site.