Autumn/winter programme revealed!

After a great deal of deliberation we’ve settled on a knock-out programme for the start of the new screening year:

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THE GREAT GATSBY (12A)

Friday 27 September
Doors 7.15pm, film starts 7.45pm
+ Drinks reception and intermission

“The cast is first-rate, the ambiance and story provide a measure of intoxication and, most importantly, the core thematic concerns pertaining to the American dream, self-reinvention and love lost, regained and lost again are tenaciously addressed.”
The Hollywood Reporter

We kick-off in grand style, with Baz Luhrmann’s glossy and audacious adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby. Leonardo DiCaprio is in the title role, ably supported by Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. Luhrmann doesn’t do things by half, and we can guarantee a dazzling spectacle in high definition on our big screen!

We’ll get the evening off to a suitably decadent start with a 1920s themed drinks reception to mark the beginning of our second year.

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BEHIND THE CANDELABRA (15)

Friday 25 October
Doors 7.15pm, film starts 7.45pm

“As a black comedy, and as a portrait of celebrity loneliness, Behind the Candelabra is very stylish and effective, and Damon and Douglas give supremely entertaining performances.”
The Guardian

Ever wondered what went on behind the staid, buttoned up facade of that most retiring and bashful of stars, Liberace? Well, this film reveals all…

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, and based on a memoir, the film stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon as you’ve never seen them before. The movie was a highlight at this year’s Cannes festival, but only appeared in cinemas a short time. Now’s your chance to see it again on the big screen, and find out what all the fuss is about.

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UNTOUCHABLE (15)

Friday 22 November
Doors 7.15pm, film starts 7.45pm

“This is not a film that will change the whole world, but one that just might charm it.”
The Daily Telegraph

“It delivers broad laughs and tugs at the heartstrings without delving too deep – the very definition of a crowd-pleaser.”
Time Out

Every so often a film comes along that captures the public imagination and holds it, week after week, at the box office. One such film is Untouchable, which just happens to be French. In fact it’s the second most successful film of all time at the French box office, and is perfectly pitched to raise a laugh and elevate your spirits. Based loosely on a true story, the film is so captivating you hardly even notice the subtitles. C’est magnifique!

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DESPICABLE ME 2 (U)

Saturday 14 December
Doors 3.00pm, film starts 3.30pm

After last year’s successful Christmas charity fund raiser, we’ve decided to do it again! This time around we’re raising money for Llancarfan Primary School PTA, in celebration of victory earlier this year over plans to close the school. And what better way to bring the whole community together than with this year’s family film sensation? Funny, warm,  funny, charming and funny, it really doesn’t matter if you’ve not seen the first instalment. Just come along to show your support, enjoy a selection of festive refreshments and remember to bring your minions…

Film Society of the Year Awards: WE NEED YOU!

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Each year the British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) hosts its annual conference and prestigious Film Society of the Year Awards. This year’s event, over the weekend of 21/22 September, takes place in London at the Institut français and BFI Southbank.

Any BFFS member can apply to be considered for the Awards, and we thought we’d take a shot at the Best New Society category. We’ll be putting an application together in the next few weeks. If you think we deserve recognition for our first year of operation, we’d like to include a selection of testimonials. You can email your support to llancarfancine@gmail.com or drop us a line at Longwood House, Llancarfan, CF62 3AD.

In addition, we’d like your help with another of the Awards categories: The Filmbank Audience Award. There’s a chance to win £1,000 for the Community Cinema, which we’d invest in new equipment. All you have to do is email us (llancarfancine@gmail.com) with a response to the following question in 100 words or fewer:

How has your community cinema used film screening events to engage your local community?

The deadline for Awards applications is Thursday 8 August, so we’d love to hear from you as soon as possible. Thanks, and fingers crossed!

Join now for the 2013/14 season!

As the projector lamp cools after our last screening of the season, now is the time to join up in readiness for the next.

We start monthly screenings again in September, running through until May 2014. We’re keeping membership subs the same, which means you can enjoy a full screening year for just £30 for a family of up to six, or £20 for individual membership.

Full details, including an online membership form, can be found here.

Our new autumn programme will be published shortly.

Village Show 2013

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We decided to host a stall at this year’s Llancarfan Village Show, and what a good decision it turned out to be. The idea was simple enough: pitch a tent, sell ice creams, provide some film-themed diversions and raise awareness among those who might not have come across us before.

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The ices flew out of the freezer thanks to the warm weather, and our prize competition (guess the number of bits of popcorn in a glass jar) proved a popular challenge. Gary Osborn carried away the prize (four free cinema tickets, a bottle of bubbly and a cycle helmet kindly donated by Cowbridge Guide), after guessing closest to the total (618).

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Inside the stall we displayed several rare 1950s film magazines on loan from Rich Tamplin, evoking the golden age of Hollywood and British cinema. We also sold a selection of donated DVDs, and we plan to do similar at all future screenings; so if you have any unwanted discs, we’ll gladly take them off your hands!

All told we raised £123.50 for our new equipment fund, so thanks to everyone who visited. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

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AGM report

Around 50 people gathered at the Fox & Hounds on Saturday 6 July for our summer BBQ and inaugural AGM. With the sun shining it was the perfect way to end our first year.

Looking at the film posters arrayed along the pub garden wall it was hard to imagine how we managed to cram in so many great films: where did the time go?

The Chair’s report cast a backward glance across the most significant numbers of the year, reproduced below for posterity:

  • 0 = the number of times we’ve had to cancel a show because of major technical difficulties;
  • 2 = the number of projectors we use (including the High Definition kit we borrow from Creative Rural Communities;
  • 3 = the number of special events we hosted in the first year (Best Exotic Marigold Hotel grand launch; the Christmas charity fund raiser; and the James Bond theme night);
  • 10 = the number of performances our most loyal audience members have attended. Mick and Sheila Mace (of course!) were presented with a bottle of bubbly by way of thanks;
  • 60 = the number of new chairs we plan to buy later this summer with grant money from Creative Rural Communities;
  • 247 = the number of ice creams consumed at screenings over the course of the year;
  • 497 = the total number of tickets we sold during the year.

This was followed by the Treasurer’s report, which made for very happy listening: we generated a decent surplus through membership subs, tickets sales and concessions, which we plan to invest in new equipment and special events next season. A copy of the draft accounts is available here: Draft Accounts.

The final business of the afternoon involved electing the new committee, and the existing members were returned unopposed (Chair: Jim Barratt; Treasurer: Paul Jenkins; Membership Secretary: Gareth Tickner).

Here’s to the next year!