Home Cinema Day

Today is Home Cinema Day, a national celebration of the communal experience of watching a film. A chance to get a few people together, pull up a comfy chair or two and immerse yourselves in the magic of the silver screen in the comfort of your own front room. Run your own film club for the day! Be your own programmer! Choose your own fantasy double-bill and ambience without the headache of licensing issues or hiring a venue! Twitter is teeming with reports of great home screenings from around the country – “the Hunger” and “Fearless Vampire Killers” accompanied by Bloody Marys – a “F*cked-up Fox” double bill of Performance / The Servant – a retro hunk double feature of “Breathless” teamed with “The Swimmer” – and so on.
We started Film Club because we love the experience of watching a film in intimate surroundings with other people and the particular alchemy involved. Sharing a film with other people brings new flavours and dimensions to the experience as we all see different things in the same story. Sometimes it makes it more magical, sometimes it doesn’t work at all (I can’t be the only one who’s come to a near punch-up disagreeing over a Lars von Trier film??) but when it works it really feels as if you’ve been on a wonderful journey together.
There is also something to be said for the solitary cinema experience, that feeling of immersing yourself totally in the film without wondering whether your companion will like it, when you don’t actually want to share the ride. Afternoon screenings in a near-empty cinema, preferably in the front row, or Film4 on a rainy day at home when everyone else is out, are made for watching on your own and just escaping completely for an hour or so.
Either way, what it comes down to is the pure joy of just tuning out the world outside and being prepared to enter a new reality for a short time. When you share a film with other people, there has to be an agreement to do this, which is something quite rare in our busy, smart-phone orientated, multi-tasking world. In many ways it’s a sacred ritual for secular times. Maybe that’s why it feels so great when you do it.
So without putting ourselves out of business, we encourage you to try a Home Cinema day today or any old day – decide what you’d really like to see and who with, and what kind of atmosphere you’d like to create. Think outside the box – sometimes the most surprising films come to life in new ways when you watch them with someone else. Then come to one of our screenings and tell us all about it!

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