This was the year that was…

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2012 has been our second year of doing Magic Lantern Film Club so as the year ends we can’t help looking back to see how far we’ve come. We’ve got more members, more social networking followers, found some excellent new screening venues and made quite a few new friends – as well as shown some great films. This year’s films have ranged from big name directors (Hitchcock, Polanski, Tarantino, Carpenter) to smaller independents (Clerks, Sound It Out) from locally made short films to musicals, but whatever we show, we hope to make it a special experience beyond the multiplex.

These are some of our personal highlights:

Sound It Out (Tramlines festival) – at the old Argos shop space in Sheffield city centre, probably the team’s favourite venue this year. There is something very atmospheric and slightly dangerous about empty buildings and it felt very true to our spirit of adventure to be inhabiting a deserted space right in the middle of the town centre with people walking past doing their shopping. The theme of empty shops and their past lives was made especially piquant by the woman who was determined to come in to “Argos”, despite the boarded up exterior, relocation signs and a film playing to an audience in the darkened room inside.

Butch Cassidy – Collaborating with ReCycle bikes and Abundance for the second time, another great atmosphere on a lovely end of summer’s evening where everything just worked. Even though outdoor screenings are always a nailbiter, we had perfect weather for this one and even a full moon.
Entertainment, food, a lovely audience, good film – what more could you ask to round off the summer?

The Ladykillersreturning to the delightful Lantern Theatre to show this Ealing classic, we had a bit of an “Old Lady” theme. We had a lot of fun dressing up as old ladies, playing “Film Tag-line Bingo” before the film and distributing lavender bags and talc to the lucky winners.

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And also:

16mm screening of “Blackmail” with the magical sound of the projector whirring

“Up Yours Your Majesty!” alternative Jubilee celebration complete with fanzine and punk playlist

Showing a film in a carport for Mike and Gaye’s wedding party.

Members compiling their top ten best films lists after the “Vertigo” screening – some fascinating revelations…

The audience singing along to “Winter Wonderland” when the soundtrack failed on our Christmas short. Thanks, everyone!

We have made lots of new connections – with Hagglers Corner, CADS, Thornbridge Brewery, Friday Night Ride and Sheffield Hallam University to name only a few.

We’ve been involved with Scala Beyond, Tramlines, Sharrow festival, the BFI local consortium bid and of course the British Federation of Film Societies.

Some great people have helped us – Martin Carter, Jaq Chell & Bryony Forde, ReCycle bikes, Dave Holloway, Rob Speranza, Annie Watson and Mark Allbrow. Thank you for everything you have done to support us.

And not forgetting all you lovely members – thank you for liking us, coming to the screenings and for all your input – as well as continuing to keep us going through your generous donations. Without you there would be no film club, just three daft woman sitting in a cafe, talking cinema and plotting (we do that anyway, but it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun setting up the equipment to play a film just for ourselves) You are always the magic ingredient.

So who knows what 2013 will bring? We have all sorts of plans, we’re looking forward to it hugely, we hope to see you there…

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