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25 LOCAL CLUBS AND SOCIETIES


Dartmouth Film Society DARTMOUTH


FILM SOCIETY A few facts........


Description: A wide range of films are screened fortnightly at The Guildhall, with guests enjoying snacks, drinks and a social atmos- phere.


History: The club was es- tablished in 1997.


Membership: £40 Number of members: 70


Members describe it as: Relaxed, friendly, welcom- ing, interesting and inclusive.


To join, go to


www.dartmouthfilmsociety. org.uk


If you would like your club or society featured in future issues of By The Dart we would really like to hear from you. Please email mark@ southdevonmagazines.co.uk or call 01803 835740 or 07775 773837.


How it all start started... Dartmouth Film Society started at the beginning of 1997 by a like-minded group of film lovers who wanted to bring movies to the people of Dartmouth on a regular basis after the old cinema closed its doors in the 1980s. An Arts Council grant helped them to buy ‘a cranky 16mm projector and speakers’ which they took to local restau- rants, hotels and even a local beach with a showing of Jaws. They did so well they were granted the British Federation of Film Societies ‘Best New Film Society’ Award. As its popularity grew, the society needed a more permanent base so they moved into the Guildhall.


The benefits... Barbara says the small group of volunteers who run Dartmouth Film Society are a special bunch of committed film fans: “We believe that a community screening can be an inspiring and unique way to experience cinema and to engage with the community - no expensive multiplex tickets and pricey popcorn at the Guildhall!”


“We want to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere”


How it works... They have three ‘seasons’: January – March, April – July and Sep- tember – December and show 20 films a year. People can become a member, they are then free to go to all films at no additional cost. Alternatively, for £5 you can buy a guest ticket for a single film. The Windjammer sells tickets for each film on the night. Organiser Barbara Bardwell says one of their main aims is to bring an eclectic mix of film genres to Dartmouth including drama, comedy, musicals, documentaries and ‘World Cinema’. “We want to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We have tables and chairs, rather than rows of seats, a bar selling drinks and snacks at reasonable prices and committee members always on hand to welcome and chat to our guests. People might come alone, as a couple or as groups of friends, but they will almost certainly find someone there they know too.”


Film reviews... They invite members to rate each film and share any comments/feed- back. The ratings are then convert- ed into scores and fed back to members so the team can work out the most and least popular films. People can also make suggestions for future film ideas. Some of the most well-received films over recent years have


been Lion, Educating Rita, The Jer- sey Boys and Bohemian Rhapsody. However, it doesn’t always follow that a highly acclaimed film hits the spot.


What’s next... Barbara says there’s lots to look for- ward to: “On the 12th December we will hold our Christmas party, with a screening of the Danny Boyle/ Richard Curtis collaboration, Yester- day. We provide a simple seasonal buffet and mulled wine is available from the bar in addition to our usu- al beers, wines and non-alcoholic drinks. Our up-coming programme will be published in December ready for 2020.” The team are talking to Dartmouth Caring about proposals for a new initiative to encourage socially isolated people in the area to become involved in the film society. A member of Dartmouth Caring would support them if they wanted to attend a film night.


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