17th.iii.17Amazing audience for "Sully" last Wednesday, thank you all for coming, not sure if it was the heroic story line or the wonderful Tom Hanks that pulled you in, but it was lovely to see so many people at the Assembly Rooms.


Next months film is certificate (U) "The Eagle Huntress", the story of a 13 year old girl living in traditional Mongolia who learns to handle and hunt with a Golden Eagle, just like the men in her village.  This is a beautifully shot film, with breathtaking scenery and an insight into a disappearing life style out in the mountains of Mongolia.  It has colour, drama, excitement and above all captivates our emotions as we follow the girl and her family through their daily routines.  As its during the Easter Holidays, we would love to see your children and Grandchildren come along for an Easter outing.  


3rd.x.16We have been jinxed!   Practically very outlet that is advertising "The Railway Children" seems to have either the wrong date or the wrong price - so please spread the word if you can that it is:

Being screened at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 21st December and the tickets are £4! 

What is the world coming to?  Yours faithfully, confused of Dedham.

23rd.xi.16   Another big sorry!  Just in case you thought "TheRailway Children" was too expensive, please be aware we have reduced the price to our usual Monthly Screening price of £4 (NOT £10 as it appeared on Ticketsource)  The wonderful people who have booked already will be getting their notification of refunds today, and we hope you will all now be rushing to snap up the remainder of the tickets for you and your Grandchildren........

3rd.xi.16     Once again a HUGE SORRY!    One of the things we try to do is obtain new films to screen for you before they are available on DVD/Bluray, and it was just such a coup with our November film "Cafe Society".  But this time we have been caught out as the distributing agency FILMBANK have, at the last moment, shifted the release date, making it impossible for us to screen this month!  So reluctantly we have postponed the screening until January 2017 when we hope you will still have an appetite for a complex and tangledWoody Allen romance.

In the mean time, for those of you who have purchased tickets we offer a choice:  you can hang on to your tickets and just come along on the 18th Jan, or you can come along next week on 16th Nov and watch the brilliantly made "Moonstruck", or you can have a refund .  We have emailed those of you who have booked on line and offered you these options - but we hope you will want to come along to see "Moonstruck" as its a classic in the romantic comedy genre.  Watch the trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtvJexR4iVg and get a glimpse of the amazing cast, and hilarious story line.  (Any problems do feel free to phone Jax Horswill on 322328).

Nicholas Cage in a singlet - come and see more!

Nicholas Cage in a singlet - come and see more!





2rd.xi.16   So sorry the website and Ticketsource have been showing the wrong date for "The Railway Children.  Out little team of volunteers at Dedham Films always try to do their best to keep things on the ball and accurate - but once in a while we make a blunder!  Apologies all round to everyone, but our Christmas Family Event (mince pies and all!) will be - as usual - on the third Wednesday of the month: the 21st December, and the award winning play from the Yorkshire Railway Museum, of "The Railway Children" will be screened at 7.00p, with doors opening at 6.30pm, tickets £10 (as its a Live Broadcast) as usual online, or from Shakespeare House Gallery in the High Street.


24th.viii.16A reminder the Dedham Films' Charity Event is coming up in September.  We are again screening the "Last Night of the Proms" and this year all proceeds are going to "Medecins sans Frontieres", to support the amazing work they are doing in Syria.   Its a fun event with a Last Night Dress code!  Bring your own supper to eat during the first half, then sit back and sing along for the second.....  We do appreciate you supporting our bar, as this helps the charity donations too! 

Tickets are £10 from Jill Strangward on 01206 322006.


20th.viii.16   The year is slipping away, and most of our audience seem to be on holiday.......  So here is a summer quiz - how many titles can you tick off in the critics choice of the 100 best films of the 21st century?  Don't know about you, but this list seems very American!  Where are the British Directors and British Films ?  Still we have shown a few at Dedham Films, so you can't say we are completely out of sync with the writers/critics - but "Boyhood"(5) and "A Separation" (9) were two of our least favourite films - we obviously have a different aesthetic in Dedham!!

100. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
100. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
100. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)
99. The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000)
98. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)
97. White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)
96. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)
95. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
94. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
93. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)
92. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
91. The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella, 2009)
90. The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)
89. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
88. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)
87. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
86. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
85. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009)
84. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)
83. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
82. A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009)
81. Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011)
80. The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
79. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
78. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
77. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
76. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
75. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
74. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)
73. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)
72. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)
71. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
70. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012)
69. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
68. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
67. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)
66. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)
65. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
64. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)
63. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)
62. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
61. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
60. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)
59. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)
58. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembène, 2004)
57. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
56. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, director; Ágnes Hranitzky, co-director, 2000)
55. Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2013)
54. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)
53. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
52. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
51. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
50. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
49. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
48. Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)
47. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)
46. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
45. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
44. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)
43. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
42. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)
41. Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015)
40. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
39. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
38. City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, 2002)
37. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
36. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)
35. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
34. Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)
33. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
32. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
31. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)
30. Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
29. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
28. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)
27. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)
26. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)
25. emento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
24. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
23. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)
17. Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)
16. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)
15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
14. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)
13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
11. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)
10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)
7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)


27th.vii.16   Just been updating our page on the BFI Community cinema website at this link:  


and wonder if any of you, our lovely audience, ever look at all the other places you can find details about our cinema and events.  BFI have helped us with all sorts of information, and are the mainstay and backbone when it comes to equipment and organisation.  By visiting the link and putting in your postcode, you can also find other local cinemas and may find wonderful events in East Bergholt or Langham or the surrounding countryside, where you can see how other villages stage their movies.  

Really looking forward to our family event in August - "The Jungle Book" - this well reviewed 2016 version of Kipling's stories, uses almost perfect Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), making the animal characters so real it takes you breath away!  PLEASE remember that just this once, our August film is on Thursday 18th, not the usual Wednesday, but everything else is the same as usual, with the bonus £2 tickets for under 18's, so do bring along any of your grandchildren who are on their holidays and make this one of our wonderful family events. 


17th.vii.16    A busy week coming up for all you Dedham Films Fans!  On Wednesday 21st we have the 2016 Oscar winner for Best Film - "Spotlight" with all the drama of a will they won't they get their man  thrillerthe wonderful Mark Gruffalo stars as the investigative journalist who won't give up on finding out how The Roman Catholic Church and a group of ruthless lawyers covered up the global abuse of children by Priests and church officers, a huge film of a gigantic story that shocked the world. 

Tickets £4 still available at Shakespeare House Gallery or online atCINEMA & TICKETS on the green banner at the top of the page.

Click on the image to view Trailer

Click on the image to view Trailer

And then for something completely different - on Saturday night The Assembly Rooms will be filled with the glamour and heady atmosphere of "Andre Rieu's 2016 Maastricht Concert", taking you on a LIVE flight of fantasy to the Square in Maastricht where we join the millions of other people from around the world - and of course the several thousands in the audience - for this intriguing spectacular of music, dance, crinolins and fireworks - amazingly entertaining and both uplifting and joyful!  Come and join us waltzing in the aisles and toasting this maestro of the Viennese violin - and we guarantee you will leave with a smile on your face, and the troubles of the last week both here and for the poor souls in Nice will be wiped away................

Tickets £15 -  still available at Shakespeare House Gallery or online at CINEMA & TICKETS on the green banner at the top of the page.

Tickets £15 -  still available at Shakespeare House Gallery or online at CINEMA & TICKETS on the green banner at the top of the page.



Just a reminder that our August Film "The Jungle Book" will be on THURSDAY 18th August not our usual third Wednesday.  




Vote for a song!  Andre Rieu would like you to vote for a song to be sung at his concert if you want to join in go to:  http://songforcinemas.andrerieu.com/ and make your vote.......... 

15th.vi.16 Our Big Summer MUSIC Event - ANDRE RIEU'S 2016 MAASTRICT CONCERT.   At the The Assembly Rooms on July 23rd, with all the excitment and glamour beamed LIVE via SATELLITE as it happens. Come and be grandly entertained with the colour and music of this spectacular occassion. Tickets £15 (unfortunately the least that the agents would allow us to charge) from Shakespeare House Gallery in Dedham High Street, or on line at the CINEMA AND TICKET link on the green banner at the top of the page.


15th.vi.16 - Do you remember which film won the Best Film Oscar 2016?  Its Tom MaCarthy's "Spotlight" a remarkable docudrama about the exposure of the Roman Catholic Church's global cover up of child abuse by their Priests and Officers......  So do come to our July film, its as gripping as a thriller, and a tremendous study of the investation by the journalists on the Spotlight desk of the Boston Herald.  don't be the one who misses it.......  Watch the trailer here   -   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56jw6tasomc



19.v.16- The BFI sponsored our Shakespeare on Film Event Last night, and boxes of tissues were provided for the final scenes of the iconic musical "West Side Story".  We had all forgotten just how this emotive NYC gang-land drama grabs the heartstrings, and we were all transported back to where we were (well some of us) in 1961.....  Nor had we realised just how close to home the story line had become with the hatred of immigrants and refugees as prevelant then as in our 2016 world. 

But film works magic, and the wonderful choreography together with Bernstein's music entertained gloriously.......  Thanks for coming (and if you missed it and want to borrow the DVD, it is now in our library) and thank you BFI for the sponsorship.


10.iv.16Just a few reviews of National Treasure Helen Mirren in "The Audience"  Get your tickets soon, they are selling fast!

Helen Mirren has sent us a signed photograph - we would like it to raise some more money for Dedham Primary School - and ideas on how we can use it / what we can do with it, please let us know - raffle or auction?!?!?

‘To the surprise of exactly no one, Helen Mirren is absolutely terrific.’    New York Post
‘Helen Mirren holds The Audience. It’s dazzling fun.’   New York Magazine                                                                                     
‘Helen Mirren is smashing. Her Majesty will see you now.’ New York Times
‘Helen Mirren is astonishing in Peter Morgan’s splendid The Audience.’   Associated Press
‘Helen Mirren rules in this engaging and humanizing retrospective.’   Time Out New York
‘Royally entertaining.’   Variety

HRH with Harol Wilson iin "The Audience"

HRH with Harol Wilson iin "The Audience"






4.iv.16A Discount offer from the PO at the Royal Festival Hall coming up this Sunday -   The Philharmonia Orchestra’s upcoming concert, Charlie Chaplin on Screen, features three Chaplin films with live music, on Sunday 10 April at the Royal Festival Hall: http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/990/london/royal_festival_hall/10_april_2016/charlie_chaplin_on_screen_   I would be very grateful if you could help spread the word about a 25% ticket discount for this concert. To redeem the discount, enter code CHAPLIN25 when booking online, or quote ‘Chaplin discount’ via the Philharmonia Box Office on Freephone 0800 652 6717 (transaction fees apply).   Many thanks in advance and best wishes.

Lucy Cook

Marketing Coordinator
Philharmonia Orchestra

Telephone: 020 7921 3930

Please note our new correspondence address:   Philharmonia Orchestra 6 Chancel Street, London SE1 0UX





27.iii.16   Tickets were taken to the shop yesterday for "The Audience" and "Andre Rieu's 2016 Maastricht Concert" - we're confident both these events will sell out so do buy early!  We're sorry Andre Rieu's Production Group have insisted that we charge £15 for their seats (they say we will be unfair to other local venues to charge less), we did our best and beat them down from £20, but unfortunately they have the last word! 

"The Audience" (1 Queen - 12 Prime Ministers) will be our usual £10, but as a birthday present to mark the Queen's 90th Birthday, all the proceeds of this performance are being given to DEDHAM PRIMARY SCHOOL. 


20.iii.16   A little gem of a compliation of all the best filmic dance routines set to Uptown Funk - do watch it and smile......... http://www.reshareworthy.com/golden-age-cinema-uptown-funk/  (no need to subscribe just scoll down the page and click the go arrow).



18.iii.16    Just in from "the Lady in the Van" its so wonderful to see the hall full to bursting, and such a wonderfully appreciative audience - and why not - for such a absurdly delightful film, thank you Alan Bennett, and thank you all for coming.  Tickets are now on sale for April's film - Spielberg's movie of the Le Carre novel "Bridge of Spies" - this is an edge of the seat war time spy thriller, so make sure you get your ticket in plenty of time, and you will get to see why Mark Rylance won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar at this year's Academy Awards...... 20 April at CINEMA AND TICKETS above. 



2.ii.16   We've had so much positive feed back from our audience for last nights Live Encore of "Les Liasions Dangereuese", so thank you everyone, bouquets are always so much sweeter than brickbats!  It was a remarkable production from the Donmar, but then why would we expect any less?  The acting, particularly (in my opinion) from Janet Mcteer was breathtaking at every level, matching the pique and pleasure in the terrifying layers of sensual and sexual intrigue.  The candelit atmosphere of the staging suiting the chandeleirs and reading room red of our very own Assembly Rooms, how lucky are we?             

Something to note:  we have just been offered Arthur Miller's "View from the Bridge" andPeter Morgan's "The Audience" from NTLive productions, so watch closely for the dates which will be announced sometime in the coming week, and if you have an opinion about either just let us know.



1.iii.16    Just heard from the lovely Sallie Davies who runs East Bergholt Community Cinema - she has confirmed they are screening "Lady in the Van" on April 1 starting at 8.00pm (doors open at 7.30).  There tickets sell on the door or from the Fountain House Tea Room in East Bergholt, I would buy them early so as to make sure you have a seat!  Also, and I know Sallie won't mind me saying this - their screen is a little lower than ours, so if like me you are not too tall, its better to sit nearer the front to make sure you can see between the heads of the people in front of you.....  I'm sure this will be rectified with time by repositioning the screen, but until then try not to sit behind anyone too tall........  

In the mean time we at Dedham Films are preparing for our Live Encore of "Les Liaisions Dangereuses" TONIGHT!   This Donmar Wearhouse production coming via the National Theatre, has been well received by the critics, with riveting performances by Dominic West, Elaine Cassidy, and Janet McTeer set against classic period designs of custume and stage.  Don't forget our live events kick off at 7.00 pm so see you later...........  still a few tickets left if you get to the Shakespeare House Gallery, or click on the TICKET link above.

29.ii.16    Congratulations to Mark Rylance for winning Best Supporting Actor Oscar at this years Academy Awards - come and see why on April 20, when we show his brilliant performance in "Bridge of Spies" at the Assembly Rooms Dedham.




28.ii.16   An update on our sound problems......   We have a BFI Technical Ambassador coming to our "Screening of Lady in the Van" to help us sort out the problems we are having with the sharpness of our sound for the older ear!  We are certain this will not interfer with the screening, and have every hope that it will improve the cinema experience for everyone that night and forever.  We try so hard to give our audiences a propper cinema atmosphere with high quality vision and sound, so please wish us luck - the future is hopefully bright - the future is sounding sharp!!!!

25.ii.16   Our fastest ever sell out!  RECORD BREAKING SALES FOR "THE LADY IN THE VAN" ONLY ONE WEEK SINCE THEY WENT ON SALE AND WE ARE SOLD OUT!  So very sorry if you have not managed to get tickets, we are beginning to wish we had planned a matinee too!   Some good news is that East Bergolt cinema are planning to show it, so do check out there website, and get in early at the Constable Hall sometime in April (I think its the 1st April, but its to be confirmed).   http://www.eastbergholtcinema.com/forthcoming-films.  Rumour has it their ice creams aren't as good as ours but the bar is brilliant!  

Just goes to show the popularity of our British Treasures! Alan Bennet and Dame Maggie rule!

ps    By the way if any of you missed "Suffragette" when we showed it in Dedham, East Bergholt are screening on March 4 at the Constable Hall - so don't miss out - or you can borrow it from our DVD library to view at home.



21.ii.16 Record breaking sales for "Lady in the Van"!  We all enjoyed "Palio" on the big screen, colour and excitement from this amazing documentary, and clapping at the end which is always a good sign.
Tickets for "Lady in a Van" went on sale that night and were flying! By the time I took the box down to Shakespeare House Gallery on Thursday morning there were only 12 tickets left! But last time I looked there were still 10 left at the shop and another 13 online so get them quickly if you want to be in your favourite seat on the 16th March.
But before our monthly film night we will be showing a Live Encore of "Les Liasions Dangeresues" on Tuesday 1 March starting a 7.00pm from the Donmar Warehouse via the NTLive link. These Live Broadcasts bring the atmosphere of theatre on to our big screen..... We are so lucky to experience these amazing London productions in the Village Halls of our countryside, we know its different from actually being in the theatre, but it somehow holds the electric tenor of being part of the live performance. And in the surroundings of the Assembly Rooms Dedham, eating Hadleigh's ice cream and drinking the best local beers, where would you sooner be!

4.i.16 Sound:  We have some news!  We are applying to the BFI for one of their Technical Ambassadors to come and visit us at our venue, during a performance, to give our worthy and very willing projectionists a lesson in the adjustments to our equipment  that may make all the difference to the way our audience receive the quality of sound at our events.  We do care about your experience of cinema at Dedham Films, and our resolution for 2016 is to bring our sound quality up to that of what we all enjoy on screen.  Bare with us - our next film, the breathtaking and colourful "Palio" is in Italian with subtitles - so it won't make too much difference, but we hope that "The Lady in the Van" (almost bound to be a sell out - Maggie Smith's Oscar nomination an'all) will come to you with the perfect diction and top-end sound that the Dame deserves! 

20.i.16 "Suffragette" Help! we had a full house tonight for Suffragette, which was wonderful and we really love having all those beautiful people at our events - it sort of makes it worth-while for all of us bringing the events to the village.  But so sorry we did not get the sound quite right for some of the more senior members of our audience. We haven't yet worked out why when the hall is empty when we set up, the sound is 100% then when the hall is full of people we lose the tenor end of the spectrum, and the essential diction and tember of the actors is lost, unless you are under 45! Its true!  The younger members of our audience have no problems hearing the diction while the over 60's are struggling, and can't hear the dialogue to save their lives!!!!!!! If any of you know any sound engineers who might  be prepared to come and look at our problems, and even better, offer a solution, we would be so grateful.  (The hall does have a Hearing aid loop, but this interacts badly with our speakers so we can't use it with our current equipment).

15th.i.16 "Suffragette" nearly sold out!  Now wondering why "The Revenant" wasn't in our list - so let us know if it appeals.  We still haven't managed a Western, and don't often go for a wild/adventure/action/realismus movie so perhaps this will fill the bill............  watch this space!

30th.xii.15 "Cinderella" - We all carried away a little bit of Christmas magic from Ken Branagh's Cinderella, enchanting even the most Scroogiest amongst us, sending everyone home beaming with goodwill and gladness!  

Season tickets for 2016 (offering 12 films for the price of 10 = £40) will still be available at "Suffragette" on January 20.  If you've already bought your ticket for January then the Season Ticket will be reduced to £36.  Not just two bonus films, the season ticket also guarantees you a seat even when the film is sold out, and on the odd occasion we don't run a film (like Christmas 2014 when we did "Alice" the Covent Garden Ballet, or November 2016 during the Film Festival) you are offered a FREE Live Broadcast Ticket of your choice to compensate.

There are so many marvelous films currently available, and with the BAFTAs and the Oscars soon to be announced we will be spending many an hour viewing, and discussing what might be the most appropriate for our own discerning audience at Dedham Films.  "Suffragette" will no doubt feature in the Award ceremonies, as will "The Lady in the Van" both of which are already programmed.  "Palio" our first documentary for a while will also be amongst the award nominees in Foreign Film and Documentary categories.  

Other films yet to be considered for programing are "Brooklyn", "Bridge of Spies", "Joy", "The Walk", "In the Heart of the Sea", Inside Out", "Carol", "Everest", "Queen of the Dessert", "A Bigger Splash", "Creed", "The Danish Girl", "Miles Ahead" and so, so many more.  This link will take you to some of the trailers, so if you've time to look, do let us know what you think, and it may sway our choices for the coming months:-  http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jul/21/and-the-oscar-may-go-to-40-key-movies-in-contention-for-2016-awards


27.ix.15  "Of Mice and Men"- such a powerful play and such a successful night.  Thank you everyone who came and sat riveted throughout this classic tragedy of men who followed but did not find the 'great American dream".   Chris O'Dowd's performance as Lenny was remarkable, and the whole cast managed to carry us into lives of the agricultural labourers who worked to survive through the Great Depression.  

Now looking forward to "Jane Eyre" and of course our family event "Cinderella". 


20.xi.16  Season tickets now available for 2016 - 12 films for the price of 10 - £40 and no need to worry about buying your ticket each month - you are guaranteed a seat at every film.

20.xi.16 Well a month has gone by and we have all gotten our breath back from this year's festival.  But - now its all systems go for the run up to Christmas!

It was great to see the wonderful turnout of nearly 80 bodies who braved the after blow of the storms last Wednesday to watch and weep over "Testament of Youth".  Such a remarkably beautiful film.  Shot in soft focus with a tonal palette matching the heartbreaking story of Vera Brittain and the brother, fiance, and friends who were lost in the futility and peril that was the First World War.  The stunned silence that fell across the hall as the film ended will remain with me for a long time, it seemed we were all equally touched and affected by the story we had shared on our big screen, such is the power of cinema.

Our little team is busy now with preparation for the award winning Broadway (via the National Theatre) dramatisation of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" (Screening Wednesday 25 November £10 a ticket).  Another heart breaking story set in the Californian farming belt during the great depression.  This production has had so many wonderful reviews, it really is theatre is at it's best;  at its gutsiest and bravest - and aren't we lucky to have it here, on our door step in Dedham all the way from New York!

Then as part of our build up to Christmas, on Tuesday December 8, we are screening LIVE from the National Theatre, Sally Cookson's adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre".  Again the reviews for this production have been marvelous, its a brilliantly designed play, utilising early dramatic schematic acting style with precision and care, telling the story we all know and love - and, just for a change, it has a happy ending!  (Tickets £10 from Shakespeare House Gallery on Dedham High Street, or online at Tickets & Cinemas on the green banner at the top of the page)

Kenneth Branagh's 2015 "Cinderella" is our Christmas Family Event, magical in every way with wonderful acting by Lily James (Rose in Downton) as a delightful Cinders and Kate Blanchett as the prickly stepmother.  Bring your Grandchildren on December 16 at 7.30 only £4 with mince pies on us, to enjoy with your ice cream!  

We've "Les Liaisions Dangereuse" and "As You Like It" coming in the new year from NT LIVE - along with "Suffragette". "Palio" and Alan Bennett's "The Lady in the Van" as the first three monthly films in 2016.........  

18.x.15 The festival is over!  Last night I drove over to Langham for the final film of the Village Film Festival, the 2015 take on the Frankenstein story "Ex Machina".  A small audience so it was shown in one of the more intimate rooms upstairs at the Langham Community Centre.  A cleverly selected short film about the beginnings of TV and Video cameras developed by Pye during the 50s and 60s at their research labs in Cambridge, initiated us into the notion of science and its rapid 20/21 century growth, making us believe anything was possible, including a robot woman with an AI that would pass the Turing Test!  So with the help of a chocolate ice cream and the company of some other regular festival attendees, we watched as the robot outsmarted its/her male protagonists, and escaped from the confines of the laboratory - just like Frankenstein's monster - into the real world!  What a way to end the Festival, with an AI on the loose!

Yesterday we took down the banners and other advertising from the village, although I think the Grier's Estate Agents boards are still up for an extra day or so.  The blackout for the Duchy Barn has gone back into storage, and the hired screen back to Marks Tey Radio (Cheers MTR!) our other spare equipment has gone back into its cupboard, and its all over for another two years.

They'll be a post mortem in November, and we will no doubt write down all the things we can improve on next time, but more than anything we will want to share the wonderful feedback received from our frequent film goers who made up our amazing audiences.  Thank you all for coming, you truly are what the festival is all about.  

We can all put our feet up for a few days now, until the sell out night for Hamlet on 30th Oct., sorry if you have not managed to get tickets, but make sure you don't miss out on any of the other great dramas coming to Dedham direct from the stages of top London (and New York) theatres over the next few months.

14.x.15 Three more films left as part of the Festival Programme "Battle of Britain" and "Tales of Beatrix Potter" at Polstead, and "Ex Machina" at Langham, tickets still available from www.villagefilmfestival.co.uk.  

It's been a busy time for us all at Dedham Films, showing 9 films over three days at the Assembly Rooms and the Duchy Barn - exciting, exhausting, exhilarating and emotional but most of all stimulating.  We met lots of new people coming from Ipswich and Chelmsford, and even some from Warwickshire!  The successes were "Dark Horse" and "Far from the Madding Crowd" in Dedham, "Leviathan" at East Bergholt and "My Accomplice" and "Salt of the Earth" at Wivenhoe.  

We had to pull the Oscar winning Short "The Phone Call" and BAFTA winner "The Bigger Picture" as people just couldn't take the content - gloom, doom and death not appreciated by the a huge percentage of our audience - thank goodness we had a few cheery ones to compensate!   Some too found "London Road" challenging, its unusual cadence and poetic/chant style of delivery difficult to comprehend or accept - quite unlike anything we have ever seen before.  

Thank you to everyone that came, especially the wonderful people who filled in our audience feedback forms for the BFI, negative and positive all were truly valuable and help to tell us who comes to our screenings and what their expectations might be.

Hope you all like the new programme for Jan-March 2016 (check out the Film>Forthcoming Films on the green banner at the top of the page) We are going to show our first ever Western in January "Slow West", then an intriguing and exceptional documentary "Palio", about the Siena horse race scene, collusion, bribes and corruption - Italian life in microcosm:  and finally in March the film we are all looking forward to "Suffragette" starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep amongst a host of other wonderful actors.  Without doubt too, we will be showing the film adaptation of Alan Bennett's "Woman in a Van" starring Maggie Smith - probably for April, how can we resist it?

7.x.15  Speakers at the Festival are what add that extra dimension, and this year is no exception.  Last weekend at Wivenhoe our Festival audience were very appreciative of James Clarke and his informative introduction to "The Tales of The Princess Kaguya" and also the discussion opened by Writer Sydney Bayley at "Spirit of the Beehive".  Incase you missed it, we are very happy to say we can offer you a chance to read the notes here:

The Spirit of the Beehive (1976)

 Director, story and screenplay: Victor Erice

Screenplay: Angel Fernandez Santos

Cinemaphotography: Luis Cuadrado

Music: Luis de Pablo

Sound Effects: Luis Castro

Cast: Fernando Fernan Gomez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent. Isabel Telleria

We are showing a film that the Guardian and Empire magazine both placed in their top twenty-five arthouse films of all time.  However, it is quite difficult to see on the big screen, perhaps because it is only one of three films that the director, Victor Erice, made so his ouevre does not lend itself to seasons of his works.  His three films came out in 1976, 1983 and 1992 and all were critically well received but he has not made a film since although he is alive, aged seventy-five, and, as recently as August of this year, was introducing The Spirit of the Beehive and answering questions about it in Berkeley, California.

Erice was not only the director, but he came up with the idea of the story and wrote the screenplay with Angel Fernandez Santos, who shared similar childhood memories of Franco’s Spain.  The film is set in 1940, which is the year of Erice’s birth and the year after the end of the Spanish Civil War.  It was made the year after Franco’s death so there is a kind of bookending of Franco’s dictatorship.

Perhaps a clue to how he sees the film is that he thinks there is a drive in childhood to make sense of the world, the outer and the inner worlds, and to match the two.  He was very influenced by American films, which he saw in his childhood and, when he was thirteen, he saw The Bicycle Thieves, which he sees as a very important film.  This also contains a highly realistic performance by a child.

The starting point in this film is a showing of the 1931 film, Frankenstein, and the way it is brought to the village for a public showing reflects Erice’s experience.  He regrets that this is now lost and that the position of cinema as the art of the people in the twentieth century, is now lost.  He thinks that children who first watch a film on TV or a computer have a very different experience, which is essentially private. 

The film is about a family, a man, a woman and their two little girls but, at the centre of the film, is Ana, the youngest child, her fantasy life and her attempts to make sense of the adult realities around her.  Originally, there were more obvious references to the Spanish Civil War and there was a narration by an adult Ana, commenting on the mysteries of childhood, and visual evidence of recent war, but Erice decided to focus more on domestic distress, which makes it much more subtle.   There are visual references to the war and its physical effects and there is a fugitive, who may or may not be a member of the Resistance to Franco’s regime, but nothing is spelt out.

There are some interesting aspects of the making of the film that contribute to its realistic feel, especially in the performances of the children.  The names of the characters were made the same as the actors’ names because Ana Torrent, who was only six during the filming, found it difficult to remember the fictional names.  She thought the monster in the film playing the part of Frankenstein was real.  The sound-scape was very important to Erice: in most Spanish films of the time, post-dubbing was usual and children were voiced by women actors but, in this film, Erice used the children’s actual voices.  The sound-scape is constructed to emphasize the horror genre, with footsteps and uncanny musical melodies, reflecting the part Frankenstein’s monster plays in the film.  Erice said, at the Berkeley showing, that he requested that all communication on set be in a whisper, ‘like in a church’; the adults were surprised but they did it.  The children saw the adults whispering and thought there was a presence flying over the set that could become real.  The adults became afraid of this phantom too.

Viewers and critics have tended to emphasise the historical circumstances surrounding the story and Erice says that he understands why they are compelled to do so but when he started the film, he had no idea where it was going; there was no pre-meditation.  He describes the film as a consequence of a system of repression but that it is more about an internalized world.

More than being a film about the effects of oppression, The Spirit of the Beehive explores the fears and anxieties of childhood.  Roger Ebert describes the film as ‘a poetic work about the imagination of children’.

                                                                                                                                      Sydney Bayley   October 2015

1.x.15  THE 3RD VILLAGE FILM FESTIVAL OPENING NIGHT - coming tomorrow!  Still a chance to come to our opening party, 6.30 at the Nottage Inst. Wivenhoe.  Join us for free fish and chips from our sponsor Henley's Chippy, washed down with a glass of something fizzy on us! The first film is Wim Wender's stunningly shot documentary on the photographer Sebastio Salgado (you will need to book seats for this if you want to stay for the screening after the party!)  See you there............

Watch this space for a full report in the next few days...................  and check out the programme and book tickets at www.villagefilmfestival.co.uk

1st.x.15  Rubbing shoulders with Rufus Norris!  There are not too many perks associated with helping with the organisation of Dedham Films, and it's Live side, but yesterday I took up the invitation of the National Theatre Live Producers and went to the International Exhibitors Conference held in the stalls of the Olivier Theatre at the NT.  About 300 people arrived, mostly from the UK but many from Europe and beyond.  I found myself sitting next to the team who stream NTLive into most of Sweden and Norway, so it was a real coming together of the great and small!  The NT team were very inclusive and made us all feel our contributions were of equal importance.

It was a great comfort to hear that other small cinemas have problems fitting in with the other users of their venues - we have often not been able to show a Live Broadcast because of clashes with Dedham Brownies, or the Tuesday Ballet classes.  And also those other nail biting moments when with only 10 minutes to go we have not been able to get a satellite signal!  All part of the community cinema organiser's day!  One of the speakers was the guy in charge of the technical help desk - and it was another great comfort to know that we were not on his "Regular Callers List".   

We met all the NTLive team, then before lunch The NT Director of Drama and Design, Rufus Norris came and joined us for an informal chat.  I did get to speak to him, and wondered if I should take a selfie to put on this blog, but couldn't bring myself to ask - what a whimp eh?  But I did get to tell him how important we all think the NTLive performances are - allowing as they do for the likes of our lovely local audience, to whom a train ride to London, and the cost of a full price NT ticket is prohibitive, to see the incredible performances  of our Best of British Actors in the most up to date productions in London.  He was delighted to hear the head-liner film for the Village Film Festival was "London Road" (Sunday 11th October 7.30pm) a film he directed - and close to all our hearts, being set in Ipswich an'all.   

It was a very worthwhile day, especially as they also gave us a trip round the back stage area and workshops of this amazing building, it was a privilege to represent you all.    

29.viii.15  In four days time the Film Festival opens..........   We had our final meeting last night prior to the first night of the Festival which seems now to have popped up very fast, like it's this Friday - enter stage left with pace!  And we looked at all the things we have done, and other things we might have done, and some we ought to have done and some we have not done......  and we worry and ponder and pull our hair and bite our fingernails.........  Its always at this critical time - anxiety sets in:  will the venues will be half empty? will we sell enough tickets?  will people turn up on the door when we are full? will the speakers turn up? will we have enough volunteers to help? and we wonder why we bother to put in all the hours of energy and for goodness sake is it worth it?  

But when you bump into someone on the High Street and they say "Got your 2015 programme, some great films this year, just on my way to get tickets, may be see you there!" and suddenly it's all ok again, and  we can convince ourselves that for a bunch of amateur enthusiasts, we're doing ok!  

Our opening film?   Wim Wenders with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado have created an amazing and truly spectacular documentary showing the life's work of photographer Sebastio Salgado.  

Mark Kemode in the Guardian writes:
"Speaking to Wenders while gazing at – and sometimes through – his back catalogue, Salgado proves an adept and compassionate storyteller, his training as an economist providing sociopolitical insight into the suffering (manmade rather than natural) that threatens to engulf his work. “Everybody should see this image,” he says at one point, although the unspeakable sights captured by his camera prove so unbearable that one is all but forced to look away. Elsewhere, footage of Salgado with Papua’s Yali tribe or the Amazonian Zo’é of Brazil offer a more uplifting portrait of humanity, while the reforestation of the  suggests that all may not yet be lost".

And don't forget that if you book tickets and turn up an hour early for the opening party there are free fish and chips from our sponsor Henleys with a glass of something fizzy on the side! 

Hope its you we bump into next - and that you will be on your way to buy tickets.

Exit stage right pursued by a bear!  




26.viii.15 Too late for our birthday party!  Some of you may know we opened our cinema five years ago with the Helen Mirren film "Last Station" and by co-incidence we screened "Woman in Gold" another Helen Mirren film on our birthday.  We wrote to Helen and asked if she might send us a signed photograph to auction for our favourite charity Purple Field Productions.  Helen did get round to sending a picture but too late for our party!  

Has anyone out there any ideas how we can use this to raise money for PFP?  Or is there some wild Helen Mirren Fan who would pay for this beautiful signed A4 size image.  Thanks Helen and thanks to you all for your ideas.


Helen mirren.jpg

24.viii.15  YET ANOTHER HIC-COUGH AT THE FESTIVAL!   There we were, jogging along nicely and gently shifting gear into a bit of a lope, when we get more news of moving movie licence dates!  No longer can the wonderful Wivenhoe Cinema Club show the rock movie "Danny Collins", thanks to the distributors having decided it cannot be shown in minor cinema venues until after the festival!  So yet another decision about what to show as an equally riveting screening.  The Wivenhoe group came up with an intriguing choice, Morgan Matthew's 2015 film "X + Y (a brilliant young mind)" starring everyone's favourite actress Sally Hawkins, opposite Rafe Spall, with the newcomer Asa Butterfield as the geeky autistic boy with the mathematical mind.  Do come and see this compelling film, Hawkins at her breathtaking best.......  

Don't forget too, this year's festival is all about getting younger people interested in our community cinemas (afterall, who is going to run these events when we all fall off the perch!), so here's a reminder of what is on offer:- 

  •  There are still a few places left on our Festival sponsored Young People's Filmmaking Course at Signals Colchester (see the website), for 12-18 year olds, £35 for a weekend course on every aspect of filmmaking, using professional equipment under the guidance of experienced and committed Filmmakers.
  • Most of our events have a reduced ticket price for under 18's.  
  • The festival are very grateful to Langham's Youth Cinema Group for screening "Avengers - Age of Ultron" at £2.00 a ticket - thanks!   

17.viii.15  We are five years old!  Can you believe it?  What makes a good birthday?  A party - yes we had a great evening and all loved watching the perfect Helen Mirren in "Woman in Gold";  presents - yes our wonderful audience gave generously to our bucket collection for Purple Field Productions, the Somerset based group who make pedal power cinema kits for use in Africa and Asia, and our donation of £100 will be on its way later today;  a cake -  yes we had a cake with five candles and everyone licked their fingers with relish;  excitement - poor Beth Mitchell lost her car keys, which led to a mass key hunt in the dark!  (Fortunately they have now turned up because one of our visitors picked them up by mistake and took them home with her to Gt Bromley!) 

With the party over we now have to concentrate on the third Village Film Festival - WOW!  Thank you to all those people who are buying tickets early, its a great comfort to us organisers to see tickets being sold, and knowing that we have picked some amazing titles for you to choose from.  So don't hold back, get online and take the chill out of your October evenings by coming to your local community cinemas. Great movies, great guests, amazing prize winning shorts, ALL ON YOUR VERY OWN DOOR STEP!


28.viii.15  VILLAGE FILM FESTIVAL NEWS - Ahhhhhhhhh!  Of all the things to happen!  The Festival has not been able to get a licence to show STAR WARS.  Lucas Films who handle the screening rights are not currently allowing any licenced showings of any Star Wars Episodes, which is considerably annoying as all the 7000+ leaflets we had printed, are now distributed, show it being screened at East Bergholt on the 10th October - so what to do?  Do we cancel outright or screen a replacement?   That's when one realises that Star Wars is a difficult act to replace.  In its time it set a new and extremely novel scene for the future of "scifi" films, with a standard of special effects that inspired and drove a whole new genre of space and "scifi" films where anything and everything was possible.  Our expectations of current computer generated images is unbounded, and its hard to appreciate what an amazing spectacle Star Wars was back in the '70s, it sort of started it all.  

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind


But what to do indeed?  Only one other film, contemporary to Star Wars, caught the imagination with as much energy and flair - so we are delighted to tell you we will be showing "CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND".  We can all remember going to see it back in the '70s, and wondering if we might be abducted by aliens on the way home from the Cinema!  We can't promise, but if you see any bright lights over East Bergholt on 10th October maybe its the aliens coming to watch the movie.


20.viii.15  What a treat we had last night!  The colour and sounds of "The Second Best Marigold Hotel" sent us all home feeling life was a ball - or at least it can be if one ends up in a wonderful old hotel in India.  

And hopefully by giving everyone a Village Film Festival programme we managed to get a few people talking about the Festival and wanting to book tickets too............   By the way If you fancy volunteering to help, please check out the website at www.villagefilmfestival.co.uk and drop us an email - we would love you to become involved.

17.viii.15  We At Dedham Films make a joke about getting our smallest audiences for our most brilliant films and shows, and it looks like "Everyman" starring the beautiful Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Year's a Slave) is going to fall into this inexplicable classification too!  This lively and colourful production is an intelligent take on the ideals of the traditional fifteenth century morality play, brought up to date by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, and is Rufus Norris' premier production as Artistic Director at the National.  It's witty, clever, touching and at so many levels, about us all.  I was blown away by its poignancy to our own current affairs and life challenges - because like all huge works of art it asks us to look at ourselves and see ourselves and the world in a new dimension.  

Yet it could still be one of our smallest audiences!  

As you may have guessed, there are still plenty of tickets left, so why not come and be one of the lucky ones to see this "Miracle of our hero's progress from ignorance to knowledge" on the big screen, and be someone who can tell the rest of the village "You don't know what you've missed!"

 "The frantic dizziness of a money-driven world.... a scathing assault on the myopic materialism of the modern age and a reminder of our own mortality".  Michael Billington -The Guardian

ps Be aware that amidst the brilliance there is a bit of informal "spice" in Carol Ann Duffy's dialogue!


5.viii.15  The last few months have been taken up with preparations for this year Village Film Festival.  Since the first press release on the 30.iv (below) we've been beating our brows deciding what filmic gems we should cast before you!  Things are now all sealed and signed, with the programme up on the website www.villagefilmfestival.co.uk and the programme/brochure gone to press.  Don't be fooled though, it's not been an easy transition from our original invite to other villages, to where we are now, ready to open our Box Offices and sell our tickets - phew!

The tickets go on sale on August 15 with each village having its own Box Office - Langham Community Shop, Wivenhoe Bookshop, Polstead Community Shop, Fountain House Tea Rooms East Bergholt and at our very own Shakespeare House Gallery in Dedham.  To save traveling to other villages for tickets, all the films can also be booked online via www.villagefilmfestival.co.uk/tickets (the tickets are the same price online as they are in the Box Offices.)

This year's festival programme has been designed with the hopes of encouraging an interest for cinema and film from a younger audience, so none of our films are Cert 18, and all are suitable for mixed generations and family events.  We are sure films like the ROH Ballet "Tales of Beatrix Potter" and the Japanese animation "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya", will be enjoyed by Grandies and Grand-children alike, while teenagers will flock to "Ex Machina", the 1972 "Star Wars" and "Frank".  The middles will no doubt rush to buy tickets for the likes of Thomas Hardy's classic costume drama "Far from the Madding Crowd", the Le Carre thriller "A Most Wanted Man", Russian corruption and much vodka drinking "Leviathan" and the beautifully shot "Timbuktu".  We hope these titles will touch your taste buds and take you to the programme page of the website where you can catch further information and links to Trailers for all the films.

We are also introducing a Sponsored Weekend Practical Film Making Course for 12-18 year oldsrun by Signals.org.uk Colchester (£35).  More details are on the website and we suggest, that due to limited places, an early enrollment is essential.

So pop the Festival dates in your diary 2 - 17 Oct, and check out the programme - it's going to be great!



5.viii.15  Well the months are passing and we have just realised that there is an important anniversary coming up.  Our September screening of "Woman in Gold" will be our fifth anniversary.  Quite by happy accident we are celebrating with an Helen Mirren Film, 2010 was the story of Tolstoy's last months, "The Last Station", where she played Tolstoy's long suffering wife.  This year she plays a German woman seeking a Klimt painting stolen/looted by the Nazis.  We hope you will come and help us mark this special night we might even have cake!

18.v.15  We've taken a risk putting on our first certificate 18, the thriller "Gone Girl" this Wednesday the 20th - and we are all crossing our fingers that this BAFTA and Oscar nominated drama will thrill our audience.  British actor Rosamund Pike (we all loved her In "Made in Dagenham" and will be welcoming her again in July coupling up with David Tennant in "What we did on our Holidays") brings to life the beautiful if not a little disturbed, Amy.  A child of successful but indifferent parents, Amy takes us on a journey with multiple twists and sometimes tricky to take turns.  Voted best film "Thriller" for 2014 and a brilliant adaptation of the best selling book, we hope you will all want to come along for a night of nail-biting, edge of the seat entertainment. 


Village Film Festival to return, bigger and better than before 

Early October 2015 will see the third edition of the Village Film Festival (VFF), an event first launched by Dedham Films in 2011. And for the first time this year four other villages will be taking part in VFF 2015: East Bergholt, Langham, Polstead and Wivenhoe.
In total around 30 feature films plus numerous shorts and documentaries will be screened at seven venues across the five villages, over a three-week period from October 2 to 18.
Already on the programme are two prize-winning short films with local connections: 2015 OSCAR winner “The Phone Call” starring Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent, by Suffolk-based director Mat Kirkby; and 2015 BAFTA winner and OSCAR nominee “The Bigger Picture”, Daisy Jacobs’ inventive animation about her elderly grandmother, first shown at the Colchester Film Festival in 2014.

A full list of films to be shown and other VFF events will be available from the end of June onwards. For details please contact individual film groups or consult the VFF website www.villagefilmfestival.co.uk

 As the final VFF 2015 agenda takes shape, the five local communities are enthusiastic in their support for the idea of organizing a joint event, but held at distinct local venues.


“Village Film Festival has been part of the Dedham calendar since 2012, adding breadth to the selection of films usually shown at our monthly community cinema at the Assembly Rooms,” says Jax Horswill of Dedham Films. “We are so pleased that four other communities and seven new venues will be joining us this year.”

“We shall be trying to offer something of the magic associated with the bigger Festivals,” she adds, “with a programme that includes a selection of interesting and perhaps lesser known titles. In short, a Festival for real film lovers!”

East Bergholt

“East Bergholt Cinema is thrilled to be part of this festival,” says founder Sallie Davies. “There are so many films and so little time - this festival will give us a chance to show several films that we have been keen to show but have not been able to fit in over the past two years of our existence.”  

East Bergholt Cinema recently was awarded a grant of £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to upgrade its equipment. As of March this year it has been showing films at the Constable Hall using a wider screen and sound and vision equipment specially tailored for the venue.


“Langham Film Nights has been successfully operating for over three years,” recounts group member Cliff Jones. “The screenings are a popular feature in village life and attract significant numbers who not only want to enjoy the films but see the events as social occasions. A film night is where you can meet with fellow residents, and therefore a valuable forum for social inclusion.”

Attractive ticket prices, ease of access and a village rather than town-centre location all add to the appeal of community cinema over multiplexes, he feels. 


Polstead was one of the earliest adopters of community cinema in Suffolk, says Sue Wigglesworth, chairman of Polstead Village Hall Management Committee, who has since helped set up of other film groups in nearby villages.

 Polstead itself has shown some 140 films to date, run two film festivals and taken part in several others, including one to celebrate the work of the East Anglian Film Archive.

 “I’m delighted to be bringing Polstead into this year’s VFF,” says Sue, who was a founder member of the Suffolk Digital Cinema Network in 2004.


Wivenhoe enjoys a lively arts scene thanks in part to the University campus there, and counts not one but two community cinema groups. Wivenhoe Film Club started showing mainly art-house and world cinema releases at the Nottage Maritime Institute back in 2003, while Moving Image is a more recent addition bringing the best of independent cinema to local venues using state-of-the-art portable equipment

The two groups describe the VFF as “a welcome opportunity to work together, providing a joint platform to further broaden the appeal of community cinema in Wivenhoe and neighbouring villages.”


Dedham Films  contact: Jax Horswill  01206322328  www.dedhamfilms.gmail.com

East Bergholt Cinema   contact: Sallie Davies




Langham Film Nights    contact: Cliff Jones





Polstead Films   contact: Sue Wigglesworth



Wivenhoe film groups:





29.iv.15    Just in from "All Our Beautiful Forevers" totally exhausted and emotionally drained by David Hare's brilliant and colourful play, most of us were in a stunned state of shock/horror by the end - and with only three and a half of our regular team to set up and put away it was physically knackering too..... If there is anyone out there who would like to come to see a free play/opera/ballet any time in return for putting out chairs and stacking them again at the end of the night please contact us - WE NEED YOU!    


17.iv.15  This week we met up with the other community cinemas joining us for this years Village Film Festival, putting together our press releases, sponsorship scheme, financing, advertising etc. there is just so much to bog us down at this stage of the planning!  But by the end of the meeting we started talking about film selection and the mood completely changed!  For the the first time we all came together as one animated group, swapping ideas for film based events and screenings.  It was obvious that our joint effort and ethos was for the promotion of the cinema experience and a joy of assembling a great programme for film lovers.  

This years festival we be running from 2 -18 October with venues in Wivenhoe, Polstead, Langham, East Bergholt and Dedham.  The full programme will be available in June, so keep checking at www.villagefilmfestival.co.uk for news and updates.  

If you, or may be someone you know, might be interested in becoming our patron, or one of our sponsors do contact Jax Horswill on 322328, and she will explain the advertising package to you, its a brilliant opportunity to promote a business while supporting a local event.



23.iii.15  We are still recovering from "Swan Lake"!  Seeing the event was going to last for over three hours was a bit daunting, but there was no need to worry, when the curtain finally came down on Act 4 we didn't want it to end, and the three and half hours had flown by  leaving us wanting more.  It was a privilege to see the incredible Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova dancing Odette/Odile, so perfectly matched by the power of Matthew Golding as Siegfried here in the heart of our village.  Thanks for all the appreciation, we love putting on these events, and its brilliant to have a full house.  Covent Garden Opera fans can now look forward to John Coley's classic production of  La Boheme on June 10, please book early to make sure you get your ticket.



Just checking the ticket situation for "Swan Lake" - there are only 12 tickets left online, and 6 at Shakespeare House, so please make sure you are not one of the people to be disappointed and not able to get a seat for our first Sunday Matinee.  


FYI   -   ShortReel 2015 - award for student filmmakers launched in Cambridge

ShortReel 2015, the award for student filmmakers in eastern and central England, has just been launched by the Cambridge Film Festival in association with the Arts Film Club.

The award is for a short film of up to 5 minutes directed or produced by local student talent. It is open to anyone registered at an educational institution within the counties covered by the Film Hub Central East (Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Suffolk, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex). There is no age limit.  https://www.facebook.com/shortreelfilmaward




As our heroic audience will know, last month's screening was a bit of a marathon!  "Boyhood" is already one of those three hour American epics that test the comfort of our Assembly Room seating, but that aside, the real misfortune was our DVD player deciding after four years of stalwart duty, it was time to give up it's digital ghost.  We would like to thank everyone for their forbearance and welcome back anytime the lovely man who stepped into the breach from the audience to lend a hand, we didn't catch your name but please get in touch if you would like to come an help out as a projectionist any time........ 

To put everyone's minds at rest, Philip has been out and purchased a brand new Blu-ray player, so our screening of "Mr Turner"on March 18 should run without a hitch.

We all enjoyed the NTLive performance of "Treasure Island" and it was great to see so many young people coming to experience a live event. 



Via the Village Film Festival Website 24.ii.15:

Our steering group would like to congratulate Suffolk's own Mat Kirkby for winning the Live Short Academy Oscar 2015 for his film "The Phone Call".  Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent star in this heart wrenching mini epic.

                                 Sally Hawkins starring in Oscar Winning "The Phone Call"

                                 Sally Hawkins starring in Oscar Winning "The Phone Call"

Congratulations too, to Daisy Jacobs for winning this year's BAFTA for Short Animation.   Also an Academy Nominee for her life size animation "The Bigger Picture", a terrific achievement, to be a runner up to the Disney Corporation!  

Life size images and props used in BAFTA Winner and Oscar Nominee, Daisy Jacob's "The Bigger Picture"

Life size images and props used in BAFTA Winner and Oscar Nominee, Daisy Jacob's "The Bigger Picture"

Both these wonderful films will be featured at the Village Film Festival later this year.