Proposal and Consultation
It is proposed that the Wootton Courtenay Village Hall begin to show films for residents and visitors alike. At this stage the idea has been discussed at a high level amongst the Village Hall Committee and a few other individuals. Before we commit to this idea we want to explain the idea, and ask for feedback.
This has been discussed in the past by others, but recent research work and a proposal to the Village Hall Committee has been carried out by Bill Hodgson, who will lead this project should we go forward.
Please use the form at the bottom to send feedback, after reading the ideas below.
- The club would be run as part of the Village Hall, and any surplus funds become income for the Village Hall
- The club would start by showing a season of six films over the autumn and winter, and assuming this was successful, expand the programme as appropriate. The season would show films monthly with an initial run of six films
- The Village Hall would invest in a new large projection screen, and a sound system for the purpose of showing films
- Volunteers would run the club to cover activities such as
- Scheduling showings
- Running the film selection process (see below)
- Setting up and taking down the hall, seats, tables, equipment
- Taking money on the door, and running a membership scheme
- Selling ice creams
- Selling drinks
- Booking films, making returns to the licensees and returning discs
There are at least four services providing films, all with different catalogues and pricing.
- Moviola, 28 films
- Cinema For All provide a choice of 800 films but I don’t recognise many of them
- FilmBank has access to thousands more
- BFI Distribution, has many films too
We would aim to show a balanced programme mixing the latest releases with occasional classics for special events. If you can see a film you think we should be showing in any of the above services, please use the form below to let us know. From our research, Filmbank has the most recognisable catalogue of choices and assume we may sign up for their service.
Here are some films from the various services which are examples we could choose from. Your ideas are welcome; please use the website links above to browse the catalogues and let us know your ideas using the form at the bottom.
Cinema for All
- Exit through the gift shop
- Lady Macbeth
- Loving Vincent
- Uncle Boonmee who Remembers His Past Lives
British Film Institute
- Babette’s Feast
- Berberian Sound Studio
- Distant Voice Still Lives
- Holy Motors
- Nosferatu the Vampire
- Ocean’s 8
- The Happy Prince
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
- Black Panther
- Three Billboards
- The Greatest Showman
- The Mountain Between Us
- Goodbye Christopher Robin
- Call me by your name
- Victoria & Abdul
- Miss Sloane
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Thelma and Louise
- Good Will Hunting
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
- Cinema Paradiso
- Closely Observed Trains (a favourite for Joe)
- House of Flying Daggers
- Nocturnal Animals
- The Other Boleyn Girl
- At each event
- We would likely have Andy provide a licensed bar
- We might also provide ice creams and other refreshments
- We might have an interval, especially for longer films
- Booking and Attending
- We would sell tickets on the door for the public
- We would like to offer a membership plan requiring upfront payment
- Up front payment for each season of six films, perhaps £30, to be decided
- A member would get a guaranteed seat
- A member would be consulted on film choices
- A member could pre-order drinks
- And can bring guests at the members price
- We believe a target price of £5 per film for a member or members guest and £6 for on-the-door ticket sales would be necessary to recover costs
- Membership scheme justification
- Our reasons for suggesting a pre-paid membership scheme is to give the club early income to repay some of the investment and fund the various license costs. We hope that by pre-paying we then have commitment to attend, as well as early funding.
We might hold special events such as:
- Themed fancy dress nights
- A combined Dinner and Film night, with Claire Lynch
- A film festival combined with other local cinemas such as Allerford, Nether Stowey, Dunster. This would include talks and special film showings
- And even the possibility of ‘Event Cinema’ showing live, or near-live events. A service called Cinegi would give access to these.
Other Local Film Clubs
For your information, here are other local film clubs:
Before we commit time and money, we’d like as many people as possible to provide their feedback on the following:
- Should Wootton have a film club?
- If so would you attend?
- What is a reasonable price to see a film?
- How often should we show films?
- Would you join a membership scheme with upfront payment?
- Would you be able to help run the club as a volunteer
Please use the form below to send in your feedback, and encourage anyone in the locality to make their views known too.