Friday, 27 February 2009

Hidden Cinema


This blog is about to change a bit.

No more will it be only me, Neil Snowdon, musing and pondering and waffling about whatever's in his head. Soon, others will come... others who share my tastes and passions... others who write and read and have heads full of too many thoughts. Otheres who are trying to make the world (or Exeter at least) a more interesting, imaginative place... let me tell you about one of the things we've been doing.

The Hidden Cinema is a cinema club that shows double bills every other Sunday in the basement of The Hourglass - one of the finest drinking establishments in Exeter (indeed, the South West of England). It started as a result of mine and David Barker's contention that there weren't enough decent films being shown locally, and that none of the local venues were willing to do anything about it.

Exeter needed something new. Something different. I was just about to close BRAZIL, the dvd rental shop I had been running for about a year in the hope of giving Exeter an alternative to Blockbuster. And then the bottom fell out of the economy and we were forced to close. But David and I had gotten to know each other. And David being a good bit more sociable than I, had found a possible location for our plan... and so we put it into action.

And thus, the Hidden Cinema was born. And so far it has flourished.

Very quickly we brought on Jez Winship (a Brazil regular with a taste for fine films and fine music) who made an immediate impression with his enthusiasm for our cause, and his inspired suggestion of putting on a double bill of Michael Reeves' THE SORCERERS and Ingmar Bergman's WILD STRAWBERRY'S... which will be showing pretty soon.

Anyway, I thought this might be a good place to house some of the writing that we've done for the programmes thus far, as well as being a place to advertise our presence.

We're part of a widespread grass-roots movement of guerilla film screening going on. A lot of it in the sticks where multiplexes fear to tread, and in cities where people are beginning to feel starved of variety, oddity and eclecticism.

The next screening will be on Sunday 8th March: WITCHFINDER GENERAL & BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW we hope we see you there...


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