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Chelmsford Film Club celebrates 25th anniversary

September 5, 2013


THE start of a new season of films on September 10 marks a special anniversary for Chelmsford Film Club. Twenty five years ago this month, at a time when there were no cinemas left in Chelmsford, the club was set up by a group of local film enthusiasts (four of whom are still on the committee) who wanted to bring good quality cinema to the town.

Its doors opened with a screening of Radio Days by Woody Allen. This was possibly the first Woody Allen to be screened in Chelmsford and it began the club's long term relationship with the director.

Some of us love him, some of us hate him, said long term committee member Jill Dimmock.

Over the quarter of a century of the film club, Allen's films have always featured among the 400 or so the club has screened and the varied programme of English and foreign language films (subtitled) has always been able to attract a large and enthusiastic membership. This year's season opens with Ken Loach's nostalgic look at the birth of the welfare state, The Spirit of '45 and continues with films from Chile, Japan, Greece and even Afghanistan.

Most films are recent releases, although the club is also screening the British Film Institute's re-release of Satyajit Ray's 1963 masterpiece Mahangar (Big City) At a subscription of Pounds 50 for all 18 films for this season, we are still charging less than Pounds 3 per film, said Karen Block, the club's treasurer. Hardly any more expensive than when we first began.

All films are accompanied by film notes and discussion evenings are held throughout the season for any members who are interested. For full information about the club's season pick up a brochure from the Cramphorn Theatre or visit the website: www.chelmsford-, which explains how you can join. You can also come to the first film on Tuesday, September 10 and join on the door.

All films are screened in the Cramphorn Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford and start at 8pm. Doors open from 7.30.

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