The purpose of this Meetup is, just for once, NOT to watch a film together, but instead it's a 'Movie Meetup Social' that includes the opportunity for you to come along and hear from the organisers of CineCity about their plans for this years’ Festival (including an early insight to the programme of films), and discuss ways of getting involved in the Festival with them if you want to (but this is absolutely NOT compulsory!) Thereafter, borrowing the idea from our charming GigBuddy Meetup friends, it’s just a pure social get-together with other members of our lovely group :-)
Many of you will be aware that each November, there is a 2-week Film Festival in Brighton called CineCity (www.cine-city.co.uk/cinecity-11th-brighton-film-festival/ ), showing a wide range of films, both new and old. This year, it runs from 14 November to 2 December.
Last year, we organised 5 meetups to see new films during the Festival, as a result of which we got to see some excellent films prior to general release – “The Hunt” was particularly memorable, and we also saw “I Wish”, “No”, “In The House” and “I, Anna” before pretty much anyone else. It was a thoroughly enjoyable celebration of contemporary cinema, and in advance of this years’ Festival, I’ve been exploring how our Meetup group might get more involved in this years’ CineCity.
This led to an exciting discussion about possibilities with the CineCity organisers, who were hitherto blissfully unaware of our groups’ existence. Imagine their delight at finding a community of 800+ dedicated film goers in Brighton! They are keen for our involvement and support in the Festival, so we’ve arranged for Sara and Ollie from CineCity to come and give you an overview of the festival and the film programme before it starts. They are also offering a free ticket to anyone who fancies signing up to host a meet-ups at one of the Festival films. Priority for this offer will be given to anyone who hasn’t hosted an event before (sorry Stella) as a one-off opportunity to try hosting out – you won’t be under any obligation to become a regular meetup host if you don’t want to.
If we can get the technology sorted (and we are working hard on this), then we aim to screen a number of film trailers from the Festival programme on the night, and to ask for volunteers then and there – so if you are interested in doing this, please bring your diaries with you. However, there is no absolutely obligation to do this if you don’t want to – if you just want to hear about CineCity, see some of the trailers, or just come and meet some of your fellow members – that’s all fine too, and it would be great to see you there.
About Screen Shack @ the Temple Bar
Many of you will also have met Hayley before, the lovely lady who runs the free Thursday night ‘Screen Shack’ screenings at The Temple Bar. As it’s so central, this seemed the obvious place to hold this event, and Hayley has kindly agreed to let us use the venue for this (please support her on the night by buying her yummy milkshakes and popcorn). Doors will open at 7pm, and the CineCity presentation will start at 7.30pm.
After the CineCity presentation, you can sign up to host a meetup if you feel like giving it a try, and I’m going to be offering ‘meetup website posting tuition’ on a laptop, with the idea being that we get as many events as possible ‘live’ on the meetup site that night. We’ve never met many of you before, so this is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in our Meetup group, and to be part of CineCity.
In a true ‘win-win’ stylee, there are benefits all round;
• You get to hear about CineCity first hand from the organisers, see some trailers from the film programme, get more involved if you want to, and meet some of your fellow Movie Club meetuppers
• CineCity get to share their plans with you, encourage you to get involved, and hopefully get more bums on seats at festival events
• Our Meetup Group also gets the opportunity to have a social, encourage more member participation, and hopefully get some more people willing to host events
• Hayley gets more of our members along to the Temple Bar, to see what a great venue it is for her regular Screen Shack postings
Finally, we can comfortably squeeze about 50 people into the upstairs room at Temple Bar for this event (though the social afterwards can extend into the bar downstairs), and know from experience that about half the people who sign up for a meetup tend to turn up on the night – so please could you only register for this if you are definitely planning to come, and if things change for you nearer the time, take yourself off the list if you can’t make it – many thanks.
Hope to see you there