Community Cinema: In My Father's Den
Published:26 May 2011
Ware Arts Centre is screening it's next movie to the public. The film, 'In My Fathers Den' will be shown on the Friday 27th May.
It's strictly ticket only so early booking is necessary to secure a seat.
2yth May 2011 - Main Studio
Doors open 7:30pm
Film starts 8:00pm
A selection of Wine & Beer is available by the glass or by the bottle.
Arts Centre Review
In My Father's Den (Cert 15)
A mystery thriller wrapped in a character-driven drama, In My Father's Den explores deceit, family and the sins of the past. Matthew MacFadyen - from BBC series Spooks - is Paul, a burnt-out war photographer who returns to his pokey New Zealand hometown for his father's funeral. Drawn to Celia, the teenage daughter (Emily Barclay) of his old flame (Jodie Rimmer), Paul wrestles with his own memories to unravel a dark truth only for Celia to then disappear...
MacFadyen impresses. Handsome without being clean cut, he broods his way through the striking Kiwi landscapes, never once afraid to show his character as a spiky, sometimes unpleasant person. Barclay, meanwhile, is excellent as the sparky teen whom Paul finds in his dads old den, a book-lined hideaway perfect for a young girl dreaming of escape.
More details of the film are on the Arts Centre's website.
About the Arts Centre
Ware Arts Centre launched it Community Cinema in November last year. For some time the centre has been looking to increase its arts base, and offer Ware a variety of dimensions, with exhibitions, performance and now film.
It was an ambitious project as the Arts Centre is not large, and therefore the audiences would never be more than 35 to 40 people. The funding needed to buy the equipment alone was £10,000, and a bid was made to The Big Lottery fund.
The B.L.F. obviously believed enough in the centre to give the full £10,000, which was the maximum allowable. The Real Ale Festival, held in the Arts Centre each year also gave £1500, a generous sum, which allowed the project to progress. The equipment and installation cost was £10,500.
With such a small venue the running costs of Performing Rights and Temporary Events licenses means that the charge at the door of £4 would never cover these, so the Ale festival funding was really appreciated. Ware has not shown cinema in the town since the Astoria was closed in the '60's.
Although it was felt, and certainly dialogue on Ware Online backed it up, that this was something Ware would embrace. But it was still a leap in the dark.
The film club has now shown two films, one a month, and the first one in November was Let the Right One In. A bold choice, as it is a Swedish Vampire film, but was very well received, in fact the audience enjoyed it so much they applauded. Last months choice was Looking for Eric which was a largely different audience from the first film, who also thoroughly enjoyed their experience.
The crew behind the cinema at The Arts Centre agreed that it was not going to show three month old Block Busters but would concentrate on independent British and foreign films of limited release which would give people a chance to see well made films they would not normally have seen, but definitely enjoy.
The films will be shown on a monthly basis throughout the year, so look for the latest film on Ware Online, the Library and notice boards in the town, not to mention the Ware Arts Centre's own web site.
A list of all the future films will be posted shortly. For further information go to www.wareartscentre.org.uk
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