Free friendly film afternoon as part of Reaching Communities project
Sunday 1st November 2015
Lostwithiel's film society Lost In Film has joined up with Memory Matters SW to offer a series of free friendly afternoon films, allowing people to enjoy cinema who might not do otherwise. The screenings are suitable for people living with dementia, their family or carers but are open to anyone who would benefit from a tolerant setting.
The free film afternoons are being supported by Reaching Communities, an ongoing project run by Cinema For All with the support of the Tudor Trust, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the British Board of Film Classification. The project aims to connect community cinema with marginalised and disadvantaged audiences across the UK, and Cornwall is one of the areas being targeted.
Kat Smith from Lost In Film said "We're working with Memory Matters who specialise in memory loss and dementia but these films are open to anyone who would enjoy a gentle film in a relaxed environment. People who come to our regular films are welcome but we're hoping we might attract new audience members, perhaps people who don't feel comfortable going out in the evenings. Watching films might not seem like a sociable activity but actually the shared experience of being part of an audience can be very powerful, not to mention great fun. We want to reach as many people as possible with these films."
A dementia friendly screening has low levels of lighting while the film is on, it's fine for people to go in and out of the film as they need and the titles will be selected to avoid confusing story lines, difficult to follow dialogue and potentially upsetting subjects.
The next afternoon film will be Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, certificate 12. Set in the 1920s, Colin Firth plays a magician who despises claims by phony spiritualists that they can perform real magic. He is invited to the Côte d'Azur to expose a young medium but is left surprised and shaken by evidence that her gifts may be real. The film will be shown at 2pm in Lostwithiel Community Centre on Thursday 26th November. Free tickets are available on the door.
Lostwithiel Community Centre is supporting the event by offering a meal deal of home-made soup with a roll plus a dessert for £5 before the film. Anyone wishing to take advantage of this should ring the Centre on 01208 872207 to book.