Since December 2016 we have been supporting the Broomhall Community Centre to help them develop their own community cinema.
So far they have hosted two screenings to a combined audience of 206 people. This work was made possible by a legacy donation by the late Dr Shaw and a Pay It Forward donation from the Cinema For All Yorkshire Group.
Cinema For All support has enabled Broomhall Community Cinema to bring passionate part time assistant, Jack De Aguilar’s ideas to life. He said “With Cinema For All’s help we’ve managed to create a safe space for the community to engage with cinema, while hopefully sparking some meaningful conversations about local issues, too. Cinema For All have supported us throughout, making sure our screenings remain accessible to as many people as possible, which was our aim from the beginning. We’ve also managed to reinvigorate a struggling community centre in the process, which has given tremendous satisfaction to local residents in Broomhall.”
Nicole Kelly, who co-founded the project with Jack said “Having Cinema For All’s help and experience to call upon has meant that we’ve been able to spend more time on the exciting aspects of running a community cinema – reasons why we started this project in the first place – such as creating a diverse programme of films, and creating an environment where the whole community feels welcome and can share their love of film.”
So far Broomhall Community Cinema has screened two foreign language films, Wadjda and Benda Bilili. They have also screened a short film made by a local Somali community group. Broomhall Community Cinema’s next screening will take place on 30 July to celebrate Pride. The film selection will be announced soon.