Grow Your Own Cinema is an exciting new project by Cinema For All and Voluntary Arts Scotland set up to encourage voluntary arts groups to put on their very own film events. Read all about the first film screening as part of the project that took place at Letham Lights!
New community cinema Letham Lights have grown out of existing voluntary arts group, Letham Nights as a result of the Grow Your Own Cinema project. Operating from Letham Village Hall, a dedicated group of local volunteers have been running gigs in rural Fife since 2008. After attending the Grow Your Own Cinema: Fife training day in Kirkcaldy in May, some of the group decided to diversify their activity and Letham Lights was formed. Their first screening was farming documentary Addicted To Sheep on Saturday 21 August, preceded by short films starring local children.
On the day of the event, the group set up a tuck shop selling sweetie bags, crisps and popcorn along with home baking, beer, wine and pimms at the back of the hall. Before the films, a slideshow of old images of Letham was played on screen interspersed with slides from classic movies like King Kong and Dr Strangelove. Classic cinema-style tickets were issued to the 50+ audience members and the group produced their own feedback forms about the film, complete with a colouring-in sheep design on the back in homage to the Addicted To Sheep feature. Prior to the screening, they played a ‘Pearl & Dean’ style trailer for upcoming Letham Lights attractions, as the group plan to screen Ghostbusters (1984) in October and It’s A Wonderful Life in December.
This event was also featured in the Fife Herald in the run-up to the screening.
The next screening in the Grow Your Own Cinema project will be The Jungle Book (2016) by the newly formed Kelty Community Cinema in association with the Moray Development Trust on Sunday 25 September. There are further screenings scheduled for October in Inverness, Wester Hailes, Thornhill, Farr, Fort William and Falkland.
Here is a short film detailing the work of the Grow Your Own Cinema project: