Letham Lights – Home Grown Cinema in the Village Hall!

August 14th, 2016
by Letham Nights

Letham Lights Launch Event

Sunday 21st August 3pm

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addicted to sheepWe are delighted to support a fantastic new community arts initiative in Letham from a group of local film enthusiasts, Letham Lights.  The group join Letham Nights to bring more voluntary, not-for-profit community arts and culture to our fantastic village hall.  The initiative has already attracted some very positive press attention and with just a week to go before the launch event, here is more from Letham Lights group spokesperson Keith Taylor:

We are really excited to be launching a new community cinema in Letham. A few of us in the village had been talking about ways of putting on events for the community to bring people together and a cinema seemed like a great way to do this. Many people remember how cinemas used to be a focal point in small towns throughout Scotland and how exciting it was to see a film with other people no matter what it was! It is sad that over the years these have slowly vanished and been replaced with generic multiplex cinemas outside large cities which are often very expensive, inaccessible, and can feel a little soulless. We wanted to revive the idea of film being something for everyone to enjoy together rather than sitting alone in your living room.

We have been supported by the Grow Your Own Cinema scheme which is part of the Cinema For All initiative. This helps to develop grass-roots community cinemas by giving advice on equipment, funding and logistics. It has also been invaluable meeting some other local cinema groups which seem to be popping up all over the country to learn from their experience. We are all volunteers and any money we raise will go towards supporting the village hall and buying equipment to make the cinema sustainable in the long term.

Over the coming months we plan to show a variety of films that will appeal to different ages and interests. We have some quite ambitious ideas for how we would like to develop in the future with some great possibilities for themed events. We are already planning a spooky family event for Halloween and of course “It’s a wonderful life” for Christmas complete with 1940s costume and mulled wine. To begin with we want to focus on providing an affordable, entertaining and interesting experience for everyone young and old. We will be learning quite a lot from the audience as we go!

Addicted to Sheep    Book Tickets

Our first screening is on Sunday 21st August at 3pm. We are starting with something a little unusual – a charming documentary called “Addicted to Sheep” about a year in the life of a family on a remote hill farm in the Pennines who are on a quest to find the perfect sheep!

We thought this might appeal to a lot of us who live in a rural area but have little appreciation of what goes on in the fields around us.

Into the Middle of Nowhere

We will also be showing a couple of short films that perfectly capture the innate spirit of hope and adventure that children take into the world.  One of these films “Into the middle of nowhere” was filmed at the Secret Garden nursery in Letham a few years ago and follows a child’s eye view of the beautiful woodlands in the village.

One or two of the stars of the film might even be in the audience! You can find out more, book tickets or even offer to help out at our website www.lethamlights.org or on our facebook page. We really look forward to seeing you there so come along, have some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the show!

Addicted To Sheep press packs are available from http://www.addictedtosheep.com/

Keith Taylor
Letham Lights Community Cinema
July 2016

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