Buxton Film to enhance cinema experience

Buxton-born film director Robert Stevenson

Buxton Film – a charity run by volunteers – will  be improving the cinematic experience for audiences in 2017.

A British Film Institute equipment grant has provided a hi-specification projector and the charity is using £1,000 from its reserves to install new speakers, amplifier and Blu-Ray player so that the sound and picture will be much enhanced.

Working in partnership with Buxton Opera House, screenings will take place regularly on Monday nights in the  90-seat Pavilion Arts Centre Studio.

The new season of films starts on  January 9 with a screening of I, Daniel Blake – Ken Loach’s highly acclaimed and moving drama about a middle-aged man’s life following a heart attack.

The benefits system seems to conspire against him. He meets Katie – a mother with two young children who has come from London to live in Newcastle. They join forces to try and take on an iniquitous welfare system. Loach’s film should leave you feeling angry at the way in which vulnerable people are bearing the brunt of harsh political and economic truths.

Other films in the new season will include box office and critical triumphs such as Bridget Jones’ Baby, Dr Strange, The Girl on the Train, and Life, Animated as well as new films from Japan, Iran, Palestine, Estonia and France.

For Easter the fifth Buxton Film Festival takes place when 18 films will be screened over the course of a week. This year’s Festival (April 12-17) celebrates the work and career of Buxton-born film director Robert Stevenson who is best known for Mary Poppins.

In a career lasting more than 40 years in England and the US he worked with many of the great names in theatre, TV and cinema – Orson Welles, Hitchcock, Hedy Lamarr, Boris Karloff and Walt Disney among others.

Apart from screening a selection of Stevenson’s films – culminating in a sing-a-long Mary Poppins – there will be an exhibition focussing on Stevenson’s place in 20th century film history.

January will also see the final screenings in The Pauper’s Pit in the Old Hall Hotel. The Crescent redevelopment means that this 40-seat theatre will have to close. The final, special film screening will take place on Thursday, January 26.

For full details of all Buxton Film events go to www.buxtonfilm.org.uk or pick up a flyer listing all screenings through to the end of March from the Opera House or the library.

Tickets for Monday screenings in the Pavilion Arts Centre can be bought in advance from the Buxton Opera House for £5 or may be available on the door.