Friday, 21 January 2011

UPDATE: Saturday night at the movies

I just received an update from Open Cinema that they are holding a fund raising event next Thursday evening (d'oh! at the same time as an already arranged Bush gathering) and I have been asked to share the details with you. I'm going to spend the next few days working out if I can actually be in two places at once as it does sound like a very interesting, entertaining and even educational evening and let's face it, Shepherd's Bush night life doesn't always offer us that!

So if you're able to go please do, it will be a great way to support the Bush. You can then pop down to The Goldhawk feeling all virtuous. Here comes the press release...

On Thursday 27th January 2011, from 7.30pm, Open Cinema will be taking part in a special fundraising event for the St Stephen’s Film Club in Shepherd’s Bush – the newest addition to their nationwide network of community cinemas. Organised and hosted by the St Stephen’s Film Club, this event will feature a panel debate on the question “Can cinema be an agent of change?”.

Confirmed panelists include Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries; Oscar-nominated and BAFTA winning film producer Stephen Woolley, author and journalist Toby Young, and Christoph Warrack, founder and CEO of Open Cinema.

Tickets for the fundraiser are priced at £25, and include entry to the debate, canap├ęs and drinks. All proceeds will go to the St Stephen’s Film Club, which plans to offer weekly film screenings and film-making projects for the local homeless and elderly communities in Shepherd’s Bush.

For tickets and further information, please contact 

ST STEPHEN’S FILM CLUB is a charitable non-profit organisation set up in association
with the Church of St Stephen and St Thomas to show films in their new church hall in
Coverdale Road Shepherd’s Bush. It is managed by the church committee, staffed by local
volunteers, and supported by Open Cinema.
OPEN CINEMA is a national network of film clubs programmed by and for homeless and
socially excluded people. Each week participants watch the best in contemporary cinema and
work with professional filmmakers to create films of their own. Open Cinema takes film to
people at the margins, and brings them and their aspirations to the centre of cultural life.
For more information about The Church of St Stephen and St Thomas, please visit
http://www.ststephensw12.orgFor more information on Open Cinema, please visit

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