It was almost 4 years ago that the first public meeting was convened by Mike Mellor, our Chairman, to consider the idea of starting up a film society. To celebrate, invited all the volunteers who run the society to a garden party and barbecue - and even enjoyed a somewhat obscure quiz about the society, it's films and it's people. Good fun!
The Hart Shopping Centre have allowed us to put up a large-format poster in the doorway of what used to be the "Cargo" shop. It looks great and is attracting a lot of interest. We are experimenting with a new design that shows off the first 6 films of the coming season (starting in September)
We are making some changes to our website to try to improve the way that information is displayed. If you like it then please tell us.... and (more importantly) if you don't like it, tell us that too ! You can drop us a line any time at firstname.lastname@example.org
It was recently suggested that we ask guests and new friends whether they would like to join our private mailing list in order to receive news about Fleet Film and our upcoming events. So we installed a "mailing list invitation" on the web site and hey presto, we are now receiving a steady stream of requests. Thank you to everyone who has asked to join our happy band of world cinema enthusiasts
The Outdoor Cinema event sold out very quickly - thank you to all our loyal members and new attendees. We will be carefully monitoring weather conditions and will issue emails in the 48 hours lead9ing up to the event to confirm whether the weather will affect the screening (in the event of bad weather we will postpone for a week).
Jack Mason, a young man with enormous talent from Aldershot will be entertaining our audience at the final film of the 2016-17 season ("Sing Street" on 26th June). Jack has attracted a lot of online and media interest and has been described (accurately) as having "the voice of an angel". He started out busking on the streets of Aldershot and Farnborough, but is destined for much greater things.. Come along and see Jack on the 26th
Fleet Film is very grateful to John Harwood for agreeing to the use of the door next to their premises as a site for a large Fleet Film poster. It has boosted our on-street profile no end ! John Harwoods is now owned by Bayfields and (as many of our members know) provides a really great level of customer service and the very latest in eye health monitoring. We look forward to a long association with Bayfields and increased attendance as a result of this fantastic poster location.
On Feb 27th we are screening "Being There" - a film which could easily be mistaken for a simple comedy. What looks like a charming little tale of mistaken identity is in fact a complex web of references to Plato, God, Buddha, artificial intelligence, mass psychosis and even the search for reality. Despite being made in 1979, it's core message is bang up to date for our era of 'post-truth'. Come along on 27th February and find out what links "Being There" to Stanley Kubrick, the Second Coming, Chess, Trump and the most basic question of all... "what does it mean to be a person". We'll even provide a primer before the film to highlight the many hidden references and themes that are encompassed within this "riddle wrapped up in a mystery within an enigma"
We screened "MUSTANG" on January 9th and it was a massive success. The attendance was 159 people which is a record for FLEET FILM and an interesting challenge to get that many people seated comfortably in the Harlington (well, as comfortably as the chairs permit anyway !). The audience feedback was overwhelmingly positive and it got the second highest score of any FLEET FILM screening. A great evening and lots to talk about. One future challenge that cropped up at "Mustang" was the need to find a way to speed up bar service... our audiences are very patient, but the queue this time was clearly too long and we will talk to the Harlington management about this.
As promised, here is the second of our selector’s personal “top 10” lists. This week it's the turn of Maurice Kent to present his top 10 all-time favourite films