Here's a question... what are the 10 best films of YOUR time ? What films have had the most impact across your life (not the films that have pulled in the biggest audiences or the films with the biggest budgets, but the ones that still spark in your memory as "something special").
To explore this question, we will be asking each of our Film Selection team to tell us what their personal favourite films are - and will publish them on the Fleet Film website. Perhaps other members will be inspired to let us know what their personal life-time favourites are too ? Watch this space...
The first film of the season was marred for many by problems with the sound. For some people it was too loud, others heard a faint clicking from the speakers and many felt the sound balance was all wrong. So... after the film we set the Fleet Film forensic film investigators to work and they have now reported back ! The good news is that the problems with the sound were nothing to do with the sound system at the Harlington or the projection equipment or even our laptop. The problem originates in the (poor) quality of the audio on the brand-new DVD that we used to run the film from. What our tests revealed was that the sound was just as problematic when played through a top-of-the-range super TV system equipped with fully integrated surround sound. Interestingly, since becoming aware of the problem, we've noticed other recent (Hollywood) films that have really awful sound tracks that seem to have been put together in a slap-dash manner, so perhaps some directors are overly focused on the visual at the expense of the quality of the many different elements that make up a sound track ?
It isn't at all easy to find a film that is spooky, but not gory... scary but not tasteless... and of a quality that Fleet Film audiences expect ! But our Selection Team have watched so many spooky films that they are now gibbering wrecks... and the result is that we will be showing "Rosemary's Baby" plus a suitable atmospheric short film on 31st October. This is of course All Hallows Eve (or more properly "All Saints"), so everything is aligned for a fun evening. Be assured that there will be something of an ambience... possibly including disguise, costume, despicable decorations, weird cookies and more...)
Following the last screening, we learnt that the Harlington is to get a major upgrade to it's sound system - rumoured to be in the region of a £15,000 upgrade. This is great news and can hopefully only enhance our film viewing experience. More news on this when we have it !
We've just heard that we have been shortlisted (again) for a "Film Society of the Year" award. The final award will be made on November 5th at the Film Society of the Year convention in Sheffield. We are up against some really stiff competition including the Billericay Community Cinema (an amazing new society supported by three large councils) and Hull Independent Cinema (previous winners , strongly supported by Hull Council). However, we won the most valuable prize last year, so maybe we can win at least one little prize this year... All will be revealed on November 5th. Wish us well !
Our first film of the new season attracted record numbers of would-be members... so many that our registration process went into meltdown. Mike was even seen to loosen the collar of his dinner jacket ! Fortunately, Laura was on hand to bring order to the chaos and calm was restored. We all want to thank our loyal members and guests for their patience and especially want to thank Laura for the calm, assured way she helped to get the registration process on track. Things will be much better next time !
Our wonderful Chairman cheered up early morning commuters this week by handing out Fleet Film leaflets to the poor, bemused souls who were catching trains to London from 6am onwards. At that hour, people are still not entirely awake and so are wonderfully receptive to a man in a dinner suit with a smile on his face. And because they are about to face a boring commute to London, they actually take the leaflets and read them ! Mike is a local hero for his sterling efforts on Fleet station footbridge. We look forward to greeting many new people who've read all about us whilst on the 6:10 to Waterloo !