Training starts for local volunteers running The Hamlets Pop-up Cinema
Tower Hamlets’ innovative community cinema project got off the ground with its first training session. Nine people took part in the training course organised by The Hamlets Pop-Up Cinema on Saturday 30 September that was held at Four Corners, a lovely local venue on Roman Road known for its film and photographic exhibitions, film screenings and workshops.
The all-day session was run by Cinema For All, a national organisation that champions and supports community-led cinema. The trainer covered a range of topics to give the volunteers a valuable insight on how to run a successful community film club. These included:
- What is a community cinema?
- What makes community cinema special?
- Things to consider when planning to set up one
- The first steps
The participants varied in age and background, with multiple ethnicities involved: African, Bangladeshi, Brazilian, English, Hungarian, Indian, Kurdish, Spanish, and Turkish. Very few had any experience of running a cinema before the training. After the session, one participant told the team:
“It was such a great day, thank you very much for having me around. I really look forward to this project, and will do what I can to make it a success. It is just a brilliant concept, and Balik Arts rock! I am loving it!”
Project leader and Balik Arts director Yesim Guzelpinar said: “The training was really fantastic. Great people, great content with a truly inspiring trainer!”
“To have such a fascinating mix of volunteers from day one was brilliant. It was a point the participants noted too. When asked about #TowerHamlets, one said: ‘Our diversity makes us stronger’.”
|"Inspiring" trainer from Cinema For All runs a training session for volunteers involved in The Hamlets Pop-Up Cinema project in Tower Hamlets|
The volunteers immediately put their training to good use by helping to organise The Hamlets’ debut event. The screening of Tramontane, a new Lebanese film, took place at Oxford House, Bethnal Green, on Friday 6 October.
The Hamlets Pop-Up Cinema is being support by Tower Hamlets Council’s Thriving High Streets programme. To learn more about the project and future screenings, visit The Hamlets pop-up cinema blog, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.