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The Hamlets Pop-Up Cinema: that’s a Wrap!

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It’s hard to believe it was a mere seven months ago that we first introduced The Hamlets Pop-up Cinema to the residents of Towers Hamlets. As we come to the end of this initial pilot phase, we thought it would be a good idea to reflect on just how much the team have achieved in such a short space of time.
We first launched The Hamlets at the end of September 2017. Our innovative project aimed to involve local people in running their own regular film club screening great movies from around the world, and to also support the borough’s high streets and town centres with diverse pop-up events.
We started by holding a free training session at Four Corners on Roman Road, led by national body Cinema for All (CfA). Nine people attended the one-day training, where they were given important insights and skills on how to manage a community cinema.
Since then, The Hamlets has organised three full days of training (including a technical day with the Independent Cinema Trust), and held seven screenin…

The Hamlets team up with the East End Film Festival to screen Onur Saylak’s refugee drama Daha/More

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The Hamlets Pop-Up Cinema and its parent body, film charity Balik Arts, are pleased to announce they are working with the organisers of the East End Film Festival (EEFF) to promote one of the foreign language films being screened at this year’s festival.
Since launching last September, community cinema The Hamlets has carved out a good name for itself with monthly screenings of world cinema in the east end borough of Tower Hamlets. One of its biggest turnouts was for the screening of Turkish documentary My Suburban Story.
For EEFF 2018, The Hamlets and Balik Arts are supporting the screening of Daha (‘More’), a film made in Turkey about human traffickers exploiting refugees attempting to cross from the war-torn Middle East into Europe.
Daha (More) is the directorial debut of Turkish actor Onur Saylak. The film, director and actors picked up several awards at film festivals following its release last year.
The story is an impressive screen adaptation of Hakan Günday’s award-winning thri…