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Become a Friend of Talkies

Talkies is a not-for-profit volunteer-led society which aims to bring communities together through cinema events. Talkies gets no regular funding or subsidy and sponsorship are becoming harder to secure, so the generous contributions by Friends of Talkies makes a big difference, enabling us to try new things and take risks.

Where your time is available,  we want to offer opportunities to Friends – for example getting involved in the short film commissions or helping organise Friends events.

With your help we hope that in 2019 we can build on and grow this very important part of our activity.

What is a Friend of Talkies

2015 was our first year as ‘Friends’ and at the end of the year we conducted a survey to find out what Friends thought. Most people said they’d joined because they wanted to show their support for Talkies’ development.

We have used your feedback to prioritise where we use ‘Friends of Talkies’ funds by:

  • We support young film makers through the Talkies’ short film commissions;
  • We enable Talkies to take risks and be innovative – such as with outdoor screenings, live music accompaniment, starting new venues (such as Winchmore Hill).

In 2019 we aim to continue and extend this approach. We are once more commissioning young film makers to create short films for screening at the March HERE Film Festival, and we are planning to develop a new documentary during the year strand that reflects local issues, stories and and activities.

Just join through an annual subscription that runs for 12 months. Membermojo, our Friends’ subscription platform, will email you a reminder when it is time to renew. All funds go towards the further development of Talkies, helping us to remain sustainable. Your support will ensure we continue to bring you great events.

  • Being a patron of young film makers
  • Invitations to Friends’ events
  • Acknowledgement of your support on our website
  • Invitation to contribute to decisions about Talkies through involvement at the AGM.
2019 susbcriptions have remained at the same level as 2015.
DOUBLE: £20 (2 people at the same address)
SINGLE: £12 (only one invitation to ‘Friends’ events)
Tricia - Friends of Talkies

Hello! My name is Tricia Sharpe.

My role as volunteer is to look after ‘ Friends of Talkies’. If you have any queries please contact me at :


PAULINE (pictured here assembling before the shoot for ‘Quiet Carriage’  with other volunteer extras, cast and crew.

I enjoyed my day as a ‘background artist’ (extra!) for the Talkies’ commission Quiet Carriage. I didn’t know what to expect but it was a fascinating day! Along with my husband John and another 10 Talkies volunteers  we formed part of a group of ‘commuters’ in an old railway carriage parked up in Epping. The film crew had driven up from Surrey really early to set up ready for shooting, but all went to timetable. Being on set was fascinating and very funny as the actors improvised around the script.  The crew were a set of brilliant young film makers whose organisation, energy and sense of humour was just great to be around.  I’m looking forward to watching Quiet Carriage – the film I helped  to make!


Geraldine and Zahir Anwar
Stephen Armstrong & Hilary Weston
Andrew & Jeni Barker
Fiona Bartels-Ellis
Sylvia Berney
Anna Blackburn
Yvonne Brewster
Karl Brown
David & Sue Bryan
Ruth & Dave Buckwell
Pauline & John Burdon

Aaron Cahill
Susan Coles
Sue and Steve Cook
Beth Cook
Deborah Dalgleish
Jean Davies
Adrian Day
Denise and Dario Donaghue
Steven & Wendy Downes
Denie Driscoll
Molly Greenyer
Kathy Hall
Phoebe Harkins
Beth Houghton
Anne & Ralph Hutchings

Caroline Jackson
Sue & Gerry Kift
Carole Knight & Colin Smith
Sue Lloyd
Kim & Kate Lumley
Jane & Mervyn Maggs
Sarah Maguire
Cathy Matthews
Judy McGough
Margaret & David Miller
Julia Mountain
Victoria Newmark-Jones

Candy Newman
Ann O’Shaugnessy
Liz Partridge
Jim Pickles
Debbie & Phil Peaty
Denis & Bernie Piggott
Janet Price
David(Sam) and Trish Quinn
Lindsay Rawlings
Fran Rayner

Sarah Richardson
Sarah Rimmington & Philip Gooch
Zoe Roberts
Shirley Rose & John Crowther
Lois Sealey
Jean Scott
Tricia Sharpe & Ray Barker
Pat Sims
Vanessa Skarpari
Andrew Small
Pamela Stansall

Chrissie and Dave Thomas
Teresa Tunnadine & Andrew Macalpine
Judith Varley-Evans
Barbara Waters
Sue & Dave Williamson
D’Arcy Wilkin