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 2017 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.
In 2015 we used Friends’ funding to help buy a new sound system. 2016 funding contributed nearly 30% to the £2,700 that went to young filmmakers: to the HERE Festival four short films commissions and to a young local director to help her complete two shorts. In 2017 for Friends of Talkies we aim to:
- continue advance notice of events
- run at least three Friends special events
- use the funding to commission more short films by young filmmakers for the HERE Festival .
Just join through an annual subscription which runs to the end of December each year. All funds go towards the further development of Talkies, helping us to keep prices low and remain sustainable. Your support will ensure we continue to bring you great events.
- Advance notice of upcoming events, ahead of public sales
- Invitations to Friends’ events
- Acknowledgement of your support on our website
- Invitation to contribute to decisions about Talkies through involvement at the AGM.
ADD YOUR NAME TO THE 2017 FRIENDS LIST…
Stephen Armstong & Hilary Weston
Andy & Jeni Barker
Ruth & Dave Buckwell
Pauline & John Burdon
Gill & John Cole
Susan & Steve Cook
Tim & Lauren Cook
David & Sue Davies
Steven & Wendy Downes
Anooshah Fakish & Majid Taleghani
Ali & Jane Hessami
Vicky Hobart & Emmanuel Tomking
Ann & Ralph Hutchings
Carole Knight & Colin Smith
Zoe Roberts & Bill Lindsay
Kim & Kate Lumley
Jane & Mervyn Maggs
Margaret & David Miller
Victoria Neumark Jones
Helen & David Osman
Liz & David Partridge
Debbie & Phil Peaty
Denis & Bernie Piggott
Sam & Trish Quinn
Tricia Sharpe and Ray Barker
Pat Sims & Chris Lafosse
Chrissie & Dave Thomas
David & Sue Williamson
Non & Nick Worrall
FRIENDS OF TALKIES SPOTLIGHT
YVONNE (pictured here with Director Paul Holbrook) – volunteering on the short film shoots
I enjoyed my day as a runner for the Talkies’ commission Sunday Worship. I didn’t know what to expect so I was glad I wasn’t alone, Surayya (one of our Talkies’ volunteers) was the local shoot co-ordinator and sent me the schedules for the day. The film crew had driven up from Bristol really early so Surayya organised bacon sarnies for them. I also met Sarah who took photos for Talkies throughout the day. Our first exotic location was a bus stop on the North Circular Road. Then we moved round the corner where I asked a few members of the public if they would cross the road so they didn’t disturb filming. Our last shoot was in Broomfield Park. The cameraman wanted a 360* shot of Brian Croucher as he gazed at the bandstand. This was tricky because people kept going on the bandstand and we had to keep our wits about us to keep out of shot. Between shots I got to chat to Brian. The crew were grateful for our help. I’m looking forward to watching Sunday Worship – the film I helped to make!