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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 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.
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 :


Stephen Armstong & Hilary Weston

Andy & Jeni  Barker

Mike Barrett

Sue Baylick

Yvonne Brewster

Karl Brown

Ruth & Dave Buckwell

Pauline & John Burdon

Aaron Cahill

Jeffrey Chesnick

Gill & John Cole

Susan Coles

Helen Conwell

Beth  Cook

Susan & Steve Cook

Tim & Lauren Cook

David & Sue Davies

Jean Davies

Adrian Day

Steven & Wendy Downes

Denise Driscoll

Anooshah Fakish & Majid Taleghani

Kathleen Hall

Phoebe Harkins

Ali & Jane Hessami

Vicky Hobart & Emmanuel Tomking

Beth Houghton

Ann & Ralph Hutchings

Caroline Jackson

Carole Knight & Colin Smith

Sue Lloyd

Zoe Roberts & Bill Lindsay

Barbara Luckhurst

Kim & Kate Lumley

Judy McGough

Jane & Mervyn Maggs

Paul Mari

Margaret & David Miller

Julia Mountain

Ruth Tosha-Mulandi

Victoria Neumark Jones

Candy Newman

Ann O’Shaughnessy

Helen & David Osman

Liz & David Partridge

Debbie & Phil Peaty

Jim Pickles

Denis & Bernie Piggott

Kim Prendergast

Janet Price

Sam & Trish Quinn

Lindsay Rawlings

Lawrence Reeve-Jones

Eunice Rigas

Shirley Rose

Jean Scott

Lois Sealey

Ruth Serner

Tricia Sharpe and Ray Barker

Caroline Shulman

Vanessa Skarpari

Pat Sims & Chris Lafosse

Helen Streeton

Chrissie & Dave Thomas

Barbara Waters

David & Sue Williamson

Non & Nick Worrall


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!