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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 2018 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:

  • supporting young film makers through the Talkies’ short film commissions;
  • enabling Talkies to take risks and be innovative – such as with outdoor screenings and live music accompaniment (including and orchestra) to silent film;

In 2018 we aim to continue this approach. We are once more commissioning young film makers to create short films. And risk taking is going to be even more evident because we are need to use new venues as The Fox closes for redevelopment.

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 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.
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 :


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!


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