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.
FRIENDS OF TALKIES SPOTLIGHT
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!
FRIENDS OF TALKIES 2019
Ralph & Anne Hutchings
Ruth Tosha Mulandi
Paulina Van Brakel