Jean established the 'Talkies Draw' to help raise funds to buy new equipment. Due to the draw we have been able to buy a new PA system, which saves us from borrowing one!
Surayya edits science magazines by day but is also passionate about film. Surayya's activities for Talkies span organising short film commissions, analysis of audiences and being front of house at events.
Tricia is the co-ordinator for 'Friends of Talkies' . She has been involved in a number events including an introduction to 'The Arbor' , screened on International Womens Day.
Phil is a friend of Talkies who donated equipment to help our start up. Phil hosted an evening of animated films, starting from their simple beginnings in the early 1900s through to today. Phil showed and talked about some of his favourite short films to illustrate methods and approaches to animation.
Tony is a local graphic designer and was Talkies' first intern, working on a range of events over 2015/16, including hosting "Prescilla Queen of the Desert where he appeared as his alter-ego "Fantasy"
With a background in television broadcasting, John helps with the projection and sound set up and making sure things run smoothly on the night.
Steve was a founding member of Talkies and has been the linchpin in all aspects from programming, introducing films, editorial, technical and photography. Steve also provides a firm hand on the tiller of Talkies finances!
Another Founding member, Shirley finds time in her busy schedule to promote Talkies events and selling tickets. You will often see her helping out on the check in.
Coming from a film PR background, Roz is making a great contribution as one of the team of volunteers at the Talkies Bowes and Bounds group. Roz has a great knowledge of film and some really helpful contacts!
Sue was another of the originators of Talkies and also contributes to discussions on film choice. Sue provides editorial input into communications and is a regular face at the check in at Talkies events.
Moira was one of the original group of friends that set up Talkies. She provides lots of ideas for films , promotes events and is a general all round positive force! Moira has introduced films, including West SIde Story - one of her favourite films ever!
Artemis is studying film but has already been the star of a Talkies screening when she premiered her documentary "Should Be On By Now" about a Bowie Tribute band. Artemis is active in filming Talkies events.
Sarah is a North London based freelance Photographer, who, alongside Kate B is our events / production stills photographer. She has a degree in Film and has previously worked within the Film industry.
David is the Founder of Talkies and chairs the executive committee. David helps to programme films, manages the website and does a lot of the marketing.
Shweta is one of the core group of organisers for Talkies Bowes and Bounds, contributing to discussions of films and helping to set up the evenings.
Sophie contributes to programming and event organisation. In her professional life she works at Film London.
Judy is one of the core group of organisers for Talkies Bowes and Bounds. Judy's calm and well organised approach is much appreciated by everyone! Judy is also the Bowes and Bounds rep on the Talkies Executive.
Kate is an all-rounder - professional actress, model and dancer, she is developing new marketing materials for Talkies to include in the new website and on social media.
Kate co-runs Short Sighted Cinema. She programmed the first season of films at the Dugdale Centre in Summer 2013 and curated the HA! comedy shorts evening in January 2014. Kate now co-ordinates the applications for the short film commissions.
Joan enjoys meeting people and plays a part in welcoming the audience to events and other support in front of house.
Interested in volunteering?
We understand that your time will be limited, but we are keen to use your help and, we hope, find something interesting for you to do.
Broadly our activities fall into a number of strands of work, which include:
- Programming films, researching and suggesting films to match the interests of our audience
- Marketing and publicity, which includes emails, website, Facebook, twitter, press, etc.
- Events, including check-in, meeting and greeting, introducing the evening, music and other ‘added extras’
- Artwork, including e-posters, e-mails, website resources,etc.
- Organisation – for example organising volunteers, film festivals and outdoor events
- Screening – setting up and operating the screening equipment. This is definitely not rocket science, so don’t be put off if you don’t yet know about projectors and sound systems!
Please contact us with your name, email address and a short message and we will get back to you for further discussion.
YVONNE – 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 was runner 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!