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Film Forres fortnightly family screenings start on Friday, October 22 with The Little Vampire


By Garry McCartney

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Film Forres launched in 2010 when a project to provide a Friday night cinema club for young people during the winter months grew in popularity.
Film Forres launched in 2010 when a project to provide a Friday night cinema club for young people during the winter months grew in popularity.

LOCAL cinema audiences will make a welcome return to the silver screen on Friday as Film Forres is back!

The team behind the town hall's winter programme is promising a mix of old and new features catering for a range of age groups during the dark nights every other weekend into the New Year, starting with 'The Little Vampire' (2000, U, 95min) at 6.30pm on Friday, October 22.

A scene from The Little Vampire featuring Richard E. Grant and Jonathan Lipnicki.
A scene from The Little Vampire featuring Richard E. Grant and Jonathan Lipnicki.

A spokesperson said: "Attendees are welcome to dress up for this week's screening ... we will be!

"Nothing beats the spectacular big screen experience, immersive sound, special effects and access to a wide range of new films.

"The main focus will continue to be fortnightly Friday night family screenings for under-18s. However, in addition, there will be five screenings of Saturday evening films for over-18s and young adults accompanied by family starting on October 30 with 'Beetlejuice', which attendees are also welcome to dress up for."

Some of the audience getting into the spirit of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.
Some of the audience getting into the spirit of 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

Film Forres offers a night out with friends old and new, and the chance to make connections. The popular events provide cabaret-style seating where audiences are invited to bring-their-own-bottles and nibbles, creating a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

The family programme over the next few Fridays is: November 12 'Peabody and Sherman' (2014, U, 92min); November 19 'Mulan' (2020 live action version, 12A, 115min); December 10 'Soul' (2020, PG, 100min); December 17 'The Polar Express' (2004, U, 100min); January 21 'Raya and the Last Dragon (2021, PG, 117min).

'The Personal History of David Copperfield' (2019, PG, 119min) is being shown on Saturday, December 18 for over-18s and accompanied young adults.

The community cinema features state-of-the-art projection and surround sound.
The community cinema features state-of-the-art projection and surround sound.

Film Forres chairman, Gareth Edwards, confirmed the volunteers now have a funded part-time employee with event management, marketing and PR experience.

He said: "With thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, we have recently engaged Ruth Whitfield as our film and audience development officer. This one-year post will enable us to build on our communications and marketing, strengthen community links and create new projects."

Ruth added: "I’m absolutely delighted to start working with such an enthusiastic team. I'm also excited to be able to develop new ideas which will add to what is already a successful project."

Doors open for Film Forres Family Fridays at 6pm for 6.30pm screenings. Attendees are welcome from 7pm for Film Forres Presents on Saturdays with screenings starting at 7.30pm. Entry is by donation and refreshments are on sale.



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