The world of cinema came to life for older people from all over Derry on Wednesday when they attended a special screening of ‘The Quiet Man’ at the Brunswick Moviebowl.
The event was part of the Foyle Film Festival’s ‘Community Film Project’.
The scheme is being delivered in partnership with the Nerve Centre and is focused on raising the profile of cinema within communities all over Derry.
One of the groups to attend Wednesday’s screening was from Greater Shantallow Area Partnership.
Donna Shiels is a Community Engagement Officer in the Outer North area, which takes in areas like Shantallow, Galliagh and Carnhill.
“Wednesday’s day at the Brunswick Moviebowl was top class. We took a bus load of people over the age of 50 to the cinema and they had an absolute ball.”
Donna went on to say that many of the people who attended Friday’s event had never been to the Brunswick Moviebowl before and several of those who were there had not visited the cinema in decades.
“The cinema can a be a little off putting for older people. It can be very busy and noisy at times but thanks to the Foyle Film Festival and the Nerve Centre the older people are able to attend the movies.”
‘The Quiet Man’ was the first of three ‘Silver Screenings’ that are due to take place during the ‘Community Film Project’.
The films shown were chosen by the various community groups and sourced by event co-ordinator, Peter Davidson.
Next Wednesday afternoon’s film is ‘Casablanca’ and the following week ‘12 Angry Men’ will be shown. Both screenings will take place at the Brunswick Moviebowl.
The ‘Community Film Project’ is not only aimed at older people. The scheme will also host a variety of parent and toddler cinema events and next Wednesday evening there will be a movie quiz in the Nerve Centre which will be followed by a special screening of Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 comedy, ‘Blazing Saddles’.
It’s the first year the Foyle Film Festival has hosted the ‘Community Film Project’ and event co-ordinator, Peter Davidson is hopeful that it will not be the last.
“The project has been received so positively from people from different communities from all over the city.
“The ‘Silver Screening’ of ‘The Quiet Man’ was a big success and talking to a few of the people who were there they said it was nice trip down memory lane for them.
“The Bluray version of the movie we were using even stopped five minutes before the end but the older people weren’t annoyed as they said it reminded them of what it was like to watch movies in the old Picture Palace at the bottom of Shipquay Street,” said Peter.
For more information on the Foyle Film Festival’s ‘Community Film Project’ contact the Nerve Centre on 028 7126 0562 or visit www.nervecentre.org. The ‘Community Film Project ends on April 13.