Been a looong time since I posted. The main reason for this is one small cinema.
Between July and November I have been quite literally building a cinema, in Moston, North Manchester. I’ve written a potted history of the project for the Re-Dock blog, and you can check out the project blog here. The Small Cinema project has been developing over 4 years now, with various iterations in different places, all exploring the idea of how might cinema spaces be created in relation to communities. Manifestations of the idea have, until now, been temporary – one-off events and ”pop-up” screening spaces – and so never fully tested the central conceit of the project.
The Moston Small Cinema is the most ambitious expression yet, working with volunteers to create a permanent screening space in the heart of a community. The result: a 70 seater cinema, replete with authentic cinema seats, built with donated materials, housed in a former miner”s wash house. The project combined community engagement, research and film-making to inform an ambitious plan to develop a cinema facility and hold a 10 day festival of screenings and workshops.
Check out the full post here, or checkout the video below