Over 100 members help officially launch Film Hub London
Date posted: 18.03.2014
Representatives from across London's film industry gathered at the ICA last night to help officially launch Film Hub London – a city-wide initiative that brings together film exhibitors across the capital to better serve its diverse population.
In an evening packed full of events, film-maker Joanna Hogg (writer/director Archipelago) and Adam Roberts, her co-founder of screening collective and Film Hub London member A Nos Amours, celebrated the Hub's role in "championing the value of collective film-watching".
Chief Executive of Film London and British Film Commission Adrian Wootton announced the 10 projects awarded funding by the initiative's Community Screen Scheme, aimed at encouraging and enhancing community cinema projects bringing film to underserved areas.
Later in the evening attendees were given the opportunity to watch the first programme released by Film Hub London - Seven Streets, Two Markets and a Wedding: Glimpses of Lost London 1930-1980. Now available for booking by members, the programme is a feature length collection of archive material, curated by London's Screen Archives.
About Film Hub London
Film Hub London is part of the BFI Film Audience Network, a nationwide network of exhibitors taking cultural cinema to their communities.
The Hub has over 100 members and counting, representing 30 of London's 33 boroughs. From film clubs to multiplexes and all that's in between, they are committed to ensuring audiences can discover film in all its diversity. Anyone that shows film in the capital can join the Hub, and members have access to a range of benefits including training and funding schemes.
Do you want to show films in London? Join Film Hub London now
Supporting community cinema
Developed in response to the research by Film London showing big gaps in cinema provision and engagement across the capital, the Community Screen Scheme is the Hub's first funding opportunity open to members.
A groundbreaking partnership with Vue Entertainment provided applicants with the opportunity to present their project at a Vue Cinema.
Film London received a total of 30 applications, proposing activity in 21 London Boroughs. Every project was of an extremely high standard and the breadth of boroughs represented is testament to the creative passion for cinema being unleashed across London.
10 projects were selected by a panel made up of members of the Film Hub London Advisory Panel, and will each receive £3,000 to support their activity.
Those included in the 2013/2014 round are set to bring Gujarati Films to Vue Croydon Grants; a diverse programme of films with live performances, food and workshops to Chadwell Heath Community Centre in Barking and Dagenham; and a cinematic celebration of 20 years of Freedom & Democracy in South Africa to Haringey.
Made in London
Film Hub London isn't just about supporting the capital's exhibitors through funding; it also has the aim to provide diverse London-focussed programming opportunities through a range of feature length releases.
Last night, the inaugural Made in London programme Seven Streets, Two Markets and A Wedding had its first screening and officially opened for bookings by Hub members.
Largely unseen in generations, the 10 rare films brought together for this unique programme, were selected by London's Screen Archives, the capital's network of archives managed by Film London. The film offers glimpses of lost London from 1930 to 1980, with highlights including the original Lambeth Walk, dray horses in 60s Marylebone and an East End parade.
Viewers will travel from Brent to Southwark, Hackney to Hampstead Heath with films that celebrate the city's heritage and provide a unique insight into how much London has changed in the last century, and equally, how much is still recognisable in city living today.