Examples of pre-film events.

Short Films are often the best way to entertain and educate.  The audience does not know in advance what is coming and are often stretched to see types of work that wouldn't usually be included in their viewing.

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Yesterday  Through RCC, a link was made with US singer songwriter Benjamin Scheuer, who had written a song about his trans friend Samantha and had made the first pop video that consisted of all trans performers. Benjamin and Samantha had a Zoom call with one of our members who is researching gender for his college course.  We also linked up with The Forum, Tunbridge Wells' independent music venue. It hosted us making a short film to accompany Yesterday. Members of RCC interviewed actor Phil Philmar, who starred in Julian Lennon's Beatles spoof pop video.  

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – the short films chosen explored male friendship. A film clip from the Indian film Sholay, showing two men on a bike singing about their friendship. A humorous film – Masterpiece – by black film maker Runyararo Mapfumo – showed brotherhood and intellectual challenge between a group of young black men, which can break down conventional film stereotypes.

Woman at War – an environmental theme.  The short films included Dulce, a documentary set in coastal Colombia where a mother teaches her daughter to swim so that she can harvest the piangua shellfish with the other women in the village

Colette – a short film chosen for the theme of ‘creative women’ showed disabled performance artist, Sue Austin, doing an underwater dance in her wheelchair.   This gave the discussion group (above) plenty to talk about.

Rocket Man - the short film chosen was Iranian refugee Majid Adin’s animation, set to the theme music, about his migration and the experience of seeking asylum in a strange country.  This was the first film where COVID-19 precautions had us socially distancing the seating.

Green Book – short films chosen explored BAME creativity and highlighted the life story of ballet dancer Ingrid Silva’s creative journey from poverty in Mangueira, Brazil, to performing in the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Ingrid recorded a special message to  the RCC audience.

Green Book – short films chosen explored BAME creativity and highlighted the life story of ballet dancer Ingrid Silva’s creative journey from poverty in Mangueira, Brazil, to performing in the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Ingrid recorded a special message to  the RCC audience.