Aylsham Picture house featured on BBC Radio Norfolk

Listen to today’s interview with Paul Vater on the popularity of film in the UK and in particular a focus on local cinema’s like ours.

There was also mention of our education project working in partnership with St Michaels, Aylsham High School and Norwich University for the Arts (NUA). More details of this project will be published soon. We hope you will get involved with this as much as possible.

Listen to programme from 8:51

BBC RADIO NORFOLK: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/live:bbc_radio_norfolk

Got your tickets for “The Falling” from Barnwell’s yet?

We look forward to seeing you at our first screening for 2016 – Friday 8 January. There is a great cast in “The Falling” including Maxine Peak, Maisie Williams, Florence Pugh and Greta Scacchi. Set in a girls’ public school in 1969, it concerns the friendship between the rebellious and beautiful Abbie (Pugh) and her less than worldly-wise companion Lydia (Williams).

Gradually, more and more secrets are revealed, and the back stories of girls, staff and Lydia’s mum Eileen (Peake) add extra spice to the mysteries.

As the fainting fits alluded to in this film’s title become increasingly widespread at the school, the girls’ behaviour becomes more extreme.

This film was written and directed by the incredibly talented Carol Morley in 2014.

New Year, New Season of films!

We were thrilled with the turnout for our last film of 2015 “In love with Alma Cogan”. A near sell-out audience enjoyed a full evening of entertainment that began from doors opening at 6pm. Live music was provided by Jonathan and Delve for those arriving early to enjoy a festive drink of mulled wine, snacks and a fantastic raffle organised by Carol Wisby, of No5 Dress Agency in Red Lion Street.

RAFFLE-results

FESTIVAL OF SHORT FILMS 2016

We sold raffle tickets for a fantastic £390 on the night and look forward to our next fundraiser in February 2016. All the funds raised will be used to finance our Festival of Short Films and Animation planned for July 2016. We will publish more details of this in the coming months and hope that as many of our supporters will get involved with this project that will bring together schools and colleges together with other generations of participants in  Aylsham and its surrounding areas to learn about making short films using smart phone technology. People taking part will work with mentors from the film and TV industry as well as graduates and undergraduates from Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) leading to a screening of the best films at a celebration of film over the last weekend of July (29-31 July, 2016).

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FILM SEASON 2016

We have now published the next set of films in our new season for 2016. Brochures for this have now been produced and will be distributed with the next edition of Just Aylsham. Films chosen include one chosen through our Audience Choice vote. Suggestions made by audiences at Aylsham Picture House in September, October and November 2015 were put to a vote in December and the winning film by far was Leviathan – a russian language film to be screened in March 2016.

View our next season of film here

And the other Oscar goes to

On Thursday a few of the Development Committee spent some hugely inspiring time with the Art & Design GCSE Students at Aylsham High School, as they finished their preparation in advance of their 10 hour final exam next week.

The students are creating posters and logos promoting the Aylsham Film & Arts Centre, and there are so many great ideas.  It’s going to be exciting to see the final products of the exam.

The research and creativity are wonderful, being surrounded by students who genuinely love the idea of the Aylsham Film & Arts Centre took us back to the original big idea.

Thank you to all the students for taking the time to explain their ideas.

Spoiler Alert:  Isabel, our Chair, will even feature in one of the posters.  Saying no more, just that we love the idea!

Inspiring Aylsham High School Students

It was great to welcome 80 students from Aylsham High School to the Old Baptist Church last week.  In preparation for their final GCSE piece, they came to the building to learn of our plans and be inspired by the space.

In a few weeks time they will have produced a poster for the Aylsham Film & Arts Centre, inspired by film, the arts, the building or any combination of the three.

Aylsham High School Art Students visiting the Old Baptist Church

Aylsham High School Art Students visiting the Old Baptist Church

Aylsham High School Art Students visiting the Old Baptist Church

Aylsham High School Art Students visiting the Old Baptist Church

Aylsham High School Art Students visiting the Old Baptist Church

Aylsham High School Art Students visiting the Old Baptist Church

Aylsham High School Art Students visiting the Old Baptist Church

Aylsham High School Art Students visiting the Old Baptist Church

Aylsham High School Art Students visiting the Old Baptist Church

Aylsham High School Art Students visiting the Old Baptist Church

Aylsham High School Art Students visiting the Old Baptist Church

Aylsham High School Art Students visiting the Old Baptist Church

For news from the Aylsham High School Art Department, follow them on Twitter: @AHS_Art

Moving forward

Sorry if its been a bit quiet, but its not because nothing is happening, its just that we’ve been a little busy.

The purchase grinds on, in the way that legal stuff does.

We’ve met a huge number of workmen and professionals on site to work out what work needs doing and how best to do it.

The committee have had some really positive meetings, and we are beginning to work out the questions we need answers to.

Seating, heating, projection, double glazing, roofing, fund raising, technical drawings … the list goes on and the investigation and in some cases the work is under way.

If you or someone you know can help us in any way then we’d love to hear from you.  Its not too late to join the committee or would like to offer us your skills in some way..

We’ll update again soon, but in the meantime please keep inviting your friends to like our social media and keeping emailing us to say what you’d like to see at the Aylsham Film & Arts Centre.