Independent cinema gets ‘reel’ in MK

Vagabond Volunteers
Vagabond Volunteers

CINEMA was magical long before the invention of 3D films and colour, you know.

And in Wolverton, Independent Cinema MK launched to encourage the film loving public to check out a wider variety of films and to ‘create a focus for film related activities in the city.’

Because there is more to this cinematic stuff than just Avatar.

And in Wolverton, ICMK found the perfect hub – Barber’s Picture Palace, home of the first purpose built cinema, nonetheless.

And ICMKs initial vision has, over the course of the past few years, expanded and now has plenty of arms supporting the art of film – whether that be giving you the opportunity of simply sitting down to view a cinematic treat, or helping you create your own moving picture.

Take Vagabond Cinema, for example. The travelling cinema works all over the city to show fabulous flicks.

Diversity is the key here, as is proudly displayed in their current season brochure which boasts horror-comedy An American Werewolf in London, the British kitchen-sink drama Billy Liar and classics High Society and Casablanca.

If you are looking for variety (da-da-da-da-da), you have come to the right place – how about sitting back to view The Damned United at thestadium:mk, or watching Bollywood in Wolverton? Vagabond has it sorted and has presented opportunities for all of these and more, in recent months.

MK Film Network showcases new city film talent by screening short films, profiling the people who made them and providing filmmakers with the tools to exhange advice and develop their skills.

To that end, MK Film Network will be test screening at MK Gallery this Thursday (Jan 27).

An original, intriguing, diverse evening of fresh produce is promised, as the assembled audience get to check out 15 filmmakers, who will also be seeking feedback about their deliveries.

And who better to introduce the films than a real new city talent who has risen to the top of his game, Baby Cow Animation’s Tim Searle.

“Milton Keynes is full of creativity, but I think it is fair to say that it’s not been very well ‘joined up’ so far,” he told Citizen First.

“I’m happy to support MK Film Network on their mission to create a network of filmmakers and performers in and around the Milton Keynes area.

“The physical barriers to making short films are smaller than ever – anyone with a smart phone and a computer has the ability to make films and I’m sure there’s lots of great stuff being made.

“I hope to see some at MK G.”

Tickets to the talent-spotting event are free, but donations in support of the network will be very welcome.

Reserve your tickets in advance by calling MK 225600 or email ursywhite@hotmail.co.uk and leave your name and telephone number.