The big idea: you enjoy a magical evening of film, friends and wonder. You meet our guide and they take you to a unique location in Bristol and we show a film. All the money we make we pass to Awamu, supporting women and children affected by HIV in Uganda.
Spring is here! and to celebrate the Magic Lantern Film Club have teamed up with Leila Conners (The 11th Hour) and Mathew Schmid in the U. S of A to get you down and dirty with a new film following the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit
When everything else collapses, plant your field of dreams.
As part of Bristol Green Week 2013 on Wednesday 19th of June the Magic Lantern Film Club will screen the seminal film Urban Roots and invite attendees to plant some Magic Seeds.
The location will be kept secret until the night and 7pm meeting point will be announced nearer the time.
100% of the money raised from the Magic Lantern will go to the amazing AWAMU working with orphaned children in Uganda.
We have 35 places at this screening and hope you will honour us with your presence.
Kerry & Joey
p.s. magic tea and cakes will be available on site!
On Friday the 2nd of November 20 entrepid explorers met their Magic Lantern Guide at ‘echo square’ in the centre of Cabot Circus shopping center. With a click of their heels and a few high pitched monkey noises they set of for the 20th Magic Lantern extravaganza.
Secret Circus is a new pop-up shop in Cabot run by Michelle Owen and Kerry Bradshaw and one day after recieveing the keys to the place we took over and used the venue to full affect for a Magic Lantern screening.
There was no option in the biggest shopping centre in Bristol but to show dawn of the dead and as such people were warned that for the first time ever we were showing an 18 but you will always be safe with the Magic Lantern.
9.8.12 Boiling Wells, St Werburgs, Bristol. 68 attendees. £174.49 raised
With vaseline applied, lycra shimmering and lunges aplenty 64 entrepid magic seekers met at the Better food company in St Werburghs on a warm summers night for an evening of bikes, cinema and cake fun. Attendees on bikes sped ahead with 4 times Olympic bike champion ‘Kerry 220′ winding past herds of sheep and through miles of dark tunnels. Magic seekers on foot were led by BMX half pipe world record holder ‘Joey PK Ripper’.
The al-fresco grass lined amphitheatre of Boiling wells was the perfect setting for our greenest event to date. And it wasn’t just the setting that was green, the event was powered by YOU! that’s right all electricity was generated from participants cycling their way through the film screening. Charlie from the awesome Electric Pedals in London provided us with the means to make this happen.
There were also a couple of firsts at this event! A mini AWAMU shop was open, showcasing some of our finest hand-made products from Uganda allowing visitors to touch and see up close the amazing designs and quality work in the clothing ranges. While people were getting seated and grabbing yummy refreshments for the night we also screened a slideshow of photos Kerry took on her recent adventures in Uganda so you can see first hand who your lovely donations have been helping.
In keeping with Magic Lantern tradition we showed a film with links to the event set up and location. “Breaking Away tells the story of best friends Dave, Mike, Cyril and Moocher who have just graduated from high school. Although each of the four is a totally different personality from the other three, they also have in common the fact of being unfocused and unmotivated in life. The one slight exception is Dave. Although he has no job and doesn’t know what to do with his life, he is a champion bicycle racer… ” Written by Huggo
7.4.12 UNIT 15, Bristol. 284 attendees. £913 raised!!
On the euphoric eve of Saturday 7th of April 2012 two hundred and eighty-four fun seekers entered UNIT 15 warehouse for the most ambitious Magic Lantern collaboration to date.
Donned with tracksuits, glow sticks, furry boots and smiles revelers grabbed a disco biscuit, magic drink and sat before the humongous screen and massive Funktion-One sound system eagerly anticipating the screening of the 90’s classic movie Human Traffic.
The screening was followed by a awe-inspiring clubbing experience brought to us by the world renowned UNIT 15.
Event video to come!
£913 was raised for the night! with 100% of this going to AWAMU, supporting children orphaned by HIV in Uganda.
21.2.12 The Scout Hut, Bristol. 52 attendees. £257.81 raised!!
Under moonlight two entrepid explorers donned with their back packs, maps and walking sticks discover 48 people who’ve lost their way in Queens Square. With gifts of pine cones in their hands and safe in the knowledge that it’s only a 25 miles trek to the location everyone sets out on their journey. Over Redcliffe Way bridge, and down to the riverside the guides lead the entrepid explorers through Pirate Pete’s roaming ground. Small flickering lights and lanterns are seen in the distance, aside a dark brown hut. On closer inspection it becomes apparent that this is actually the Magic Lantern ‘Club House’ (In daylight under the guise of the Benjamin Perry Boat House). The wooden clad scout hut with model boats and knot diagrams is the perfect location for this most intimate of Magic Lantern Film nights.
Two 5* pancake chef’s in the form of Sarah Macfarlane and Kate Curtis are on hand for all our pancake needs and over 70 pancakes are flipped throughout the night. Once tea and pancakes are in situ with their new owners the light are dimmed and the film begins…
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (imdb.com)
£257.81 was raised for Awamu working with children orphaned by HIV in Uganda.
There are various things wrong with my life. My job sucks. I don’t earn enough. I keep losing staring contests with animals. You know how it is.
Well apparently my list of problems just got one entry longer, because by not living in Bristol it means that I won’t get to regularly go to the events organised by the wonderful Magic Lantern Film Club. Last Friday while I happened to be in town, I was invited as part of a birthday celebratory weekend to go along to one of ML’s screenings. We met up at a pre-arranged location and it was pretty much fun-times-are-go from the off, as the event organisers Kerry and Joey were already in full swing – handing out headbands to all attendees and dancing to the beats of an old-skool stereo decrepit enough to have actually been hand built by Thomas Edison himself. Before long we were being led through the backstreets of Bristol, buzzing with anticipation about what we could be watching (Dirty Dancing? Flashdance? Breakin’ 2: Electric Bugaloo?), and arrived at our destination – an office building, in which we were ushered up to a completely disused floor where the screening would take place.
After a brief introduction by the hosts, in which we were told not only about the film, but got the warm-and-fuzzies from knowing our entry fees were entirely being donated to the Awamu charity for the poor of Uganda, we settled in – and WOW. The film, Girl Walk // All Day was wonderful (you can read my full review of it here: http://onewickedmaiden.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/girl-walk-all-day/), and by the end of the evening everyone in the room was completely, ecstatically buzzing. Unable to sit still. And really, genuinely feeling like part of something special.
It was a superb night, and my friends and I spent the entire rest of the weekend talking amongst ourselves – and to others – about the experience. It was truly brilliant, and I was truly illuminated; and, to that extent, I can’t think of a more fitting name for this event than Magic Lantern.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a staring contest to try and win.
The Magic Lantern Film Club was joined by the acclaimed soundscapers MINIMA at St Mary Redcliffe to produce one of the most anticipated cinemographic events of the year. It sold out and made over a thousand pounds for AWAMU!
St Mary Redcliffe was the perfect location, with the 12th century gothic Church providing a wonderfully atmospheric backdrop to the film. Nearly two hundred people came along and gathered in the pews for the evening. Tea and cake from the Black and White Cafe provided the perfect accompaniment…
Nosferatu was shot in 1922, loosely based on the story of Dracula. It tells the story of a German estate agent who is dispatched to sell a property to a mysterious count who lives in a Transylvanian castle. Upon reaching there, he notices something is strange about the count, and must battle to save his innocent wife from a terrible fate.
The silent film was really brought to life by the live musical accompaniment of Minima. With just four members, they created an amazing amount of atmosphere and created an unforgettable experience.
Thank you to everyone who came and supported us! We hope you had a fantastic evening.
21.6.11 The vaults of the old Bank of England building, Wine Street (In the vaults)
On Black Tuesday the 21st of June attendess were invited to the most ambitious Magic Lantern event to date.
Attendees were met at Lloyds bank on Corn street where they were asked to contemplate their investments with The Bank of Magic Lantern. The Magic Lantern Bank manager suggested hedge funds, ISA’s or long term investements to attendees.
The highly attentive bank manager guided the investors to the newly opened Bank of Magic Lantern, located at the old Bank of England Building on Wine Street. A grumpy security guard was maintaining the main doors. Inside three recently qualified teller staff were waiting behind the counter of the Banks foyer to receive their investments. Attendees queued to invest, received magic lantern pounds in return then mulled around the foyer until all had been processed. BANG! BANG BANG! THIS IS A ROBBERY GET DOWN ON THE FLOOR!!!… Those poor people were never seen again, but they did have a bloody good night including a fab film (Inside Man), never ending tea and new found friends….
A cop has to talk down a bank robber after the criminal’s perfect heist spirals into a hostage situation.
The oldest, darkest and most mysterious screening of 2011…
It’s 1327 and after a mysterious death in a Benedictine Abbey, the monks are convinced that the apocalypse is coming. An intellectually nonconformist monk (Sean Connery) comes to investigate…
Write up by Efi Chatzopoulou
They did it again! Amongst the faithful, the lost and the unreligious, there’s no doubt about it! Joey and Kerry pulled off yet another brilliant Magic Lantern Film Club evening, some say the best one yet! Where can one start describing what was a magical and enchanting evening.
Attendees were sent a cryptic text when at the meeting point of St Peter’s Church. This directed them through the herb garden and to a mysterious monk who was situated by the old dungeons of the castle. The monk gave each person a scroll on which was a map to the venue.
The venue was once again carefully chosen to reveal to us Bristol folk another secret treasure of our city, the tiny keep of Bristol castle in Castle Park. And who could expect what a night such a wee space could hold! The essential screening equipment and 27 people and then there was a rich, full of goodness buffet that included magic popcorn, fresh, hand-made cake and holy hot cross buns, sweets and plenty of tea! Lit candles and a few warm-up tunes, the atmosphere was soothing and comforting.
After the all-necessary sugar fix and a good old chat, we were ready for it. The anticipation that waiting for a surprise movie creates never fails to overtake me! Like a child in a sweet shop where sweets are free and tooth decay is inexistent!
27 faces all excitedly glued on one very spot on the wall, where the projector revealed this evening’s movie, the Name of the Rose. Another great choice and as always a brilliant fit to the evening’s venue.
By the end of the movie, I too felt stigmatised forever. For this very Magic Lantern -the best one yet- might have not left us with black fingertips but left us with a sweet taste in our mouths and a common new belief; this was a night to remember.
What can I say? I’ve done it! I’ve traded with the devil and oh boy how excited I now am for the new venture Magic Lantern Film Club will guide me through, breaking the law!
A kindly grandfather sits down with his grandson and reads him a bedtime story. The story is one that has been passed down from father to son for generations. As the grandfather reads the story, the action comes alive. The story is a classic tale of love and adventure as the beautiful Buttercup, engaged to the odious Prince Humperdinck, is kidnapped and held against her will in order to start a war, It is up to Westley (her childhood beau, now returned as the Dread Pirate Roberts) to save her. On the way he meets a thief and his hired helpers, an accomplished swordsman and a huge, super strong giant, both of whom become Westleys’ companions in his quest. Written by Afterburner
The Trinity Centre and Team Love of It invited Magic Lantern film club to do an extra special screening at their alternative wedding day. They knew what they wanted us to show and we certainly couldn’t resist, this classic, probably THE best wedding movie ever. After a day of crafting, being married with haribo rings, playing scrabble at Word Up!, dancing a Kaylee, and doing the Wills and Kate 1000 piece jigsaw what better way to chill out than to a magical showing of The Princess Bride. It’s even got Kevin from the wonder years AND Columbo in it!!
“A triangle: Franz, Arthur, and Odile. Franz, a young man with Alain Delon good looks, has met Odile in an English class. She lives in Joinville with wealthy benefactors and has mentioned to Franz that Mr. Stolz keeps a pile of 10,000 franc notes unlocked in his room. Franz tells his friend Arthur, a swarthy guy whose shady uncle is pressing him for money. Arthur and Franz, who mimic American movie tough guys, case Odile’s house, pressure her to assist them with a burglary, and make passes at her as well. She’s alternately compliant and distressed. Will they pull off the heist?”
Madamoiselle Bradshaw met magic lanterner’s at the entrance of Bristol Cathederal avec beret and brilliant french accent. We had about 30 people come to this special screening in a very public disused shop at the bottom of Park Street. This French classic is apparently one of Tarantino’s favourite movies and the inspiration for the dance scene from Pulp Fiction. This film made me want to get a new wardrobe with Anna Karina’s timeless style, the fringe and pigtails wouldn’t be out of place on Park Street today. £55 was raised for our charity special thanks to those who helped us pack up at the end.
In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the police Captain Renault detains Czech underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick’s surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick’s one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was their original plan….
Written by Gary Jackson
Meeting in Freemantle square Magic Lanterner’s were guided to the cosy surrounding of Joey’s living room/ Sam’s Bar. 23 people watched, cried, sighed and sung with Ingrid and Humphrey. The Popcorn machine and special treats from cousin Kate featured heavily at this event.
An eccentric man aged about 40 lives alone in a decrepit house in Tokyo. He periodically transforms into a giant, about 30 meters tall, and defends Japan by battling similarly sized monsters that turn up and destroy buildings. The giant and the monsters are computer-generated. Written by Ed
This is probably THE weirdest film we’ve ever show at Magic Lantern. I had a sensation like when watching Dusk till Dawn when it lulls you into a false sense of security with dramatic/poetic characters and story line for the first half of the movie then POW!! it suddenly goes immensely crazy! The Bath Japanese Festival invited us to play a Japanese film after some shorts which they brought. It made for a really enjoyable screening for the last night of the festival.Watch the crazy final fight scene!
William Friedkin’s gritty police drama portrays two tough New York City cops trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. An interesting contrast is established between ‘Popeye’ Doyle, a short-tempered alcoholic bigot who is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer, and his nemesis Alain Charnier, a suave and urbane gentleman who is nevertheless a criminal and one of the largest drug suppliers of pure heroin to North America. During the surveillance and eventual bust, Friedkin provides one of the most gripping and memorable car chase sequences ever filmed. Written by Tad Dibbern
This film had been on our list to show from the beginning. How can a car chase be so compelling without any music in the background?! Clip of the car chase! wahhh
In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.
One of our favourite films of all time… Just writing about it makes me want to watch it again. Road trip, Sun, Sea, Sex and a corkin’ storyline. I really loved seeing the Mexican countryside and the people who live there in this honest portrayal. Gael Garcia is as HOT as ever and this is before he got super famous. Ahhh can we go swimming in the sea now?….
Setsuko and Seita are brother and sister living in wartime Japan. After their mother is killed in an air raid they find a temporary home with relatives. Having quarreled with their aunt they leave the city and make their home in an abandoned shelter. While their soldier father’s destiny is unknown, the two must depend on each other to somehow keep a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs. When everything is in short supply, they gradually succumb to hunger and their only entertainment is the light of the fireflies.
I’ve got goosepimples just thinking about this showing. We met people at Bath Train station and guided them along the candle lit canal to the Widcome Social Club. The screening coincided with pancake day thus free pancakes were on offer, as well as Gee Wizz Dan Popcorn Man being on hand for all your popcorn needs. Photo Credits – Alex Craven
We gave out Magic Lantern tissues at this event and if you’ve watched Grave of the Fireflies you’ll know why. I first saw this movie at the Pheonix Picture house in Oxford and EVERYONE in the cinema was crying at some point, even the men. Heart-wrenchingly beautiful this film in my opinion is the BEST WWII movie out there.
I really like this top comment on the trailer on YouTube – “When people talk about WWII it seems like we always lament only the American soldiers and the american people who died, but what about people like seita and setsuko? It seems like today in people’s eyes, they don’t matter. Out of all the WWII movies that I’ve seen, this is by far the best. It didn’t need to have blood and gore for it to be a masterpiece, rather it touched your heart in a simple, more humane way, that takes real talent. Pearl harbor has NOTHING on this movie, NOTHING.”
Tragic, harrowing, Insightful, beautiful, thought provoking, stunning, saddening clever, subtle jees just watch it if you haven’t! (oh yes and make sure you watch the Subtitled version not the Dubbed, and stay clear of the live action remake! )
17.12.09 Widcombe Social Club George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George’s modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George’s Uncle Billy loses the business’s $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money and hides it from Billy. When the bank examiner discovers the shortage later that night, George realizes that he will be held responsible and sent to jail and the company will collapse, finally allowing Potter to take over the town. Thinking of his wife, their young children, and others he loves will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide. But the prayers of his loved ones result in a gentle angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George… Written by alfiehitchie
The quintessential Christmas feel good movie. Magic Lanterners were greeted at Bath Train station with mulled wine. After a short walk along the river to Widcombe Social Club attendees were greeted with personalised crackers with their future horoscope enclosed and of course minced pies a plenty.
17.10.09 The Circus, Bath Life is no bed of roses for 52-year-old Juan “Coco” Villegas. He, who has been a gas station attendant for twenty years in Patagonia, finds himself jobless overnight. He first tries to survive by selling knives of his own making. But business is bad and he can’t find real work. One day though, after fixing a vehicle on a farm, he gets paid by means of a … beautiful Argentinian watch-dog! From this blessed day on, things start shaping well at last… Written by Guy Bellinger
A listed building in the Circus, Bath was the location for this Magic Lantern. Shoes of and Slippers on to watch Coco and his new dog in this loveable Argentinian movie
The self-destructive and needy wealthy teenager Harold is obsessed by death and spends his leisure time attending funerals, watching the demolishing of buildings, visiting junkyards, simulating suicides trying to get attention from his indifferent, snobbish and egocentric mother, and having sessions with his psychologist. When Harold meets the anarchist seventy-nine-year-old Maude at a funeral, they become friends and the old lady discloses other perspectives of the cycle of life for him. Meanwhile, his mother enlists him in a dating service and tries to force Harold to join the army. On the day of Maude’s eightieth birthday, Harold proposes to her but he finds the truth about life at the end of hers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
If I turn out half as cool as Maude when I’m 80 I will be pretty happy, I definitely want an instrument wardrobe and to carry big trees in my car. This movie also introduced me to Cat Stevens who’s soundtrack perfectly matched the madcap, smiley and sometimes somber mood of the film. This was another showing which we did under the stars in the Summer.
p.s. Thanks to Hayley and Luke for introducing me to Harold and Maude!
Dead Man is the story of a young man’s journey, both physically and spiritually, into very unfamiliar terrain. William Blake travels to the extreme western frontiers of America sometime in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Lost and badly wounded, he encounters a very odd, outcast Native American, named “Nobody,” who believes Blake is actually the dead English poet of the same name. The story, with Nobody’s help, leads William Blake through situations that are in turn comical and violent. Contrary to his nature, circumstances transform Blake into a hunted outlaw, a killer, and a man whose physical existence is slowly slipping away. Thrown into a world that is cruel and chaotic, his eyes are opened to the fragility that defines the realm of the living. It is as though he passes through the surface of a mirror, and emerges into a previously-unknown world that exists on the other side.
The first ever Magic Lantern event! Thanks to Tom Davidson for coming to Kerry with the idea to start up a film club in Bath. This time people were met at Bath train station and brought to Kerry’s garden where the cinema was set up, projected on to the back of her house.
We support the Awamu. Women in the projects we fund are supported to earn a living – children in their care are healthier, happier and can go to schools in two of the poorest areas of Kampala, Uganda. 100% of the profits made at Magic Lantern goes to Awamu.