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Police Beat – Hi-Vis Magic 1/11/13

Posted: October 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Upcoming shows | No Comments »

1.11.13 Roll For The Soul Cafe, Bristol. 42 attendees. £254.12 raised

Blinded by the hi-vis magic lantern guide, speeding bikes and surrounding Friday night rush hour traffic 40 adventure seekers met their guides at the cenotaph in Bristol city centre.

With Spokey Dokey bike gifts for all (generously provided by Matt Jennings) the highly visible gang set of to the secret location.


With three zebra crossing manoeuvred with limited casualties we arrived at the bike and smile filled destination for tonights extravaganza, Roll for the Soul cafe.  The non-profit cafe is run by bike enthusiasts, has an amazing vegetarian menu, a workshop, gallery and was the perfect setting for our bike themed evening!


With home made cakes, tea and alcoholic beverages in hand we headed upstairs for the magic screening.

awamu_productsJoey was back! rousing up the crowd and introduced Emma Scullion who had come all the way from London to show of some of the new Awamu products and bring a personal thanks from the children in Kampala, Uganda where all Magic Lantern profits go to.

Just before the film started we introduced Jethro who had already started on our Awamu logo bike tattoo! He put the logo on both sides of Kerry’s bike with enamel paint.   See him in action in the photos below!  (also note the brilliant use of Kerry’s bike basket as a magic beer bottle carrier.)  I hope no-one was riding home drunk!bike_tattoo

So what flippin’ film would be fitting of a magic bike related screening?!  Police Beat of course!  The lovely people at Simple Machine recommended the film to us and with the main character being a bike riding police man in Seattle from Senegal how could we refuse!  The police man rides around investigating what turns out to be actual recorded crimes and daydreams ALOT about his girlfriends possible unfaithfulness.  police_beatIt’s beautifully shot, we felt like we were on the bike with him riding through the green sunlit parks and grimier bits of the city.  The film is in English but interestingly his thoughts are in his native Wolof, the language of Senegal and these bits are subtitled.  (It’s not so far from l’ugandan the native language of Uganda and reminded us of our friends at Awamu).  It was great to see a film with an immigrant new to America that didn’t focus on his monetary status or possible social issues that might face a foreigner.  A few Magic Lanteners’ said they wanted to watch it again as they felt like they probably missed a lot and even though the pace was reasonably slow there was so much to take in.  It was noted by our beady/sarcastic audience that ‘Z’, the main character did not adhere to the highway code and often rode without Hi-Vis or lights on at night. The film got a laugh every time ‘Z’, inputted a crime report on the computer and seemed to randomly choose from a sort of periodic table of possible crimes what he had investigated.

Check out the trailer below!

100% of the amazing £254.12 raised from this Magic Lantern will go to the inspirational woman and children from AWAMU working in Kampala, Uganda.

see you next time x

Plant your Field of Dreams 19/6/13

Posted: April 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Upcoming shows | 1 Comment »

19.6.13 The severn Project, Bristol. 35 attendees. £245.49 raised


At 19:00 hrs on the 19th June 2013, thirty-five green fingered magic seekers pollinated at Bristol temple meads for the most chlorophylled screening to date.  These new seedlings were in for a treat as the magic lantern film club teamed up with Bristol’s Big Green Week festival and Leila Conners (The 11th Hour) and Mathew Schmid in the U. S of A to get  down and dirty with a new film following the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit.

Agent Patch Malone and Scruff Macfarlane guided the entrepid explorers on foot over the river Avon to the new disclosed venue of The Severn Project.  With security passed, tunnels navigated and trains waved at two looming iron gates were prized open to their magic lantern hosts Joey and Kerry.


Guests entered an open area of scrub land surrounded like a flowers petals by six polytunnels full of rows of thriving salad plants. Steve the founder of the Severn Project invited people to check out the site, see what’s growing and to have a taste!


Visitors were treated to a fresh salad of mustards rockets, mizuna, mibuna, chard and land-cress all freshly picked and washed in the bath seconds before eating!

Steve and co supply many of the major Bristol restaurants including the Glass Boat, the Canteen and River Cottage.  The majority of the people that work here and at their sister site in Keynsham are ex drug and substance misusers, giving them meaningful work as well as benefiting the project.

With Steve’s hands on intro over, magic cake and drinks bought, attendees took to their alfresco seats as the sun set over the Bristol skyline.


Kerry introduced the special 3 min short film to kick the green magic off, a locally made documentary about an urban greening project in Bristol.

Libreville Films (A.K.A. Jean, antonio and Vincente) filmed the ongoing community gardening party at Rosa Parks Lane in the Ashley district of Bristol.  This local gardening project along with the Severn project and the feature film we then screened illustrates the effect gardening can have on individuals and their community, both by those who do the gardening and those who reap the benefits either through the food on their plate or the lane they walk down every day.  Urban roots is a film about the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. Once the car manufacturing centre of the world the city has seen it’s population drop from two million in the 1950’s to one million today . With 1000’s of acres of derelict car plants and car parks the film follows the story of individuals and communities who have taken over and cultivated land and their communities.

As a special treat at the end of the night as the sky grew darker we screened for the first time a heartwarming short about Tom, our latest lovely little friend in Kampala, Uganda who YOU have helped enrolee in school by buying a ticket from magic lantern. See how happy he is here!

We had the honour of our newly elected green councillor for Ashley ward, Rob Telford in the audience who the following day facebooked about the film. As the film states at the end ‘Plant a Seed’ , ‘change the world’  we couldn’t resist giving all our guests their very own free magic seedling to take home and plant.  Each sunflower or cosmos now have new homes all around Bristol and maybe even further a field? Please paste up photos of yours at

Big thanks this time to Mark Leach, the Create Centre, Big Green Week, Libreville films, Cousin Kate, scruff and Jess for all their help

100% of the amazing £245.49 raised from this Magic Lantern will go to the inspirational woman and children from AWAMU working in Kampala, Uganda.