Magic Lantern film club
The big idea:
you enjoy a magical evening of film, friends and wonder.
Supporting Awamu charity, working with vulnerable kids in the slums of Kampala who dare to dream big.

Il nome della rosa. Tuesday May 31st 2011

31.5.11 King’s Place, Castle Park

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!

One Comment on “Il nome della rosa. Tuesday May 31st 2011”

  1. 1 Kerry said at 2:25 pm on June 16th, 2011:

    Best bit was seeing 15 year old Christian Slaters bum!

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