Film society asks for more support

Movie lovers are being urged to support their local film society in a bid to keep it open for future years.

Matlock Film Society’s numbers have been declining in recent years and unless it can recruit new members soon, this season could be its last.

Phillip Munn, Matlock Film Society committee member, said: “ I think it’s partly down to ourselves why the numbers have dwindled. We’ve not put enough effort into getting publicity to inform people of the great things we do.”

The society, which has been going for eight years now, meets on the last Sunday of every month at 7.30pm and offers those in attendance the chance to watch a diverse mix of movie genres.

Phillip said: “It’s a way for people to see interesting films that they might not otherwise see.”

“As Matlock no longer has a cinema, our society aims to fill the gap that’s been left.”

The society currently meets at the Imperial Rooms but committee members have been in contact with the new owners of The Fishpond to discuss the possibility of a big re-launch there soon.

Phillip, who has been on the committee for the last five years, said: “We’re hopeful to get back to The Fishpond next season.”

“But whether we stay or move the skies the limit on the amount of people who can be a part of this society.”

With around 30 members on its books presently, Matlock Film Society lost around £500 last year and it’s dedicated members had to ‘dig deep’ in their own pockets to keep the society going.

Phillip said: “We’re not out to make huge profits but it costs around £120 to hire the films and we’ve got room hire on top of that.”

Matlock Film Society has six more films left in their current season.

These are: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, Submarine, Of Gods and Men, Archipelago, Monsters and a mystery film which will be shown on Sunday 29 April.

Membership for the rest of the season costs £21 but anyone who’s interested in coming along can pre-book a guest ticket for £4.50.

Phillip said: “We offer a friendly atmosphere, fantastic films, refreshments and the chance to discuss the films afterwards.”

To view the society’s full programme you can visit their website on www.matlockfilm.org and for more information call 01629 55596.

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