This week Somerset Film celebrated 25 years of empowering people through film and digital technology. People who have been involved with the Bridgwater-based organisation both past and present were invited to join them to celebrate their achievements over the years.
The event kicked off with the Bridgwater Mayor Liz Leavy unveiling the film poster for Finch, starring Tom Hanks. The film was written by another VIP guest, screenwriter Craig Luck.
Craig, who started his film career at Somerset Film, had been invited to officially open a new first floor training space.
He said: “What a fantastic evening! I’m thrilled to have been a part of it and I’m very grateful for allowing me the honour of opening the new expansion. How exciting that the opportunity for new filmmakers is growing!”
The Engine Room was full of activity with a variety of screen-based projects being shown from over the years, projections on the building inside and out, photos and newspaper articles to reminisce at, live music from John Maybey, archive footage screened on the steenbeck, sound performance by Matt Davis, music from DJ Rich Tomlinson, along with Barnaby Dixon’s Manu on top of the fesBve singing Christmas tree.
Attendees also enjoyed a film screening at the new Scott Cinema celebrating 25 years of moving image work by Somerset Film, which included the premiere of two short films by young filmmakers Ralph Hutchins and James Gardner.
To finish off the film screening, a fly-through was screened for the development for the top floor of The Engine Room, with plans to start the building work in 2023. It was an enjoyable and fun-filled event with afternoon tea and plenty of refreshments and people writing their goodwill messages and wishes for 2023 on tags to hang on the singing Christmas tree.
Somerset Film is looking forward to what is coming next after achieving their Arts Council NPO status plus investment from the Town Deal grant fund.