A Bunch of Amateurs

Fri 16 June 2023
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Price £6

Director: Kim Hopkins (United Kingdom, 2022)
Certification: 12A | 1 h  35 min | Documentary | Language: English

Only a miracle can save Britain’s oldest amateur film club from its final demise. Sometimes miracles come from unexpected places.

​The most quintessentially British working-class filmmaking club, Bradford Movie Makers’ members grow old amid flickering memories and the brutal reckoning of their final years. Desperately clinging to their dreams, and to each other, fueled by endless cups of tea, this quietly hilarious, profoundly moving portrait of shared artistic folly speaks to the delusional escapist dreamer in us all and to the need to spend time together face to face in an increasingly lonely, digital age.

The film became one of the people’s favorites around film festivals, receiving in 2022 the Audience Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest, Folkestone Doc Festival, and Leeds International Film Festival.

The director, Kim Hopkins has been making award-winning documentaries for nearly fifteen years. Her films span the scope of social issues including violence against women around the world, modern slavery,  healthcare in the developing world, and biographical portraits.

★★★★★ “A joyous monument to the power of community, and a love-letter to a filmmaking collective long since past its prime, Kim Hopkins’ new film is the kind of classic underdog story you suspect happens behind closed doors every day. If you ever needed a reason to find hope in humanity, here it is.”  – Film Stories

+ Short film TALIA

Director: Cara Bamford (United Kingdom, 2020) Drama, 10 min, Language: English

Talia loves nature. Endlessly curious, she finds new ways to slip out of the house – pushing her boundaries to explore the world beyond the front garden. Caught out on her latest adventure; her father forbids her to leave the house without his permission. Lonely and bored, Talia soon discovers that the lady next door shares her curiosity for the wilderness through her beautiful garden. Over the fence, Talia and Fareeda share their stories, and in doing so, their collective grief for all they have lost – striking up an unusual friendship along the way.

Talia was made in Bristol, with a focus on community talent and a green heart. Made sustainably on a small budget, the project used local suppliers, avoided single-use products where possible, and reused or recycled at every opportunity. BAFTA’s Albert sustainable production initiative awarded the film a full 3-stars for its efforts. 

Released in 2020, the short film went on to win the York Youth Award at the Aesthetica Film Festival, before being selected at over thirty festivals around the globe, including FilmBath, Cinequest, BronzeLens, and The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

With support of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to bring this project to more audiences across the UK.

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