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Start a Film Club

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Published July 30th 2010
Everybody and his cat claims to be a film lover.

If you really know your Tarantino from your Takashi (and I hope you do), or simply want your opinion on the latest release heard by more than just your friend sitting beside you at the cinema, why not put your money where your mouth is and start your own film club?

It really is as simple as ABC, or maybe ACB. A - ask your friends to join. C - choose a location. B - be there. Easy peasy!

Once there is more than one person in one location talking about the same thing, you've got a club. Maybe you want a little more advice than that, though. Maybe you want to start the best film club there ever was. No problem.

First you need to decide what you are going to do at your meetings. Will you watch films or just talk about them? If you want club outings to the cinema, use your head and make savings where you can. Go on Orange Wednesday and get two for one tickets, or splash out on a few unlimited cards between you and split the cost of entry each time you go.

If you want to gather round your 32" television screen at home and watch a DVD, get familiar with the law. The DVDs you rent or buy are copyrighted and will explicitly state that they are for personal, home use only. That means you are not legally allowed to charge people to watch it, and if you want to show it to a huge amount of people in, say, a town hall or school, you will need permission. So in other words, as long as your club is free, you are welcome to have a few friends over to watch a film.

So now you know where you are going to watch the films, and obviously you are going to talk about them afterwards. But what if your members get hungry or thirsty? Why, you need film related snacks of course! Popcorn, hot dogs, sweets, maybe themed cocktails if your members are all over 18. If you are having your meeting in a cinema, check with the management to see if you can bring your own snacks in with you. Most places will not allow it, but a lot of cinemas do serve alcohol so maybe you could improvise.

Once you have the bare bones of your film club you can start thinking about themes - maybe one week you could watch horror films and dress up, then next week you could sit through the LOTR trilogy (if you have a spare nine hours). There are endless possibilities only limited by your imagination, have fun with it!

Personally, I wouldn't want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member (just a little Groucho Marx paraphrasing for you there to get the party started).

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Why? Talking about films is no fun on your own
When: Every day if you like
Where: Anywhere with chairs or beanbags
Cost: Free
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