The Christmas Candle
Deep in the heart of the English countryside lies the enchanting village of Gladbury. Legend has it every 25 years an angel visits the village candlemaker and touches a single candle. Whoever lights this candle receives a miracle on Christmas Eve. But in 1890, at the dawn of the electric age, this centuries old legend may come to an end.
When David Richmond (Hans Matheson), a progressive young minister, arrives in Gladbury, the villagers discover a new formula for miracles: good deeds and acts of kindness. While David’s quest to modernize Gladbury sets him at odds with the old world candlemaker, he finds an unlikely ally in the lovely skeptic, Emily Barstow (Samantha Barks). Now, the fiery candlemaker must fight to preserve the legacy of the Christmas Candle. But when the candle goes missing, the miraculous and human collide in the most astonishing Christmas the village of Gladbury has ever seen.
How the rural cinema was set up
We saw how popular rural cinema was in other communities set about gauging interes there in Hickling. We decided to put on a trial screening in September2011 at the Methodist Hall. With support from Creative Arts East and their Village Screen scheme, we found some willing volunteers, undertook some projectionist training, hired the equipment, sold the tickets and put on our inaugural presentation: The King’s Speech.
The evening was a great success and resulted in a grant from the Norfolk Community Foundation (Love Norfolk) to fund our own equipment in Hickling Barn. We then received another grant from the Victory Housing Fund, which together with some fantastic fund raising by the Greyhound Pub and the Pleasure Boat Inn, meant we had close to £8,000 to cover the cost of the equipment.
The cinema equipment in the Barn includes a 4m x 3m, electrically operated screen,a multi media projector with an ultra long lens, front and rear speakers and a hearing loop. Our first film in the Barn was the first public event there - a pre Christmas screening of the family comedy Mr Popper's Penguins in December2011. It attracted an audience of more than 100 people.
The green credentials of rural cinema are well known. However, by cutting down on trips to cinemas in Norwich you will save not just on petrol, but on the cost of carparks, over priced tickets and refreshments. Why spend a long time getting into Norwich when great, recently released movies are available on your doorstep for a fraction of the cost?
Generally speaking, films are available to us around 10-12 weeks after cinema release but prior to DVD release. We show a real mix of films to ensure that everyone is catered for, and we ask for preferences for future screenings after each show. We have a regular 7pm for 7.30pm slot on the third Friday of each month,with some daytime screenings if there is enough interest. We also run achildren’s cinema during school holidays.
If you fancy doing something different to celebrate a birthday or special occasion,why not consider having your own private screening of the film of your choice(subject to distributor requirements). There is seating for up to 150 people! And if you would like to help run the cinema, or would like further information, please contact Karen Baker 01692 598447