The penthouse Phil lives in is practically Wonka’s factory to Dell, who lives in public housing when his girlfriend hasn’t thrown him out.
Dell is a deadbeat dad who needs to prove he’s still going on fruitless job interviews to appease his parole officer. A mix-up lands him at Phil’s just as he and his major-domo are taking applicants for a new aide specifically trained in the lifting, feeding and being an all-around lifeline for someone paralysed from the neck down. In an act of defiance (or maybe he just has a good sense), the well-groomed Phil decides this unkempt loose cannon is the only man for the job.
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