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Screening at the Old cottage Cafe

I am very pleased indeed with how last night went. I was, to be honest, quite worried about it. I had visions of everything going pear-shaped and the screening turning into a train wreck. Mid-afternoon yesterday I was getting quite fretful. But I needn't have worried: in the end, the Old Cottage Cafe in Charlton park made a wonderful screening room. The event was quite well attended. The size of the cafe gave it a communal feel, as if everyone was part of the same social group - precisely the impression I wanted to achieve. The Londoners films I had selected all fitted together nicely.

My initial plan had been to preface the films with some sort of talk contextualising them, similar to the presentation I gave last year. That way I could explain how the films had come about, as well as weave in some theory and info on Walter Benjamin. As time wore on, though, I began to think that such a presentation might not fit, so I decided to just give out a handout. Last night, however, sitting at the back watching the films, I realised I had made the wrong decision: a brief talk would have set the evening off nicely. Turning my volume down, I quickly tapped a few lines into my Ipad. Then, when the screening was over, I put my hand up and asked to say something. It was just something brief and rather cliche, but it did the trick and went down well.

That, then, is my contribution to the Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival done for this year. It has been terrific fun, and I'm already thinking about what I can do for next year's event. I have a feeling this thing will just get bigger and bigger, and long may it last.

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