I let it be known here from time to time that I’m Public Affairs Officer of Film Society, and as the first cinematic event of the year draws near I think a more up-to-date explanation of the society is in order. I hope you’re sitting comfortably.
The spine of Film Society is the Weekly Screening, this year held at 19:00 every Wednesday in the Attenborough Tower Film Theatre (on the basement level underneath the plaza). Every week starting on Thursday we hold a vote on our Facebook page with a choice of films on a certain theme, director, asbtract idea, etc., and the winner will be shown on the following Wednesday. In other words, we’re a constitutional monarchy. We strive to show a wide selection of films, generally selecting films that we think ought to have been seen more than they have been but also throwing in crowd-pleasers here and there.
In addition we hold at least two pub crawls — the arms and legs of the society — the first being the T-shirt Bar Crawl and the second being the Costume Bar Crawl. The T-shirt Bar Crawl unites all the members under one customised shirt design — last year we bore the face of Nicholas Cage, and this year Ryan Gosling is the lucky mug. The Costume Bar Crawl is an all-out, anything-goes, all-stops-pulled adventure, the only requirement of which being that the costume must be based on a film in some way.
We also like to cooperate with Leicester’s Phoenix cinema in their frequent and interesting events, supporting them where we can. People often ask us at Freshers’ Fair whether all we do is watch movies. My question is this: why would we want to do anything else? After a hard day on campus nothing’s better than settling down into the Film Theatre’s comfy seats and watching a movie of democratically-guaranteed quality. We don’t ask much of our members, just £3 at the start of the year and then they’re free to come and go to whatever films they like. Truly, it is a paradise.
If you, like me, are an English student with a side interest in film you can incorporate this into your degree: simply choose Film Studies as your Option Subject in the first year, and in the third year the Special Subjects include a number of film-related topics, among them Filming the Middle Ages, Understanding Screenplays, B-Films and Serials, Screen Gothic, and The Golden Age of French Cinema.