Haringey Independent Cinema is usually held on the last Thursday of the month (excluding August) at the West Green Learning Centre at Park View School in West Green Road, London N15. Doors open at 7pm, film starts at 7.15. Tickets are £4/£3 (low or unwaged). We normally go to KK McCool’s pub afterwards to chat about the films, socialise and have a drink.
Ours is a group of community-orientated citizens all living in the London Borough of Haringey, screening monthly films and documentaries that are sometimes challenging, always thought-provoking and usually rarely shown. Where possible and to broaden the interest further, we will invite those associated with each production to come along and either give a talk or have a question and answer session.
The other aim of the group is to provide a space where local people can come together to see films for the first time, or to see a film again, while meeting other local people. We hope the films will lead to people who otherwise wouldn’t know each other, meeting, discussing the films and making new friendships.
There will be a small charge for people attending the film showings, as we need to cover the cost of hiring the venue, publicity, and other costs. Due to the low cost of entry and the fact that we are a not for profit group, we expect that income will not normally cover costs. In the short term this deficit will be made up from donations by ourselves and supporters. However, we are presently looking for funding through grants, which we expect will cover any shortfall.
All members of Haringey Independent Cinema carry out their tasks on a voluntary basis and no funds are taken by members, except occasionally for out of pocket expenses such as travel etc. All decisions of the group will be agreed at our regular meetings, which are open to all members.
These ideas illustrate our desire to bring together people from diverse backgrounds around the medium of film. There is a definite shortage of cross-cultural venues in Haringey. Given the right support and encouragement, Haringey Independent Cinema could go some way to redress this balance. If successful, we hope to encourage other not for profit and voluntary groups or individuals to set up similar activities.
Haringey Independent Cinema is organised by local residents and supported by Haringey Trades Union Council, Woodlands Park Residents’ Association, Chestnuts Northside Residents’ Association and Haringey Solidarity Group.