The basic idea of the Film Club is no different to any of the other groups, namely to give members a chance to learn something new and creative which has nothing to do with the hardships of their everyday lives. They learn to handle a camera, understand sound and lighting, how to work out the structure for a film, and finally, how to edit it. Anyone can go off and film something, but editing it into a proper film with a good story – start, middle and end, and perhaps some music and narration added – is quite a different matter.
The films we make are short and on a variety of subjects: an interview with Helen Bamber on her life and work, a visit from a client and her baby, a humorous advertisement for a Bissel carpet-cleaner, a film in St Paul’s Cathedral, an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. At least as important as the film-making is the social aspect of the Club. We have become friends, and we meet to exchange news about our week, and have some fun.