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Birmingham Co-operative Film Society turns ten
Birmingham Co-operative Film Society last week (12th March) celebrated the 10th anniversary of its founding with cake, prosecco and the screening of Ken Loach’s latest film Sorry We Missed You at The Warehouse, Allison Street in Digbeth, Birmingham.
The film co-operative was founded in 2010 when a group of people got together to regularly screen challenging and uplifting films that featured social justice themes. With support from Central England Co-operative (then Midlands Co-operative Society) they started screening a monthly film, first at the Birmingham and Midland Institute, then later at the Irish Centre and now at The Warehouse. The original programme, like this 10th anniversary one, featured a Ken Loach film and challenging documentaries not yet screened in Birmingham.
Kate Palser, Chair of the Film Co-operative, explained the value of the co-operative:
As a co-operative, our members nominate and vote on the films we show: the range and quality of their choices has been immense, allowing me constantly to see films I would not otherwise have heard about, much less watched. Even the most difficult subject matter can be uplifting and deeply moving. There’s something very special about sitting in a cinema where afterwards people may spontaneously applaud, or find themselves talking to people nearby about their feelings and reactions – and then everyone lends a hand to tidy up!!
The film co-op has added to its programme through partnerships with local like-minded campaign groups, charities and community groups. This has included screening extra films for Interfaith Week, to raise money for the victims of the Nepal Earthquake and as part of Birmingham’s famous Flatpack Film Festival. A special joint screening with Birmingham Friends of the Earth brought many signatures to a campaign banner that has been carried on demonstrations in Paris, Birmingham and beyond.
The film co-operative is active on social media. Often posts about the film are tagged with the hashtag #flapjacktavist. This is a reference to the home-baked flapjack, made by founder member Richard Bickle, available to enjoy at most screenings. At last night’s anniversary event, members raised a toast to the success of the co-operative and wished it many more years of screenings.
Discover more about Birmingham Co-operative Film Society at justfilm.coop.