So first things first, I live in Bristol and commute daily to my job as an Outreach and Student Recruitment Officer at the University of Gloucestershire. When I started in August 2019, my colleagues would regularly mention cultural events based in and around Cheltenham and Gloucester but I could never place them. However, seven months in, I've spent some time walking around both areas during my school and college visits, in addition to speaking to people who love film as much as I do and am now much better informed of what's out there.
So this is for you, cinephiles and general lovers of film...
Interested in immersing yourself in a community that runs its own annual film festival? Stroud is where you need to go! Established in 2014, Stroud Film Festival features home-grown and internationally made films. This year's line-up featured critically acclaimed Portrait of a Lady on Fire and A24's tender coming of age story, Eighth Grade. You'll also have the opportunity to talk with producers and directors, so if you're looking for work experience during your second year of your degree, you can network in addition to viewing the programme of films available. Keep an eye on www.stroudfilmfestival.org for the 2021 programme.
Cheltenham also plays host to its own Independent Film Festival. Showcasing up and coming filmmakers' work in addition to screening those of celebrated directors, if you love indie cinema and want to submit your own or participate in a master-class, this is where you need to be. Rescheduled for October, the lauded director of this year's event is Stephen Frears who recently produced Quiz, the ITV three-part drama detailing the 2001 Who Wants to be a Millionaire scandal and who also directed John Cusack in High Fidelity, that has gone on to become a HBO mini-series with Zoe Kravitz taking up the lead. For more information go on www.cheltfilm.com.
Want to visit a cinema with history? The Regal Cinema, Evesham is a must see. If you tend to shy away from your typical Cineworlds, Odeons and Vues, in favour of something less commercial with a programme reflective of that, then TRC is the place for you. Tickets start at £9.50, however become a member and you'll have spare change to contribute to the bar as one takes pride of place within the theatre itself. With art-deco decor to complete the Hollywood-era nostalgia, this venue should be high on your list to visit www.theregal.ac.
On the flipside, if you and a bunch of friends want to go somewhere low-key, there's Gloucester Guildhall. Home to not just a cinema but also comedy nights and theatre, there's something for everyone www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk.
During my MA I interviewed some of Bristol's finest pop-up cinema curators and discussed their programmes that regularly featured cult films. After doing a little research, I was delighted to find out The Wilson, Cheltenham features this fun occurrence. Titled 'Girl Power Cinema', this year's exhibition featured Triple F-rated films - films directed, produced and featuring a prominent number of actresses - and attendees also got the opportunity to preview the exhibition of kitsch accessory designer Tatty Devine. Attending one these little gems will also broaden your knowledge about genre, so you'll also be doing independent research in preparation for your modules! www.cheltenhammuseum.org.uk
So there you have it, a whistle-stop tour of film related events for you cinephiles new to Cheltenham and Gloucestershire check out and if you want to have look at all the fantastic Media-related degrees the university, have a look on our 'Study with us' page www.glos.ac.uk/study/pages/study-with-us.aspx.