Adventures In Alternative Cinema 27th June to 2nd July 2013.

A world of alternative cinema will soon be making its way onto big screens across Shropshire, along with cinema ‘pop ups’ in unexpected places, and a series of fascinating introductory talks on the genres of Documentary Film, World Cinema and Artists’ Moving Image.

Adventures in Alternative Cinema is an initiative of Wem Town Hall Cinema and mediamaker, seeking to engage young audiences in specialist film, and broaden the horizons of tomorrow’s film makers, commissioners and audiences.

Over the past few months, two groups of Young Programmers have met regularly, one in Wem and one in Shrewsbury, to explore the un-chartered territory of non-mainstream cinema. They have enjoyed researching and watching films, have attended special film education events and have gone on to make recommendations to Wem Town Hall & the Old Market Hall Cinemas for specialist film screenings that would appeal to younger audiences.

The initiative culminates in a four day programme of special events, pop up cinema and film screenings in Wem and Shrewsbury from 27th  June - 2ndth of July.

The project is funded by the British Film Institute, Creative England and Shropshire Council.

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Schedule of events:

Thursday 27th June - Wem Town Hall

  • Cinema Paradiso at 4pm and 7:30pm

Wem Town Hall box office at: 01939 238279, or book online

Saturday 29th of June – (Free Event) 6pm

Flaxivity Youth Activity Centre, Shrewsbury

  • Free Pop-Up Cinema screening of Rollin’ Through the Decades.

A film celebrating the journey of UK skateboarding from the 1970’s to present day.

Book tickets by calling 01743 360213 or book online at

Sunday 30th of June - OMH Cinema, Shrewsbury

  • 12pmAn Introduction to Documentary

A presentation and discussion on the history, relevance, and future developments of the Documentary Film Genre.

  • 2.30pmShropfilm48 – A selection of short films made in Shropshire’s first 48 hour film challenge.
  • 3.30pmAn Introduction to Artists’ Moving Image

A short introduction which will explore some of the key characteristics of Artists’ Moving Image; looking at artists’ work from the 1960s to present day

  • 6pmHowls Moving Castle (U) –  animated fantasy film from the renowned Studio Ghibli about a young woman who is cursed by a spiteful witch. Considered to be one of the most successful Japanese films of all time. Suitable for all ages.

Book tickets with OMH Cinema: 01743 281281 or online at

Tuesday 2nd July - Wem Town Hall 10am & 1:15pm (Free Event)

A Young Persons Introduction to World Cinema

Featuring film clips from around the globe, with a full screening of Peter and the Wolf.  Suitable for ages 9 to 14 years (and for adults that are young at heart).  Advance bookings only – no walk ups.

The audience will be introduced to film clips that will entertain, challenge and encourage them to look beyond Hollywood and start them on a rewarding journey into the world of alternative cinema.

Contact Wem Town Hall reception on 01939 232299 or [email protected] to reserve your free tickets.

Artists’ Moving Image ‘Pop Up’ screenings

27th to 29th June at Wem Town Hall

  • Human Radio by Miranda Pennell

(artists’ moving image)

  • You Be Mother by Sarah Pucill

(artists’ moving image)

27th to 29th June at The Bird’s Nest, Market Hall, Shrewsbury

  • Success with Sweet Peas by Samantha Moore

(animated documentary)

  • While Darwin Sleeps by Paul Bush

(artists’ moving image)

  • You Be Mother by Sarah Pucill

(artists’ moving image)

For more information on this press release, or Adventures In Alternative Cinema, please contact: Tom Middleton

T: 07946 481073

E: [email protected]


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