Stirchley Baths has a great space, the “ Cinema Room” which has played host to a number of film screenings since opening in 2016 and will be hosting more and more film events thanks to a new community led Stirchley Community Cinema Project , seed funded by the city’s Local Innovation Fund – this will be starting in the next couple of months so watch this space!
In the meantime we have caught up with our good friends Kopfkino who are returning to Stirchley Baths this Friday 16 March with a new screening of Afshar Films’ ‘The Case Against Assad: Syria’s Disappeared’. The event will be in support of King’s Heath Action for Refugees, and please see below about other ways in which you can help those affected by the Syrian conflict….
On Tuesday 19th February I was invited to visit the Memory Café, a monthly event, initially set up as part of Stirchley Baths’ heritage programme in collaboration with Rachel Duggan and Carla Smith from Leaf Creative Arts. The event is held in the Cinema Room at Stirchley Baths. The Café provides a space for people with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory problems to engage with multi-sensory arts activities, to create and reminisce, with a steady supply of hot drinks and cakes.
Over half term we will have another #BigStitchStirchley session and everyone, especially families, are welcome! All free. Materials provided. Do you know we’ve had over 100 stitchers take part so far; aged from 3 to 93! Why not join in and make a piece of history; it’s all in the making!
The next 2 Mondays are #BigStitchStirchley days! Join needlepoint artist Tina Francis (who has an amazing laugh!) for chat & stitching, to help create our new permanent artwork at the Baths (beginners and enthusiasts welcome!) Our monthly stitch club (for adults) is next Monday (16th). Drop in between 11-1 to the Deep End room. Our numbers are growing and we have a lovely, friendly bunch of ladies meeting regularly now (men also welcome!).
At the end of July and the beginning of August we ran two Summer Film School Challenges for young people from the local area. Wow. What an exciting and fun process it was working with facilitator and film-maker Scott Johnson who brought the creative talent out of 23 young people aged between 10 and 15.
Here are a few pics of the challenges!
By the end of the first day of their challenges, these talented young people had scripted the film, created characters and decided on props, locations and costumes.
Day two was all about the production schedule, acting and filming and putting new skills into action.
We’ll let the results speak for themselves.
Stirchley Film School is proud to present…
THE DEEP END (rated PG)
THE TIME CAPSULE (rated PG)
The films premiered on August 13th in a packed ‘Cinema’ room with friends, family and local residents at the Baths.
Thank you Phil for these last photos.
So, what did the film reviews say on the night?
Amazing! young people, heritage, collaboration, skill-building. Excellent! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.Great films!
Great show. Thank you!
Superb opportunity and extremely impressive outcomes. Well done and thank you.
Everyone should be very proud! excellent movies. Job well done.
Well done to you all! 2 fantastic films – we want more!
Absolutely fab! you should be very proud of your achievements and all that you’ve learnt at SBFS! well done.
Fabulous film-making! I loved both movies – the cast and crew did magnificent jobs. well done everyone.
Excellent spine-tingling film! Can’t wait to see you at the real Oscars.
Really enjoyed the show and would love to see another instalment
Excellent, excellent films! I was a bit scared tough. Brilliantly scripted, acted and filmed. well done all.
Tell us what you think!!
Thank you to the Heritage Lottery Fund who funded this through the Baths’ heritage programme.