Holmeside Coffee are celebrating the launch of the Lamplight film club, a non-profit collection of film fans looking to provide more opportunities for people to experience film together in the North East.
Launched on Wednesday January 29, with a screening of Richard Ayoade’s Submarine, Lamplight is a volunteer-run, participant-led film club aiming to screen quality films and encourage quality chat. Held on the last Wednesday of every month at Holmeside Coffee, Sunderland, the club will be run by Lizzie Nixon with each session being led by a different participant and ending with an informal discussion between attendees.
Housed in the ground floor of Independent, Holmeside Coffee was built on the desire to bring something different to Sunderland. As well as serving up a fine cup of locally roasted Ouseburn Coffee, the independent coffee shop also promises a very warm welcome with free literature, a choice of vinyl, guest musicians, and now the Lamplight film club.
Lizzie Nixon, 24 of Sunderland, who will be running the film club said: “I think it’s quite easy to be put off by the idea of a film club, people often think they’re only for experts but Lamplight is open to everyone. If you have no idea about films but just enjoy watching them, you’ll be made welcome.
“After the screening, you’ll be able to chat about the film and give your opinions, the idea is really just to allow people to get involved in watching and discussing the films that they enjoy.”
The concept behind the Lamplight film club was established in 2010, when a group of friends got together to try and build more of a film presence in Sunderland. But what started out as a group of friends coming together to share and enjoy films, soon established itself and began to attract a wider network of people.
Joe Collins, 23, of Ashbrooke said: “It started with about ten of us – we just wanted to get together, watch films, and prompt discussion about them. We weren’t really expecting other people to come – we hoped they would, but we weren’t bound by that. As it happened, the club picked up quite a bit of interest, at one point there was over 30 people coming each week.
“Since opening the coffee shop, we’ve been hoping to introduce some afterhours activities and the film club was the first thing that sprang to mind. Now seems like the perfect time to start it up again, we’ve got an ideal space and the experience and means to do it.”
Founded by James Gillig, 24, of Fulwell and Joe Collins, who are members of Sunderland band Lilliput, along with their good friend Dan Stores, Holmeside Coffee is fast becoming one of the city’s most vibrant creative spaces.
James said: “We really wanted to bring a great independent coffee house to Sunderland. We noticed the city only really had larger chains, which obviously have their place, but we wanted to offer something a bit more individual.
“We want to create a place where people can come together, not only to enjoy a great coffee, but also to share their creative interests, whether that’s films, books, or music.”
In addition to the Lamplight Film Club, Homeside Coffee will also be running a Writers’ Club, held on the first Wednesday of every month, and a Book Club, which will be held on the third Wednesday of the month.
Lamplight Film Club will be held on the last Wednesday of every month from 6pm at Holmeside Coffee.
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