tram pictureIn response to popular demand, Colchester Film Makers Club has been asked to stage a second public film show in aid of Cllr Gerard Oxford’s Mayor’s Charity Fund.

An appreciative audience saw a programme of short documentaries, themed “Colchester Through the Ages – a filmic trip down memory lane”, at Firstsite recently.

The films, which ranged from Colchester during the Great War to the building of the Southway, were from the club’s large archive, spanning almost 60 years.

The next public screening – featuring an entirely different set of films but with a similar theme – will be held on Monday 16 April at Firstsite, starting at 7pm.

Tickets can be obtained from Evenbrite - the Mayor - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , price £5.

Colchester Film Makers Club meets at the Hythe Community Centre, CO1 2FG, every Tuesday 8pm to 10pm from September to May. The club stages its End of Season Showcase on 22 May when eight Boudicca trophies are awarded to the top film makers. Please see our website for more details:

IMG 2832Colchester film makers pictured planning their next team projects at their club premises.

2018 CFMC documentary winner

Film maker John Groslin has won this season’s documentary competition with his excellent retelling the story of Sir Alfred Munnings, regarded as the finest painter of horses.

The three independent judges – Bill Allen, Seb Craig and John Worland - heaped praise on his “professionalism”, “best script” and the “dramatic moments” the painter was blinded in one eye in a tragic accident.

Second was John Howden with The Sometime Gardner, filmed in South Africa; and third John Jones with The Rookery, filmed among a seal colony on the Norfolk coast.

The competition attracted five excellent films, reflecting the high quality of film making among members.

Pictured is Seb Craig, a star of television’s Off Their Rockers, congratulating John with fellow judges Bill Allen (left) and John Worland.

HowHillCongratulations to film maker John “JJ” Jones for winning the Open competition with his nine minute travelogue, How Hill. JJ faced stiff competition from nine other entries, the highest number of submissions in any club competition in recent memory.

In second place was Quartermain 1920’s by Bryan Littlewood; and third So Many Things by Andy Merz

“JJ” writes: “ It was a fun day out around the northern Norfolk Broads taking in the secret garden of How Hill and a trip on Electric Eel to a couple of bird hides in the reed and sedge beds just off the River Ant.

“This was a first for me filming totally in 4K and an exercise in editing a full-days shoot down to a watchable nine minute film.

“The film was trimmed top and bottom to make a more pleasing aspect ratio and it was also graded to give a more ‘earthy’ look.”