HC17 ThisHolidayFilm maker Henryk Jachimczyk (aka Hen-the-Pen) has won the Holiday competition with an amusing movie entitled, appropriately, “THIS Holiday”.

Second was John Howden with “Zackley Norfolk”, and in third place was John Jones (aka JJ) with “Gente”.

Hen writes: “It was my idea to create a personal film documenting the experiences/adventures of my wife Jo, myself and fellow traveller Sue, rather than a factual documentary of the places we visited on Zakynthos.

“In other travel films the film-maker is noticeably absent from the holiday, hidden behind the lens and recording spectacular landscapes that their lonely partner would walk through. I felt it gave the impression the couple had just had a massive row!

“So the addition of Sue on this holiday meant my wife would have someone by her side. And Sue could take photos with Jo’s stills camera, therefore, I was occasionally in the picture.

“I did set up my Panasonic Lumix pocket camera remotely on wobbly fence posts, busy restaurant table tops and sun loungers. Not something I was comfortable with. We posed/acted some distance away, seemingly ignoring its existence and giving possible camera thieves many opportunities to snatch and run.

“Didn’t happen, but I’m sure this recklessness was not covered by our holiday insurance.”

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.

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 - https://www.eventbrite.com 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: cfmclub.org.uk