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.”

Heritage WeekendA collage of some of the archival films shown at FirstsiteCFMC’s 2017-18 film making season has got off to a cracking start with ten very different themed entries in the Open competition, the highest number in any club competition in recent memory.

This outpouring of creativity followed a busy summer when members undertook making their own films as well as joining in several club projects, including a documentary about John Constable’s Flatford Mill. Then there was a challenging project – working title, “The Misadventures of a Tennis Ball”. But more about that in a later news item.

Members were also called upon to be both actors and camera operators during the filming of an off-the-wall comedy, called Airplane Two, which has been more than a year in the production.

The club’s popular summer outing to Highwoods Country Park was well supported by members and their partners: it was the location for last summer’s club project, “The Swarm”.

A small team of cameramen also visited Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum to film the biennial exhibition of some 300 sculptures by national and international sculptors.

Another out-of-season activity was the club’s participation in National Heritage Weekend. Peter Noakes had put together a 105-minute programme of archival films screened at Firstsite Art Gallery.