FILM fans have raised a toast to pub regulars as they make it on the silver screen.
Audiences have given a documentary on historic Sunderland pub The Museum Vaults a warm welcome after barman-turned-film maker Laurie Cansfield featured the venue.
Laurie, who is originally from Millfield, was inspired to create the feature after working behind its bar.
After borrowing money to buy a camera, he set about turning the tales of drinkers in the Vaults into a short film.
Drinkers were treated to a showing of the half-hour film on Sunday.
Laurie’s family were among those who gathered to watch the film at the pub, which is one of the oldest in Sunderland.
The former Shiney Row College student, said he was delighted with the reaction it got. He said: “There was a good crowd at the screening on Sunday, and the film got plenty of laughs from the people in it, as well as some newcomers to the pub.
“Feedback from a couple of the regulars that I was really pleased with was that the film captured a day and night at the Vaults spot on.
“That was great to hear, as I wanted to produce a true reflection of a proper pub, and for it not to come across as planned or stylised.”
As well as working as communications manager at a North East printing company, Laurie hopes to crowd-source funding to launch another project about the music scene at independent venues.
Landlady Sara Wilson, regulars and the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) have raised a glass to the film. The 47-year-old features in the film with mum Elsie, who took it over 35 years ago with husband Fred, who died in 1988. Sara said: “I was a bit nervous at first, but I’m really pleased with it.”
Screenings of the film, which features music from The Futureheads, are taking place at independent pubs around the North East. For more information, follow @thevaultsfilm on Twitter.