Lamplight Film Club launches in Sunderland cafe

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THE cameras are rolling at a new film club which aims to shine a light on movies.

Lamplight Film Club is aimed at celebrating and discussing films in an informal setting.

Run by volunteers, the new club is based at Holmeside Coffee, an independent coffee house on the ground floor of Independent, in Holmeside.

The non-profit club was launched with a screening of Richard Ayoade’s Submarine.

Held on the last Wednesday of every month from 6pm, the club is run by Lizzie Nixon, with each session being led by a different participant, and ending with an informal discussion.

Lizzie, 24, from Sunderland, 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 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.

It soon began to attract a wider audience.

Joe Collins, 23, of Ashbrooke, who set up Holmeside Coffee with a group of friends, said: “It started with about 10 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 were more than 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 Gilling, 24, of Fulwell, and Joe, who are members of Sunderland band Lilliput, along with their friend Dan Stores, Holmeside Coffee is fast becoming a hub of creative activity.

In addition to the Lamplight Film Club, Holmeside Coffee, which sells locally-brewed 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.