Sunderland pub movie in line for international film festival award

Laurie Cansfield, whose film about The Museum Vaults has been nominated for an award
Laurie Cansfield, whose film about The Museum Vaults has been nominated for an award
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A FILM which captured a day in the life of a traditional pub has been nominated for a prestigious award.

Bar worker turned film-maker Laurie Cansfield swapped pint glasses for camera lenses to capture the goings-on in one of Sunderland’s oldest pubs.

Regulars at The Museum Vaults in Silksworth Row were filmed by the 33-year-old during a series of visits to the 100-year-old pub.

Now the 29-minute film, which was shown at independent pubs across the region, has been put forward for an award at the Portobello Film Festival.

Laurie, who is originally from Millfield, was inspired after working behind the bar of the historic pub.

The aspiring film-maker returned to Sunderland after studying in London and working at the London College of Fashion before moving to Barcelona.

The former Shiney Row College student got the blessing of landlady Sara Wilson, 47, who runs the former Vaux pub with mum Elsie.

Laurie said: “The Vaults has been shown in a few different places since it premiered at the pub itself in February, and it’s always pretty exciting to get news of new screenings.

“It was a lovely surprise to check my emails after the bank holiday weekend and find that the Portobello Film Festival had selected it, and it will be shown as part of their All Human Life Is There documentary day.”

The festival, held at locations around Portobello Road in London, runs until September 15, with a prize of £1,000 to be won.

Laurie’s film, which features tracks by The Futureheads, will be shown on September 10.

Screenings of the film also come to its namesake on Thursday, September 12, with showings at 6pm and 8pm.