Foxhill, Bath, Somerset
One of the outcomes of the Foxhill & Mulberry Park Arts Plan was to devise a co-ordinated events programme for Foxhill. Since completion of the Arts Plan in 2015, Suzanne has worked in partnership with Film Bath to bring outdoor film screenings to Foxhill for the first time ever, alongside a series of professionally organised monthly double bills at the local church, St Andrew’s. This programme ran over the Autumn/Winter months between September 2016 and March 2017 and were co-funded by Bath & North East Somerset Council and Curo housing.
Working with FilmBath Suzanne helped to fundraise for, publicise and organise an entirely pedal-powered outdoor film screening of the live-action Jungle Book film. The event was attended by around 350 people in Springfield Park, Foxhill on 2nd September 2016. The screening was such a success that Curo and local councillors have contributed funding for another event to be held on 22nd September 2017.
Electric Pedals brought the screen, projector, bikes and other equipment. The event included a giveaway of wild cherry trees by Velopost (a local business which delivers post by bike) and food concessions serving freshly made pizza, coffee, cakes and ice cream. Before the film started roaming street theatre performers the Desperate Men and Natural Theatre Company (organised by DNA Arts) entertained the audience, Sustrans brought their smoothie bike with them and Avant-Gardening launched their MOBIS project with free popcorn in a variety of intriguing flavours (including beetroot)!
The double bills shown at the church have included films for a wide range of audiences including families (Moana, Trolls, Finding Dory, Eddie the Eagle) and older viewers (The Martian, Dad’s Army, A United Kingdom, Singing’ In the Rain, Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week, The Lady in the Van). We’ve had full capacity at some screenings and impromptu dancing at the end.
We also worked in partnership with stopframe animator Angela Frankham of The Animation Workshop (a Foxhill resident) to run a series of stop-frame animation workshops for local children before the screening of Trolls in February 2017. You can view the films made with Angela here.
Local business The Makery ran a free craft workshop at St Andrew’s before our very first screening, Bill, in June 2016. FilmBath were also involved in Sprung Up, an event held in Springfield Park in May 2017, where they showed a programme of family friendly short films.