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BLOG: Thoughts of reopening

Due to the continued uncertainty around social distancing in cinemas, combined with the financial implications of implementing such practices, we have made the decision to remain closed until at least August 2020.


BLOG: Horror – No Laughing Matter

To me, horror films have always been the poor relation in serious film criticism, with many being derided and dismissed out of hand, but the better ones have left an indelible mark on this fan-boy.


BLOG: Moving a planned discussion online

When we fixed our programme for March and April 2020, way back at the beginning of February, we planned a discussion after we screened the film System Crasher. Nora Fingscheidt’s film follows nine-year-old Benni (a superb performance from Helena Zengel), a hugely troubled child, damaged by her past and challenging the German care system at every turn.


BLOG: View from the projection booth

I work in back. I see no smiles. – Vol Kowolski, Bruce Almighty (2003)

Just kidding, sometimes I see smiles through that very small port glass window at the back of the auditorium.


BLOG: The rise of outdoor cinema in Saffron Walden

Hana Mallett, Marketing Manager

As a child I remember watching the drive-thru scene in Grease, wishing that we had had an outdoor cinema in Saffron Walden – the thought of watching a film under the stars with my friends, the smell of freshly mown grass, the rustle of trees and popcorn, it all made for a heady dream.


BLOG: #SaffronScreenFilmClub – Shared viewing in the time of COVID-19.

Hayley Wilson, Marketing Assistant

On 16th March whilst we were starting to think about preparing for the 8pm sold out screening of Parasite the sad although not wholly unexpected message came through from our Chair that we would be closing with immediate effect.


BLOG: How do we plan the Saffron Screen programme?

Rebecca del Tufo, Programming Manager

While we are unable to put together a programme for you, I thought I’d reflect on how it comes together and share the process with our audience.

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BLOG: Outreach at Saffron Screen

Jacque, Outreach Officer 

It’s not often I have the time to reflect on our work at the cinema but in these unsettling times, it’s been useful to spend some time to reflect on our Outreach programme and start to plan how to rejuvenate it hopefully in the next few months.