Film critic Mark Kermode praises Saffron Screen

Renowned film critic Mark Kermode has paid homage to Saffron Screen’s projection team and facilities in his new book Hatchet Job.

Hatchet Job: Love Movies, Hate Critics is Kermode’s latest book which addresses the role of the film critic in a digital world. It makes reference to Saffron Screen’s fantastic projection team and their ability to combine both digital and 35mm projection. Kermode talks of their achievement as the very first projection team to be awarded a certificate of excellence for digital projection by the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society (BKSTS) and of how impressed he was with the facilities when he visited the cinema for a Q&A in 2012.

As the UK’s most trusted and outspoken film critic, Kermode’s nod of approval for Saffron Screen is a huge boost for the community cinema. The book is on sale now, or can be bought as an audio book read by Mark Kermode, so you can hear him mentioning “Saffron Screen in Saffron Walden”!

Saffron Screen’s Business Manager, Rebecca del Tufo, said “we are extremely proud that Mark chose to mention us in his book. We are also very proud of the achievements of our projection team and of the work and commitment shown by our staff and volunteers without whom the cinema would not exist”.

Although recognised as a community cinema, Saffron Screen is run on professional lines and the BKSTS committee were unanimous in awarding Projection Team of the Year to Saffron Screen in 2010 and giving the first three digital projection certificates to three of its projectionists in 2012.

In 2012 the local not-for-profit cinema received an audience of nearly 37,000 at over 360 screenings. Its professional auditorium boasts a full size screen, 200 cinema seats, Dolby Digital surround sound and both 35mm and digital projection equipment.  Saffron Screen, as registered charity, relies on fundraising and sponsorship to maintain its low prices and accessibility. If you or your business would like to sponsor Saffron Screen or find out more about advertising at the cinema, please contact