Action as film club comes to Midlothian

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Midlothian Libraries have launched a community film club as part of an innovative pilot project led by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC).

The film club will screen a range of classic films, including westerns, war films and documentaries on a monthly basis. The first screening was scheduled to take place at Danderhall Library on Wednesday, November 30 at 2pm, with Penicuik Library hosting screenings early next year.

The pioneering film club is one of six being trialled throughout Scotland as part of SLIC’s Film Education in Libraries Project. The initiative, which aims to improve the provision of film and moving image education across Scotland, was made possible through £190,000 Creative Scotland funding, provided as part of its Film Strategy.

Over the last few months all participating libraries have received valuable new film screening equipment and training, providing each venue with all they need to host regular pop-up film events.

Stephen Harris, Library Development Officer, said: “We’re really excited to bring this new film club to the local community through our library services. The film club is open to anyone, but we are particularly keen to see more men come along and join in. Older men are prone to social isolation and loneliness, more so than older women, so we hope our film selection will appeal to them. We’re also looking forward to launching the Penicuik film club in the new year.

“The introduction of the film club is yet another demonstration that our libraries offer more than books, with lots of digital, cultural and social aspects to our service. If you haven’t visited in a while, why not use the film club as a chance to reacquaint yourself with your local library and see what it has to offer.”

Stephen and his team will roll-out the monthly film club, hosting film events and activities over the coming weeks.

Pamela Tulloch, Chief Executive at SLIC, added: “Public libraries have always been a destination for learning and this pilot provides opportunities within communities for people to learn about film, providing a broader range of cultural experience to people who may have no other access to this. It will also help us to meet a key strategic aim of Scotland’s first public library strategy, ‘Ambition and Opportunity’ to position libraries as cultural centres, inspiring people through books, literature, music, film and theatre.”

Scott Donaldson, Head of Film Education, Creative Scotland, said: “We are truly delighted to support Scottish Library and Information Council’s initiative and work with the libraries directly. Creative Scotland have worked with the library services to educate the librarians on film education and creative learning within library services, in pursuit of key aims within Creative Scotland’s film strategy and the national strategy for public libraries in Scotland.”

The film club is free and will show one film a month. For more information and to book a place call Danderhall Library on 0131 663 9293 and Penicuik Library on 01968 664 050.