Old Courts Partnership
Leigh Film Society is linking up with Wigan cultural hub The Old Courts for an exciting programme of regular screenings bringing arthouse and non-mainstream film to audiences across the entire borough.
The partnership with the venue launches in November with The Square, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
After that, in 2019 artists from Cross Street Arts studios in Standish will put on films that mean a lot to them, with an introduction explaining how cinema has inspired their creativity and thought processes.
There will be six events a year with artists picking a film every two months.
The first year promises to set the standard with everything from cult classics to avant-garde Russian auteurs on the list.
Leigh Film Society is also looking to mark important events in the borough in the other months of the year with cinema screenings in The Old Courts' well-appointed, 200-seater theatre.
Here is the full list of film events agreed so far (click the film names for more information);
November 22, 2018 - The Square
January 10, 2019 - The Colour of Pomegranates (chosen and introduced by Jane Fairhurst)
March 14, 2019 - Heathers (chosen and introduced by Amy Cecilia Leigh)
May 9, 2019 - The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (chosen and introduced by Anna FC Smith)
July 11, 2019 - Kes (chosen and introduced by Louise Garman)
September 12, 2019 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show (chosen and introduced by Lucy Sharkey)
November 14, 2019 - They Live (chosen and introduced by Dan Farrimond)
January 9th, 2020 - The Forbidden Room (chosen and introduced by Steven Heaton)
The partnerships have been excitedly hailed by everyone involved:
"We will be bringing a diverse and varied programme to audiences in the borough. This is a great new venture."
"It's very exciting to collaborate with Leigh Film Society and introduce people to art through a form of culture everybody enjoys."
"Being able to offer access to non-mainstream film and community cinema backed by an award-winning organisation is a dream come true."
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