Cinema on Screen
In June 2023 I attended the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival in Bologna, a festival I have worked for since 2009, and saw two new documentary films in two days about cinemas - Scala!!! and Cinema Laika.
It started me thinking about all the other incredible films out there about cinemas; both feature films and documentaries, and gave me the idea to curate a small season for The Riverside entitled “Cinema on Screen”.
The season is a love-letter to everything about cinema from the buildings themselves, the dedicated staff who work in them and the audiences that come to watch the films being screened, without whom cinemas would not exist.
I was born and grew up in Woodbridge and first attended The Riverside (then Woodbridge Cinema) when I was about 5 or 6 years old. I was transfixed the first time I heard the whir of the projector, the beam of light spreading across the auditorium hitting the screen and filling that vast space with wondrous images, the booming sound from the large number of speakers all went a long way to making me stare wide-eyed at the screen - that first film for me was Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on re-release in the mid 1970's. Film has been my passion ever since and cinema itself.
This season of films contains many new films and documentaries, including a couple never screened in the UK before, and covers films from the Sudan, Italy, Canada, Uruguay, Thailand, Brazil, Finland, Taiwan, USA and, of course, here in the UK. There’s also a few surprises with some old Riverside Archive films thrown in for good measure too.
So why not come along and celebrate cinema on the big screen, where it was meant to be seen.
Neil McGlone - Cinema Manager