Handmade Cinema is beginning to flourish! A brand new innovative and unique film club in Sheffield that aims to bring something different to our usual cinema experience – constructing immersive and memorable cinema events to show films in a new and more intriguing light.
Created by Ellie Ragdale and ran entirely by young people in the Sheffield area, Handmade Cinema works with the community to find film themes and cultures they would like to explore. The club then turns this into a project and works together to transform a space. The space is used to put on a screening that brings these themes and cultures to life and marks the completion of the project. These creative screenings enable the audience to become completely involved with the film and experience it in a more intimate way than ever before.
Volunteers from in and around the Sheffield area help to create atmospheric cinema events in a variety of ways; crafts, film making, creative writing, photography, drawing and animation to name just a few! Or for people who would prefer to get involved on a more part time basis, they also team up with local performance groups, artists, musicians, culinary experts, entertainers and creative minds of all kinds to make each individual cinema event truly unique. It is a great way for students and other members of the community to get to know each other and make something for everybody to enjoy.
In the recent past, the club has produced unique screenings of a variety of films – Up, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Chicken Run, Moonrise Kingdom, The Lego Movie, The Jungle Book and many more. Handmade Cinema is always open to suggestions and ideas for new screenings, so anything is possible! Whatever your favourite genre or personal preference may be, the staff and volunteers will be able to cater to it.
Their latest collaboration was with the new Sheffield-based fashion brand The Creep Store. The brand’s summer line was launched 2nd May with a unique and captivating screening of Mean Girls. The screening took place at Picture House Social in Sheffield, between 5pm and 1am, with the film beginning at 7:30pm. The audience were fully immersed into the spirit of the movie with live performances from Manchester Theatre group Pull Your Finger Out, themed pizza and cocktails, a prom photo booth and after-party curated by The Creep Store featuring special guest DJs.
The two organisations have also teamed up with a range of local entrepreneurs and artists to run a selection of themed workshops, including Corsage Making with Frances & Rose. This unification of two creative talents marks the first in a series of collaborative events, workshops and parties under the name of ‘Girl Gang’ – so there are a whole host of future opportunities to get involved with.