Our programme of club film nights continues with a screening of 5 Broken Cameras, a first-hand account of protests in Bil’in, a West Bank village affected by the Israeli Wall referred to as the the fence in this documentary. The documentary was shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son. In 2009 Israeli co-director Guy Davidi joined on to create the film. Structured around the destruction of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of turmoil.
To view the trailer click here.
Prepare to be challenged, enlightened & positively moved as you experience the infectious creativity of Sherika Sherard. Born and raised in South London, this 21 year old has been gigging for 5 years and has already played at venues such as Ronnie Scotts and Jazz Cafe Camden. This is Sherika’s debut performance on the Island and her first visit across the solent. Dont miss this.
Her rhymes speak with the authority of a seasoned wordsmith within tunes that are destined to become hugely familiar to anyone with an ear for melody and an emotional core. To find out more about Sherika click here.
Unexpectedly large crowds, almost three times recent Film Society audiences, arrived to see the fairly obscure, subtitled Iranian film ‘About Elly’ that the society showed on their first night at the club. Those who watched the film enjoyed the comfort, quality of the HD projection and surround sound at the club. Film Society screenings are open to anyone, but to avoid disappointment at the door, places should be booked by emailing email@example.com Entry to each screening is £5 which covers the costs of the Society’s screening license. The Society’s programme is available at www.facebook.com/VentnorFilmSociety
Ventnor Arts Club members’ film nights are on alternate Tuesdays between Society screenings, free to members and their accompanied guests, places (but not specific seats) should be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Flms programmed will be included in members’ emails.
There will be other occasional screenings announced, some of which will be open to non members in association with local special interest groups.
As you can tell from our site, we now have our brand identity worked out. It will be engraved on a piece of portland stone where the bank’s night safe was, on membership cards and appear on a variety of items from stationery to coasters. It is heavily inspired by Eric Gill who is responsible for at least one of the standard fonts on your computer and many more things of a much more exotic nature. We expect some of his work to feature in a few paces throughout the club. We are grateful to Mark Norton at Thinkfarm for development of the identity.
A note to thank all of you who supported our planning application for change of use. It was a long and stressful process but we were strongly encouraged by the number of comments and the overwhelmingly positive reponse. We hope that the club lives up to your expectations and provides an enjoyable and culturally enriching new experience in Ventnor and for the Island.
As everyone knows Grand Design projects have a habit of going over time and over budget. Ours is not struggling to be an exception. But the building is enjoying its new plaster, first stabilising coats of paint and giving us a glimpse of how it will look. We’re testing colours, restoring the mahogany vestibule, repairing and replacing deep skirting along with other little gems so you wouldn’t notice. But possibly the singularly most worrying piece of work has been completed. The vault door, all one and a half tons of it, has left the building.
Our first thought was that the vault door was a great legacy piece and as such should be left in place. However, the risk to life and limb it presented was too much of a worry, and it obstructed access to the wine cellar; totally unacceptable. So it’s gone. In a guerrilla operation that resembled the Italian Job more than Restoration Man It made its way up the high street and eventually on to a weigh-in at the scrap yard. But the Vault still retains its character and with unfettered access to the cellar, will not be short of wine.
If you visited us during our trial opening at the wonderful Ventnor Fringe Festival you saw the building with its hardboard cladding, carpet tiles and high but ubiquitous tiled office ceiling. The building was a perfect example of a 70s / 80s cover up.
Building work is now well under way and the first thing that Matt and the boys have done is reveal the ceiling, mahogany vestibule and other original features of the 1924 banking hall. You are in for a big surprise.
All hail to Jack and his amazing team for pulling off a great third year of the Ventnor Fringe Festival. It was ambitious, diverse and full of surprises. One of the surprises was our venue, listed as The Secret Bar; we were treated to lovely, capacity audiences and some great performances.
It was a baptism of fire as we only completed on the acquisition of the property one week before, rushed through an event license application and equipped ourselves to serve our guests with cold drinks on some very hot evenings. Air conditioning is a must in the refurb, but for the four nights of the festival, our new fridges kept the beverages cold and our audiences refreshed. Never has a bank vault been put to such good use.
Thanks to everyone that visited us and a massive thanks to the artists who performed. If ever we had any doubt that Ventnor would accept our intentions for this beautiful building they melted away during a magical set by C.H.A.M.P.S. The audience was engaged and eclectic; a mix of young and older creatives, visitors and open minded locals who lapped up what they didn’t know existed so near home. Tula and the Blackgang closed the week and again, a capacity crowd were spellbound with lilting, lyrical gorgeousness from the humour of Hairdo to a haunting cover of Wicked Games. Loved it.
A performance of The Musical Detective Agency proved that we could switch from music to completely ridiculous comedy and hold onto an audience. If the story of a demon hamster who possessed it’s bounty hunter can do it, we feel sure some of the comedians we have in mind are going to do OK.
Now the work begins. Architects have been in and flooring experts gave their horrible verdict that the 1920’s floor is beyond restoration as the Bankers covered it in screed. We have a ceiling to uncover and a whole building to re-purpose. We will install an AV system for film screenings, integrate a PA system so we can support some more great performances, rewire, re-plumb, install a kitchen, build a proper bar (in the vault) and reconfigure the loos. Then it’s many licks of paint, lots of polishing, new lighting and furnishing the space for comfort with sofas and easy chairs.
The papers have stopped shuffling, money has been exchanged and the venue is ours. Lots to do, planning permissions, premises licence and of course the refurb. We’re going to up and running for a few days before we have refurbished, as part of the Ventnor Fringe.We have a temporary license and it’s a chance for you to get a sense of the before ahead of the after, which we hope will be delivered by Christmas. That’s the plan but we have aurthorities, the quirkiness of the building and of course the ineviatble unexpected to deal with first.
Still cant say exactly where we are because it’s a secret location within the V-fringe. But if you take part in that, you’ll probably stumble upon us. We hope you do.