We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when…
Dear friends, the Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams closed its doors on Saturday 23rd August after an astounding 8 1/2 days of screening films to capacity crowds. We were totally bowled over by the enthusiasm and goodwill we received from audiences who had come from 2 minutes down the road or halfway round the globe. We made lots of friends, took plenty of photos of people wearing silly costumes and dancing like loons, and ate more home baking than had been thought humanly feasible. And we had surprise visitors - the likes of Kenneth Anger, Brian Cox, Ewen Bremner, David Cross and ace cinematographer Seamus McGarvey.
We WILL meet again. Keep sending us your photos and videos, many of which can already be seen on our Facebook group. Once we’ve had a wee bit of a holiday we’ll post more here, along with an extract from Simon Fisher Turner’s sublime score to I WAS BORN, BUT… and some of the incredible press we received.
And remember - kids want Joseph Mankiewicz!
8 1/2 sold out
We are very sorry to say that there are no more tickets available for 8 1/2 on Saturday 23rd. We will be unable to rescreen this film as our licence expires at midnight on Saturday. Massive apologies for any disappointment this may cause.
Door ticket allocation
Due to changes requested by the licensing authorities after we went to press, it has not been possible to offer the full 50 tickets per screening on the door as promised in our brochure. We apologise profusely for this and wherever possible we will do our best to screen films again, dependent on running times and licensing restrictions.
Online bookings closed
I’m afraid we are no longer taking online bookings for the Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams. You can only buy tickets over the counter the Nairn Bookshop, or on the door. But don’t worry - if we turn people away from a screening, we’ll try our best to play it again, either later that day or the following morning.
Last chance for online bookings
Online bookings will cease at 17.00 on Thursday 14th August - after that time only counter sales at the Nairn Bookshop or on the door will be available. Get your ticket orders in now!
At the end of Singin’ in the Rain, we don’t want just to give a ripple of applause. We want to cheer. The same goes for lots of the other films we are showing. In France people whoop and boo at films, in the non-posh bits of American cities too. So, in our wee fest, we have decided that we would like to make noisy appreciation at the end of our movies and we would love it if you wanted to too.
Our first thoughts were kazoos. Or balloons that we could burst at the end. But then our friend Phoebe suggested jam jars 1/4 full of dried peas, to rattle. We like this idea a lot. So, as well as your passion, humour, good will and cake, could you bring a jam jar of peas to rattle, or some other kind of noise-making instrument? Also if you have any of those glowy, torchy things that you get at Hogmanay or dodgy stadium concerts, they could be waved at the end of movies (though how that would work after The Bill Douglas Trilogy takes some imagining).
END OF NEWSFLASH.
The History of the Ballerina Ballroom
Local resident Angus McNicol has been researching the Ballerina Ballroom’s 135 year history, and has presented us with his findings - read his essay on the Ballroom History page.
Nairn filmmaker added to the programme
We are delighted to announce a late addition to the programme. Screening with John Byrne’s Boswell & Johnson’s Tour of the Western Isles will be three films by Nairn resident David Ness: Where Love Reigns (16 min) demo scenes for a feature on the love affair between psychoanalyst Carl Jung and his patient Sabina Spielrein, shot by the legendary Jack Cardiff; Angel of Time (10 min) a surreal visual metaphor inspired by Walter Benjamin’s allegory of the Angel of History; and Certain Knowledge (3 min) - darkly haunting visuals, cut-up expressionist poetics, essentially an enigmatic reflection on the limits of our perceptions.
This screening, along with Singin’ in the Rain, The Old Lady & the Pigeons + Madame Tutli-Putli and 8 1/2, is no longer available to book through the website. Counter sales from the Nairn Bookshop or tickets on the door only.
Second Wave of Ticket Sales Imminent
Tickets are selling fast through the website, with some advance allocations already used up. Movie-lovers are coming to Nairn from as far afield as Finland, Canada and the USA. But don’t worry if you’ve missed your first chance at a particular screening!
From this Friday, 1st August, a further advance allocation will be available to buy over the counter at the Nairn Bookshop, our nextdoor neighbours at 97 High Street. Cash/cheque sales only, please.
And we guarantee a good chunk of tickets will be available on the door at every screening too.
Full Programme Released Today!
The full programme of the Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams is now available on the website! Highlights include:
Ace composer Simon Fisher Turner performing his brand new score to Ozu’s silent masterpiece I WAS BORN, BUT…
Joel Coen’s choices of Busby Berkeley’s DAMES and Kurosawa’s HIGH & LOW
Sergei Paradjanov’s legendary SHADOWS OF OUR FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS
Films for children of all ages from 4 to 94 - PALLE ALONE IN THE WORLD; PADDLE TO THE SEA; THE SINGING, RINGING TREE; THE BOOT and THE OLD LADY AND THE PIGEONS.
Plus Margaret Rutherford, Basil Rathbone, Bette Davis, Gary Cooper and John Byrne’s neglected comic classic BOSWELL AND JOHNSON’S TOUR OF THE WESTERN ISLES.
Our banner reveals, for the first time, elements of John Byrne’s beautiful poster design for the festival.
Information on how to obtain advance tickets can also be found here on the website.
Hope to see you all next month!
Love from Tilda and Mark