8th October 2013 newsletter

ABCD Members’ Newsletter 8th October 2013

First a warm welcome to all who have joined us for the 2013-4 season, especially new members. We hope you find the films and special events we put on of more than passing interest. Do let us have your comments about any aspect of what we do.

This week:(Thursday October 10th ): Michael Grigsby documentaries

This is our first special event of the season and we can now add to the information printed in the annual brochure. Ian Christie, Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College, London, who introduced our best received film last year, A Matter of Life and Death, has selected the following films by and with Michael Grigsby:


The subject was the typical weekend of a community of cotton workers in a Lancashire mill town. The film was shot in Blackburn and Preston over two summers, 1959 and 1960.


INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL GRIGSBY FOR SCHOOL OF SOUND – extract, including clips from various films


THE SCORE (1998) – extract or perhaps all (12 min). Sheffield United vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers – football match narrated in a highly original way.

There will be time for questions and discussion.

Ian Christie knew Michael Grigsby well and wrote his obituary in the Guardian*. Please forward this newsletter to any friends who you think might be interested in this material. Sixth formers taking media and film courses might be pleased to know of the event, too.


Our venue

No, we are not on the move again. It’s just that the official name of the building we use has changed to The Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre; and we thought you might like to know this. For information about the range of things the Centre does, go to: www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/abingdon-health-and-wellbeing-centre-0.

Our postal address is: Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon OX14 3GD

The next newsletter is planned for early November. (Reminder: no film on October 31st ).