Every Tuesday night since time immemorial my good friend Chris Corner and I have sat down and watched a film in my living room in Whitby. I mean watched it properly like you do in the cinema, we’ve given them our full attention.
There are breaks in the year, for instance the summer holidays when the kids are off school, half terms, Easter, Christmas and suchlike, but whenever we can we keep our Tuesday evenings free to devote to the medium of film.
Film Nights start at 9pm with a hot mug of tea each, after all Chris has to walk to my house, and in the depths of a North Yorkshire winter the weather can be a little inclement. Then we drink beer. One film lasts for about two cans at the rate we drink.
The first Film Night is thought to have been on Tuesday 3rd February, 2009. The film was Night of the Demon (1957).
In the early days Film Nights were often hampered by malfunctioning technology. DVD players would refuse to work, if we were watching streamed content it would stop to buffer at a crucial moment or a cat would sit in front of the screen. However lately things seem to be a lot more reliable, touch wood.
On occasion, after the main feature we’ve watched various serials, one episode per week. These have included such classics as The Owl Service, Children of the Stones and Children of the Dog Star (a serial from New Zealand).
We sometimes schedule a short season of linked films, for example we recently enjoyed a string of Australian B movies. Some films have become Film Night classics in that we’ve seen them more than once. I’m thinking of Jerzy Skolimowski‘s The Shout (1978) and Jules Dassin‘s Night and the City (1950).
Never having documented our Film Nights before, we decided that this year would be as good a time as any to start, so we’ve created this blog.