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Church Eaton Festival Committee

“PORTRAIT OF A VILLAGE”

 THE PREMIÈRE of THE CHURCH EATON FILM

Was shown in the Village Institute

on SATURDAY 29th OCTOBER 2011 at 7.30 p.m.

Your opportunity to see and buy the film

 and talk to Ray Johnson the director

 SPECIAL OFFER ON THE NIGHT 2 COPIES OF THE DVD FOR £25 !

Normal price £15 per DVD

Bring your own food and drink

ALL PROFITS TO VILLAGE CHARITIES

Book a seat for £5 – returned when you buy your first DVD

Tickets from John on 823067, Justin on 824788,  or Jumbo on 822586

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CHURCH EATON – PORTRAIT OF A VILLAGE

The Village Festival Committee commissioned two videos of the Village this year, made by filmmaker, actor and historian Ray Johnson, the Professor of Film Heritage and Documentary at Staffordshire University. He was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for his work on The Staffordshire Film Archive.

Ray’s approach to filming is very relaxed, very conversational; so nobody has had to learn lines or anything like that. Villagers, from toddlers to pensioners, appear just as they are; giving a very personal and honest picture of what they do in, and think of, Church Eaton.

The initial film with  the working title of “Church Eaton -Portrait of a Village” includes locally made video material and photographs as well as new material filmed by Ray and students from the University. Filming started during the week beginning 11th April and continued until mid June. It is not designed to be a full documentary, but more of a snapshot. As with many others, Ray has put together this project remarkably quickly and effectively.

The initial draft of the film was shown to great acclaim at the Stoke Film Theatre. (it even provoked several people who had never heard of Church Eaton to make a visit during the Festival.)

The subsequently edited version was shown in the church several times during the 2011 Festival.

It includes many local people talking about their contribution to Church Eaton and what it means to them.

The main chapters of the initial film cover: the history, the organisations, the farmers, the craftsmen, the buildings and environment, village activities and the way the various aspects interact to create the village community. Much of this community spirit is evident in the Village Festival when some 90% of villagers take part in some way or other.

The second film, about the Festival itself, is to be included in the DVD. scheduled to premier at an event in the Autumn.

A further short video made by John Wrotchford to illustrate Justin’s poem “A Church Eaton Album” adds a further interesting dimension to this project.

More details about the cost and availability of the DVD will appear on these pages when they are known.

Anyone interested in taking part, or helping, or with early pictures or film of the village should speak to Justin (824788) or to Michael Evans (822586)

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Earlier information

Hello all

 
We had a very useful meeting with Ray Johnson last Thursday. Those attending are listed below. He described his approach to filming which is very relaxed, very conversational. You don't have to learn lines or anything like that; just be yourself and enjoy what you are doing or what you are looking at. Ray and his camera will enjoy it with you. After some discussion, we decided on the basic outline of the project (see attachment).

The main decisions were:

1. Filming will start during the week beginning Monday 11th April and will continue through until mid June, depending on Ray's availability.
2. Everything filmed will be offered to the Staffordshire film archive.
3. We aim to show the video  at the Village Festival on Friday 1st July.
4. Justin's poem will be a feature of the film, and Ray will e-mail him a read through to give us an idea of the time.
5.  We will provide Ray with a village diary of events for the period and a list of contacts.
6. John Wrotchford agreed to give Ray copies of the DVDs of his village videos. He also filmed the Bach wedding on Saturday and has kindly agreed to film other events whenever he is available.
7. A decision will be taken on the second part of the film - of the festival - nearer to the time and depending on Ray's availability.
 
Please could everyone who has expressed an interest in helping this project (listed below) let me know when you are available for filming during the week beginning 11th April. We do not yet know how much we can do that week so, do not fear, if we can't fit you in then we will later. We are still looking for more people to take part - please contact Justin or myself.  John Edwards - please could we advertise this on the website.
 

Present: Professor Ray Johnson MBE, Trish Haughton, John & Gwen Hitchens, Bob Thacker, John Wrotchford, Tony & Margaret Lendon, Justin O’D, Irene Silvester, ME

 

Apologies: Mike Winkle, Mark Stockhall, John Edwards, Michael Faarup, Corinne Noble (all have expressed interest in taking part)

 
Yours aye
 
Michael

PORTRAIT OF A VILLAGE INTERVIEWS AND SCENES

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Date

Name

Role/Job

 

1

14/4/11

Trevor Houghton

Chair of Parish Council

Introduction

2

 

Jeremy Bach

Church clock maintenance

 

3

 

John Hitchens

Reminiscence

 

4a

 

Charlie Getley

Churchyard Gardeners

 

4b

 

Jan Laudyr

“John Ukraine”

4c

 

Alan Richards

 

4d

 

Colin Richards

 

5

 

Daphne Rutherford

Churchwarden

 

6a

 

Sue Bennett

Mother

Malt Shovel Farm - Lambing

6b

 

Janet Bennett

Farmer

6c

 

 

Trainee

7

 

Tony Lendon

Cabinet Maker

The Gables, Little Onn

8

 

Fred Annis

Chairman, Village Institute

 

9

 

Dawn Jones

Secretary, Village Festival Committee

 

10

 

Justin O’Doherty

Village Voice

Hanwell Cottage

11

 

Mark Stockhall

Publican

The Royal Oak

 

 

 

 

 

The first day was superb!
 
The running order for Wednesday is firming up although there are still a few things to resolve. Please could we meet chez Justin at 10am. Timings are still flexible
 
1000 - Corinne Noble - Youth Club + a club member (parental approval arranged). Meet on Glebelands
1015 - Jonathan Ashby - Tennis - Glebelands
1030 - Granville Reeves - Woodsman - meet at his house in Apeton
1100 Michael Faarup - at Church for Bells then move to Innisfree for Railway and traction engine
1120 John Edwards (TBC) - Village History Society, Village website, Best Kept Village, Morris man
1140. Ian Hennwinkle - The Village Hoard - historical metal detection
1200. Richard Massie - Massie Farms - Pig unit
1230. Les Beattie - Little Onn Friends of the Clay and The Royal Oak Consortium
Followed by Roger Swift at Red House Farm - Pedigree Holstein dairy herd.
 
Justin is trying to arrange for Chris Hall to ride through the village at about 11.00. part of the poem.

 

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