The courage and endurance of families of bomb disposal service personnel, who served in Afghanistan, was the central theme of a short that won the club’s prestigious Film of the Year award. (21 April 2015).
Film maker Paul Desmond focused his camera on stonemason Sue Pengelley as she painstakingly carved an inscription, dedicated to the military families of Carver Barracks, in Cumbrian slate at her Halstead workshop.
The film, “Stone of Courage” also won the Chairman’s Cup, an open competition.
Brian Salmons was awarded the Film Maker of the Year Boudicca, having gained the most points during a season of six competitions.
Brian, who lives in Norfolk, joined the club only a couple of years ago and has quickly established himself as a prolific film maker.
Robin Garton was presented with a special achievements Boudicca for his herculean task of transferring more than 200 club films in different formats digitally for the club’s archive which goes back 55 seasons.
The awards ceremony, staged at the Headgate Theatre, was MC-ed by John Howden, club member and chairman of the North Thames IAC branch. Among the many guests were the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, and club patron David Cleveland.
Film-maker Paul Desmond won the Chairman’s Cup with a short documentary, entitled Stone of Courage, which featured the carving and unveiling of a stone monument dedicated to the “courage and endurance” of the families of bomb disposal servicemen, who served in Afghanistan. (March 24 2015) The film won both the external judges’ and members’ votes.
Colchester Film Makers Club has won through to the finals of the IAC North Thames Knock Out competition.
The club’s 27 minute programme – The Art of Nat, Ransom Note, Finding Rockzy and Horseplay –beat off stiff competition from host club Potters Bar Filmmakers and Bourne End Video Makers at the Wyllyotts Centre on March 19.
The finals will be held on May16 at Leverstock Green Village Hall, Hemel Hempstead when Colchester will come up against Walthamstow, Harrow, and Wanstead & Woodford clubs.
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