Cinetopia, Telegraph Hill

Telegraph Hill will host a celebration of French cinema 

Telegraph Hill film club Cinetopia will be hosting a new series of film nights at the Hill Station. They say:

Each Cinetopia event includes a quiz based around the theme of the film being shown plus hot food and a bar. To add extra frisson to each event the audience do not know what the film is until they turn up. In other words, always expect the unexpected. 

Each evening will feature a film from a particular city and our first destination is Paris [any money it's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra]. The mini season will start on Friday 18 November at 7.00pm and run monthly until March. Tickets will be sold in advance at £10 and include film, quiz and food. There will also be a fully licensed bar. To book tickets and for further information contact cinetopia@hotmail.co.uk.

You can also make friends with them on Facebook.

19 comments:

MalB said...

Brilliant idea. Wish I'd thought of it.

patrick1971 said...

It's a nice idea but (sorry to be negative) I wouldn't pay £10 without knowing what the film is...I might have only seen it a couple of weeks ago! I like the idea of the quiz, though.

mp said...

10 pound? please be realistic and make it free. this is for the community right? I'm happy to support but not to pay a 10 quid ticket without even know what movie is about...or maybe this is only for the posh elite of telegraph hill?

Tamsin said...

Community but not charity - there are costs, £21 for a TEN, and anything from £70 to £150 (if I recall) for showing the film in public.

And "posh elite of Telegraph Hill" is a myth - I've done the Census enumerating - two thirds of the houses are flats and a large proportion of those are rented, council or housing association.

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mp said...

hi Tamsin
thank you for clarify...I just want to sound provocative. I still think that the ticket price could be lowered...there are other way to raise money without asking for a ticket, expecially if there is a fully licensed bar, and food. Sorry I don't want to speculate but I think 10 pound is a bit too much for a local event

Tamsin said...

Yes, I sort of agree with you. We certainly agonise in the Festival that some tickets are hitting that level. But they are slightly stymied by the small size of the venue - not that many people can fit in comfortably.

I definitely agree that the frisson of excitement does not make up for the uncertainty - I would want to know whether it was Gigi or Sid and Nancy before I spent a tenner.

Brockley Ian said...

A film and night out for a tenner?
Sounds like a fair price to me.

I guess you don't organise something like this without knowing quite a lot about film. I'd hope one of their aims is to introduce people to great films they perhaps haven't seen.

Anonymous said...

If I have already seen the film recently can I get a refund when I leave?

Brockley Nick said...

Value is entirely subjective and contextually determined. I never buy cups of tea from a takeaway because I can make the same stuff at home and it's one little economy I like to make. Other people regard a cup of tea from a cafe as an affordable little treat that keeps their hands warm and makes them feel good.

The price is more expensive than a DVD at home, but why rent a DVD when you can watch TV? If you look at the price of a ticket as being purely the cost of consuming film content, then it is high. If you look at the ticket as the price of a good night out with friends and neighbours, doing something a little different and adventurous, then it is low. If you don't want to buy a ticket, don't, but please don't bore the rest of us with the fact that you aren't buying a ticket.

As to whether it represents the right commercial strategy for them, it's their business and they've been doing these nights for a while, so I'm inclined to think they know what they're doing.

moved off the hill said...

I lived on Telegraph hill for 20 years, there are a lot of tossers there, but there are also nice people as well.

Tressilliana said...

Moved off, isn't that just the same as everywhere else?

NAT said...

Will suit us, who don't speak to anyone, read papers or listen to review shows prior to going to see a movie; and always arrive after the trailers in case of spoiling it.

Are all the cities French?

If so how will the suspense be kept up when we come, say, to Cherbourg?

MalB said...

I understood from this that the ticket price included film, quiz and food. Considering that on other threads here people are willing to pay £10 for a burger or a £5 for a cupcake and a coffee, it doesn't seem particularly expensive for a whole evening out.

Brockley Ben said...

What MalB said. Sounds like a bargain. Will try to get along one week.

(Are there loos at Hill Station? I recall there weren't originally.)

TM said...

Is that Rebecca Loos or do you mean toilets?

;0)

Tamsin said...

Yes, the best toilet in the world! Insofar as it is papered with a world map.

The Jack said...

Brockley Jack Film Club rocks to Mamma Mia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=t10Iin3pQo0

The Space inBetween said...

I went to Cinetopia last night and it was amazing, an intimate and hospitable night out. Its great value, we had a quiz, a bowl of noodles to match the film and a mince pie! it was lovely.

I am stunned people are moaning about a tenner! However It's great that the price has kept these clearly miserly and disingenuous people away as the evening was filled with very nice friendly people up for a good and fun night out!

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