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Screenwaves Launches Autumn Season With Free Screening of Eco-Doc ‘Home’ at UK’s Only Hydro Powered Cinema in North Yorkshire

Community cinema project Screenwaves has been awarded funds from BFI and Screen Yorkshire to transform village halls, community centres and the ruins of an old mill into pop-up cinemas for a second season.

With research earlier this year revealing that over 70% of its audiences hadn’t been to the cinema in the last year, Screenwaves is bringing the big screen back to rural communities with regular tailored cinema events played on top notch projection equipment supplied by North Yorkshire’s rural cinema pilot project, Cine Yorkshire.

Documentary film-making is enjoying a renewed cultural appreciation and box office success and this Autumn Screenwaves will be showcasing some extraordinary documentaries that have the ability to move and entertain as much as any feature film. It’ll launch with a full weekend of screenings later this month at Howsham Mill, where earlier this year, Screenwaves presented the UK’s first film screening run entirely from hydro power. The event was covered extensively by Sky Movies to make an eco film special.

Howsham Mill is a Georgian watermill currently being restored for use as a community centre. It has featured on BBC’s Restoration and Countryfile programmes and sits on a tiny wooded island in the River Derwent at Howsham, North Yorkshire. It makes for a magical pop up cinema, within the ruins of the mill and is run entirely from hydro power generated by an Archimedes Screw. The torch lit river walk across fields to reach this tiniest of cinemas (it can only seat 23 people on deckchairs), and the fact that there is no roof enabling audiences to watch movies under the stars, the weekend promises to be one of the UK’s most unique cinema experiences.

It is the perfect venue for Screenwaves’ opening night films on Friday 16 September. At 8pm there is a free screening of the eco documentary Home which gives audiences an awe-inspiring view of planet Earth shot entirely from an aerial perspective. Through visually stunning footage from over fifty countries Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the film’s director, hopes to provide not only a first for audiences – it’s the first film release to use aerial perspective throughout but also a stepping-stone to further the call for action to take care of and protect our HOME. At 9.45pm there is a screening of The Blair Witch Project which although not strictly speaking a documentary, was one of the first high profile features to make us a think it was.

Senna, the compelling life story of racing driver Ayrton Senna promises laughter, tears, thrills and spills for Saturday night and on Sunday Screenwaves’ final film, Life in a Day celebrates the astonishing spectrum of life on the planet. With unique personal stories documented on one day, 24 July 2010, by people from across the globe, the film was produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void and The Last King of Scotland) from 80,000 submissions, 4500 hours of footage and 192 countries. Both films can also be seen at Screenwaves film events throughout October at the Robinson Institute in Glaisdale, Snainton Village Hall, Hinderwell Village Hall, Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall.

Senna – Sat 1 October 7.30pm Robinson Institute, Glaisdale

Senna – Fri 7 October 7.30pm Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall

Senna – Fri 14 October 7.30pm Snainton Village Hall

Life In A Day – Sat 15 October 7.30pm Hinderwell Village Hall

On Saturday 24 September, at 7.30pm as part of Cine Yorkshire‘s very first archive film festival, Contrast/brilliance*, Screenwaves are celebrating Britain’s ancient folk traditions with a screening of the BFI’s Here’s A Health to the Barley Mow with live morris dancing and music from Yorkshire Coast Morris kicking off a nostalgic and enlightening evening at Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall. Find out more about the festival at

The British Film Institute’s Transition Fund for Audience Development and Screen Yorkshire’s RIFE Lottery Fund awarded Screenwaves £7600 for 2011/12. It operates as part of the BFI Rural Cinema Pilot Scheme in conjunction with Cine Yorkshire, the consortium tasked on behalf of the British Film Institute (BFI) with developing rural cinema schemes throughout the county and is one of an increasing number of projects run by Yorkshire-based company Reel Solutions, who provide support for the independent film industry in the region. Other current projects include Reel Language, a scheme to promote foreign language films in the UK working with schools and colleges, film societies and cinemas in order to encourage the learning of other languages, greater access to other language cultures – and simply the enjoyment of wonderful films from around the world.

Further information on films, venues and details regarding advance ticket sales at, or phone 01422 255630. Tickets for all events are priced from £5-8.50 and are available from in advance. The screening of Home is free.

Screenwaves is a Reel Solutions production| Twitter @screenwaves |

Zoe Naylor, Screenwaves Director, said:

There was fantastic support for Screenwaves’ first season and the scheme really seems to be enabling and inspiring rural communities, many of whom haven’t been to the cinema for a long time, to start watching films again. I’ve always loved documentaries – they are one of the most powerful and moving forms of cinema and there are some great ones around at the moment so I’m very excited about the new Autumn season and opening weekend at Howsham Mill – it’s a unique, magical venue for watching film under the stars and a perfect opportunity to say a final farewell to Summer. Reel Solutions are thrilled to have had been awarded funds from Screen Yorkshire and the BFI to enable us to continue to give village communities the opportunity to enjoy films together on their doorstep.”

Peter Buckingham, Head of Distribution and Exhibition, BFI, said:

We have moved as swiftly as possible to ensure that film organisations are able to survive in this period of transition, and that audiences can continue to benefit from the important work that they do. Collectively these organisations contribute hugely to the access and promotion of film in the UK. They are incredibly valuable which is why it has been important for the BFI to help them.”

For more information about Screenwaves and Reel Solutions or to arrange an interview with the Screenwaves team, please contact:

Zoe Naylor, Screenwaves Director, at Reel Solutions | 01422 255630

You can also follow Screenwaves on Facebook and Twitter

Notes to the editor:

About Reel Solutions

Reel Solutions is a new company based in Yorkshire offering guidance and support for the independent film industry. This includes cinema programming, film festivals, film education, training, advice on technical installations and film production. Reel Solutions work with numerous partners to deliver projects, including Screen Yorkshire, the Independent Cinema Office, Bradford City of Film and Yorkshire Film Archive.

For more information on Howsham Mill:

About Contrast/Brilliance – North Yorkshire’s Archive Film Festival

Contrast/brilliance* celebrates North Yorkshire’s heritage and traditions through archive film and television, with a series of events and screenings, brought to you by Cine Yorkshire, Yorkshire Film Archive and Screen Yorkshire.

Yorkshire’s first ever festival of archive film will include events and screenings across North Yorkshire, including exclusively curated film shows inspired by and featuring archive film and television footage from across the region, brought to you by the Yorkshire Film Archive.

Cine Yorkshire (formerly North Yorkshire Digital Cinema) brings high quality cinema and live event experiences to rural and community venues across North Yorkshire who would otherwise have to travel long distances to see the latest film releases.. The County is one of three areas taking part in the Rural Cinema Pilot initiative, which aims to bring a high quality digital cinema experience to communities most under served by cinema provision across the UK.

From village halls to stately homes, festivals and arts centres, Cine Yorkshire works with partners and venues across North Yorkshire to screen a range of content, including the latest film releases, art house favourites, screen classics, archive gems, live theatre and music events.

Backed with £400, 000 Lottery funding through the BFI, Cine Yorkshire, a consortium helmed by Screen Yorkshire, the National Media Museum, and community arts company, Blaize, has been bringing the latest in digital cinema to venues, screening 400 films to nearly 14,000 people since it launched in October 2010. For information about venues and screenings, go to

Press Contacts:

Rachel Mcwatt Communications Manager, Cine Yorkshire

Tel: 0113 2944410 E:

Emily Penn Project Manager, Cine Yorkshire, National Media Museum
Tel: 01274 203388 E:

About the BFI Transition Fund for Audience Development

The Transition Fund for Audience Development was set up swiftly by the BFI in order to support audience development projects facing budget cuts in funding as a result of the changes in the national and regional film funding landscape which have taken place before a new film strategy and funding priorities come into effect from April 2012.

The projects funded, all of which demonstrated that their funding for core activities has been significantly reduced or withdrawn for the financial year 2011-12, represents a diverse range of activities and a wide geographical spread

 About the BFI

The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
  • Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK
  • Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world 
  • Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences

Press Contacts:

 Judy Wells,Head of Press and PR, BFI

Tel: 020 7957 8919 or email:

Tim Mosley, Press Officer, BFI

Tel: 020 7957 8919 or email:







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