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The Smart Film Club, run by St Martin’s Church, came of age on 13 September 2016, having shown family films in Liskeard for the past 18 years. However, it has no plans to change its format and show 18 certificate films. Instead, it will continue to show free certificate U and PG films once a month in the Lower Church Hall, behind the main church centre.

Mike Sturgess, who has been involved with the film club since it started, explains, “SMart Films is about providing the local community with family films for free. We are able to do this through the church’s copyright licence, which we have especially extended for this purpose. Provided there is no charge on the door we can show most DVDs. There is a voluntary raffle each month, with just the one prize, namely that evening’s film”.

The next film is on Saturday 21 November, when the new version of “BFG” will be screened. Mike continues, “As usual several films are released in time for the Christmas market, so we will be showing two films in quick succession, with Finding Dory being screened on 10 December”.

The doors open each month at 6:00pm with the film starting at 6:30pm. Cartoons are shown up to the start of the main film.

For more information about the cinema club contact the Church Office on Liskeard 347411 or email St Martin's church office at office@smartchurchliskeard.co.uk.


Saturday, 20 January 2018
Cars 3 (Cert U)
Venue: Lower Church Hall
Time: Doors open 6:00pm; Film screened at 6:30pm.

Saturday, 17 February 2018
The LEGO Ninjago Movie (Cert PG)
Venue: Lower Church Hall
Time: Doors open 6:00pm; Film screened at 6:30pm.

Saturday, 17 March 2018
Paddington 2 (Cert PG)
Venue: Lower Church Hall
Time: Doors open 6:00pm; Film screened at 6:30pm.

Past films include...

Amongst the films shown at the cinema club in 2007 were “Evans Almighty”; “Charlotte’s Web”; “Flushed Away”; and “Miss Potter”. The last film of 2007 was “Shrek 3”.

In January 2008, the cinema club showed “The Simpson Movie”., February’s film was “Ratatouille. March’s cinema club showing was “Surf’s Up” with the film club’s April showing being “Enchanted”. In May, the film screened was “The Golden Compass”, followed by “The Bee Movie” in June 2008 before the usual break for the summer. The cinema club restarted in September with “Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium”. October’s movie was “The Spiderwick Chronicles”. In November we showed “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” and the last film in December 2008 was “Kung Fu Panda”.

The first movie shown in January 2009 was “Mamma Mia!”. February’s film was “Bridge to Terabithia” from the makers of “The Chronicles of Narnia”. In March we showed “The Water Horse: the Legend of the Deep”. April's movie was "Madagascar - Escape 2 Africa", followed by "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" in May. In June the film club screened "Bolt". After the summer break, the cinema club restarted in September with "Hotel for Dogs". October's movie was "Coreline", which proved to be a bit too scarry for some of the younger children. In November the DVD was Ice Age 3. In December we moved away from the usual format of showing a PG or U film. Instead we showed the new Harry Potter film: Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince.

2010 kicked of with the film "Cloudy with a chance of meatballs". In February we showed the movie "Aliens in the Attic". There were a number of new releases at the start of the year, so we showed two films in March: "Fantastic Mr Fox" and "Up". Our April film was actually shown on 1 May. It was Planet 51 by the writer of Shrek. May saw another departure from our usual U or PG film with the new St Trinian's DVD. However, we also showed a U certificate film for those with younger children, using the Upper Hall as well as the Lower Hall. In June we showed the new Alice in Wonderland movie. Our last film before the summer break was Disney's "The Princess and the Frog". We started again in October with the new Nanny McPhee film: "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang". With so many DVDs being issued for Christmas we showed three films during November and December. We started with "The Chronicles of Narnia - Prince Caspian". This was followed by "Toy Story 3", and then "Shrek Forever After".

2011 started with "How to Train Your Dragon" in January. With no new films released during February we reverted to an old time favourite, "The Borrowers". March's film was "Despicable Me", followed in April by "Megamind". In May 2011 the cinema club showed the the latest DVD in the Narnia Chronicles: "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader". In June the cinema club showed "Animals United", with "Tangled" being July's movie before the summer break. After the break the final films for 2011 were "Alpha & Omega"; "Rio"; "Kung Fu Panda 2"; and "Cars 2".

2012 started with "Arretty", an animated film based around the characters from "The Borrowers", followed in February with "Dolphin Tale", a true story about the rescue of a dolphin that lost its tail after becoming entangled in a lobster pot. Staying with the seawater theme March's film was "Mr Popper's Penguins". In April we showed Hugo.

The Olympic Torch came to Liskeard on the first day of its tour around Britain. As part of the events surrounding the Olympic Torch relay we showed the 1981 oscar-winning film "Chariots of Fire". Rather than the normal Saturday showing at 6:30 p.m. (which would clash with when the torch was due in Liskeard) we showed this on Friday 18 May, the day before the torch was to arrive.

We didn't want the children to miss out so the following Saturday we showed the DreamWorks movie "Puss in Boots". June's Film was "A Monster in Paris". Our July film was the latest Muppets Movie. Following the summer close we showed “Mirror Mirror”, “Men in Black 3”, and “Brave”.

2013 started with "Ice Age 4", and "Hotel Transylvania". March's DVD was "Madagascar 3", followed by "We bought a zoo" in April and "Life of Pi" in May. Other films in 2013 included "Wreck It Ralph"; "Oz - the Great & Powerful"; "The odd life of Timothy Green"; "Epic"; "Monsters University"; and "Despicable Me 2".

We continued with newly released family films in 2014 with "Planes"; "The Smurfs 2"; "Justin & the Knights of Valour"; "Turbo"; "Frozen"; "Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2" and "Free Birds" in July, before the summer break. After the summer holidays the club showed "The Lego Movie" in September; "Muppets most wanted" in October; "How to train your dragon 2" in November; and "Maleficent" in December.

2015 started with "Planes Fire & Rescue", followed by "The Box Trolls" in February. The big film that everyone wanted to see was "Paddington", shown at the end of March. Other films shown during 2015 were "Penguins of Madagascar"; "Big Hero 6"; "Into the Woods"; Home; and "Shaun the Sheep"; "The Minions Movie"; and "Cinderella".

2016 started with "Hotel Transylvania 2"; "Pan" and "The Good Dinosaur". We then departed from our usual format of showing U or PG certificate films, and screened the new Star Wars "The Force Awakens", which is certificate 12. We then returned to normal with Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie followed by Kung Fu Panda 3, before breaking up for the summer. The second half of the year involved "The Jungle Book", "Alice Through the Looking Glass", "BFG". and "Finding Dory".

We started 2017 with the new version of "Pete's Dragon", followed by "Trolls" and "Pets". A great year of films continued with "Moana"; "Zootropolis"; "Sing" and the new "Beauty and the Beast", before breaking for the summer. After the break we showed "Baby Boss"; "Rock Dog"; before finishing the year with "Despicable Me 3".

SMart Film Club

Free family film club run by St Martin’s church in Liskeard, Cornwall. Liskeard's "SMart" Film Club is run by a committed group of volunteers from the church, all of whom love movies and love the cinema. We show a U or PG film once a month in the lower church hall, except for the summer. We use a 14-foot by 10-foot screen, project the film with a high quality data projector and DVD player, and use a surround sound system. Films are shown using the CCL licence. This places a number of restrictions on the club, but allows us to show the films for free. However, the film can only be advertised within the building complex (namely the church and church halls). We sell soft drinks and sweets at the club, as well as a raffle, with just one prize – the night’s DVD! The cinema club is run as part of the church’s service to the community, to provide some local entertainment for parents and young children. This year we have seen a growing number of people attending. Past films have included the Shrek series, the Toy Story trilogy, the Narnia films, Chicken Run and Monsters Inc. If you would like to be notified of future free film showings, simply click here to email St Martin's church office and ask to be added to the Smart Film Club email list.

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