Saving the Curzon: a Documentary

A new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Arthur Cauty, celebrating the tenacity and heritage of one of the World’s oldest cinemas.

The Curzon  in Clevedon, Somerset opened in 1912 with a fundraiser for the relatives of the victims of the Titanic disaster. Enduring two World Wars, a bombing, the advent of television, home video, internet streaming, and the persistent threat of the multiplex, the cinema has survived largely due to the support of the local community and the cinema’s network of devoted staff and volunteers. Housed in a beautiful Grade II listed building, with it’s Art Deco-style auditorium, and boasting a unique collection of historic film artefacts including vintage 35mm projectors and a fully-functioning Christie Pipe Organ, the Curzon is a unique connection to the heyday of Hollywood and silent movies.

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Now facing the need for critical and extensive restoration work, there is serious concern for the future of this treasured local commodity. Urgent repairs must be undertaken to prevent further damage to this magnificent building and to save the cinema from closure. But with support from the community and local businesses, there is hope that the Curzon can survive and continue to offer heritage value locally, nationally and internationally.

WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Your support will enable us to bring the beautiful story of the Curzon, it’s vibrant history and wonderful protagonists to the screen, to document the plight it now faces, and to reach a wider network of potential supporters for this cinema in a time of dire need.

The filmmaker and crew will not be taking a fee and are donating their time to the production. Donations will go directly to filming, post production, marketing & promotion related expenses, including data storage, acquisition of archive, music licensing & film festival submissions. It will also enable us to offer a small amount of compensation to each of the Curzon’s staff (the majority of whom are volunteers) for their time during filming.

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No donation is too small, and all donations can be made anonymously. Any funds raised over the goal amount will be used for further development of the film. Please give as generously as you can, and share this page with friends and family, so that we can do justice to the Curzon’s story and help it to remain part of the community it has always been such an integral part of.

Filming is to commence immediately in order to document the first stage of the cinema’s restoration works. We anticipate completion of post production on the film in late 2020. 

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ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
Arthur Cauty is a multi award-winning filmmaker. His work has been featured in Vimeo Staff Picks, Film Shortage, The Huffington Post, BBC, The Guardian & The Metro, included in the ‘Top 10 Films to Watch’ at the Academy Award Qualifying Cleveland International Film Festival, screened theatrically from Hollywood to Adelaide, from Bristol's Encounters Film Festival to Berlin’s British Shorts, and broadcast internationally. His acclaimed feature documentary A Royal Hangover starring Russell Brand is signed to Journeyman Pictures and available on
Amazon Prime .   

Watch Cauty’s latest short film The Last Video Store, a Vimeo Staff Pick, here: https://vimeo.com/channels/staffpicks/393154444

Watch his showreel below, or check out more of his work here: https://www.arthurcauty.com/ 


PERKS
All supporters will receive a 'Thank You' in the movie credits.

Donate £20 or more for a free download of the film after the premiere 

Donate £50 or more for 2x free tickets to a film of your choice at the Clevedon Curzon

Donate £100 or more for a film festival DVD screener of Cauty's debut feature film A Royal Hangover starring Russell Brand, along with a film booklet and mini-poster signed by the director. This is the original theatrical cut, which hasn't been seen outside of it's original festival run, and features over 20 minutes of extra material not available anywhere else. 

Executive producer credits also available. Please contact ac@arthurcauty.co.uk for more details

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Donations ()

  • Rob Gill 
    • £100 
    • 7 d
  • Teresa Thornber -Mann 
    • £30 
    • 1 mo
  • Matt Tipping 
    • £50 
    • 1 mo
  • Gareth Parker 
    • £10 
    • 2 mos
  • Reg Flair 
    • £10 
    • 2 mos
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Organizer

Arthur Galloway Cauty 
Organizer
Bristol, South West England, United Kingdom
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