Come to the bazaar

Helpers at the Cinema Museum (the museum’s owner Ronald Grant is on the left)

The Cinema Museum in London is hosting a film bazaar. Billed as the first of its kind, the intention is to help raise funds for this privately-owned institution which precariously holds on to so much precious British film heritage. The event takes place over the weekend of 27-28 February 2010, 10:00-17:00 each day. Here’s the what the publicty says about it:

The Film Bazaar, the first of its type to raise funds for the only museum of the cinema in the country, will be opened by famous British film director Michael Winner.

With dealers and visitors coming from all over the country and abroad, this will be one of the largest collections of film related collectables that has ever been seen in one sale room. Classic original posters from Hollywood to Bollywood, famous original film stills, films of all ages and gauges, cameras and projectors of all shapes and sizes and related film equipment, film books of all types and hundreds of mouthwatering DVD’s etc. etc.

Many will be on sale at bargain prices. An ideal opportunity to search for that ‘Fellini’ or ‘James Bond’ poster you always wanted, or to find that rare film or projector that has so far eluded you.

A Bring and Buy stall for visitors to sell their unwanted film related goods, and a top prize raffle draw.

Film Guests for the weekend – with most giving talks – will include; actress Fenella Fielding, famous for her distinctive voice; Caroline Munro, Bond girl and pinup of many British films of the 60’s and 70’s; Muriel Pavlow, who started as a child actress in 1934 and famously played in ‘Reach For the Sky’ and ‘Malta Story’.

From the world of film history; Kevin Brownlow, internationally renowned British leading silent film historian talking about finding an amazing collection of Charlie Chaplin’s original outtakes, and David Cleveland, founder of the East Anglian film archive talking about the fascinating history of home movie formats.

The Cinema Museum is a treasure-trove of original examples of Cinema, ranging from items relating to film production through to film exhibition and the experience of cinema going. It represents cinema’s rich history from the earliest days to the present.

Admission on the day is £5 and £3 on the second day with first day ticket.

Well that’s the first time – and let’s hope it’s not the last – that Michael Winner has got a mention in the Bioscope, and good on him for helping support the Cinema Museum’s work. If you’ve not been there before, the address is The Cinema Museum, The Masters House, 2 Dugard Way, Kennington, London, SE11 4TH (link to Multimap).

For further details, articles and pictures contact Martin Humphries, email martin [at], tel 020 7840 2200. And tell your friends.