The auditorium of the Odeon West End is filling up quickly to the low hubbub of excited chatter. "I haven't been to the movies since 1979!" smiles Wayne as he takes a bite from a fairy cake he was given at the door. "I'm hoping to ask Mike Leigh a question. It's not something that happens every day, is it?"
Ken Loach lived up to his maverick rep at a Feb. 6 screening for London’s homeless community at the Prince Charles cinema, Leicester Square. Loach was invited by London’s Open House Film Club (which screens movies for the needy) to introduce his ’60s classic on homelessness, “Cathy Come Home.”
Not only does Open Cinema pull out all the stops to offer clients the
full cinema experience, with screenings chosen by participants, but they
also run film workshops allowing members to develop valuable creative
skills by making films which convey their own experiences.
The audience is a mixture of local people, young and older, and a few film students and some groups from local support organizations. Also there is Christoph Warrack, from an organization called Open Cinema that arranges film club screenings around Britain...