Amongst its many great contributions to public life, Walthamstow has played a key role in the development of the British film industry. You can learn more about this at the free one-day film festival which is being run by the McGuffins’s this Saturday, the 5th January 2008 at the Victoria Bar, 186 Hoe Street (adjacent to the EMD Cinema). This event will also commemorate five years since the closure of the EMD Cinema and celebrate the contributions to film made by the people of Waltham Forest. There will be a quick photocall outside the cinema at 5pm and festival will start at 5.30pm. The bill includes a documentary on the EMD “A Cinema Near You”, a look at the role of Walthamstow in the development of the film industry “Hollywood E17″; Alfred Hitchcock’s “Number Seventeen”, a biopic on William Morris called “News from Nowhere” staring Timothy West and “It was an Accident” a gritty urban black comedy starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton and James Bolam filmed almost entirely on location around Waltham Forest. Further details about this event and the McGuffins group can be found at the McGuffin website:

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