I’ve wanted to say how much I support the Working Centre’s Multi-Cultural Cinema Club for a while but haven’t found the right POV. It’s easy to be too busy with a festival or an MC3 project on the periphery, or as an advisory committee member waiting for the next update on tactics and media centre business – it is more media centre than club perhaps, even media hub would fit nicely.
The other day I was contemplating spending more time with the centre’s work in my busy schedule: getting my hands on a camera and fearlessly throwing myself at an editing suite – but that’s not my schtick, it’s not why I’ve supported the Cinema Club from the get go.
I support the Multi-cultural Cinema Club because it stands as an example of cultural community need. It’s not a training centre like other stodgy academic schemes – though it is a learning environment, and it’s not a studio or production house though you would wonder how this couldn’t be farther from the truth when you witness the client business in full swing.
Perhaps in reality it’s all of these things and more – it is a cultural asset that operates under the ethos of self initiation. It has more to do with the Working Centre’s model of community tools – developing the skills and foundations for re-integrating or re-aligning the self into the community, in this case through the pursuit of a visually moving narrative. In it’s existence as a centre for initiative and self reliance it holds the highest of community values.