Off grid micro-cinema

The Cinema Barge (on Fiodra) is a fully off-grid 20 seat micro-cinema. The HD Projector, sound and safety systems are powered by batteries charged each day by solar panels. The heating is supplied by a wood burning stove!

Presenting canal and waterways related films The Cinema Barge operates on the southern British waterways. Locations vary from new developments to old pubs and wharfs.

Visits to the Cinema Barge are always unique. Presentations include a pre-show talk about the film and its relation to canal history. Staying for a post show chat and drink is encouraged. A gourmet popcorn taster is included in the ticket price.

"Just been to see Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic on Barge Fiodra - brilliant evening. Fab film, amazing venue, lovely company -)))"

"On Fiodra in the snow, which was a bit magical. The projection was wonderful. The film itself is captivating. Camerawork, photography, music, plot and subplots were often taking my breadth away (literally). Everyone in the audience loved it (BR, private screening L'Atalante)

 

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Canals and film

British canals feature as locations in many films, but there are only a handful that make the canal life central to the story. My aim, on Fiodra, is to bring these films to new audiences who are fascinated by canals and to those of us who live and work "on the cut"

Film selection 2018

The Bargee (1964)

Harry H Corbett and Eric Sykes star in this classic comedy about the life of a canal bargee. Look out for shots of the Grand Union Canal in Hemel Hempstead and Apsley among the plentiful canal footage. The film, scripted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson and depicts  taking a cargo-carrying pair of narrowboats up the Grand Union to Birmingham. There are some brilliant comedy lines in this old British film. The lead character is called Hemel, as his parents were moored at Hemel Hempstead when he was born.

Painted Boats  (Ealing Studios - 1945) 

Directed by Charles Crichton this fictionalised documentary, provides a rare extensive filmic depiction of a long-gone way of life on England's working canal system in the 1940s. “Part documentary, part light romance, part propaganda. It is also quite possibly the most beautiful depiction of English canals on film you will ever see.” (Amazon review)

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Supporting organisations

The Paddington programme was supported by Merchant Square Estate Paddington, who are kindly providing the mooring and sponsoring two films: The Life Aquatic and Life of Pi.

Park Circus are delighted to be providing two of the films showing at Barge Fiodra – The Bargee and Painted Boats.

Park Circus Group is a leading all-rights sales agency and distribution company representing the greatest names in filmed entertainment. Our classic films distribution and sales divisions represent the major Hollywood and British studios including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Releasing International, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and ITV Studios as well as a large number of independent producers and rights holders.

Note

  • We obtain commercial screening licenses for all films from the relevant distributor.
  • A Temporary Events Notice (TENS) is submitted to the local authority for each venue
  • Fiodra registered as a food business with Dacorum Borough Council. Food Hygiene Rating 5
  • Fiodra is licensed by the Canal and River Trust as a Roving Trader
  • Safety Risk Assessments are made at each location/venue
  • Fiodra has a commercial Boat Safety Standards certificate
  • Fiodra is insured for public performances

Film programmes have been supported by: