With all of Raworths team living in
the Harrogate District we are spoilt by the wide variety of artistic and
cultural events available. So, as a local business, based in the town centre
for over 120 years, it wasn’t a hard decision to make when we were asked if we
would like to support Harrogate’s first Film Festival.
Film is something that most of us
have grown up with and for many of us it is an art form that conjures up fond
memories, feelings and emotions as we leave the worries of our real lives
behind us and escape into its fantasy world.
This very fact is one of the
reasons Raworths is supporting the Independent Filmmakers Award – offering
emerging artists an all-important voice. Giving budding creatives in the Harrogate
and District area an opportunity to showcase their cinematographic skills, and
who knows…we could be the first to see the next Peter Jackson or George Lucas!
We are thrilled to be part of this
wonderful initiative that will benefit the whole community and in celebration
of the Film Festival, and to get us all in the mood, we decided to ask some of
Raworths staff to put aside their legal minds for five minutes and to talk
What is your all-time favourite film
When asked what the team’s
favourite films were, some of the more usual classics like Dances with Wolves,
Pulp Fiction and Dirty Dancing were listed but there were some surprises too.
Supercross the Movie - a classic mix of dirt bikes, racing and romance… of
course! Or Life of Brian, the film that caused quite a stir when it was
released, having been banned from many cinemas for its controversial humour!
Favourite line from a movie…
Next we asked staff what their
favourite line from a film was, “Go ahead, make my day” from Dirty Harry and
“I’m coming to get you” Murdoch, in Rambo 2, were some of the more macho
choices, complimented nicely with some all-time classics “Here’s looking at you
kid” from Casblanca and “After all, tomorrow is another day” from the 1950’s
hit Gone with the Wind – adding a touch of class to the proceedings!
What is your go-to genre of
film, romance/ action / horror/ drama/ comedy?
Interestingly the stereotypes
didn’t ring true with Raworths staff and drama clocked in at first place
amongst both men and women, followed closely by rom coms and comedy - horror
didn’t feature at all, clearly we’re not as brave as we think we are!
If you were a movie character
who would you be?
This gave us a great insight into
our colleagues (and provided quite a few giggles) Sadly no-one was up for being
George Clooney but we’re hoping we might get a glimpse of Carrie Bradshaw in
Sex and the City or Shirley Valentine, and if we’re really lucky Sean Connery
(aka 007) might drop into the office for a cuppa.
If Harrogate were to be the
setting for a film what genre would it be?
Finally, we asked our team if
Harrogate was going to be the setting for a film what genre of film would it
be? With its Agatha Christie heritage (the famous author vanished mysteriously
for several days in the 1920’s but she was finally found in the Old Swan Hotel
in Harrogate), many people opted for crime or a ‘whodunit’ style film. Drama
came a close second with one or two suggesting it might be a great location for
a period drama. That’s something for the Harrogate Film Festival team to think
We hope you are going to enjoy the
Independent Filmmakers Award as much as we are! Don’t forget to vote for your
favourite for the “Audience Award”!