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Free Christmas Films Plus Pop Up Supper from Gardd Sadwrn

Nightmare before Christmas Sinema Sadwrn

Christmas Fun in the Villages

We’re in that final build up to Christmas and there’s plenty to cheer up even the most humbuggish. We’ve got Christmas Tree Lighting in Llanwrda on the 5th, Cawl and Carols on the 7th, Vestry Venture Mulled Wine and Christmas treats on the 11th and the Christmas tree lighting (carols and Llandeilo Town Band!) at the Reading Room on the 13th.

And finally we also have the fabulous Sinema Sadwrn organising two free Christmas films on the 21st of December, massive thanks to Cliff at the Sextons for being the host and the Reading Room Committee and Community Council for ensuring the showings could be free.

There will also be supper from Gardd Sadwrn to stave off the hunger. A choice of organic hotdogs, veggie hotdogs (with all the trimmings you can imagine), Gardd Sadwrn grown roast pumpkin and bean chilli which you can dress with sour cream or salsa or roasted corn, tortilla chips, sour cream, salsa and cheese. There will be bigger meals for bigger appetites and snacks for the grazers.

Pudding yet to be revealed…..

What are the films I hear you cry

(oh no you didn’t)

(oh yes you did)….

From 4-6pm our children’s screening is The Nightmare Before Christmas!

Tim Burton blends Christmas and Halloween together in his 1993 stop-motion film in a way that’s both spooky and heartwarming all at the same time.

The film tells the story of Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town, who stumbles through a portal to Christmas Town and decides to celebrate the holiday, with some dastardly and comical consequences.

Running time 73 minutes, Certificate PG.

Join us for a festive FREE screening at the Sexton Arms – a massive thank you to Llansadwrn Reading Room for supporting this screening.

From 7pm-9pm our evening screening will be Miracle on 34th Street!

In this Christmas classic, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) fills in for an intoxicated Santa in Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade.

Kringle proves to be such a hit that he is soon appearing regularly at the chain’s main store in midtown Manhattan. When Kringle surprises customers and employees alike by claiming that he really is Santa Claus, it leads to a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity.

Running time 96 minutes, Certificate U.

Join us for this FREE festive screening at the Sexton Arms – massive thanks to the Community Council for supporting this screening.

Thank you to everyone who voted!

Sinema Sadwrn’s Lean On Pete 23 November


Calling all equestrians! Sinema Sadwrn’s next film on 23rd November!

Sinema Sadwrn are showing Andrew Haigh’s new film Lean on Pete, adapted by him from the 2010 novel by American author and alt. country musician Willy Vlautin.

Charley, a teen living with his single father, finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete.

When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter, the two embark on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a place to call home.

Certificate 15, running time 119 minutes


Isle of Dogs

Another full house at Sinema Sadwrn’s showing of the Isle of Dogs

Another full house at Sinema Sadwrn’s showing of the Isle of Dogs

Another Sinema Sadwrn success

A special evening was had by everyone who attended the Sinema Sadwrn experience. The audience was a wide age range and yet again Sinema Sadwrn’s Committee managed to delight everyone.

This time we had a fully immersive experience with dogs also in attendance – how many cinemas can make that claim?

Wes Anderson’s stunning Isle of Dogs was a visual treat, enjoyed by everyone, visually rich, comedic and emotional we were all gripped.

The very funny short stop animation, Boris Noris, had us all giggling.

Thanks again to everyone involved, including those who created the dog poo biscuits and brought along the dog treats.

Very importantly Sinema Sadwrn is hoping to raise money to match fund a grant they have achieved which will enable them to buy their own equipment. This will mean the village will have projector and screen to enable us to show films within the village and also potentially at other venues.

If you’re interested in supporting this cause then please get in touch with them through the Sinema Sadwrn Facebook page.

National Success for Sinema Sadwrn – Best New Film Society 2018

Sinema Sadwrn award

Sinema Sadwrn, a new community cinema that holds monthly screenings at Llansadwrn Reading Room, are feeling very proud to have been named ‘Best New Film Society 2018’ at the Cinema for All Film Society of the Year awards, held in September.

They were shortlisted by a panel of judges and saw off the competition from Liverpool, Manchester, London, Slough and the Midlands. The judges said of their entry,

“From their creation less than a year ago, this group has hit the ground running – providing a much needed and much-loved addition to their rural community. With excellent marketing, great audience numbers and a beautifully balanced programme, this group has set the groundwork for longevity. They quite clearly have a vision, a strategy of how to achieve it, and a way of successfully evaluating it – which I think is top for a new society”.


Volunteers Drew Moxham and Lisa Denison travelled to Sheffield to collect the award from the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid at the evening ceremony. They also took part in a weekend of workshop events and screenings with fellow community cinema enthusiasts from across the UK.

Sinema Sadwrn accepting the award from the mayor of Sheffield Magid Paddington 2 showing at Sinema Sadwrn
Sinema Sadwrn accepting the award from the mayor of Sheffield Magid

“It was a bit of a shock to get the award, and we were overwhelmed by all the kind words, advice and support we got afterwards from all the other groups at the event. We hope we did or bit for flying the Welsh flag and promoting rural cinema” commented Lisa.

The award is great recognition for the hard work of Sinema Sadwrn’s volunteers. Since their first screening in March this year, the team have put on a varied programme of comedies, dramas and film classics. They are also committed to promoting Welsh film through a programme of short films and features on a regular basis.

In July, they ventured out of the Reading Room for a free screening of ‘The Greatest Showman’, which was generously funded by local sponsors, as part of the Llansadwrn Big Party on the community field. In August they held a family-friendly showing of ‘Paddington 2’ at the Sexton Arms, with delicious food provided by Gardd Sadwrn.

Sinema Sadwrn will return to the Reading Room in October for a screening of three documentaries about rural Wales, supported by Film Hub Wales.

The main feature will be Gideon Koppel’s critically acclaimed ‘Sleep Furiously‘, a lyrical film about the ebb and flow of life in Trefeurig. The showing will also include two short films: ‘A Good Bitch’, by Rhys Edwards, about a north-Wales farming family and their working dogs; and ‘Dial-A-Ride’, by Superfolk Films, which is an uplifting portrait of a community bus service in the Brecon Beacons.There’ll be refreshments, an introduction and a chance to chat after the films.

For more information about Sinema Sadwrn’s upcoming screenings, search for the Sinema Sadwrn page on Facebook. All are welcome.

Photos courtesy of Mark Epstein