HAWICK FILM & VIDEO GROUP
Alchemy Film & Arts announced a new partnership with Hawick Film & Video Group, our town’s beloved and longstanding band of amateur moviemakers, in October 2021.
As part of the partnership, Alchemy supported the digitisation of the 58-year-old group’s Hawick Pictorials – popular annual snapshots of the town.
HAWICK’S UNIQUE COMMUNITY CINEMA UNDER THREAT
Founded as Hawick Film Group in 1964, the amateur club has been operating out of its premises since acquiring and turning the former sweet shop into a unique 42-seat cinema. Due to the rising cost of overheads with no income from screenings or memberships during lockdown, however, the space is under serious threat of closure.
In an effort to raise funds to save HFVG’s unique community cinema and club rooms on Croft Road, Alchemy supported the digitisation and preservation of the group’s entire back catalogue of Hawick Pictorials – popular annual snapshots of the town that its members made between 1965 and 2000 – as well as Sons of Heroes, their 1964 historical re-enactment of Hawick’s 1514 Battle of Hornshole.
The digitisation of HFVG’s films is part of the Borders Community Film Archive, a preservation project supported by Scottish Borders Council’s Build Back a Better Borders Recovery Fund that we initiated to secure a digital legacy for the film and video culture of Hawick and the Scottish Borders.
HAWICK PICTORIAL 1972 – 50TH ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISERS
In November 2022, we presented three special 50th anniversary screenings of the newly digitised 1972 Hawick Pictorial, which raised £600 for Hawick Film & Video Group and its community space.
HAWICK PICTORIAL 1971 – 50TH ANNIVERSARY FUNDRAISERS
In November 2021, we presented two special 50th anniversary screenings of the newly digitised 1971 Hawick Pictorial, which raised more than £500 for Hawick Film & Video Group and its community space.