Who would have had the imagination, the vision, the audacity 40 years ago to see how far Roger Gibson, when setting out to bring film to Chichester, could have achieved so much for so many?
Read on to find out how Roger accomplished this via many twists and turns from 1979, those who helped him - Jo Gibson, artist and wife and many others - and why they did. The Ruby Magazine team – Sue Gilson, Jane Weeks, headed by Carol Godsmark – invite you to read diverse contributions from those including the respected and loved Guardian film critic Derek Malcolm (friend of the cinema for decades), in conversation with Joe Gilson, a remarkable new breed of film reviewer; Shaken but not Stirred James Bond screenwriters Robert Wade and Neal Purvis on their craft; Richard Cupidi, creator of Dreamworks and one of the cinema’s many vibrant film tutors who asks the question: How do independent cinemas matter?
Ruby Magazine further includes comments from supporters; trustees past and present; and Mark Bradshaw, chief projectionist on what digital has brought to the cinema. The centre pages host a quiz of proportions from Eggheads quizzer Kevin Ashman to take your time over the Ruby Year and possibly beyond. Read on too for what a python wrangler is; where Stan & Ollie was filmed and how director/producer/writer Don Boyd’s wife bonded with Laurence Olivier during film-making.
Keep an eye open too for the history of local cinema and Chichester Cinema via the ticker-taker Timeline along the bottom of the magazine’s pages (or click on the link below this article). And award-winning Roger Gibson? Read his revealing piece on how he grew the cinema from scratch over four decades, creating a highly valued and much-loved artform in the community and further afield. My grateful thanks to Walter Francisco and the team.
Carol Godsmark, Editor and PR & Marketing manager