Last year, I joined the society myself, as someone with an awful concentation span (the average film might take me three breaks to get through on my own) who enjoys films, but with a somewhat limited taste. Attending Film Soc meant I got to expand on this, as the screenings were selected by the committee, with genres I'd never dreamed of reaching for before. It's a great environment, with regular pub trips following the screenings for some socialising and the opportunity to meet those with share interests.
What I didn't necessarily expect was the production side of the society - I only signed up for a few movies and drinks! But as someone who'd tried out screenwriting very casually and infrequently before, attending their workshops was a great opportunity to build my confidence in my screenwriting, take it up more consistently, even working up to a full script, and even try my hand at production, something I'd never dreamed I'd get to do. I would wholeheartedly recommend if you're interested in filmmaking, even casually.
I got the chance to speak to the Head of Radio, Jess McKeown, about the society. Here's what she told me: "At Film-Soc we host movie screenings every Monday from a variety of genres, followed by a trip to the pub to chat. For those more interested in making films, there are production and writing workshops run by our Heads of Production, as well as a radio show every Sunday. Film-Soc is such a great society to join if you enjoy watching films and meeting like-minded people and everyone is really welcoming.".
Check Film Soc out on Instagram @nclfilmsoc, and if you're interested in joining, a membership is only £5 off NUSU for the entire academic year, and includes all of the above!