The Team

This project has been brought to life by the vision and commitment of our board of directors and our fantastically committed volunteers. They have worked tirelessly since 2013 to bring this facility to life in Wellington.

Volunteers

Our lifeblood

Obviously the project would be nothing without our fabulous hard working volunteers, who give their time free to ensure everything operates efficiently. Should you wish to become a volunteer click here.

Did you know?

There was a spitfire in WW2 named ‘Clifton Cinemas’

The Chairman of the group of Clifton Cinemas, was Sir Sidney Swift. Just after the Second World War broke out he organised a collection through the Clifton Cinema group circuit to raise money for the building of a Spitfire. £5,000 was collected and the plane duly built and handed over to the R.A.F., proudly bearing the name “Clifton Cinemas”
The “Clifton Cinemas” Spitfire was handed over to the RAF in 1940. It was lost on the 17th January 1943 whilst being piloted by Flg Off Michael John Glover, when it crashed into the sea immediately after attacking a ship five miles NW of Le Havre.

The Board

The Board of Directors currently has 5 members:

Bill Graham

Chair

Bill gained 15 years’ experience working at a senior level for both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House, as well as in London’s West End. Entering into the conference and events industry, he worked on in high profile projects including business seminars, rock concerts, party political conferences, Eurovision and the Royal Tournament. A former Technical Director of the ICC, NIA and the Symphony Hall in Birmingham he had involvement in the design, installation and commissioning of all three venues. He was latterly part of the NEC Group’s special international consultancy, advising on public venue projects across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Ray Hughes
Finance

Ray is the Society’s finance director. He retired from HMRC in 2013 working across the whole raft of taxes covering both individuals and corporates (large and small) where he built up a high level of knowledge on legislation and statutory interpretation that cuts across to other financial and legal matters the Society will encounter.

Anne Beresford

ANNE BERESFORD is an independent producer working in film and television. Her work often involves international collaborations and co-productions, working with both established and emerging talents.
She recently completed ANTARCTICA: THE FIRST DANCE for Channel 4 and three new short films for Channel
4/Sadler’s Wells. She is currently in post-production on ATTRITION, a World War One supernatural drama for France 3/BFI/Creative England and is in production on a number of new arts and drama film and television commissions.
Other credits include the acclaimed SHAKESPEARE SHORTS showcasing talents such as writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, actor Phil Davis and bionic pop star Viktoria Modesta. The films have had over 6 million views online and have been screened at major international festivals including Sundance, London Film Festival, Los Angeles Comedy Festival and Aesthetica.

Anne has made documentaries on subjects from train hopping (C4/TVOntario) to the inside of a dancer’s brain
(MK2/arte). Her stage-to-screen credits include Talawa Theatre’s KING LEAR, THE RAILWAY CHILDREN, MAXINE
PEAKE AS HAMLET and PETER GRIMES ON ALDEBURGH BEACH. She produced the acclaimed opera film OWEN
WINGRAVE for Channel 4 and the award-winning feature film MOUTH TO MOUTH starring Ellen Page (Juno).
Anne is a graduate of Bristol University and in 2011 she was selected for membership of the prestigious Ateliers du Cinéma Europeén. She was for many years a director of arts space The Wapping Project and now Chairs the Steering Group for Camden Music Hub.

Anne grew up in Wellington, where she has fond memories of seeing Fantasia at The Clifton and Dr Doolittle at The Grand Cinema.

Chris Ball

CHRIS J BALL was born and raised in Wellington , Shropshire . He spent fifteen years in the banking industry in the UK and the US with Lloyds Bank and Daiwa Bank. He guided the respective film financing divisions of those banks into becoming highly profitable areas. In 1994 Ball co-founded Newmarket Films , a film finance , production and distribution company based in Los Angeles, California. As co-founder and COO of Newmarket Films, Ball helped oversee the growth of the company from a private film finance company to one of the preeminent producers and distributors of independent film in the world.

By the time Ball and his partner sold the company in 2009 Newmarket Films had been involved in the financing , production and / or  distribution of more than 300 films including such critical and / or box offices successes as Bryan Singer’s THE USUAL SUSPECTS, Christopher Nolan’s ground-breaking, MEMENTO , the cult classic DONNIE DARKO , Mel Gibson’s THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST and MONSTER starring Charlize Theron. Ball has executive producer credits on such films as MEMENTO, DONNIE DARKO, CRUEL INTENTIONS, THE PRESTIGE and THE MEXICAN. After Exclusive Media’s acquisition of Newmarket in 2009 , Ball briefly became Co-Chairman of Exclusive and President of Exclusive Media USA . Post Exclusive , Ball co-founded Wrekin Hill Entertainment a niche film distribution and production company that has distributed such films as Peter Weir’s THE WAY BACK starring Ed Harris and Colin Farrell and Zhang Yimou’s Golden-Globe nominated THE FLOWERS OF WAR starring Christian Bale.

Andy Smith

Director of Runtime UK Ltd, started his marketing business over 20 years ago, Andy has been delivering marketing solutions to businesses nationally and internationally from his Telford base.  In 2013, he started a new venture, which attracted investment and has quickly become the leading business in its sector with more than 40 locations in the UK & Northern Ireland.

Lee Dargue

Lee has wide-ranging experience in projects for public campaigns. Professionally his background includes social psychology, teaching and training, occupational health and environmental management. Lee is actively works to improve mental health services and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health issues supporting changes in the law in these areas. Lee is active in coaching and mentoring young people and champions the importance of arts and culture centres in the general well-being of a community.

Fiona Hunter

Fiona has 60 years’ experience in television and theatre arts and joined the Clifton Board at its outset. Training in all classic forms of dance especially ballet she was involved in the London dance and theatre scene for many years. First working at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, she joined BBC television production services. Moving overseas for three years Fiona was employed as a Television Studio Floor Manager. Now teaching LAMDA* syllabus examinations and an Equity Theatre Director she works as a freelance locally and further afield.
*London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

Hours of Operation

Our hours of operation will be announced nearer to opening, but we expect to be open from morning to evening 7 days a week. 

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