Wimborne MovieMakers Club History

In the early 1960s a sub-group, concentrating on the then popular pastime of making films, was formed within the club which rapidly expanded in numbers. This group became known as the Wessex Film Unit.

In 1976 it became necessary for the camera club to vacate the premises, and the ciné group was offered possession of the clubhouse together with all assets and debts. This was rapidly accepted and such alterations as needed were carried out, to provide a cinema-style auditorium with raked seating and a projection booth. A small kitchen and toilet facilities were also included.

The club has been operating continuously ever since and meets in the same premises every Friday evening between September and May each year. Members no longer make ciné films; modern movie-making is in the realm of digital video which started in the 1980s with cumbersome VHS tape cameras, and has evolved into miniature hand-held high-definition equipment. Current club membership is around the 50 mark, specialising in entertainment and education at all levels of expertise. Interested visitors and potential members are always welcome.