What is travelling symphony MOVIE CLUB?
We’re a free online movie club, set up by UK-based Jon Naylor and Katie Hobbs, specifically created now that we’re all going to be spending a lot more time inside than we might have expected this year! You can find out exactly how to get involved on our join page.
Our goal is to use film to bring people together, create a community and give us all a sense of togetherness in a time when most of us will be feeling very far apart from our loved ones.
We host weekly live watch-alongs every Friday evening, with live pre-film introductions on our Instagram page @TSMovieClub and a live text chat discussion on Discord. We’ll then host a post-movie conversation where we’ll all talk about our thoughts and ideas after the screening.
We also release preview and companion podcasts with experts, thought leaders and interesting people to discuss not just the subject of the film, but the themes it covers and the ideas it brings forward.
So far we’ve been lucky enough to speak to guests including director Gurinder Chadha (Blinded By The Light) and actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar (Paddington 2), as well as experts like Professor Christopher Grey and former MP John Leech (The Imitation Game).
Importantly, all our movie club selections are available to watch on either Netflix or Amazon Prime in the UK – we want to make sure our movie club is as cheap as possible for as many people as possible, so if you have a subscription to these services it won’t cost you any extra!
Our online movie club is free to everyone too, so please share with your friends and family and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (both @TSMovieClub) so we can create as wide a community as possible!
We’re hoping to bring a bit of relief to people who will be going through their own personal trials while we all ride this thing out.
What’s with the name?
The name comes from a truly brilliant book, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. The story follows the Travelling Symphony, a group of actors and musicians who travel across a post-pandemic America 20 years after a virus affects all of humanity. Whilst it sounds bleak, the message of the story is reflected in the Travelling Symphony’s motto – “Survival is insufficient”. They are trying to spread their love of the arts in a society focused on survival, because we all need a bit of enrichment in our lives.
Or if late 90s pop punk is more your bag, “There’s more to living than only surviving / Maybe I’m not there, but I’m still trying”
how do i sign up?
If you’d like to be a part of our online movie club you can sign up to the email newsletter and we’ll send you which films we’re watching and when. You can also subscribe to our podcasts and follow us on Instagram @TSMovieClub and Twitter (also @TSMovieClub).
If you’d like to join our Discord chat space ahead of the screenings, just follow this link.