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Film project targets learning and Ealing community


Ruislip local and first runner up in the 2015 Miss London beauty pageant is leading a new crowdfunding initiative that aims to celebrate Ealing's film heritage by launching a free outdoor cinema in the local area.

Hope Flynn, who now works as a Teaching Fellow in the Marketing, Events and Travel & Tourism department at the higher education institution GSM London, wants to embed the initiative into the College curriculum to give our students an innovative approach to learning.

She aims to raise £4,100 via the Spacehive crowdfund page, and is looking for donations and support to launch the Ealing Free Film Festival (EFFF) this summer.

The two-day event on Ealing Green will kick off on Friday 30 June. Screenings will include black comedy 'The Ladykillers' (1955) which was made by Ealing Studios, and the iconic US musical 'Dreamgirls'.

"Free films are a great way to engage the local community and we aim to build connections and nurture partnerships with local businesses and individuals," said Hope. "The initiative provides opportunities for students to develop volunteering, marketing and social media skills, which can contribute to Horizon award points, boost their skillset and enhance their CVs."

Hope has now secured a licence to screen the films and aims to make EFFF an annual event.

Hope is no stranger to fundraising. As well as being named first runner up in the Miss London beauty pageant in 2015, she also competed in the Miss England in the same year. During the competition, she raised money for charity Beauty with Purpose, which supports local and international organisations in aid of disadvantaged children all over the world.

To learn more about the EFFF initiative and to donate, click here and follow via Twitter @Ealing_FFF