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Red carpet council film premiere rocks the Sub Rooms

Published: Friday, 10 February, 2017

The `movers and shakers’ of the Stroud district turned out in force on Tuesday 7th February for the Stroud District Film premiere at the Subscription Rooms in Stroud.

The event saw Stroud District Council’s tourism department launch a brand new promotional film showcasing the highlights of the area.

Guests arrived at the ticket-only premiere in a flurry of freshly falling snow provided by local company Snow Business. Red lighting directed people into the entrance and an MGM-style spotlight guided guests onto the red carpet.

Inside, guests were welcomed with a drink sponsored by Stroud Brewery, Woodchester Vineyard and Days Cottage, and canapés were provided by Stonehouse Court Hotel and served by the hotel staff.

Over 400 people attended the red carpet event including Greg Pilley (Stroud Brewery), Kardien Gerbrands (Stroud Farmers’ Market), Paul Denny (Snow Business), Simon Pickering (Ecotricity and SDC councillor), Kate Riordan (author), Mayor Kevin Cranston (of Stroud Town Council), Charlotte Lyster (Director of Stroud Fringe), Emma Cunningham (Mayor of Randwick Wap), Faye Hatcher (BBC Radio), Oli Christie (Rock the Cotswolds), John Denton (MD of Parallel Blue), Sally Graff (Cotswolds Tourism) and Jason Smith (Chief Exec Marketing Gloucester).

Gregg Pilley from Stroud Brewery said:

“We are really delighted that Stroud Brewery features in the promotional film. It was fantastic to see so many people at the premiere and see it on the big screen. Stroud has a rich diary of events and offerings for visitors to the area, and we hope that this will put us on future visitors’ itineraries.”

Hannah Thomson from The Woolpack Inn said:

“We are thrilled The Woolpack features in the film and I enjoyed watching the filming take place in the pub. This is brilliant for us, as well as highlighting Laurie Lee’s connection to the Slad Valley. I think it will really help entice visitors to the Stroud District.

After the film the ballroom was buzzing as the attendees mingled with Art Couture Painswick models and the surfers from the film, with music provided by DJs Stroud Calling.

Libby Graesser from Art Couture Painswick, said:

“It was great to have the opportunity to show off our highly visual ACP Festival in this wonderful promotional film. The buzz around the film demonstrates what a highly creative place Stroud and the surrounding valleys are with such a rich artistic heritage. The models and all the people involved with Art Couture Painswick are proud to play their part in sustaining the Stroud district’s reputation as a cutting edge artistic venue.”

The event was hosted by Stroud District Council tourism officers Sara Chardin and Shirley Wood, and speakers included Oli Christie from Rock the Cotswolds, film maker Nick Turner and editor Verity White from Five Films.

Shirley Wood, Tourism Officer for the Stroud District said:

“You are all ambassadors for the Stroud District. Now we have launched the film, we need you to help us spread the word. We can provide you with a link to the film and images to add to your own websites and social media to encourage visitors to the area.”

Sara Chardin, Tourism Officer for the Stroud District added:

“While we aim to entice visitors from far and wide, we hope the film will also encourage people to live, work and play here. The film is not just for members of the tourism industry to use as a marketing tool, but for all sorts of industries including estate agents, retailers and colleges, as well as big businesses to use for recruitment drives. We are so excited to see the film has already achieved over 105,000 views on Facebook. “

The film has been produced by award-winning, local film-maker Nick Turner of Nick Turner Photography and edited by Five Films. Nick Turner has used techniques such as filming by drone and time-lapse to show the area off at its best.

The film can be viewed on Stroud District’s tourism website:

The tourism department wants to encourage local residents and businesses to help share the film on Twitter and Facebook. In the 48 hours since launch, the film has already achieved over 216,000 views on Facebook.

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