The A Film Club Zine / by Sian Parker

 The zine references older versions of, and projects by, the club - including our original logo on the cover by Mindi Wooley. 

The zine references older versions of, and projects by, the club - including our original logo on the cover by Mindi Wooley. 

... So now you know! We've been teasing our secret project for a little while now, but I am proud to finally announce that we are releasing a limited edition zine, and that all of the profits will be going to charity!

A bit of backstory...

All the way back in 2016, I proposed the idea of creating a zine to our members. At the time I was also struggling with depression, after years of living with the illness unknowingly, as well as embarking on treatment and recovery.

The unpredictable nature of depression, and the various ways it can affect the brain, meant I was unable to proceed with the zine's production for a long time. Wanting to make it the best it could be, both for all of the talented people involved and myself, I put it on hold until I felt able to do just that.

In early 2018, I knew the time had come to release the zine. Despite encountering some conflict from depression, and even a flare up of OCD (in this case, compulsive checking) during the finalisation and submitting-to-print process, I am the best mentally I have ever been... and so, here we are!

 The zine's stunning end papers by Akhran Girmay.

The zine's stunning end papers by Akhran Girmay.

The Zine

A4 in size, and presented beautifully in full colour on white 80gsm stock, the zine showcases 36 pages of heartfelt love-letters to film alongside gorgeous illustrations. The submissions are written by A Film Club members, and the illustrations are from both our talented members and professional artists.

Each submission centres around a common theme; the film, films or part of cinema that introduced the writer or artist to the art form, as well as why they love the medium as a whole. Each written submission is accompanied by a piece of original artwork.

There is even a space for you to get involved too...

 Lizzie Houldsworth was the zine's dedicated Art Coordinator, and also assisted with putting the zine together.

Lizzie Houldsworth was the zine's dedicated Art Coordinator, and also assisted with putting the zine together.

Where to get a copy, the profits and our goal

Something I kept thinking about during the production process, whether I was working on the zine or not, was how much I wanted for the zine to not only be good, but to do good too.

Considering the hard work, time and dedication from everyone involved, and the rough road travelled to get here, it didn't ever feel right to save the money raised for myself. And so, after Etsy and PayPal have taken deductions for selling and transaction fees, all of the profits will be donated to a mental health charity - which will be confirmed at a later date.

Only 100 copies of the zine will be up for grabs from our Etsy store, and they will go on sale on May 1st at £5 each (plus post and packaging).With the money going towards a great cause, my goal is to sell out of the zine in May; that means one month to sell them all! I understand this is quite a feat, but I think we can do it. There will be an announcement on our Twitter when the listing is live, so keep your eyes peeled...

Whether you can pick up a copy or not, please consider sharing this post or tweeting about the zine. Any and all support you are able to give will go a long, long way and will be so appreciated.

Thank you so much for your time!

Sending bigger boats and DeLoreans, 

Sian
Creator of A Film Club