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Murray Grigor to speak at Birks Cinema AGM

- All welcome to event on 30th August 2011, 7.30pm, Aberfeldy Town Hall

Scottish film maker, writer and Sean Connery biographer, Murray Grigor, is to be the 
guest of honour at the Aberfeldy Birks Cinema AGM event next Tuesday, 30th August.

Murray will deliver a talk about his life experiences in film and his support for reviving 
rural cinema, showing film extracts to illustrate his talk. The event is free, refreshments will be served, and it is open to all.

Charlotte Flower, Chair of Friends of the Birks Cinema said: “We are delighted to have
Murray Grigor as our guest speaker and we look forward to a stimulating and inspiring 
event. The AGM is open to all and is also an opportunity to find out more about our plans 
for the future.”

The campaign to revive the Birks Cinema in the heart of Aberfeldy has been stepped up 
and a target to raise the remaining funds has been set for the end of January 2012.
Local community group Friends of the Birks Cinema (FOBC) is now past the half way
 mark in its campaign to raise the £1.8m required to deliver a state-of-the-art modern
 cinema.

A series of appeals and applications to businesses, individuals, trusts and film industry 
figures is now underway.

Birks cinema group Patron and Aberfeldy born actor Alan Cumming said recently 
in support of the campaign: ‘It will be fantastic to see the old building brought back 
to life and up to date. It's now or never, with only six months to go create a new hub
 and 'complete the triangle' for arts and culture in the heart of Perthshire, alongside 
Pitlochry's Festival Theatre and Birnam's Arts Centre.’

The campaign to revive the cinema has the support of local councillors and John Swinney
 MSP.

FOBC has set out a range of ways for people to join in to support the cinema and has launched new Facebook and Twitter sites.

FOBC has already bought the building, researched and produced a business plan and
designed a complete refurbishment. A campaign website shows how supporters can become a 'Friend' of the Birks and add 
their name to the list of more than 350 existing Friends. Individuals can make donations 
or even 'sponsor a seat' for £1000.

Notes to editors Friends of the Birks Cinema is a registered charitable group of local people with over 350 
registered Friends. It will also have a cafe bar and flexible spaces that can be used for
 community needs which cannot be met by other local community venues. website address: www.birkscinemafriends.org.uk For more information contact 07748 446 954