A Film and Pudding event seems a good way of spending an evening, especially if it is a good film and there is a lot of pudding.
Erpingham and Calthorpe WI enjoy the opportunity to get some friends and neighbours together to watch a classic film, and it is always a good excuse to eat great food and enjoy a drink. This year the film chosen was a classic 1970s vintage film with a cast of some of the greatest stars of the period, Murder on the Orient Express directed by Sidney Lumet.
Sean Connery, Lauren Bacall, Richard Widmark, Ingrid Bergman, Albert Finney and Vanessa Redgrave many more famous names were among the cast.
The film was quite a revelation for those who may not have seen it for a while; the humour was good enough to raise a laugh or two among the audience, and even those of us who knew the gory outcome, no surprise to any Agatha Christie Fan, enjoyed the journey. The large screen in the village hall really does create a “cinema experience”.
What you do not get at the cinema, however, is the opportunity to eat a range of scrumptious puddings. They were the highlight of the evening, dozens of dishes of puddings with a real international theme just kept appearing (many thanks to all who donated). They looked and tasted wonderful, thank goodness the audience were up to the task, and the puddings disappeared just as quickly during the interval.
We are so grateful to everyone who contributed puddings on the evening, and also to the people who stayed at the end of the evening to help clear up.
Our audience rather sparkled, too. While not being a requirement, we suggested that people could dress in keeping with the theme of 1930s glamour and it was wonderful that so many took the opportunity to dust off their dinner jackets. The chaps looked handsome and elegant, and the ladies were ravishing. Delighted to see such glitter and glamour. Christine’s tiara topped off the evening rather splendidly I thought.
The bar added to the atmosphere I think. Ros pulled off a bravura performance as mixologist in chief. (Did anyone find out the recipe for that cocktail she was serving? The one I had tasted delicious, and had the added advantage that it made me see unicorns afterwards!)
The WI committee wants to thank all of the helpers, the setters up, the behind the scenes supporters, Tony our projectionist, Diane for organising the competition and to the person who loaned the large original Film Poster displayed in the hall.
Thanks too, to everyone who came, joined in with the fun and helped to make it such a lovely, friendly fun evening.
We hope to arrange another Film evening in the future and would love to have your ideas for a film and theme.