Research showing that watching films together can make a real difference to the lives of elderly, isolated and vulnerable people has been selected for inclusion in an international conference on health and wellbeing.
‘Films to Make You Feel Good’, a pilot project commissioned through Phoenix’s Community Cinema project, will be showcased at the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference in Bristol in June.
With films including Casablanca, Some Like it Hot and Up, the ‘Films to Make You Feel Good’ project included 52 film screenings in 13 community venues across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland between September 2015 and June 2016.
Screenings were held in community venues, with people from the surrounding areas encouraged to attend. Researchers found participants benefited from social encounters, reduced loneliness and enabling participation despite disability. Audience members said they enjoyed meeting with family, friends and neighbours at the screening events.
The project was evaluated by a team from the Disruptive Media Learning Lab at Coventry University.
The Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference showcases inspirational practice, policy and the latest research in culture and arts in health and wellbeing.
“This research highlighted the impact of high quality arts on community wellbeing and how investment required to deliver such initiatives in the long term is vital,” said Phoenix project manager Sallie Varnam.
“It’s great news for Phoenix and for community cinema in general that Dr Katherine Wimpenny from Coventry University will be presenting a paper about this important work at the conference.”