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The queue starts here.

I strongly suspect that by the time this column is published our rare heatwave will be over (and as a parent I know without fail that the beginning of the summer holidays brings the rain!). But whilst it’s here I find myself getting all misty eyed for the summer days of my youth.

As a film enthusiast you have to understand that my memories of childhood summers are not of hanging out at the park; riding a hand-me-down bike in the street; or make shift paddling pools in the garden - but rather of queuing for hours outside a cinema to see the latest blockbuster.

Thus Indiana Jones and Return of the Jedi are indelibly linked to glorious sunshine, and it’s this time of year that I find myself returning to them.

Do you remember having to queue for a film? Did you ever wait for one, two or more hours to see the newest release? I suppose for anyone born in the last twenty years that seems like a terribly odd thing to do, like waiting all afternoon for a bus to turn up.

As a child passionate about film in the 1980s, queuing (without even the guarantee of getting in) was all part of the anticipation. In the days before the internet, information about a new film was drip fed to you: a few pictures in a magazine, an interview on the radio and seeing a trailer ONCE at the cinema.

And do you know what? Anticipation is a sweet thing.

Sure, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) is not a cinematic master piece, nor even the best Jones film. But I will always hold it in great affection because I vividly recall being 12 years old, sat patiently outside the ABC Bristol Road, Birmingham on a sunny afternoon, staring up at the poster (that I had scrutinised in every detail), giddy with the anticipation of the adventure that awaited.

By Tom Brookes.

From our weekly column in the Oswestry Advertizer, published in July 2018.


Oswestry Film Society is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers in partnership with Oswestry's Kinokulture Cinema.  Our income goes into booking films and venue overheads.  We started in October 2015 and screen 3 seasons per year.