We decided to use our 'slightly' shabby 15th century barn as the venue for the screening and the after-party.
We set about pressure washing the interior and then utilizing a number of old doors left behind after the farmhouse renovation, Gavin built a magnificent door of doors.
We created a large screen above the 'stage' area hung from roof beams and set about decorating the barn with bunting, paper lanterns and wild flowers from the surrounding fields.
Fairy lights were then strung around the barn and the scene was set.
We all sat entranced as we watched Charlie's poignant and revealing film. Aran himself sat on the front row, mesmorized at the sight of himself on the big screen.
After the film and some refreshments including our very own Elderflower Champagne we finished the evening with music. First there was an impromtu performance on the piano from one of the guests.
Then a very special acoustic performance by Seattle Yacht Club, arriving at the farm directly from their gig at Kendal Calling.
The band's guitarist is Charlie's boyfriend, Denis, and in addition to her 'official' degree work, Charlie has directed all of the band's videos to date.
All in all the night was a great success and it was wonderful to hear the sounds of laughter, chatter and music emanating from this old, old barn, empty for so many years, but now coming alive once again.
As Aran put so very simply in the film, 'I think I will live here forever'.
|Aran and Charlie before the film screening|
All images copyright Susan Crawford 2014