If the usual price of £3 per ticket is too expensive for you, you can always volunteer and watch any of our films for free! It's a great opportunity - not just for you to save some pennies, but also to help us out and keep the longest-running Student cinema in the UK running!
If you want to watch the occaisional free film, then ushering is your best bet - it requires a minimum amount of effort and you get to stay to watch the film you're volunteering at. Fire officers, house managers, projectionists and members of the committee get to see all films for free; these roles require more training and effort on your part, but are the best options if you're really keen to get more involved. They also have bonus perks, like access to the Film Unit office, invitations to Film Unit socials and a free +1 to any shifts you work.
Responsible for ensuring the show goes off without a hitch, House Managers need to be able to handle pressure. However, in exchange for their cool natures, they get the usual benefits of being full Film Unit staff.
45 minutes before the film starts, the House Manager sticks up signs and tidies up the auditorium. Fifteen minutes later, when the ushers arrive, they tell them what to do (explaining how to tear tickets is actually slightly easier than tearing tickets). Before the film starts, they make an announcement - the main reason some people avoid training to House. However, if you can raise your voice and wave your arms around, you can make a perfectly good announcement.
Finally, and most importantly, the House Manager needs to be able to cope when things go wrong. This doesn't happen often, and in training you'll be taught how to react to the most common of problems. If you have an ounce of common sense, you'll be fine.
Once qualified, you get a complimentary seat to every single film we show. This is in addition to getting in free when you're working, so if you're working a screening, you can get a friend in for free too. You don't have to see all the films we show - the more volunteers we have, the less work you have to do. Plus you get a load of other random perks: you can hang around in our office, with its sofa, computer and clutter. You'll also get to meet other Film Unit types and are welcome to come along to any of our socials!
Before becoming a House Manager, you must be a qualified Fire officer. Then it takes a further three training sessions to become a house manager - first you're shown what to do, then you do it yourself (with occasional help), and finally there's just someone looking over your shoulder in case the whole world explodes. Not all House Managers can train other people to be House Managers, so rather than sticking your name on the log sheets outside our office you need to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can organise someone to train you. After you're qualified, of course, you can sign your name up yourself.