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.
Although only slightly more work than ushering, making sure the auditorium complies with safety regulations is the first level of full Film Unit staffing. As such Fire Officers can see any or all of our films for free.
45 minutes before the films starts, the Fire Officers checks the Auditorium is safe. There are 10 checks that must be completed before the doors can open, and the most arduous of these involves counting. When the audience is coming in, they make sure anything that could impede an evacuation is left at the back. This is the hardest part of the job - you sometimes need to be able to hold your ground and explain our very basic fire safety regulations. Then, if there is a fire, they make sure the projectionist leaves (stubborn as mules, projectionists).
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!
It takes three training sessions to qualify to Fire - 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 Fire Officers can train other people to be Fire Officers, however - so rather than sticking your name on the log sheets outside our office you need to contact us at 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.