The new season begins

Cheltenham Film Society’s season has now started. Membership for this season is full, but anyone who wishes to register an interest in joining next year (2017-18) should email our membership secretary ( We are sorry for any disappointment, but we have to limit numbers to around 500 so that we stay within the legal capacity of the Bacon Theatre.

At this year’s AGM, before the screening of Mustang on 4 October 2016, the committee will be putting forward an updated constitution for the society to reflect the way it has changed and grown over the last 20 years. The old constitution, the new constitution and a document summarising the changes are all available here.

Our next film: Mustang


Our next film, on Tuesday 4 October at 7.45pm, is Mustang. Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, it tells the story of five young girls spotted playing innocently with some boys on the way home from school, an event that creates a scandal. Taken in hand by their conservative relatives, they are confined to home and prepared for arranged marriages. But the sisters retain their desire for freedom and find ways to circumvent the restrictions placed upon them. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2016 Oscars. (It was beaten by Son of Saul, which we are showing in November.)

Reactions to Marshland

Members enjoyed Marshland last night, giving it an appreciation score of 86.1 per cent. Some comments:

  • Gripping! Excellent choice – visually and good story.
  • Brings back memories of ‘Franquismo’ and time spent there. Good portrait of corruption and fear.
  • A great movie: tense, intelligent and beautiful camerawork.
  • Really interesting, multi-faceted, riveting film. Well done.
  • Beautiful scenery, good plot and acting.
  • I loved the geography and aerial shots.
  • Terrifyingly terrific.

On the other hand there were some comments about the subtitles being very low down, which we will look into.

The student film, To The Water That Steams, scored 49.4 per cent. Many members enjoyed the cinematography but others found the film too abstract. Comments:

  • Subject matter rather confusing but well filmed.
  • Out of body experience? Not sure.
  • Not coherent enough for me.
  • More enigmatic student angst. Well shot though.