Cheltenham Film Society is open to members and their guests (two per member). 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 the AGM on 4 October, we adopted a revised constitution. Details are available here.

Note that our next screening, on November 1, will be a silent film with live musical accompaniment.

Our next film: The Lodger

lodgerOur next film, on Thursday 1 November at 19:45, is a special event. The Lodger, Alfred Hitchcock’s silent crime drama from 1927, will be shown with live music from Minima, a four-piece group specialising in film accompaniment.

The director himself described The Lodger as “the first true Hitchcock film”, meaning it was the first of his movies to deal with murder and detection. A mysterious stranger, played by Ivor Novello, comes to lodge with a London family just as the hunt for a serial killer of young women is at its height.

Reactions to Rams

Rams was well received, with an 83 per cent appreciation score.

Some comments:

  • “A very engaging film: amusing, sad and very emotive.”
  • “Very good drama.”
  • “Emotionally charged drama: brilliantly acted out.”
  • “Huge range of emotions; best in a long time.”
  • “Wonderful scenery; excellent story.”
  • “Beautifully filmes; story sensitively filmed.”
  • “Wonderful film; didn’t think sheep could be so interesting.”
  • “Not keen on the tragic ending.”
  • “Can’t wait for Rams 2.”

On the other hand, some members were dismayed by the apparently tragic ending.

Meanwhile, there was much praise for the student film, E.T.A, which achieved an appreciation score of 64.9 per cent and won a round of applause.

  • “Interesting story; well thought out; good acting; suspense.
  • “Best film I’ve seen from students. Well done!
  • “Excellent: refreshingly so!”
  • “Really promising piece: excellent contrasts and humour.”