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Membership for next season has now reached 500. Consequently we have withdrawn the PayPal online payment facility on this site. A few more memberships may become available, so if you are interested in joining or rejoining at this late stage please email our membership secretary. As always we have had to limit membership because of space constraints in the Bacon Theatre.

We are very excited about the programme for next season. The films cover a range of genres, from comedy and domestic drama to fantasy and documentary, and come from Spain, Georgia, China, Poland, Colombia, Iran, Egypt, South Korea and elsewhere. We are confident that you will find them entertaining but also insightful and occasionally challenging. Details on our programme page.

In addition, we have another CFS Extra season of older films. This time the focus is on the director François Truffaut, one of the great names of 20th century French cinema. There is also a return visit for live accompaniment specialists Minima, who are bringing their special expertise to Lon Chaney’s 1925 Phantom of the Opera.

Before our season starts

Film activity in Cheltenham carries on while CFS takes its summer break. For instance, why not pop along to The Swan, at the top of the High Street, where there seem to be free films every Tuesday night?

August is Terry Gilliam month. On 22 August at 7.30pm there is Brazil, followed by Monty Python’s Life of Brian. 

If you use Facebook, search for “Film Nights at Shush Bar” for more details and any changes in the programme.

Reactions to The Brand New Testament

The final film of our season, The Brand New Testament, was very well received. Its appreciation score was 88.24 per cent, the highest of the year after It Happened One Night.

Some comments:

  • “Fantastic season finale. Mad, hilarious. I want to watch it again!”
  • “Best of the season! Thank you.”
  • “Lovely way to end the season! Fun, quirky, thought provoking and loved it!”
  • “Clever, funny. Made me laugh.”
  • “Excellent. Laughed lots! Well done.”
  • “Funny, clever, surreal – good choice.”
  • “Hilarious. What imagination!”
  • “Utterly original and brilliant.”
  • “Wondrous, witty, original and fun.”
  • “How did anyone think up a film like that? Great fun.”
  • “Very life affirming.”
  • “Lot more of this.”
  • “Fab ending – women ruling the world. Not many nun films this season!”