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The countdown has begun to Cheltenham Film Society’s 2017/18 season. We have selected the films and are in the process of checking their availability. Next we will be creating the brochure and sending it out to existing members, at which point we will be open for membership applications. Existing members get priority.

Once again, the membership fee will be £34 for 18 films (including three older films in the CFS Extra mini-season and another special silent movie with live accompaniment by Minima). Membership will open towards the end of July and as usual we will be taking payments via the website.


While we’re away . . .

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

Of particular note, on July 11, our friend Laurie Whiteley is holding the next in his Monthly Film Discussion Nights there. The film is David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, recently voted the best film of the 21st century in a poll of critics. It is a sprawling, sometimes baffling epic that is sure to divide opinion.

If you use Facebook,  search for “Monthly Movie Discussion Night” for more details and any changes in the programme.

The discussion element is there for those who want it. Nobody minds if you go straight home.

Films al fresco

The Bacon Theatre is showing two notable films in the open air this summer in what it calls Cinema Under The Stars 2017. The first, on July 25 at 9.15pm, is A Street Cat Named Bob, based on the best-selling book about a homeless busker and the stray moggie that transformed his fortunes. Then, on August 1 at 9.00pm, there’s the wonderful Breakfast At Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn and some beautiful writing, cinematography and music. Both films cost £8 (£7 for concessions).

Gates open 90 minutes before the show so you can picnic. “Please bring low-backed seating and come prepared for all weathers,” says The Bacon. Wise advice.