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Musicals on film

10 September 2019 0

To brighten up Autumn, we have organised a special day of musical films at Cheltenham Playhouse. It will take place on Saturday 26 October and features Sing Street, The Boy Friend and Cabaret. The films start at 11.00am and will be followed by an after-show party in the Playhouse’s cabaret bar. The event is open to members and the general public, so bring your friends. Tickets for members will be £5 per film. Full details are [cont'd.]

Our next film


9 October 2019 0

Our next film, on Tuesday 22 October at 19:45, is Xavier Legrand’s Custody from 2018. This gripping domestic drama tells the story of a marital breakup and security guard Antoine’s fight for custody of his 11-year-old son Julien. Is this model citizen and caring father everything he seems?

Your reactions

Reactions to C’est La Vie

9 October 2019 0

A warm welcome for last night’s film, C’est La Vie, which received an appreciation score of 91.81 per cent. Some of your comments: “Funniest film I’ve seen in years.” “Enjoyed very much – made me laugh.” “So entertaining.” “Incroyable! Magnifique – what else have they done?” “More comedies please.” “Enjoyable film fun.” “More fun than last time!” “Just such fun and lighheartedness. Enjoyable all round.” “More like this please – [cont'd.]

More reactions

Reactions to The Heiresses

25 September 2019 0

A slightly disappointing response to The Heiresses, which achieved an appreciation score of 64.12 per cent. Some members found it too slow and were puzzled by the ending. Some comments: “A lovely, serene, immersive, warm film and I loved the rich, sombre colours of the photography.” “Delightful, subtle and beautifully acted.” “Enjoyed the journey, showing different communities and relationships.” “Wonderful insight into Paraguayan women’s prisons. Full of subtlety.” “As an [cont'd.]

Reactions to Leave No Trace

11 September 2019 0

An enthusiastic response to our first film of the season, Debra Granik’s Leave No Trace. It achieved an appreciation score of 90.37 per cent. Some of your comments: “Beautifully paced, poignant and haunting film.” “A great start to the season.” “So well acted, convincing story. Beautifully filmed.” “As a new member I was impressed by the choice of film to open the season.” “First film, as new to CFS, and [cont'd.]

Reactions to Under The Tree

10 April 2019 0

The jet-black comedy of Under The Tree was not to everyone’s taste. It achieved an appreciation score of 74.66 per cent. Here are some of the comments: “Very dark but hugely entertaining.” “Entertainment from start to end.” “It’s hard to beat the Icelanders for really good violence.” “Icelandic humour at its best.” “Loved the dark humour.” “As black as they come!” “Black, black, dark, dark – and funny!” “Very funny. [cont'd.]

Film news

Charlton Kings programme announced

2 September 2019 0

Charlton Kings Film Society has announced its programme for 2019-20. The society is showing 18 films at Sacred Hearts Parish Hall, Moorend Road, Charlton Kings, GL53 9AU. They include Bohemian Rhapsody, Stan & Ollie, The Angels’ Share, Fisherman’s Friends and Loving Vincent as well as several excellent films that we showed last year but which you may have missed. The films are shown on Friday evenings and tickets are £5 [cont'd.]

Aesthetica returns

1 August 2019 0

For those who like short films, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in York is a key event. This year it will be taking place from 6-10 November, and Early Bird Tickets have just gone on sale. This year more than 400 films will be shown and there will be 100 events, including masterclasses and talks from many of the leaders in the industry. Details from

About CFS

CFS is Cheltenham’s membership film society. We show mostly subtitled and independent films between September and April at the Bacon Theatre in Dean Close School, Cheltenham. Admission is by annual membership subscription, but members may bring guests. The society is more than 70 years old and currently more than 550 strong.


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