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New film one: Apollo 11

30 October 2019 0

Our first new film, unannounced at the beginning of the season, will be Apollo 11. We will be showing it on Tuesday 3 December at 19:45. Apollo 11 is a remarkable documentary about the first mission to the moon, directed by Todd Douglas Miller and constructed from archive footage, photographs and audio recordings made on the ground and by the astronauts during their trip. The story is told with no [cont'd.]

Our next film


6 November 2019 0

Our next film, on Tuesday 19 November at 19:45 is a departure from our usual programming. The first in our CFS Extra films, three older pictures designed to illustrate a theme, Ninotchka is an early romantic comedy, released in 1939 and starring Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. The theme this year is called Red Alert! It consists of three comedies dealing with the rivalry between the US and Soviet Russia. [cont'd.]

Your reactions

Reactions to Shoplifters

6 November 2019 0

Shoplifters received a warm welcome and an appreciation score of 83.66 per cent. Some comments from members: Best yet: difficult to shake off the effect of this one.” Slow, studied, totally absorbing. Extraordinary performances. A proper piece of cinematic artistry.” “Beautiful: clever and sensitive exploration of the true nature of love and family.” “Excellent film. Certainly made me think about different perspectives of right and wrong.” “A very sensitive film, [cont'd.]

More reactions

Reactions to Sweet Country

30 October 2019 0

A generally favourable response to Sweet Country, with a few sharp exceptions. It achieved an appreciation score of 79.19 per cent. Some comments: “A visually captivating film. A reminder of how appallingly the native Australians were treated. A moving film.” “Revealing account of racism in Australia.” “Such a powerful piece. We need more films that show the brutality of British colonialism.” “Shocking in many ways. Good for the filmmakers. Not [cont'd.]

Reactions to Custody

23 October 2019 0

Last night’s film, Custody, was much appreciated, with an appreciation score of 84.93 per cent. Attendance was 315. Some of your comments: “Incredible, moving, thought-provoking film. Wonderful acting.” “Brilliantly realistic and quite uncomfortable watching.” “But terrifying. Also I wonder if some members of the audience could be traumatised by it.” “A tense diatribe about toxic masculinity and coercive control.” “Absolutely fantastic, terrifying, harrowing.” “Thanks! Great, but so powerful.” “Traumatic but [cont'd.]

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.]

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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