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10 October 2018 0

Do consider joining our mailing list. Under the GDPR rules it’s the only way we can legally email you to tell you about our future activities. If you are a member of CFS, we probably already have your email address. Unfortunately, under the GDPR we are only allowed to use it to administer membership. If you would like to hear [cont'd.]

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Our next film: double bill

10 October 2018 0

An innovation next time. On Tuesday 30 October, starting at 7:45pm, we are showing two films: My Life as a Courgette and The Party. We start with My Life As a Courgette, Claude Barras’s animated feature about life in a children’s home. It tells of a boy called Icare, nicknamed Courgette, who is placed in the home after his alcoholic mother dies. This [cont'd.]

Your reactions

Reactions to Insyriated

10 October 2018 0

Insyriated, an uncompromising feature about the Syrian conflict, was very well received, with an appreciation score of 88.26 per cent. Some comments: “The most harrowing film I’ve ever seen! Tense and immensely moving.” “One of the best! Gripping. Five star direction/acting et al. Really good!” “Claustrophobic, challenging to watch, wonderfully acted. More powerful than any documentary on the war.” “Unrelenting [cont'd.]

Reactions to Maudie

26 September 2018 0

A rapturous reception for last night’s film, Aisling Walsh’s Maudie, which earned an overall appreciation score of 93.65 per cent. That places it in the top ten of films we have ever shown. Here are some of the comments: “Beautiful. Best film in seven years!” “Wonderful acting, photography, everything.” “Utterly absorbing. Superb performances by all. Cinematography riveting, the seasons and weather [cont'd.]

Reactions to I Am Not A Witch

19 September 2018 0

A mixed response to I Am Not A Witch, and an overall appreciation score of 64.66 per cent. Some comments: “Really enjoyed this film. So many truths and many possible interpretations.” “Fabulous scenery and acting but an horrific and terrifying portrayal of misogyny and superstition.” “Difficult to watch but an important subject matter to bring to the fore. Beautifully shot [cont'd.]

Film news

A feast of film comedy

8 October 2018 0

Lovers of film comedy should be aware of a series of screenings later this month in Cheltenham. As a curtain-raiser for next year’s planned Film Festival, the Cheltenham International Film Trust, led by CFS member Leslie Sheldon, is putting on Young Frankenstein on 22 October and a double-bill of the Simon Pegg comedies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz [cont'd.]

Discount for Playhouse films

23 September 2018 0

Cheltenham Playhouse has a short season of films coming upon October and we have negotiated a discount for CFS members. On presentation of your membership card, tickets will be £5 instead of the usual £7. The films are the Disney animation Moana (23 October); Donkeyote, an appealing Spanish documentary about a man who takes his beloved donkey on a 2,200 mile [cont'd.]

Guildhall website back up

19 September 2018 0

After a long and frustrating hiatus, the Gloucester Guildhall once more has a website. As well as details of forthcoming films and other attractions, the site allows you to buy tickets online. For those who don’t know it, the Guildhall, in Eastgate Street, shows a range of art-house, foreign-language and non-commercial films as well as more populist fare. The site [cont'd.]

CKFS programme launched

3 September 2018 0

Charlton Kings Film Society has announced its programme for next season. Films are on Friday nights at 7.45pm, starting on 14 September with Victoria & Abdul. Other notable films include Capote, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, God’s Own Country and Eye In The Sky. Admission costs £5, or you can pay £50 for admission to all 18 films in the season. The bar is open before and [cont'd.]

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Aesthetica festival

27 August 2018 0

This season we are showing a number of short films, sourced from the Aesthetica Short Film Festival in Leeds. This year the festival takes place on 7-11 November, and features 300 short films in 12 categories, including comedy, drama, documentary, dance, animation, advertising, thriller and experimental. More information from Aesthetica’s website:

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 500 strong.


Cheltenham Film Society can be contacted by email ( or telephone (07528 746750). We are also on Facebook and Twitter.


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