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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

12 December 2018 0

The committee of Cheltenham Film Society would like to wish all our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. The programme starts again on 8 January with the excellent A Fantastic Woman (see below). There are nine films after that, including three in our CFS Extra series, which this season is devoted to three women directors: Jane Campion, Deepa Mehta and Agnès Varda.  

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27 November 2018 0

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Our next film: Lean on Pete

14 January 2019 0

Our next film, on Tuesday 22 January at 19:45, is Lean on Pete. It is this season’s coming-of-Age story. A 15-year-old boy forms a bond with a clapped-out racehorse, Lean on Pete and saves him from slaughter. The pair travel across the Pacific Northwest, facing obstacles with courage and optimism. Exquisite cinematography and an emotionally charged lead performance from young Charlie Plummer.

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Reactions to A Fantastic Woman

15 January 2019 0

A bright response to the previous film ‘A Fantastic Woman’ which scored 80.97 and received the following responses: “Superb piece of cinema – totally brilliant”. “Loved it, engaging, fabulous to watch, great emotional journey”. “Beautifully scripted and shot to build a highly engaging narrative”. “Beautiful film. Impressive main character, and sensitive relationship”. “Really enjoyed, kept my attention throughout. Strong performance from main character”. “Brilliant character study, superbly portrayed”. “Stunning performance from Daniela Vega”.”What a performance from [cont'd.]

Reactions to Lost In Paris

12 December 2018 0

A warm response to Lost In Paris, which scored 85.5 per cent and received a lot of praise: “Wonderful finish for 2018.” “A brilliant end to the term.” “Great feel-good nonsense for end of year.” “Not a grim film. Wonderful Xmas treat.” “So nice to laugh this Brexit time. Thank you!” “Just what was needed after a somewhat turgid season.” “Wonderful. No antidepressants needed this week.” “Lovely to have a [cont'd.]

Reactions to Land of Mine

21 November 2018 0

There was a very positive response to the gruelling Land of Mine, which achieved an appreciation score of 91.77 per cent. Some comments: “Another excellent choice.” “Ace film. Story a little predictable, but a strong anti-war film.” “Powerful depiction of one of the many stories we’d all rather not know about, but should.” “Wonderful – a piece of history I know nothing about.” “Uncompromising tale of the aftermath of war.” “Reminds [cont'd.]

Film news

Crowdfunding for Plymouth

27 November 2018 0

Plymouth Arts Centre lost funding last year and is having to relocate its cinema to a new venue in the city’s College of Art. It’s currently trying to raise funds through the Crowdfunder website. If any CFS members have a connection with film in Plymouth and would like to help the city’s only indy cinema to reach its target of £20,000, there is more information on its Crowdfunder page.

Farewell Nic Roeg

24 November 2018 0

Sad to see that Nic Roeg has died. As well as directing the brilliant Don’t Look Now, Walkabout and many others, he was also the cinematographer on John Schlesinger’s wonderful Far From The Madding Crowd and François Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451, which we showed last year.

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 can be found at

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 after the film and there are also tea, coffee, cakes [cont'd.]

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.


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