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CFS Online goes live

29 October 2020 0

We are pleased to announce that CFS Online, our programme of four films to stream from home, is ready to go. You will find full details of how to join the scheme and how the system works on the CFS [cont'd.]

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Playhouse fundraising

20 October 2020 0

Some of you will have seen that Cheltenham Playhouse’s bid for £50,000 in Culture Recovery Fund money to help it through the pandemic was rejected. With no income from its own shows for six months, the theatre has been eating [cont'd.]

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November films

30 September 2020 0

We are now open for bookings for our November films. There will be two screenings of The Guilty on Tuesday 11 November at 17:30 and 20:15 and one Wednesday 12 November at 19:30. There will be two screenings of Monos [cont'd.]

Our next film

The Guilty

30 October 2020 0

Our next film, on Tuesday 10 November at 17:30 and Wednesday 11 November at 20:15, is The Guilty, a Danish thriller from 2018. A police officer in an emergency call centre receives a call from a woman who has been [cont'd.]

Your reactions

Reactions to Hail Satan?

30 October 2020 0

Well, this year’s documentary, Hail Satan?, was certainly cast into the fiery furnace near the bottom of our list of films, with an overall score of 60 per cent. That places it only 16 places above such favourites as The [cont'd.]

More reactions

Reactions to Woman at War

16 October 2020 0

Our second film in our temporary home, Woman at War, received an appreciation score of 91.67 per cent, putting it in the top 30 of the films we have shown in the last 20 years. Some of your comments: “Another [cont'd.]

Reactions to Bait

24 September 2020 0

Bait was an experiment for us, in two ways. It was the first time we have used Cheltenham Playhouse in Covid conditions, and the first time we have used an email-based Google forms system for collecting members’ responses to a [cont'd.]

Reactions to Hail Caesar!

11 March 2020 0

An appreciation score of 74.55 per cent for Hail Caesar! Some of your comments: “A great film – most suitable for Tuesday evening viewing.” “Great attention to detail. Great film!” “Hilarious satire of 50’s Hollywood.” “Always like the Coen Brothers [cont'd.]

Coming on TV

Recommended films on TV

30 October 2020 0

FILM OF THE WEEK Blue Velvet (1986) was a shocking film when it came out and remains a shocking film. A weird blend of psychological horror and neo-noir, it reveals a world of violence and sexual depravity lurking beneath the [cont'd.]

Recommended films on TV

23 October 2020 0

FILM OF THE WEEK Apostasy (2017) is a modest British film that takes us inside the closed world of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, not in a gawping, sensationalist way but with sympathy and understanding. A debut by writer/director Daniel Kokotailo, based [cont'd.]

Film news

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The Last Day

14 October 2020 0

The experimental theatre group People Show were set to premiere their short film People Show 138: The Last Day when Covid forced them to call it off. Now, from October 19 to 23, they are making it available on YouTube. [cont'd.]

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Oracles in Sepia

2 October 2020 0

You might enjoy this. Oracles in Sepia is a powerful short film assembled out of archive footage and some snatches of spoken word. It illustrates changes in British life from approximately the last war through to our contested and conflicted times. [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 550 strong.

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