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First film goes well

23 September 2020 0

We had 100 people for our two “trial” screenings of Bait in the Cheltenham Playhouse. The social distancing arrangements worked well, there was no queueing and people seemed glad to be back, watching a worthwhile film on a big screen. [cont'd.]

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Our TV film email

19 May 2020 0

While CFS has been in abeyance, we have been producing a weekly guide to films on TV that members may find of interest. You can find this by going to the page shown below or you can join our email [cont'd.]

Our next film

Woman at War

24 September 2020 0

Our next film, on Tuesday 13 October at 17:30 and 20:00, is Woman at War, directed by Benedikt Erlingsson. This gentle Icelandic drama, from 2019, concerns itself with Halla, a mild-mannered choral teacher who leads a double life as an [cont'd.]

Your reactions

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.]

More reactions

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.]

Reactions to Border

26 February 2020 0

One of the lower appreciation scores of the season so far for Border, at 74.11 per cent. Some of your comments: “Truly astonishing:- believable, surprising and poignant. Excellent acting – I was totally sucked in!!” “An extraordinary film, courageous, dark, [cont'd.]

Reactions to Imagine

19 February 2020 0

A warm welcome for Imagine and an appreciation score of 84.44 per cent. Some of your comments: “What a pity it didn’t get a UK distributor! Fascinating insight, and compelling drama.” “A very welcome change after the last few films [cont'd.]

Coming on TV

Recommended films on TV

18 September 2020 0

FILM OF THE WEEK I, Tonya (2017) is set in the world of ice dancing, but it’s mainly a pitch-black comedy about class in America and how it drives sporting ambition. Tonya Harding is a real person. She was an Olympic-level [cont'd.]

Recommended films on TV

11 September 2020 0

FILM OF THE WEEK When Bait (2019) was released, it was an immediate sensation. Not so much for its story, which is a conventional account of friction between the inhabitants of a Cornish fishing village and wealthy weekenders, as for its [cont'd.]

Recommended films on TV

4 September 2020 0

FILM OF THE WEEK David Fincher’s Zodiac (2007) is based on the true story of a serial killer who terrorised the San Francisco area in the late 60s and early 70s. After he had killed a man in a lovers’ lane, [cont'd.]

Film news

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WOFFF goes online

21 September 2020 0

Members may be interested in the Women Over 50 Film Festival, now in its sixth year, which this time will be online. The festival runs from 26-30 September. It comprises 58 short films by and about older women from 37 [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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