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Join now for the 2018/19 season

17 July 2018 0

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting membership applications for the 2018/19 season. Click the ‘Join Here’ button in the menu above to pay by PayPal. Alternatively, you can apply by post and pay by cheque. This season we will be showing 19 films without increasing the £34 subscription rate. We think you will agree that this [cont'd.]

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New privacy notice

25 May 2018 0

In order to comply with GDPR, we have produced a new Privacy Notice. This tells you about the information we collect and hold and the ways you can have access to it. In due course we will be creating a new GDPR-compliant mailing list that will enable us to send out newsletters and marketing information about events outside the main [cont'd.]

Your reactions

Reactions to A Man Called Ove

25 April 2018 0

A very enthusiastic response to A Man Called Ove, our final film. It scored 96.21 per cent, the highest score of the season. Just a few of the comments: “Haven’t enjoyed a film so much for years.” “The best film of the season. Thank you!” “Made me laugh and cry.” “Tragically, brilliantly hilarious.” “A brilliant film to finish with.” “A fitting conclusion [cont'd.]

Reactions to Graduation

18 April 2018 0

Some enthusiasm for Graduation, but many members found it overlong. It gained an appreciation score of 67.54 per cent. Here are some comments: “Lovely film. The cronyism, corruption of a developing country is well depicted. These are the moral and ethical dilemmas one faces living in such countries.” “Gentle corruption: a way of life. Understated: left much to be inferred.” [cont'd.]

Reactions to The Handmaiden

21 March 2018 0

A very warm response to The Handmaiden, which kept people rapt for 144 minutes despite the inadequacies of the Bacon’s seating and achieved an appreciation score of 84.33 per cent. There was only one D and no Es. Some comments: “Love really is ‘all you need’. Best film this season.” “Surprisingly entertaining, given child abuse, brutalised fingers and lots of [cont'd.]

Reactions to Clash

14 March 2018 0

Polarised opinions about Mohamed Diab’s intense and claustrophobic Clash last night, but still a strong score of 73.89 per cent. It was not an easy film to watch, and some people hated the constantly moving camera, but most appreciated the skill of the film-making and the relevance of the subject-matter. Some comments: “Genuinely unique film-making. Brutal, gut-wrenching, with beautiful moments of [cont'd.]

Reactions to The Salesman

7 March 2018 0

A strong score of 83.42 per cent for Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman. Some comments: “Another excellent film. Well chosen!” “Riveting, uncompromising and very cruel. A compelling watch!” “Acting superb. Direction superb. Cinematography superb. Well worth the Oscar.” “Brilliant. As was his last film. Great director!” “Extraordinary storyteller. Great actors.” “Refreshing change, not being able to guess who did it until the [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.


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


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