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Season 2017-2018 Film Programme

The Swindon Film Society was established in 1947 and this year we are celebrating our 70th anniversary. In all this time, we have been showing, at the Swindon Arts Centre, the best films that international cinema has to offer. The SFS is a membership club, regulated by Cinema For All (trading name for the British Federation of Film Societies).

As a society, it is required that our films are shown to society members and their guests. Please help us by joining today.

Our members’ guests may purchase their individual admission to films at the Swindon Central Library, the Wyvern Box Office or directly at the door of the Arts Centre on film nights.

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Our Last Film Of The Season

Showing: 28 March, 2018
Train To Busan film poster

Our Film Season

Doors open 30 minutes before a show. We don’t show any adverts, so please make sure to arrive in good time to get your ticket and seat.

Advance tickets for Swindon Film Society films can be purchased from the Wyvern box office, the Swindon Central Library, or on the door at the film showing.

The Olive Tree film screenshot


Wednesday 13 September 2017, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

Spain | 2016 | 99m | Cert 15

Alma is a 20-year-old girl and adores her grandfather, a man who has not spoken for years. When the elderly man also refuses to eat, the girl decides to recover the millenary tree that the family sold against his will. In order to succeed, she needs to count on her uncle, a victim of the crisis, her friend Rafa, and her whole town to help her. The problem is to find out where in Europe the olive tree is.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
118 117 55 41 20 1 0 82%
Frantz film screenshot


Wednesday 20 September 2017, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

France | 2016 | 114m | Cert PG

This sumptuous period war drama loosely based on the 1932 Ernst Lubitsch drama Broken Lullaby, tells the story of a German woman grieving the death of her lover in World War I, shocked when his grave is visited by a Frenchman claiming he was friend with her beloved before the war.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
106 110 56 27 27 0 0 82%
Clash film screenshot


Wednesday 4 October 2017, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

Egypt | 2016 | 98m | Cert 15

Set entirely in an 8m police truck, a number of detainees from different political and social backgrounds are brought together by their inevitable fate, during the turmoil that followed the ousting of former president Morsi from power.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
63 62 20 14 22 6 0 69%
The Ghost And Mrs Muir film screenshot


Wednesday 18 October 2017, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

USA | 1947 | 104m | Cert U

An exceptional showcase in celebration of our Society’s 70th anniversary! A gentle romantic fantasy about a widow who moves into a reportedly haunted cottage on the English seaside. Shortly after she arrives with her young daughter in tow, she is indeed haunted by the ghost of a sea captain who has previously owned the house…
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
100 103 51 28 18 5 1 80%
Neruda film screenshot


Wednesday 22 November 2017, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

Chile | 2016 | 108m | Cert 15

When Nobel-prize winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda is named an enemy of the state in 1948 for his communist leanings, a determined investigator launches a search to apprehend him.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
109 110 20 34 42 10 4 63%
The Young Offenders film screenshot


Wednesday 6 December 2017, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

Ireland | 2016 | 83m | Cert 15

Two teenage boys cycle 160km on stolen bikes pursued by police to find a missing bale of cocaine worth 7 million euro. Set around the real event of Ireland’s biggest cocaine seizure in 2007.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
109 110 39 45 20 3 3 76%
A Man Called Ove film screenshot


Wednesday 10 January 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

Sweden | 2015 | 116m | Cert 15

An irritable, elderly busybody spends his days making his neighbours miserable with his grousing and demands for order, but his crabbiness hides a deep grief for his deceased wife, whom he hopes to soon join. His clumsy attempts at suicide bring him into contact with the Persian family next door, and his growing friendship with them helps him reconnect with life.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
115 115 89 24 2 0 0 94%
The Black Hen film screenshot


Wednesday 17 January 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

Nepal | 2015 | 88m | Cert 12A

In a remote Nepalese village, Prakash and Kiran, two 12-year old inseparable friends, despite belonging to different castes, decide to raise a hen to earn some money by selling its eggs…
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
107 105 6 21 59 18 1 53%
The Salesman film screenshot


Wednesday 31 January 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

Iran | 2016 | 124m | Cert 12A

Forced to leave their apartment due to a dangerous construction project in a neighbouring building, a young Iranian couple moves to the center of Tehran where they become embroiled in a life-altering situation involving the previous tenant. Directed by Asghar Farhadi, who also helmed the Oscar-winning feature A Separation.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
69 65 25 26 13 1 0 79%
Burn Burn Burn film screenshot


Wednesday 7 February 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

UK | 2015 | 106m | Cert 15

Following the death of their friend, two girls in their late twenties embark on a road trip to spread his ashes. Seph and Alex take turns driving. Dan is in the glove compartment, in Tupperware, decreasing in volume as the trip progresses.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
103 104 50 36 15 3 0 82%
Julieta film screenshot


Wednesday 21 February 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

Spain | 2016 | 97m | Cert 15

After a chance meeting, middle-aged Julieta learns that her long-lost daughter has resurfaced in Madrid. This begins a painful reflection by Julieta into her chequered past, flashing back to the moments of pain that defined her current life. This drama is directed by Spanish master Pedro Almodóvar.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
110 112 51 38 20 3 0 81%
Tanna film screenshot


Wednesday 28 February 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

Australia, Vanuatu | 2015 | 104m | Cert 12A

Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister’s loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
58 59 29 20 9 1 0 83%
After The Storm film screenshot


Wednesday 14 March 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

Japan | 2016 | 117m | Cert PG

Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his mother and ex-wife seem to be moving on with their lives, but Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
84 82 9 23 42 8 0 60%
Train To Busan film screenshot


Wednesday 28 March 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

South Korea | 2016 | 118m | Cert 15

Sok-woo, a father with not much time for his daughter, Soo-ahn, are boarding the KTX, a fast train that brings them from Seoul to Busan. But during their journey, the apocalypse begins, and most of the earth’s population become flesh craving zombies. While the KTX is shooting towards Busan, the passengers fight for their families and lives against the zombies – and each other.

Overall Audience Feedback

The table below represents the audience feedback, for all films shown to date.

Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
96 96 37 29 24 4 1 75%