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Our Season 2018-2019 Is Now Open

The Swindon Film Society was established in 1947. 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 Next Three Films

Showing: 7 November, 2018
All Quiet On The Western Front film poster
Showing: 21 November, 2018
I Am Not A Witch film poster
Showing: 12 December, 2018
Sanctuary 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.

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LOVING VINCENT

Wednesday 5 September 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

2017 | 94m | Cert 12 | Animation

A stunning, fully painted animated feature exploring the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. A one-of-a-kind work of art.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
116 112 64 39 7 1 1 87%
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DHEEPAN

Wednesday 19 September 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

2015 | 110m | Cert 15 | Drama

A Tamil Tiger rebel soldier poses as the husband and father of two other Sri Lankan refugees in order to escape to Europe. This makeshift "family" tries to establish a new life in the mean streets of Paris.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
90 90 29 40 15 6 0 76%
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HOTEL SALVATION

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

2016 | 102m | Cert PG | Comedy/Drama

Faced with his father's untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi and attain Salvation, a son is left with no choice but to embark on this journey.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
122 116 31 52 26 6 1 73%
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IN BETWEEN

Wednesday 17 October 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

2016 | 103m | Cert 15 | Drama

The story of three young, independent Palestinian women in Tel Aviv, trying to pursue modern lives against the restrictions imposed by their traditionalist and besieged society.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
118 118 35 55 22 5 1 75%
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ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

Wednesday 7 November 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

1930 | 133m | Cert PG | War

Follow a group of idealistic young men as they join the German Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their patriotism is destroyed by the harsh realities of combat. A masterwork of filmmaking and a classic anti-war film, as the centenary of WW1 Armistice Day approaches…
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I AM NOT A WITCH

Wednesday 21 November 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

2017 | 93m | Cert 12A | Drama

A magic realist fable set in present-day Zambia that has plenty to say about gender and superstition.
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SANCTUARY

Wednesday 12 December 2018, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

2016 | 87m | Cert 15 | Comedy/Romance

The sweet, smart and funny story about the efforts of a young man and woman with intellectual disabilities to be together.
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YOUTH

Wednesday 9 January 2019, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

2015 | 124m | Cert 15 | Comedy/Drama

Starring Michael Caine as retired composer Fred with Harvey Keitel as washed-up film-maker Mick. They are old friends who reflect on their past lives while holidaying at a spa in the Swiss Alps. An elegiac story exploring their relationships with women and colleagues, regrets and perceived failures, all accompanied by beautiful music.
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THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT

Wednesday 16 January 2019, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

2017 | 111m | Cert 15 | Thriller

In 2011 Cairo, getting rich is more important than doing right. Noredin, a Cairo detective is, like his colleagues, unthinkingly corrupt but has a sudden crisis of conscience when called in to investigate the brutal murder of a beautiful young singer in a room at the lavish Nile Hilton Hotel. A modern ​film noir​ thriller.
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THE PARTY

Wednesday 30 January 2019, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

2017 | 71m | Cert 15 | Satire

A black comedy with an excellent ensemble cast of seven including Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall. ​Janet hosts an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension. However, a night that begins with champagne soon leads to arguments, shouting and revelations.
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MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART

Wednesday 13 February 2019, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

2015 | 126m | Cert 12A | Drama

An epic film that is a snapshot of the on-going capitalist explosion in China seen through the experiences of a single family. Set during the country’s past, present and future, it depicts both the family’s material progress and the price they have to pay for it. ​An historical saga portraying modern Chinese life.
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THE SCHOOL OF LIFE

Wednesday 6 March 2019, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

2017 | 116m | Cert PG | Drama

Trapped behind the high walls of an austere orphanage in suburban Paris, Paul has only ever known one home. His chance to discover the wider world comes when a rural couple, Borel and Celestine, take him back to their farm where he comes under the spell of the local poacher. A beautiful and uplifting story set in 1920s France.
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LAND OF MINE

Wednesday 20 March 2019, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

2015 | 100m | Cert 15 | War

In Spring 1945, with the war ended, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear thousands of German landmines from Denmark’s west coast with their bare hands resulting in many injuries and fatalities. This is a true, but still largely unknown, story. Was it post-war justice or retribution?
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PHANTOM THREAD

Wednesday 3 April 2019, 7.45pm, Swindon Arts Centre

2017 | 130m | Cert 15 | Drama/Romance

Set in the glamour of 1950s London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock and his sister Cyril are at the centre of British fashion with their distinct style. Reynolds’ fastidious and controlled life is disrupted by Alma, who becomes both his muse and lover. Daniel Day-Lewis announced his retirement after making this film.

Overall Audience Feedback

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

Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
112 109 40 47 18 5 1 78%