Harrogate Film Society is celebrating its 60th anniversary season, marked by the showing of Les Diaboliques on the opening night of the season. The society is run by a group of enthusiasts in an informal, welcoming atmosphere.

All films are presented using the latest digital technology.

Harrogate Film Society is a member of Cinema for All and The British Film Institute. The society acknowledges the support of Cinema for All.

Membership is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

Full season of 13 films:£42.00
Concessions *:£35.00
Part season of any 8 films:£35.00 (no concessions)
Guests:£ 5.00 (no concessions)

* 60+, students and unwaged

Please email your name and address to:

or come along to one of our film evenings and join on the night.

Films screened at The Forum, The Sixth Form
Harrogate Grammar School

Arthur's Avenue, Harrogate, HG2 0DZ

The car park is fourth left off Arthur's Avenue from Otley Road.

Chair:Tony Thorndike
Vice Chair:Henry Thompson
Membership Secretary:Nigel Currie
Treasurer:Beryl Thorndike
Programme design:Niko Vouckelatou
Website:Nigel Currie
Projectionist:Peter Havas

And: Sally Smith, Alastair Cowper, Nicholas Williamson, Karen Bridgett, Brian Madden

New volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to help, please contact any committee member.

Season 60
14 September 2015 - 21 March 2016
Mon 14 Sep
  Les Diaboliques & Social at 7pm

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot, 92 mins, France (1955)
Starring: Simone Signoret, Paul Maurisse

The wife and mistress of a sadistic boarding school headmaster plot to kill him. They drown him in the bathtub and dump the body in the school's swimming pool. But when the pool is drained, the body has disappeared. Subsequent sightings of the headmaster slowly drive the women out of their minds.

Mon 28 Sep
  Two Days, One Night    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, 95 mins, Belgium (2014)
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione

Sandra, a young Belgian mother, comes out of hospital to find her workmates have opted for a significant pay bonus in exchange for her dismissal. She has only one weekend to confront and persuade every one of the 16 co-workers to vote to keep her job before time runs out.

Mon 12 Oct
  Tracks    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: John Curran, 112 mins, Australia (2014)
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver

Robyn is determined to cross the West Australian outback with her dog. She tames two feral camels and with two more begins the journey, chased by an unwelcome National Geographic photographer. Befriended by an Aboriginal elder she eventually reaches the ocean, losing her dog in the process.

Mon 26 Oct
  Girlhood    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Celine Sciamma, 113 mins, France (2015)
Starring: Karidja Touré, Assa Sylla

Set in an immigrant suburb of Paris, Marienne is oppressed by her family environment, dead-end school prospects and the boys law in the Banlieue. She starts a new life after meeting 3 free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her dress code, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping this will lead to freedom.

Mon 09 Nov
  The Golden Dream    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Diego Quemada-Diez, 108 mins, Mexico (2013)
Starring: Brandon Lopez, Carlos Chajou, Karen Martinez

Three poverty-stricken Guatemalan teenagers travel to the USA to seek a better life. Joined by an Indian boy who does not speak Spanish, they travel on freight trains and walk along railway tracks. As they do so they face harsh realities.

Mon 16 Nov
  Kumiko    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: David Kellner, 105 mins, USA (2014)
Starring: Rinko Kikuchi

Kumiko is a lonely office worker in Tokyo with a humdrum life. She becomes morbidly obsessed with the film Fargo, which concludes with the burying of a large amount of money in the snow of Minnesota. Convinced it is a true story she goes to search for it, lured by the false promise of riches.

Mon 30 Nov
  Stranger by the Lake    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Alain Guiraudie, 97 mins, France (2013)
Starring: Pierre Deladonchamps

Frank frequents a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France. One day he meets Michel and falls in love. When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship.

Mon 14 Dec
  Wild Tales & Social at 7pm

Director: Damian Szifron, 122 mins, Argentina (2014)
Starring: Dario Grandinetti, Maria Marull

The unconnected lives of six distressed people are individually dissected, creating a mix of drama and deception, full of revenge and the dark sides of the human psyche.

Mon 04 Jan
  Black Coal, Thin Ice & Social at 7pm

Director: Yi'nan Diao, 110 mins China (2014)
Starring: Fan Diao, Lun Mei Gwei

A policeman has to resign due to injuries suffered when working on a gruesome coal-plant murder. Five years later the killer strikes again and the former cop is determined solve the case. He discovers all the victims are linked to a mysterious woman. As he falls for her he finds he is in great danger.

Mon 18 Jan
  Leviathan    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev, 140 mins, Russia (2015)
Starring: Aleksey Serebrya, Elena Lyadova

Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor of the Arctic town where he and his family live when he is told his home is to be demolished and his land and business taken from him. He calls on an old army friend in Moscow, now a lawyer, to help. As they fight the mayor the friend's arrival only brings greater misfortune.

Mon 15 Feb
  Ida    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, 82 mins, Poland (2013)
Starring: Aguta Kuleska, Dawid Ogrodnik

Set in 1962, on the eve of her taking her vows, orphan Anna is ordered by the Mother Superior to explore her family history before submitting to the church. The only relative she finds is a hard drinking aunt, Wanda. Together, the unlikely pair unravel the family's dark past and confront a devastating truth.

Mon 22 Feb
  Catch Me Daddy    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Daniel Wolfe, 112 mins, UK (2014)
Starring: Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, Connor McCarron, Gary Lewis

Laila, an Asian girl on the run from her family and a forced marriage, hides out in West Yorkshire with her drifter boyfriend, Aaron. When her brother arrives in town with a gang of thugs, she is forced to flee for her life and faces her darkest night.

Mon 07 Mar
  The Duke of Burgundy    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Peter Strickland, 104 mins UK (2015)
Starring: Sidse Knudsen, Monica Swinn

A lesbian love affair based on sadomasochistic role-play develops between a dominant woman, an entomologist, and her maid. Their roles subtly change and their affair, rooted in humiliation and pain, faces crisis when one of them falls out of love.

Mon 21 Mar
  Timbuktu    Film starts at 7.45pm. (AGM) & Social at 7pm.

Director: Abdulrahmane Sissako, 97 mins, Mauritania (2014)
Starring: Ibrahim Ahmed, Toulou Kiki

A cattle herder and his family live peacefully in the Timbuktu savannah, spared from the reign of terror imposed by jihadists in the town. But their destiny changes abruptly as jihadists intervene in a deadly neighbour dispute.

Links and further reading

Film Societies

Cinema for All (formerly the British Federation of Film Societies)
The British Film Institute

Online Resources

BFI Education and Research
The Internet Movie Database (IMDB)
The Oscars

Reading about cinema

The long-standing allure of celebrity and the explosion in film studies as an academic subject which started in the mid 1960s have combined to produce a massive literature on cinema.

Any good book shop will carry a wide selection of biographies, studies of genres and expositions of the work of particular directors, along with information about national cinematic movements.

The brief list below is in no way representative of this huge body of work, but is provided as a starting point for those interested to learn more about movies, the people who make them and the wider cultural and social debates that continue to swirl around the industry.

The selection has some general interest and some more academic works.

Mark Cousins - The Story of Film. (London: Pavilion, 2004)

David Sterritt (ed) - Jean-Luc Godard: Interviews. (Jackson: University of Missisippi Press, 1998)

Guy Austin - Contemporary French Cinema: an introduction (2nd ed.) (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2008)

Susan Hayward - French National Cinema. (London: Routledge, 2005)

David Clarke - German Cinema: since unification (London: Continuum, 2006)

Neal Gabler - An Empire of Their Own. How The Jews Invented Hollywood. (New York: Anchor Books, 1989)

Barry Norman - And Why Not? Memoirs of a Film Lover (London: Pocket Books, 2003)

Richard Maltby - Hollywood Cinema. Second Edition. (Malden, Oxford: Blackwell, 2003)

Dennis McDougal - The Last Mogul. Lew Wasserman, MCA and the Hidden History of Hollywood. (New York: Crown Publishers Inc., 1998)

Harry Shapiro - Shooting Stars: Drugs, Hollywood and the Movies. (London: Serpent's Tail, 2005)

Robert Brent Toplin (ed) - Oliver Stone's USA. Film History and Controversy. (Lawrence KS: University Press of Kansas, 2000)

Peter Biskind - Easy Riders Raging Bulls. How the sex 'n' drugs 'n' rock 'n' roll generation saved Hollywood. (London: Bloomsbury, 1998)

Peter Biskind - Gods and Monsters. Thirty Years of Writing on Film and Culture. (London: Bloomsbury, 2005)

Michael Coyne - Hollywood Goes to Washington. American Politics on Screen. (London: Reaktion, 2008)

Charles Lyons - The New Censors. Movies and the Culture Wars. (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1997)

The associated bibliographies will offer many more possibilities.

There are a number of book stores in the centre of Harrogate, including Books For All on Commercial Street, which offers a range of cinema related titles (the film books are upstairs).

French Films 2016

The 2016 season of French Film will start on Thursday 21st April in the Forum at Harrogate Grammar School. The theme this year is "La France avec ou sans Coeur". As usual, the films will be preceded by wine and cheese. All the films start at 7pm, will have sub-titles in English and will be presented by Alain Le Bourdon. This year's selection is as follows:

Thursday 21st April: Samba (2015)
Thursday 28th April: Love is in the Air (2014)
Thursday 5th May: Welcome (2009)
Thursday 12th May: I Do (2006)
Thursday 19th May: Barbecue (2014)
Thursday 26th May: Going Away (2014)
Thursday 9th June: La Grande Vadrouille (1966)
Thursday 16th June: Orchestra Seats (2006)
Thursday 23rd June: Romantics Anonymous (2010)
Thursday 30th June: La Famille Bélier (2014)

Tickets for the films are £8 per evening or £65 for the season of ten films including wine and cheese.

More information about each of the films in French and English is available at www.harrogategrammar.co.uk

For further enquiries please contact Alain Le Bourdon via email at alb@harrogategrammar.co.uk