Now in its 61st year, Harrogate Film Society is run by a group of film enthusiasts in an informal, welcoming atmosphere. Once again, we are proud to present a programme of critically acclaimed and diverse films from all over the world, in turn entertaining and thoughtful, sometimes unusual and stimulating, virtually all rarely screened in the United Kingdom.

All films are presented using the latest digital technology in comfortable surroundings.

Harrogate Film Society is a member of Cinema for All and The British Film Institute.

Screenings are on Mondays at 7.45pm
   *  film is preceded by a social at 7pm
   ** film is followed by a Film Club discussion

Mon 12Slow West *
Mon 26Seraphine
Mon 10Tangerines
Mon 24Hitchcock/Truffaut **
Mon 07Taxi Tehran **
Mon 21Marguerite
Mon 05A Room with a View *
Mon 09Rams *
Mon 23Theeb **
Mon 13A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence **
Mon 20Dheepan
Mon 06Victoria
Mon 20The Secret in their Eyes
Mon 03Still Mine *

Membership is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

Full season:£42.00
Concessions *:£35.00
Part season (8 films):£35.00 (no concessions)
Guests:£ 5.00
(£ 3.00 for students aged 16-19)

* 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 Soothill Hall
Ashville College

Green Lane, Harrogate, HG2 9JP

The car park is accessed from Yew Tree Lane.

Chair:Tony Thorndike
Vice Chair:Nicholas Williamson
Membership Secretary:Nigel Currie
Treasurer:Beryl Thorndike
Programme design:Niko Vouckelatou
Projectionist:Peter Havas

And: Sally Smith, Karen Bridgett, Brian Madden, Paula Stott, Paul Kelley.

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

Season 61
12 September 2016 - 3 April 2017
Mon 12 Sep
  Slow West & Social at 7pm

Director: John Maclean, 84 mins, UK / New Zealand (2015) 15
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Jay, a young Scottish aristocrat, is travelling across Colorado in search of the girl he loves, escorted by Silas, a grizzled gunslinger and bandit on the run. The characters they meet on their way make for a comic, quirky Western, with outstanding cinematography.

Mon 26 Sep
  Séraphine    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Martin Provost, 121 mins, France (2008) 15
Starring: Yolande Moreau, Ulrich Tukur

Séraphine's life as a housemaid is changed forever when she is discovered by a German art critic and dealer who encourages her to show her paintings in Paris. But as Séraphine creates her most inspired pieces and her reputation soars to startling heights, her life descends into the realms of madness.

Mon 10 Oct
  Tangerines    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Zara Urushadze, 87 mins, Georgia/Estonia (2014) 15
Starring: Lembit Ulfsak, Giorgi Nakashidze

In an Estonian-populated village in the midst of a breakaway province of Georgia, Ivo stays behind to harvest his crop of tangerines as the other villagers flee the conflict. When he takes in a wounded Georgian soldier left on his doorstep he finds himself caught up in the middle of somebody else's war.

Mon 24 Oct
  Hitchcock/Truffaut    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Kent Jones, 79 mins, USA/France (2015) 12A
Starring: Alfred Hitchcock, Francois Truffaut

Well-known filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book Hitchcock by Truffaut influenced their work. The book recorded a week-long conversation between Hitchcock and Truffaut. While Hitchcock's entire career is summarised, the documentary covers two films in detail: Vertigo and Psycho.

Mon 07 Nov
  Taxi Tehran    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Jafar Panani, 82 mins, Iran (2015) 12A
Starring: No credits allowed

Banned from filming in Iran, Panahi takes on the disguise of a taxi driver to produce a clever and creative comedy about life in Iran. This award-winning and entertaining film is full of engaging characters who will remain with you long after this neatly structured film ends.

Mon 21 Nov
  Marguerite    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Zavier Giannoli, 129 mins, France (2015) 15
Starring: Catherine Frot, Michel Fau

In 1920s Paris, Marguerite Dumont is a wealthy lover of opera. She loves to sing to an entourage of vacuous, superficially adoring high society friends, although she is woefully tone-deaf. Delusional in her self-belief, she is exposed when she performs in front of a real audience.

Mon 05 Dec
  A Room with a View & Social at 7pm

Director: James Ivory, 137 mins, UK (1985) 12A
Starring: Maggie Smith, Helen Bonham-Carter, Denholm Elliott

The Tuscan and English countryside frame this engaging story set in early 1900s Florence, where Lucy and her chaperone are given a hotel room with no view. Fellow guests the Emersons come to the rescue, disrupting the life she had planned for herself.

Mon 09 Jan
  Rams & Social at 7pm

Director: Grimur Hakonarson, 93 mins, Iceland (2015) 12A
Starring: Sigurour Sigurjonsson, Theodor Juliusson

In a remote Icelandic valley, two estranged brothers live side-by-side raising prize rams. When a cull is ordered to contain an outbreak of disease, each brother responds in his own fashion. But as the authorities close in they are forced to join forces in a wintry climax.

Mon 23 Jan
  Theeb    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Naji Abu Nawar, 100 mins, UAE (2014) 15
Starring: Jasir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh

In the Ottoman province of Hijaz in 1916, a young Bedouin boy outwits potential enemies as the Arab revolt swirls around him. Boasting stunning locales and cinematography, there are evocative, assured performances from the mainly non-professional cast.

Mon 13 Feb
  A Pigeon...   Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Roy Andersson, 101 mins, Sweden (2014) 12
Starring: Holger Andersson, Nils Westblom

A pair of hapless novelty salesmen link a series of surreal comic tableaux: King Charles XII of Sweden and his army take over a modern cafe; Limping Lotte leads her customers in a dance to the tune of John Brown's body; and watching over everything, a pigeon sitting on a branch.

Mon 20 Feb
  Dheepan    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Jacques Audiard, 115 mins, France (2016) 15
Starring: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieswari Srinivasan

Dheepan, a Tamil Tiger, flees Sri Lanka as the Tamil revolt collapses. He takes with him two strangers - a woman and a little girl - hoping they will make it easier for him to claim asylum. But in Paris the daily violence forces him to revert to his warrior past.

Mon 06 Mar
  Victoria    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Sebastian Schipper, 138 mins, Germany (2015) 15
Starring: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau

Victoria, a young woman from Madrid, meets four local men outside a Berlin nightclub. Sonne and his friends promise to show her the authentic city. But when a debt needs to be paid to a member of Berlin's criminal underworld, the night quickly spirals out of control.

Mon 20 Mar
  The Secret in their Eyes    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Juan Jose Campanella, 129 mins, Argentina (2009) 18
Starring: Richardo Darin, Soledad Villamil

Benjamin Esposito, a retired justice agent, is writing a novel about an old case, a disturbing rape and murder that turned his life upside down. When he goes to see his old boss, Irene, he discovers that neither the old case, nor his unrequited love for her, are truly over.

Mon 03 Apr
  Still Mine    Film starts at 7.45pm. (AGM) & Social at 7pm.

Director: Michael McGowan, 102 mins, Canada (2012) 15
Starring: James Cornwell, Genevieve Bujold

A true story about a fiercely independent octogenarian and his mentally ailing wife, no longer able to make a living from their New Brunswick farm. It is both a love story and a struggle against the odds: adapting to a partner's onset of dementia, while building a new house in the teeth of planning opposition.


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

For further enquiries please contact Alain Le Bourdon via email at