Now in its 62nd 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 11The Olive Tree *
Mon 25The Second Mother
Mon 09Les Innocentes **
Mon 23Elle
Mon 06Moolaadé
Mon 20Lebanon **
Mon 04Frantz
Mon 18The Eagle Huntress *
Mon 08The Salesman *
Mon 22Mustang **
Mon 05The Handmaiden
Mon 19La Famille Bélier **
Mon 05Irreplaceable
Mon 19Ghost Dog *

Membership is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

Full season:£42.50
Concessions *:£35.00
Part season (8 films):£35.00 (no concessions)
Single film **:£ 5.00
(£ 3.00 for students aged 16-19)

* 60+, students and unwaged
** Non-members welcome. Just pay on the door.

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:Paula Stott
Membership:Nigel Currie
Treasurer:Beryl Thorndike
Programme design:Niko Vouckelatou
Projectionist:Peter Havas

And: Sally Smith, Karen Bridgett, Brian Madden, Paul Kelley, Jan Garvey, Henry Thompson.

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

Flash film screenings are at the North Bar, Harrogate on Sunday afternoons. Tickets are £5 each and all films will be followed by a discussion.

Sun 08Donnie Darko
Sun 06In Between
Sun 10Mildred Pierce
Sun 22Savages
Season 62
11 September 2017 - 19 March 2018
Mon 11 Sep
  The Olive Tree & Social at 7pm

Director: Iciar Bollain, 100 mins, Spain (2016) 15
Starring: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutiérrez

Alma's grandfather hasn't spoken to anyone for 12 years, ever since his son sold the ancient olive tree to build a restaurant. When he stops eating as well as speaking, Alma undertakes a journey to recover the tree and save her grandfather's life.

Mon 25 Sep
  The Second Mother    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Anna Muylaert, 112 mins, Brazil (2015) 15
Starring: Regina Casé, Helena Albergaria

The unexpected and sudden arrival of the housekeeper's daughter in the home of a wealthy family upsets the unspoken yet strict balance of power in the household. The delicate relationship between employer and servant is subtly and wryly observed in this comedy-drama set in modern-day Brazil.

Mon 9 Oct
  Les Innocentes    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Anne Fontaine, 115 mins, France (2014) 12
Starring: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek

A war movie about women by women. Set in a convent in Poland in 1945 it explores the impact of war crimes on the nuns and a young doctor who helps them. The subject is portrayed delicately, by excellent actors. The cinematography is stunning and is enhanced by an evocative soundtrack.

Mon 23 Oct
  Elle    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Paul Verhoeven, 130 mins, France (2016) 18
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte

Isabelle Huppert stars as a successful businesswoman who gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her. Huppert dominates things with a mesmerising performance and was Oscar nominated for this role.

Mon 06 Nov
  Moolaadé    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Ousmane Sembene, 124 mins, France/Burkina Faso (2004) Unrated
Starring: Fatoumata Coulibaly, Maimouna Hélène Diarra

Four village girls seek "magical protection" (moolaadé) from a woman determined to stop the practice of female genital mutilation. A colourful depiction of village life which tackles a sensitive subject and creates a surprisingly uplifting film about women's empowerment.

Mon 20 Nov
  Lebanon    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Samuel Maoz, 93 mins, Israel (2009) 15
Starring: Yoav Donat, Itay Tiran

June, 1982, the first Lebanon War. An Israeli tank is dispatched to patrol a hostile village ‐ a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The crew of four find themselves in a violent situation they cannot handle. Filmed almost entirely inside the tank, it captures their fear as they face the reality of war.

Mon 04 Dec
  Frantz    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: François Ozon, 113 mins, France (2016) 12
Starring: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer

Set in the aftermath of World War I, this tense drama traces the relationship between Anna, still grieving for her fiancé, Frantz, and Adrien, the mysterious Frenchman who comes to lay flowers on her fiancé's grave. Is Adrien really an old friend, or is there a more sinister explanation for his interest?

Mon 18 Dec
  The Eagle Huntress & Social at 7pm

Director: Otto Bell, 84 mins, Mongolia (2016)
Starring: Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Rys Nurgaiv

Aisholpan, a young Kazakh nomad girl living in Mongolia, is descended from a long line of eagle hunters, men who hunt with eagles in the mountains in winter. Flying in the face of her male-dominated society, she wants to become the first female eagle hunter. Against the backdrop of stunning scenery, we watch as she develops her skills.

Mon 08 Jan
  The Salesman & Social at 7pm

Director: Asghar Farhadi, 125 mins, Iran (2016) 12
Starring: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini

A well-crafted, intelligent film, which is part- thriller, part-psychological and moral drama. Set in Tehran, it juxtaposes scenes of a married acting couple's real life with scenes from Arthur Miller's play. The strong, finely tuned performances and confident direction result in a thought-provoking film.

Mon 22 Jan
  Mustang   Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 97 mins, Turkey (2015) 12
Starring: Günes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Doguslu

This warm-hearted drama tells the story of what it is like to be a young woman in Turkey today. Causing controversy in Turkey, with threats to the young cast and the female director, Mustang was nominated for best foreign language film at the 2015 Oscars.

Mon 05 Feb
  The Handmaiden    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Chan-wook Park, 145 mins, South Korea (2016) 18
Starring: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha

In this acclaimed adaptation of Sarah Waters' erotic thriller Fingersmith, a criminal installs a maid in the home of a plutocrat to help him forge a relationship with the plutocrat's niece. The aim is marriage, then fraud. A relationship develops between the women and the plan dizzyingly unravels.

Mon 19 Feb
  La Famille Bélier    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Eric Lartigau, 106 mins, France (2014) 12
Starring: Karin Viard, François Damiens

The Bélier family ‐ mother, father and son ‐ are all deaf. Their 16 year old daughter can hear and is the voice of the family. When her music teacher finds out she has a beautiful singing voice, he encourages her to sit the entrance exam for an elite choir in Paris. The rest of the family take this very badly.

Mon 05 Mar
  Irreplaceable    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Thomas Lilti, 102 mins, France (2016) 12
Starring: François Cluzet, Marianne Denicourt

Dr Jean-Pierre Werner knows his patients and they trust him to do what is right for them. But when he is diagnosed with a serious illness he is told to take an assistant. His patients find it hard to accept the new doctor but gradually her warmth and determination win through.

Mon 19 Mar
  Ghost Dog    Film starts at 7.45pm. (AGM) & Social at 7pm.

Director: Jim Jarmusch, 116 mins, USA (1999) 15
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Henry Silva

Ghost Dog is a self-styled Samurai warrior who lives in a roof-top hide-out and uses carrier pigeons to communicate with his contract-killer masters. This highly stylised gangster movie delivers a gripping narrative and a fine cast of characters, from Mafia mobsters to an Haitian ice cream salesman.


Flash Film at the North Bar, Harrogate

Tickets (£5) available online from Eventbrite

Sun 08 Apr
  Donnie Darko at the North Bar, Harrogate, 3pm

Director: Richard Kelly, 113 mins, US (2001) 15
Starring: Jake Gyllenhall, Drew Barrymore

Writer-director Richard Kelly's first film has become a cult classic. It weaves comedy into a horror/science-fiction storyline that follows a troubled teenager Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he encounters a six foot rabbit called Frank. With insights from Frank, Donnie then seeks to avert a tragedy in this world.

Flash Film at the North Bar, Harrogate

Tickets (£5) available online from Eventbrite

Sun 06 May
  In Between at the North Bar, Harrogate, 2pm

Director: Maysaloun Hamoud, 103 mins, Israel (2016) 15
Starring: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh

Maysaloun Hamoud's film which she both wrote and directed, explores the lives of three young Palestinian women living in Tel Aviv as they confront the patriarchal society around them. The film is F-rated in recognition of its female writer-director and the strong female acting performances.

Flash Film at the North Bar, Harrogate

Tickets (£5) available online from Eventbrite

Sun 10 June
  Mildred Pierce at the North Bar, Harrogate, 3pm

Director: Michael Curtiz, 111 mins, US (1945) PG
Starring: Joan Crawford, Jack Carson

Flash Film are offering our take on the 1940's with a screening of the Oscar-winning Mildred Pierce. The film's mother-daughter narrative develops from a noiresque melodrama to a counter-cultural critique of the American Dream. Joan Crawford won her only Oscar for this performance.

Flash Film at the North Bar, Harrogate

Tickets (£5) available online from Eventbrite

Sun 22 July
  Savages at the North Bar, Harrogate, 3pm

Director: Oliver Stone, 131 mins, US (2012) 15
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Taylor Kitsch

Directed by Oliver Stone, Savages peels away the surface of the Southern California lifestyle to expose the very serious world of cartel drug-dealing, in a film that calls attention to the lives of Mexicans in California and explores the self-serving amorality of drug-dealers.

Links and further reading

Harrogate Film Society in the news

Harrogate Advertiser: Harrogate's successful film society that keeps reeling down the years

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