Now in its 63rd 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 10Lean on Pete *
Mon 24Lady Macbeth
Mon 08I Am Not Your Negro **
Mon 22Happy End
Mon 05Sweet Country
Mon 19Kills on Wheels **
Mon 03Wind River
Mon 17Your Name *
Mon 07Custody *
Mon 04In Between **
Mon 18Suzanne
Mon 04Graduation
Mon 18The Square
Mon 01Thelma **
Mon 08Beast
Mon 15A Fantastic Woman *

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, Jon Hipkin.

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

Season 63
10 September 2018 - 15 April 2019
Mon 10 Sep
  Lean on Pete & Social at 7pm

Director: Andrew Haigh, 121 mins, USA (2017) 15
Starring: Charlie Plummer, Amy Seimetz

In Harrogate-born director Andrew Haigh's latest film, 15 year-old Charley finds work caring for an aging racehorse named Lean on Pete. When he learns Pete is bound for slaughter, they embark on an odyssey across the American frontier in search of a place to call home.

Mon 24 Sep
  Lady Macbeth    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: William Oldroyd, 89 mins, UK (2016) 15
Starring: Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis

In rural England in 1865, 17-year-old Katherine is sold by her father and forced to marry Alexander, a bitter man twice her age. Imprisoned in a joyless marriage, she finds salvation with Sebastian, the estate's groom. A force is unleashed, so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Mon 08 Oct
  I Am Not Your Negro    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Raoul Peck, 93 mins, USA (2016) 12A
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin

This award-winning documentary is a highly original piece of cinematic brilliance, utilising iconic popular music, film clips and TV broadcasts to explore its theme of race in America. The soundtrack and cinematography weave a compelling, unsettling spell, making this a must for cinema lovers.

Mon 22 Oct
  Happy End    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Michael Haneke, 107 mins, France (2017) 15
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant

A wealthy family's response to an industrial accident reveals a great deal. Set in Calais, the film juxtaposes the family's sumptuous lifestyle with the presence of migrants near the tunnel, but this detail only scratches the surface of the anxieties that grip them.

Mon 05 Nov
  Sweet Country   Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Warwick Thornton, 113 mins, Australia (2017) 15
Starring: Bryan Brown, Luka Magdeline Cole

An Aboriginal man from Australia's Northern Territory goes on the run after he kills a white man in self-defence. Set in the burning plains in the 1920's this is a brutally powerful outback western. A stark, shocking movie, it is superbly shot by cinematographer and director Warwick Thornton.

Mon 19 Nov
  Kills on Wheels    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Attila Till, 103 mins, Hungary (2016) 15
Starring: Szabolcs Thuróczy, Zoltán Fenyvesi

A dark comedy about two disabled teenagers who get drawn – literally – into the criminal world of Budapest. Full of tension and mystery this creative thriller becomes a gangster movie like no other. Holding its poignant secret twist right up until the very last shot, this film is as entertaining as it is inspirational.

Mon 03 Dec
  Wind River    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Taylor Sheridan, 107 mins, USA (2017) 15
Starring: Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner

Set in the snowbound Wind River reservation, Cory, a local game tracker, discovers the body of a local girl. The FBI is called in and an inexperienced agent, Jane, teams up with him to find her killer. As Cory fights his own demons, grief, vengeance and violence mount in this chilling thriller.

Mon 17 Dec
  Your Name & Social at 7pm

Director: Makoto Shinkai, 106 mins, Japan (2016) PG
Starring: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi

When Mitsuha and Taki find themselves swapping bodies at random, they sow confusion and embarrassment in each other's lives. But when the swapping stops and Taki goes in search of the real Mitsuha he discovers a devastating truth about her fate.

Mon 07 Jan
  Custody & Social at 7pm

Director: Xavier Legrand, 93 mins, France (2017) 15
Starring: Léa Drucker, Denis Ménochet

Antoine, Miriam's divorced husband, seeks joint custody of their son, Julien. The family judge sees nothing wrong but the reality is of a brutal man, instilling paralysing fear in the family. The climax of the bitter custody battle, with Julien in the middle, is emotionally devastating.

Mon 08 Apr
  Beast   Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Michael Pearce, 107 mins, UK (2017) 15
Starring: Geraldine James, Jessie Buckley

Set in Jersey, Beast is a stylish and smart debut from director Michael Pearce. As fairy tale meets psycho-thriller, the film deftly overturns our expectations, dancing between timeless fable, modern romance and murder mystery. Superb central performances from Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn.

Mon 04 Feb
  In Between    Film starts at 7.45pm

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

In the heart of Tel Aviv three young Palestinian women try to find their place in a society in which they are marginalised. This award-winning debut is a frank and thought-provoking drama about the complexities faced by women caught between their traditional culture and the modern world.

Mon 18 Feb
  Suzanne   Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Katell Quillévéré, 94 mins, France (2013) U
Starring: Sara Forestier, François Damiens

Suzanne is an adolescent single mother supported by her father and sister. When she falls in love with petty criminal, Julien, she abandons her family and follows him to Marseille where she ends up in prison. On release she tries to start afresh but once again is led astray by Julien.

Mon 04 Mar
  Graduation    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Cristian Mungiu, 128 mins, Romania (2016) 15
Starring: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus

An attempted rape just before her final exams seems to scupper Eliza's chances of getting to the English university she dreams of. Desperate to ensure she escapes from a country he sees as corrupt, her doctor father, Romeo, succumbs to corruption himself to get her the required grades.

Mon 19 Mar
  The Square   Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Ruben Östlund, 151 mins, Sweden (2017) 15
Starring: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss

Disaster strikes when a curator hires a public relations team to build some hype for his renowned Swedish museum. Full of delicious riffs and salacious outbursts, pondering everything from free expression, sexual harassment, bourgeois guilt and migrant rage, this is a superbly acted saga.

Mon 01 Apr
  Thelma    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Joachim Trier, 116 mins, Norway (2017) 15
Starring: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins

Having raised her as a devout Christian, Thelma's over-protective parents are determined that she won't compromise her morals when she leaves home for university. But when she tries to deny her feelings for a female friend, her suppressed psychokinetic powers take over, with devastating results.

Mon 15 Apr
  A Fantastic Woman    Film starts at 7.45pm

Director: Sebastián Lelio, 100 mins, Chile (2017) 15
Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes

This is at once a straightforward story of self-assertion and defiance, and a complex study of the nuances of identity. Mourning the loss of the man she loved, Marina finds herself under intense scrutiny from those with no regard for her privacy. The film is a study of love, loss and the trans-gender experience.


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's successful film society keeps reeling down the years
Harrogate Film Society shoot their own movie

Film Societies

Cinema for All
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