Swindon Film Society logo for the best in world cinema

Welcome to the Swindon Film Society

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 door of the Arts Centre on film nights.

Become a member

Our film season for 2023-2024


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.

{ film.title } film screenshot

LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM

A trainee teacher’s dreams of becoming a singer are interrupted when he is posted to the world’s remotest school in the Himalayan Mountain village of Lunana.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
89 88 43 42 3 0 0 86%
{ film.title } film screenshot

THE QUIET GIRL

Ireland, 1981. A quiet, neglected girl is sent away from her dysfunctional family to live with distant relatives in County Waterford for the summer. Living with a middle-aged farming couple, she discovers a new way of living.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
108 108 51 44 13 0 0 84%
{ film.title } film screenshot

UTAMA

In the Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living the same daily life for years. During an uncommonly long drought, Virginio and his wife Sisa face a dilemma: resist or be defeated by the environment and time itself.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
107 107 15 50 34 7 1 67%
{ film.title } film screenshot

THE BLUE CAFTAN

Halim and Mina run a traditional caftan store in one of Morocco's oldest medinas. They find their relationship turned upside down by the arrival of a handsome new apprentice.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
98 96 32 44 20 0 0 78%
{ film.title } film screenshot

HIVE

Fahrije’s husband has been missing since the end of the Kosovan war. She sets up her own business to provide for her children but is opposed by the local patriarchal society.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
80 81 24 36 20 1 0 76%
{ film.title } film screenshot

OFFICIAL COMPETITION

A wealthy businessman hires a famous film-maker and a stellar team to help make a smash hit film. Penélope Cruz is a deadpan dream in this wicked film-world satire.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
116 111 37 34 27 8 5 70%
{ film.title } film screenshot

WINNERS

In a small Iranian town, the children work hard to support their families. One day nine-year-old Yahya and his friend Leyla find a precious film statue. Sharing a passion for cinema, they decide to find the owner.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
85 86 12 28 37 7 2 62%
{ film.title } film screenshot

JOYLAND

The youngest son in a traditional Pakistani family takes a job as a back-up dancer in a Bollywood-style burlesque and quickly becomes infatuated with the strong-willed trans-woman who runs the show.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
79 79 18 27 31 3 0 69%
{ film.title } film screenshot

BERGMAN ISLAND

A married couple spend a working retreat on the Swedish island of Faro in the Baltic Sea, that inspired Ingmar Bergman, in order to write screenplays for their upcoming films. The lines between reality and fiction start to blur.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
73 72 10 20 24 14 4 56%
{ film.title } film screenshot

BROKER

Ha Sang-hyeon is the owner of a hand laundry and volunteers at the nearby church, where his friend Dong-soo works. The two men run an illegal business together, occasionally stealing babies from the church and selling them on the adoption black market.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
73 73 26 31 16 0 0 78%
{ film.title } film screenshot

ONE FINE MORNING

With an ailing elderly father, a young single professional woman lives with her eight-year-old daughter. While struggling to secure a decent nursing home, she runs into an old friend with whom she embarks on an affair.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
83 85 18 35 27 6 1 68%
{ film.title } film screenshot

CAIRO CONSPIRACY

A fisherman's son becomes the pawn for Egypt's political elites in exchange for a place at an Islamic University in Cairo, in this tense spy thriller that challenges religious and secular corruption.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
{ film.title } film screenshot

THE NIGHT OF THE 12TH

It is said that every investigator has a crime that haunts them, a case that hurts them more than the others, without them necessarily knowing why. For Yohan that case is the murder of Clara.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
{ film.title } film screenshot

ARMAGEDDON TIME

A 12-year-old boy grows up with dreams of becoming an artist. A deeply personal coming-of-age story about the strength of family and the generational pursuit of the American Dream. Stars Anthony Hopkins.
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%

Overall Audience Feedback

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

Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
90 90 26 35 23 4 1 72%