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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 Swindon Central Library, the Wyvern Box Office or directly at the door of the Arts Centre on film nights.

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The First Three Films Of Our Season

Showing: 8 December 2021
The Chambermaid film poster
Showing: 15 December 2021
The Peanut Butter Falcon film poster
Showing: 5 January 2022
The Keeper film poster

Our Film Season

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.

Bait film screenshot

BAIT

Wednesday 1 September 2021, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2019 | UK | 1hr 29mins | Cert 15 | Drama

Tension rises to the breaking point in a Cornwall fishing village when the local citizens are crowded out by tourists.
Trailer Reviews Synopsis
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
66 61 14 24 15 4 4 68%
The Cakemaker film screenshot

THE CAKEMAKER

Wednesday 8 September 2021, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2017 | Israel/Germany | 1hr 53mins | Cert 12 | Romance/Drama

Under a fabricated identity, Thomas, a young German baker, infiltrates into the life of Anat, his lover's newly widowed wife, who owns a small café in downtown Jerusalem. Thomas starts to work for her and create German cakes and cookies that bring life into her café.
Trailer Reviews Synopsis
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
60 62 16 35 9 0 0 76%
A Season in France film screenshot

A SEASON IN FRANCE

Wednesday 6 October 2021, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2017 | France | 1hr 40mins | Cert 12 | Drama

An African high school teacher flees his war-torn country for France, where he falls in love with a Frenchwoman who offers a roof for him and his family.
Trailer Reviews Synopsis
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
79 79 17 28 21 3 0 63%
The Farewell film screenshot

THE FAREWELL

Wednesday 13 October 2021, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2019 | USA, China | 1hr 40mins | Cert PG | Comedy/Drama

Billi's family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch -- the only person that doesn't know she only has a few weeks to live.
Trailer Reviews Synopsis
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
58 58 15 28 15 0 0 75%
Permission film screenshot

PERMISSION

Wednesday 3 November 2021, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2018 | Iran | 1hr 28mins | Cert 12A | Drama/Sport

A powerful, contemporary story illustrating inequality between men and women in Iran.
Trailer Reviews Synopsis
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
58 55 10 28 14 3 0 71%
Transit film screenshot

TRANSIT

Wednesday 17 November 2021, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2018 | Germany/France | 1hr 41mins | Cert 12A | Drama/SciFi

An extremely unusual drama, out of time, which captures the terrible limbo in which refugees find themselves, whatever the conflicts that created them.
Trailer Reviews Synopsis
Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
69 66 14 27 17 6 2 68%
The Chambermaid film screenshot

THE CHAMBERMAID

Wednesday 8 December 2021, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2018 | Mexico | 1hr 42mins | Cert 15 | Drama

Step into the shoes of an ‘invisible woman’ for a day.
The Peanut Butter Falcon film screenshot

THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON

Wednesday 15 December 2021, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2019 | USA | 1hr 37mins | Cert 12A | Comedy/Drama

A modern-day Mark Twain fable about a young man with Down's syndrome setting off to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. A wonderfully warm-hearted and magical film.
The Keeper film screenshot

THE KEEPER

Wednesday 5 January 2022, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2018 | UK, Germany | 2hrs | Cert 15 | Drama/Documentary

He came as an enemy... and became their hero. He won her love and their hearts and minds.
Capernaum film screenshot

CAPERNAUM

Wednesday 19 January 2022, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2018 | Lebanon | 2hrs 6mins | Cert 15 | Drama

"Why are you suing your parents?" "For giving me life."
An Impossible Love film screenshot

AN IMPOSSIBLE LOVE

Wednesday 9 February 2022, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2018 | France | 2hrs 15mins | Cert 15 | Drama

When does an idealistic, passionate romance become a very impossible love?
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1945

Wednesday 23 February 2022, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2017 | Hungary | 1hrs 31min | Cert 12A | Drama

Secrets, sins, love, betrayal and reckoning in a small, rural Hungarian village.
System Crasher  film screenshot

SYSTEM CRASHER

Wednesday 2 March 2022, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2019 | Germany | 2hrs 5mins | Cert 15 | Drama

A violent problem kid tests the limits of everyone around her.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood film screenshot

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Wednesday 30 March 2022, 7:45, Swindon Arts Centre

2019 | US | 1hr 49mins | Cert. PG | Drama

A powerful and moving film about friendship and forgiveness, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Lloyd Vogel.

Overall Audience Feedback

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

Attendance Returns 5 4 3 2 1 Average
65 64 15 29 16 3 1 71%