Welcome to Season 88
We are a not-for-profit organisation, run entirely by dedicated volunteers who have a wide variety of interests in film. We have the longest continuous history in the film society movement in the UK, so you are in reliable hands. We are also committed to the future and to giving you a warm welcome and a different but special night out.
It’s easy to join us as a member or guest. We look forward to meeting you soon at our next show at the Little Theatre in Altrincham.
Welcome to our 88th Season, presenting an eclectic mix of films both classic and new for your enjoyment. Our titles include award winners from around the world.
Our aim is to share a special film experience with you.
Film notes are available for each show, together with occasional introductions by guest speakers. We also like to emphasise the social side of the society for those who enjoy friendly discussions in the cosy Little Theatre bar. Members can also provide feedback after shows, and vote for films for the next season.
Other social events include the annual dinner, the end of season party, and our optional annual film quiz.
Armando Iannucci UK/FR 2017 106m
Moscow, 1953. When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead there is a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. A wickedly irreverent satire with a stellar ensemble cast.
BAFTA Nominated 2018: Best British Film
THE DEATH OF STALIN
Chaitanya Tamhana IN 2014 116m
A teacher and protest singer is accused of provoking the suicide of a sewer worker. A quietly devastating, absurdist portrait of injustice, caste prejudice and venal politics in contemporary India.
Venice Film Festival Lion of the Future Winner 2014
In the devastated remains of post-war Berlin, his father ill and elder brother in hiding from the allies, 12 year old Edmund desperately struggles to provide for his family by dealing with the black market.
Locarno Film Festival Grand Prix Winner 1948
GERMANY YEAR ZERO
Roberto Rossellini IT/FR/GER 1948 78m
Franz Osten IND/UK/GER 1928 97m
A late silent film of how the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, built the Taj Mahal to commemorate his beloved queen.
Followed by refreshments & optional film quiz
Claude Chabrol FR 1995 112m
In this tense psychological thriller, upper-class gallery owner Catherine hires unassuming maid Sophie. When Sophie meets postmistress Jeanne, revolution beckons.
Introduced by Dr Isabelle Vanderschelden
Charlie Chaplin USA 1940 125m
New York Film Critics Circle Award Winner: Best Actor 1940
THE GREAT DICTATOR
In his classic lampoon of Adolf Hitler, Chaplin plays both dictator Adenoid Hynkel and a poor Jewish barber attempting to avoid persecution from the tyrant Hynkel's regime.
Pedro Aldomóvar SP/FR 2001 101m
Oscar Winner: Best Foreign Language Film 2000
ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER
A grieving mother returns to Barcelona to inform her
ex-husband, now living as a transvestite called Lola, of their son's accidental death.
Introduced by Dr Carmen Herrero
Paul McGuigan UK 2017 105m
BAFTA Award Winner: Best Actor 2018
FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
Annette Bening stars as oscar-winner Gloria Grahame, who falls in love with a much younger man in Liverpool, but then succumbs to a serious illness.
Akira Kurosawa JAP 1957 110m
Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Nominee 1957
THRONE OF BLOOD
Set in medieval Japan, a brave samurai plots his ruthless path to power, egged on by his wife. This epic retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth is one of Kurosawa's most acclaimed films.
Kenneth Lonergan USA 2016 135m
Oscar Winner: Best Actor 2017
Casey Affleck is exceptional as a Boston janitor forced to return to his hometown and confront his past and responsibilities following his older brother's death.
Jacques Becker FR 1952 94m
The love between a gangster's moll and a reformed criminal turned carpenter leads to treachery, murder and ultimate tragedy.
Preceded by Annual General Meeting at 7pm
Ciro Guerra COL 2015 125m
Oscar Nominated 2016: Best Foreign Language Film
Our chairman will choose a recent film from world cinema that offers an innovative or challenging take on life today.
Claude Berri FR 1986 120m
BAFTA Award Winner: Best Film 1988
JEAN DE FLORETTE
A greedy landowner and his nephew conspire to block the only water source for an adjoining property in order to bankrupt the owner and force him to sell.
Followed by annual buffet supper
MARJORIE AINSWORTH AWARDED ROEBUCK CUP
We are delighted to announce that Marjorie Ainsworth, President of Manchester & Salford Film Society has been awarded the Cinema for All 2016 Roebuck Cup for 'Services to the Film Society Movement'.
This is the second time that a prominent member of the society has won this prestigious honour. In 1987, Marjorie's husband Tom Ainsworth also received the Roebuck Cup, which was presented by none other than film star Tony Curtis.
Marjorie was delighted to attend the Film Society of the Year Awards 2016 in Sheffield, and honoured to receive such a distinguished award.
Make sure to watch Cinema for All's interview with Marjorie above, a fitting tribute for an extraordinary woman who has devoted so many years to the film society.
The Film Society
Manchester & Salford Film Society was established in 1930 and is the longest running film society in Britain, and a founder member of the British Federation of Film Societies (now Cinema for All). The society screens the best of contemporary world cinema and classic movies, on Saturday evenings throughout the year, at the Altrincham Little Theatre.
We have excellent facilities, now updated to 21C Digital Standard with a large projection screen. But the Film Society is more than somewhere to watch movies. It's a friendly, welcoming club where members socialise and meet friends. Members are able to participate in choosing the films themselves, and can attend several society events throughout the year.
As a not-for-profit organisation, the society is entirely run by a team of dedicated volunteers whose love for film is the life-blood of the society.
In addition to the film screenings and social events, we also run the annual Tom Ainsworth Short Film Competition, where the North-West's most talented student film-makers are invited to compete for the prizes.
Way back in 1930 the Film Society's manifesto stated that their purpose was...
"to cater for those who are dissatisfied with the average productions of the commercial cinema, with their shallowness and divorce from reality, and to offer in their stead films more closely in sympathy with the life and thought of this age."
Some 88 years later, we hold to their words, showing thought-provoking cinema, seldom shown at the multiplex.
To learn more about the history of Manchester & Salford Film Society, click here
*Please note that all our shows start at 7:30pm,
except Casque d'Or on 11 May which starts at 8pm,
at the Little Theatre, Altrincham, .
Our high-quality digital screenings take place in the pleasant surroundings of Altrincham Little Theatre (formerly the Club Theatre) WA14 2ED on Oxford Rd. close to the centre of Altrincham. It has a friendly lounge bar where members can meet before and after each show.
Metrolink & Train
Both trams and trains arrive at Altrincham Interchange station. Trains come from either Manchester, Chester or Stockport. On exiting the Interchange turn left and walk down Railway Street. Pass Lloyd Street and turn immediately left onto Oxford Road.
Altrincham Little Theatre is the first tall building on the left, just beyond Peter Street.
There are some parking spaces on Oxford Road. Parking in Regent Road Car Park is free after 6pm, but please check the parking charges to confirm.
The 263 bus, travels from Manchester Piccadilly Gardens, via Stretford and Sale to Altrincham Interchange.
ALTRINCHAM LITTLE THEATRE
BECOME A MEMBER
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Our annual membership fee is just £39 which covers entry to all 13 films shown during the season.
Guest tickets are always available on the door and cost just £5 each.
For more information about becoming a member contact us by phone or email (details below). You can also join us on your first film visit by paying by cash or cheque at the box office at the Little Theatre in Altrincham, WA14 2ED:
Further membership enquiries & general queries:
tel: 07948 793734
We look forward to hearing from you soon.
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