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.

Carol Moores

Chairman

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.

Current Season

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

22

September

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

20

October

COURT

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

10

November

GERMANY YEAR ZERO

Roberto Rossellini   IT/FR/GER   1948   78m

Franz Osten   IND/UK/GER   1928   97m

 

15

December

SHIRAZ

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

César Award Winner: Best Actress 1996

12

January

LA CEREMONIE

Charlie Chaplin   USA   1940   125m

New York Film Critics Circle Award Winner: Best Actor 1940

2

February

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

23

February

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

9

March

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

30

March

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

27

April

MANCHESTER BY

THE SEA

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

BAFTA Award Winner: Best Foreign Actress 1953

11

May

CASQUE D'OR

8pm start

Ciro Guerra   COL   2015   125m

Oscar Nominated 2016: Best Foreign Language Film

TBC

8

June

CHAIRMAN'S CHOICE

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

29

June

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

About Us

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.

Outreach

 

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.

 

Roots

 

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, .

Find Us

Join Us

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.

 

Transport Links

 

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.

 

Car

 

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.

 

Bus

 

The 263 bus, travels from Manchester Piccadilly Gardens, via Stretford and Sale to Altrincham Interchange.

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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

 

email: secretary@mandsfilmsociety.org.uk

 

 

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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