Past Viewing Sessions


26 March Thornbury & 9 April Calstock

Over 120 delegates from 35 film societies and community cinemas enjoyed a superb programme of films at our twin viewing sessions this spring:

– first at Thornbury, north of Bristol, on 26 March, where our hosts Thornbury Picture House made us very welcome in the historic Armstrong Hall.
– and then a fortnight later, at Calstock on 9 April, we were welcomed by the very recently formed film club at Calstock Arts, in the beautiful Tamar Valley.

With two Oscar winning titles – Moonlight and Manchester by the Sea – in the line-up (albeit low-budget independent ones, that weren’t expected to win major prizes when the programme was planned!) competition for top audience ratings was going to be tough.

In the event, the audiences at both venues gave the CfA SW top marks to Iciar Bollain’s engaging Spanish fable The Olive Tree.
Like Bollain’s previous film Even the Rain – another film society favourite, and also, incidentally, introduced at CfA SW Viewings at Thornbury! – the film was scripted by Paul Laverty, long-time collaborator of Ken Loach.

There’s more information about both events in the reports from CfA Chair John Holmes – about Thornbury here and Calstock here

CfA SW film notes for all of the films shown can be found here.

The Olive Tree and Moonlight are both available to CfA members and associates at preferential booking rates from Cinema for All’s Booking Scheme.

Audience reactions for all the films for combined venues are given below.
Click here if you want to see the details for the venues separately.

Special thanks to:

Calstock Film Committee: Jenny Coleman, Peter and Caroline Hammond, Anna Wright, Peter White and Tony Couchman, Claire Marshall and Carn-to-Cove, Calstock Arts and Film Hub SWWM for grant aid.

Thornbury Picture House: Jules Craig, Barbara Ray, Terry Ray and all members of the TPH Committee, Rosina Catering, and projectionists Mark Harris, Tony Ray, Mike Craig and Paul Schilling.

Societies Represented:

Calstock Bradford on Avon, Budleigh, Carn to Cove, Chudleigh, Liskerrett Community Cinema, Looe (Cinema by the Sea), Lostwithiel (Lost in Film), Millbrook Movies C Fylm, Ponsanooth C Fylm, Tiverton, Yeovil Cinémathèque (11 Societies/Organisations).
Thornbury Batcombe, Bath Film Festival, Blandford Forum, Bracknell, Bradford on Avon, Budleigh, Crewkerne (FilmCrew), Dorchester, Highworth, Ilminster, Lyme Regis, Malmesbury, Nailsworth, North Curry, Olveston, Shaftesbury Arts Centre, Shipham Community Cinema, Stroud & District, Swindon, Tetbury, Thornbury Picture House, Topsham, Warminster, Yeovil Cinémathèque (24 Societies/Organisations)


For information and reports about earlier Viewing Sessions, please click on the links below.

Temporary hitch! – because of the demise of the old BFFS SW website, some of the links may not work – this will be fixed as soon as possible – in the meantime if you need any information about a specific session, please contact the webmaster.

2016 Lostwithiel / Shipham April 2016 Teignmouth Autumn 2016
2015 Crewkerne 26 April 2015 Hayle 10 May 2015 Bruton 22 November 2015
2014 Launceston 13 April 2014 Batcombe 27 April 2014 Bradford-on-Avon 30 November 2014
2013 Kilmersdon 21 April 2013 Blandford Forum 27 October 2013
2012 South Petherton 29 April 2012 Thornbury 11 November 2012
2011 Launceston 10 April 2011 Wotton under Edge 1 May 2011 Topsham 30 October 2011
2010 Batcombe 25 April 2010 Torquay 23 October 2010 Warminster 7 November 2010
2009 Corsham 8 March 2009 Shaftesbury 25 October 2009
2008 Wincanton Spring 2008 Exeter Autumn 2008
2007 Wotton under Edge Spring 2007 South Petherton Autumn 2007
2006 Topsham Autumn 2006