Our 2017 Film Suggestions list is now available to download here.

Compiled by CfA SW Exec member David Johnson, it includes all recent titles screened at SW and ICO Viewings together with details of the distributors, running times, BBFC classification etc.
It’s not an exhaustive list – it doesn’t include many mainstream titles which can be easily tracked down via the Filmbank website – but the new ‘Radar List’, which attempts to signpost films that have not yet got a release date, is likely to be of interest.

David plans to up-date the listing every two months or so, so it will be worth revisiting “our film suggestions page” from time to time.


THE OLIVE TREE tops the poll at Spring Viewing Sessions

Iciar Bollain’s engaging Spanish fable The Olive Tree was the clear audience favourite at the CfA SW 2017 Spring Viewings sessions, scoring an excellent 92% in the ratings.

Oscar winning Manchester by the Sea, and British indie comedy Burn, Burn, Burn shared second place, each scoring 81%.

Over 120 delegates from 23 film societies attended the twin sessions at Thornbury and Calstock. Thanks to Thornbury Picture House and Calstock Arts for hosting the events.
A full round-up will be published here shortly.

* The Olive Tree is now available for booking by CfA members and associates from the CfA Booking Scheme

Film South West Top Films 2016

Are you looking for ideas for your shortlist for next season?
Look no further!
Brian Clay has compiled a list of top film choices made by some of the media critics, with contributions from some of CfA SW Exec committee.
Click here to view and download a copy.

What were you watching in 1976?

As we’re sure you know, Autumn 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of the South West Group of BFFS/Cinema for All.

Its passing evoked a bit of nostalgia for committee member David Johnston, thinking back and reflecting on the films he was watching then.
Most of us won’t have his encyclopaedic notes! – but his memories will surely remind us of where and when we watched many of the films he mentions here.

Send us your memories to add to the list!


CfA SW 40th Anniversary Offer

motorcycle_diariesA reminder that the SW Group Executive has chosen their “top twenty” titles from the hundreds of films that have been shown at SW Viewings over the years, and is offering a £40 refund on the usual licence fee to the first ten SW applicants who book any of the titles in the coming season.

The films chosen range from foreign language favourites such as The Motorcycle Diaries and The Devil’s Backbone to British and US classics, including Stephen Frears’s Dirty Pretty Things and Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanours.
The full list, and how to apply, is here.

TRUMAN tops the SW Autumn Viewing audience poll

truman1cThe bittersweet Spanish/Argentinian drama Truman topped the audience rating at the latest CfA SW Viewing Session, held at Teignmouth on 27 November, scoring an excellent 86.7%.

Tying in second place, with 82.7%, were the new addition to the Booking Scheme Sweet Bean, and Matteo Garrone’s extraordinary Tales of Tales.

All six films in the programme were very well received by the audience. For full details, and links to CfA SW film notes, click here

SW Group 2016 Annual General Meeting

Members of the SW Group Executive, left to right. John Holmes. Jane Sanders, Brian Clay, Paul Schilling, Andy Hastie and Chris Baker

Members of the SW Group Executive, left to right.
John Holmes. Jane Sanders, Brian Clay, Paul Schilling, Andy Hastie and Chris Baker

Teignmouth was also the venue for this year’s SW Group AGM, held after lunch on Viewing day.
There were a number of changes to the Group Executive following Brian Clay’s stepping down after 40 years as Regional Secretary. He will continue to be the contact with the national body and Film Hub SWWM, whilst most of his roles have been taken over by other Exec. members.

Vice-Chair John Holmes said there were still jobs to be shared out and invited other SW Society organisers to step forward and join the fun!

Treasurer Chris Baker reported that the Group had added a new state-of-the art Canon digital projector for start-up screenings and hire by CfA members. It was in use for the previews in the Drama Studio that day with impressive results.

Film Hub SWWM were thanked for help in funding the Viewing Sessions, and for travel bursaries, which a several member groups had taken up.

SW Group at the CINEMA FOR ALL National Conference

The theme of this year’s National Conference, celebrating the 70 years from the founding of the British Federation of Film Societies in 1946 to the present-day Cinema for All, was Community Cinema Heroes. The 200 delegates who came to Sheffield’s Showroom Workstation certainly confirmed that volunteer-led cinema was ready to build on its heritage to ensure the future of community cinema.

nerudaThe Heroes theme formed the basis of the well-attended seminars highlighting, amongst others, the Champions, Energisers and Originators that are showing the way forward. There were also film previews including Neruda, the new release of the Booking Scheme from Pablo Larrain, the Chilean director of a favourite from a few years back, No, also starring Gael Garcia Bernal.

axbridge-roxyThe climax of the weekend was the 47th annual Film Society of the Year Awards on the Saturday evening which provided another opportunity to celebrate the heritage of seventy years and the current vibrancy of the movement.
South West Societies were shortlisted in two categories: Axbridge Roxy Film Society were up for the Community Award and Lostwithiel’s Lost in Film entered their Single Event presentation for the Cornwall Film Festival of silent films with a live jazz score.


Lucy Smith and Kat Smith from Lost in Film receiving their award from Conference special guest Danny Leigh of BBC1’s Film 2016

Both Societies won deserved Commendations in their hotly contested categories.
Kat Smith said “Coming to the Conference was really worthwhile, there was lots of time for networking and meeting organisers from all over the country. We’d like to thank Film Hub SWWM for the travel bursary which helped with our 6-hour journey from Lostwithiel.”

You can read more about Kat’s impressions of the conference in her excellent blog on the Film Hub website here.
More details of the event are posted on the Cinema for All National website here