The Harrogate Film Society is now in its 59th season and continues to show entertaining and unusual films from all over the world. The society is run by a group of enthusiasts in an informal, welcoming atmosphere.

All films are presented using the latest digital technology.

Harrogate Film Society is a member of the British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) and The British Film Institute. The society acknowledges the support of the BFFS and the Yorkshire Group of the BFFS.

Membership is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

Full season of 13 films:£42.50
Concessions *:£35.00
Part season of any 8 films:£35.00 (no concessions)
Guests:£ 5.00 (no concessions)

* 60+, students and unwaged

Please make a cheque payable to:
Harrogate Film Society, and send to:
Brian Quinn (Membership Secretary)
15 Wetherby Road, Knaresborough, HG5 8LG
Telephone: 01423 861673.

Films screened at The Forum, The Sixth Form
Harrogate Grammar School

Arthur's Avenue, Harrogate, HG2 0DZ

The car park is fourth left off Arthur's Avenue from Otley Road.

Chair:Tony Thorndike
Vice Chair:Henry Thompson
Membership Secretary:Nigel Currie
Treasurer:Beryl Thorndike
Programme design:Niko Vouckelatou
Website:Nigel Currie
Projectionist:Peter Havas

And: Sally Smith, Alastair Cowper, Nicholas Williamson, Karen Bridgett, Brian Madden

New volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to help, please contact any committee member.

Season 59
22 September 2014 - 30 March 2015
Mon 22 Sep
  The Lunchbox & Social at 7pm

Directors: Ritesh Batra, 104 mins, India
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. [2013]

Mon 06 Oct
  Gomorrah

Directors: Matteo Garrone, 137 mins, Italy
Starring: Gianfelice Imparato

A bloody feud erupts between two rival Mafia gangs in Naples. The action is intertwined by five separate stories of people whose lives are touched by organised crime. [2008]

Mon 20 Oct
  Tom at the Farm

Directors: Xavier Dolan, 102 mins, Canada
Starring: Xavier Dolan

Tom travels to the country for a funeral. He's shocked to find no one knows who he is nor who he was to the deceased, whose brother soon sets the rules of a twisted game in order to protect the family's name and grieving mother. [2013]

Mon 03 Nov
  Tokyo Sonata

Directors: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 120 mins, Japan
Starring: Teruyuki Kagawa

A seemingly ordinary Japanese family: the father who abruptly loses his job conceals the truth from his family; the eldest son in college hardly returns home; the youngest furtively takes piano lessons and the mother, who knows deep down that her role is to keep the family together, cannot find the will to do so. [2008]

Mon 17 Nov
  The Past

Directors: Asghar Farhadi, 130 mins, Iran
Starring: Bérénice Bejo

An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce. The situation is soon complicated by a shocking revelation by her daughter from a previous marriage. [2013]

Mon 01 Dec
  Lilting

Directors: Hong Khaou, 91 mins, UK
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Leila Wong

In London, a Cambodian Chinese mother mourns the death of her son. Her world is further disrupted by the presence of a stranger. Struggling to connect with one another through a translator, they piece together memories of a man they both loved. [2014]

Mon 15 Dec
  The Rocket & Social at 7pm

Directors: Kim Mordaunt, 96 mins, Australia/Laos
Starring: Sitthiphon Disamoe

A boy who seems to bring bad luck to all around him travels through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by war, he enters the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. [2013]

Mon 05 Jan
  You Will Be My Son & Social at 7pm

Directors: Gilles Legrand, 102 mins, France
Starring: Niels Arestrup

A demanding and passionate wine-maker is a domineering father and not happy that his son may one day succeed him. Can he turn away from his own flesh and blood when the son he would have wanted materialises? [2011]

Mon 19 Jan
  The Taste of Money

Directors: Sang-soo Im, 115 mins, Korea
Starring: Yun-shik Baek

One of South Korea's richest families deals in immoral and frequently illegal activities. Everything changes when an affair upsets the household's balance of power and an unexpected arrest threatens to expose the family's tawdriest secrets. [2012]

Mon 02 Mar
  Wadjda    Film starts at 7.45pm

Directors: Haifaa Al Mansour, 98 mins, Saudi Arabia
Starring: Waad Mohammed

A Saudi girl wants to push the boundaries of what she can get away with. She is determined to raise enough money to buy a bike in a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl's virtue. [2012]

Mon 02 Mar
  Stranger by the Lake    Film starts at 7.45pm

Directors: Alain Guiraudie, 97 mins, France
Starring: Pierre Deladonchamps

Frank searches for companionship at a popular cruising spot on the shores of a lake in rural France. One day, he meets Michel , an attractive, mysterious man and falls in love. When a death occurs, Frank and Michel become the primary suspects but they choose to ignore the dangers and continue to engage in their passionate and potentially lethal relationship. [2013]

Mon 16 Mar
  Short Term 12    Film starts at 7.45pm

Directors: Destin Cretton, 96 mins, USA
Starring: Brie Larson

The struggles of a compassionate twentysomething, contending with caring for troubled teenagers, faces a crisis as she prepares for marriage just as some of her charges are also coming to major turning points in their lives. She is forced to make decisions putting both her career and her charges at dire risk. [2013]

Mon 30 Jan
  Le Havre    Film starts at 7.45pm. (AGM) & Social at 7pm.

Directors: Aki Kaurismäki, 93 mins, France
Starring: André Wilms

When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity and welcomes him into his home. The reaction of the local community is mixed. [2011]

The Great Gatsby - the greatest American novel - the greatest American film? 23 November 2014

Although F Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel did not sustain for long its initial popularity and reviewers were ambivalent towards its literary merits, perceptions changed after the Second World War. With autobiographical overtones, the novel captured something of the contradictions and hypocrisies of the American Dream during the Prohibition era. Fitzgerald set his novel amid the opulence of Long Island, exploring themes of love, infidelity, class and wealth. The narrative gradually reveals the life story of its eponymous central character Jay Gatsby - a man whose own wealth has derived from bootlegging; helping the wealthy circumvent the then law against the production, sale and transportation of 'intoxicating liquors'.

The book was first filmed in 1926 and Hollywood has returned on three further occasions to the book: in 1949 in a version starring Alan Ladd and Betty Field, again in 1974 in the version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow and finally in the widely seen 2013 version starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. We propose to screen the 1949 and 1974 versions. This will be followed by a 45 minute audience discussion led by Stephen Brown.

Start time will be 1.30pm and tea and coffee will be served at the end of the second presentation. We will be finished by 6.45pm.

As with all Film Society activities, these events will rely on Committee members spending time both on preparation and facilitating on the day. If you would be happy to, for example, lend a hand with the preparation of teas and coffees / washing up on either day please contact a member of the Committee.

Oliver Stone - the US establishment's bête-noir. 22 February 2015

Oliver Stone's allegation of a coup-d'état in the killing of President Kennedy in JFK (1991) ensured that critics, journalists and politicians have all subsequently found it hard to say anything about one of Hollywood's foremost independent directors that does not include the word 'controversial'. Whilst Stone's more recent productions including Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) and Savages (2012) appear not to have the same political bite as JFK, his recent documentary work including the ten part Untold History of the United States reveal a continuing appetite for confronting what he sees as mainstream media bias as well as the lack of accountability and foreign policy failures of the US government.

In June 2014, Stone confirmed that he would film the story of Edward Snowden the National Security Agency whistle-blower who revealed in 2013 the widespread surveillance of email and social media conducted by the NSA (and the UK's GCHQ) on US and UK citizens without effective oversight.

Filming is planned for the end of 2014 and as a result, the spring of 2015 will see intense media scrutiny of this project and the man behind it. We propose to screen two early Stone films - Salvador (1986) and Talk Radio (1988). Neither film saw wide release and media attention was quickly diverted to Platoon (1986) Wall Street (1987) and of course JFK. However in Salvador and Talk Radio Stone very clearly set out the critique of government and media that has remained a focus throughout his career. In Salvador (1986), starring James Woods and James Belushi, Stone provided a visceral picture of the consequences of covert US government support for death squads in El Salvador in the 1980s, while in Talk Radio (1988), starring Eric Bogosian - writer of the play upon which the film was based - Stone tackled the 'race to the bottom' in media standards in a story based on the real life killing of a radio talk show host in Denver in 1984. The two screenings will be followed by a 45 minute audience discussion led by Stephen Brown.

Start time will be 1.30pm and tea and coffee will be served at the end of the second presentation. We will be finished by 6.45pm.

As with all Film Society activities, these events will rely on Committee members spending time both on preparation and facilitating on the day. If you would be happy to, for example, lend a hand with the preparation of teas and coffees / washing up on either day please contact a member of the Committee.

Sun 12 Jul
  Crime Film Day    1pm to 6.30pm

In association with the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival we are presenting two films based on crime novels showcased at this year's festival:

Sleepyhead, from the Thorne novel of the same name by Michael Billingham; and

Jar City, based on the novel Mýrin by Icelandic writer, Arnaldur Indriðason.

The Venue will be the Sixth Form Forum at Harrogate Grammar School (our usual venue).

Tickets will be £10, available on the day