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Bishops Castle Film Society

History

A Brief History of Bishops Castle Film Society
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Bishop’s Castle Film Society showed its first film at the Three Tuns on Wednesday 11 October 1978, the cult comedy ‘Blazing Saddles’ putting a spark to over 30 years of cinema from all over the world. It still offers the pick of art house, foreign and popular films, with 15 or 16 titles shown between September and April.

The society was an immediate success. This was partly because it had very little competition in those early days. Video recorders did not exist; cinemas were few; roads were long & winding and the winter weather did not encourage people to look far beyond Bishops Castle for their entertainment. Those who were renovating draughty cottages out in the hills looked forward to an evening at the Tuns, and Wednesday nights became a focus of social activity. Membership grew steadily through the 1980s until it stood at 82 members.

The Film Society began in the bar at the Three Tuns when an informal group of people got together to form the first committee. The gathering included the then owner of the pub Peter Milner, who offered the Top Room as a free venue. Peter became the chairman and other committee members were Barry Hancox, Anne Marie & Grenville Jackson, Brett Parker, John Miller, Neil Mount, Janny Phillips, Tim Phillips and Joan & Robbie Robinson. The Robinsons, parents of Janny Phillips, brought with them their experience of founding a film society in the North of England.

Film Society Programme

Membership was £5 for the season, and guests paid 75 pence on the door. It was sometimes standing room only in the Top Room and in 1983 the Merchant Ivory film ‘Heat and Dust’ attracted 135 people. This record was broken in 2002 when the society showed ‘Gone to Earth’ directed by Powell & Pressburger and based on the Mary Webb novel. It was shown to 158 people, with two performances on one day.

The society found a new home at The Castle Hotel when it needed to move from the Tuns. There it continued to thrive until a fire in the hotel chimney meant a move down to the Community College dining Hall. It then returned to its first home at the Three Tuns.

A National Lottery grant in 2000 enabled the society to buy digital equipment to replace the increasingly unreliable and cumbersome 16mm projectors. Now there was no danger of film spools being shown in the wrong order; films no longer caught fire or snaked round the audience’s ankles after accidentally unwinding. A team of enthusiastic projectionists got together to work out how the new DVD boxes worked and the society entered a new era.

Visit this page of the website soon to read more about the history of Bishops Castle Film Society. Your own memories and comments are welcome.

 

 

Film Society Programme Cover

LIST OF FILMS SHOWN `1978-2015

8 1/2 1963
13 Tzameti 2006
71 2014
A Fish Called Wanda 1990
A History of Violence 2007
A Late Quartet 2014
A Man Escaped 2009
A Nest of Gentlefolk 1979
A Night at the Opera 1990
A Private Function 1987
A Separation 2013
A Serious Man 2011
A Winter’s Tale 1993
Abouna 2006
About Elly 2014
After the Wedding 2007
Aguirre Wrath of God 1991
Ajami 2011
Aleksandra 2009
Alexander Nevsky 2002
Alien 1981
All About My Mother 2001
All Is Lost 2014
Almonds & Raisins 1985
Alone on the Pacific 1981
Amadeus 1988
Amarcord 1996, 2006
Amateur 1996
Amelie 2002
American Beauty 2002
American Graffiti 1979
Amores Perros 2003
Amour 2013
An Actors Revenge 1980
And When Did You Last See your Father ? 2008
Annie Hall 1980
Another Woman 1991
Another Year. 2011
Antonia’s Line 1998
Argo 2014
Ashes & Diamonds 2004
Ashes & Diamonds 2004
Atlantic City 2009
Atomic Café 1983
Au Revoir les Enfants 1987
Au Revoir les Enfants 1990
Autumn Sonata 1990
Autumn Tale 2001
Babette’s Feast 1988
Beautiful People 1983
Bagdad Café 1990
Beginners 2013
Bahji on the Beach 1994
Bandit Queen 1995
Barbara 2011
Being John Malkovitch 2000
Belle de Jour 1993
Belleville Rendezvous 2004
Bend it Like Beckham 2003
Benda Bilili 2012
Best in Show 2002
Betty Blue 1992
Biame It on Fidel 2008
Bicycle Thieves 2010
Bird 1990
Black Book 2007
Black Cat White Cat 2006
Black Orpheus 2006
Blackboards 2001
Blade Runner 1985
Blair Witch Project 2001
Blanche 1978
Blazing Saddles 1978
Blazing Saddles 1978
Bob le Flambeur 2015
Bonbon el Perro 2006
Born in Flames 1984
Brassed Off 1997
Bread & Roses.2004
Breaking Away 1982
Breaking the Waves 1998
Britannia Hospital 1985
Broken Blossoms 1992
Broncho Bullfrog 2012Breaking Away 1982
Buena Vista Social Club 2001
Cabaret 1980
Cal 1985
Caravaggio 1988
Career Girls 1999
Carmen ( Carlos Saura) 1987
Carrington 1997
Catch 22 1983
Central Station 1999
Chacun Cherche son Chat 2006
Chariots of Fire 1984
Chocolat 1988, 1991
Christ Stopped at Eboli 1983
Cinema Paradiso 1991, 2001
City Slickers 1993
Clockwise 1987
Closely Observed Trains 2002
Clubbed to Death 2001
Clueless 1996
Cocoon 1988
College 1986
Consequences of Love 2007
Cous Cous 2009
Crazy Heart 2010
Crimes & Misdemeanours 1992
Crossing Delancy 1994
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2001
Cyrano de Bergerac 1992
Daisies 1980
Dangerous Liaisons 1990
Daniel Takes a Train 1986
Dayereh 2005
Days of Heaven 2012
Dead Man 2001
Dead Poets Society 1991
Deep Water 2007
Delicatessen 1993
Departures 2014
Dersu Uzala 1985
Desperately Seeking Susan 1987
Dinner Rush 2003
Dirty Pretty Things 2004
Distant Voices Still Lives 1990
Divine Madness 1982
Dog Day Afternoon 1980
Donnie Darko 2005
Dracula 1993
Dream of Light 2013
Duck Soup 1991
Duel 1979
East of Eden 1986
Ed Wood 1992 & 1996
Edge of Heaven 2009
Educating Rita 1986
Emerald Forest 1987
Emma 1998
Etre et Avoir 2004
Everlasting Moments 2013
Familia Rodante 2009
Fanny & Alexander 1983 & 1985
Far from the Madding Crowd 1981
Farewell My Concubine 1995
Fargo 1997
Fear Eats the Soul 1984
Festen 2000
Finding Vivian Maier 2013
Fish Tank 2014
Fitzcarraldo 1987
Force Majeur 2014
Four Weddings & a Funeral 1995
Frozen River 2010
Funny Bones 1996
Gadjo Dilo 2003
Gandhi 1984
Gattaca 2015
Ghostbusters 1988
Giants (Les Geants) 2014
Girl with a Pearl Earring 2004
Gods & Monsters 2000
Goin’ South 1983
Gold Diggers of 1933 1995
Gone to Earth 1987 & 2002
Goodbye first Love 2013
Goodbye Lenin 2005
Goodfellas 1993
Green Card 1993
Gregory’s Girl 1983
Grosse Pointe Blank 1999
Groundhog Day 1994
Hairspray 1990
Half Nelson 2008
Hana-Bi 2000
Happy Go Lucky 2008
Harold & Maude 1982
Heartland 1983
Heat & Dust 1983
Heavenly Creatures 1996
Henry V 1990
High Heels 1993
High Hopes 1990
Himalaya 2002
His Girl Friday 2003
Homesman 2014
House of Mirth 2002
How I Ended this Summer 2011
Howards End 1993
Hukkle 2009
I Wish 2014
I’m Not Scared 2005
I’ve Loved You So Long 1999
I’ve Loved You So Long 2009
Ida 2014
Il Divo 2009
Il Ladro di Bambini 2008
Il Postino 1997
Ilo Ilo 2015
In the Bedroom 2002
In the Mood for Love 2002
In The Name Of The Father 2011
Inside Llewyn Davies 2014
Is Anybody There ? 2009
It’s a Wonderful Life 2000
Italian for Beginners 2008
Jackie Brown 1999
Jesus of Montreal 1991
Jour du Fete 1984
Jules et Jim 2000
Junoon 1985
Kagemusha 1982
Kansas City 1997
Katyn 2010
Knife in the Water 1982
Kolya 1998
Kontroll 2006
Kramer Versus Kramer
Kwaidan 1979
L’ Homme du Train 2003
L’Atalante 1992
L’Homme du Train 2002
La Balance 1987
La Belle et la Bete 1983, 2003
La Bete Humaine 1989
La Cage aux Folles 1983
LA Confidential 1998
La Regle du Jeu 1985
La Ronde 2001
La Strada 2001
La Vie et Rien d’Autre 1991
La Vie Revee des Anges 2000
Labyrinth 1981
Land & Freedom 1997
Lars and the Real Girl 2009
Le Boucher 2008
Le Grand Meaulnes 1981
Le Havre 2012 Las Acacias 2012
Le Passe (The Past) 2015
Leaving Las Vegas 1996
Lenny 1981
Leon 1996
Leon the Pig Farmer 1994
Les Amants de Pont Neuf 1994
Les Enfants du Paradis 1982 & 1991
Let the Right One In 2009
Letter to Brezhnev 1986
Leviathan 2014
Life is Sweet 1993
Like Father, Like Son 2015
Like Water for Chocolate 1994
Little Miss Sunshine 2007
Little Voice 1999
Local Hero 1984
Lone Star 2002
Look at Me 2010
Lore 2014
Love Is Strange 2014
Lost in Translation 2004
M. Hulot’s Holiday 1981
Ma Vie en Rose 1999
Macbeth (Polanski) 1980
Man on Wire 2009
Man Push Cart 2008
Mangannie 1984
Manhattan Murder Mystery 1995
Manon des Sources 1989
Mapantsula 1989
Marley 2013
Mediterraneo 2005
Meek’s Cutoff 2012
Meetings with Remarkable Men 1984
Mephisto 1983
Metropolis 1986
Michael Collins 1997
Mid -August Lunch 2011
Midnight Express 1982
Midnight in Paris 2012
Milou et Mai 1991
Mishima, a Life in Four Chapters 2006
Monsoon Wedding. 2002
Monty Python’s Life of Brian 1982
Monty Python’s Meaning of Life 1985
Moonrise Kingdom 2014
Mother 2012
Mrs Brown 1998
Mrs Parker & the Vicious Circle 1996
Mulholland Drive 2003
Museum Hours 2014
My Beautiful Launderette 1987
My Brilliant Career 1983
My Dog Tulip 2011
My Left Foot 1990
Naked 1994
Naked Lunch 1994
Nebraska 2014
Neighbouring Sounds 2014
Night of the Hunter 2005
Nightmail 1981
Nostalgia 1986
Nostalgia for the Light 2014
Notes on a Scandal 2007
Notti di Cabiria 2000
Oedipus Rex 1986
Of Gods and Men 2011
Of Horses and Men 2013
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou ? 2001
On the Black Hill 1990
On the Waterfront 1984 & 2003
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 2012
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest 1980
Onegin 2001
Only When I Dance 2011
Oranges and Sunshine
Orlando 1994
Orphans of the Storm 1992
Orphee 1988
Pan’s Labyrinth 2008
Paris, Texas 1985
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid 1980
Pather Panchali 1991 & 2004
Pathfinder 1990
Paths of Glory 2014
People on a Sunday 2008
Peter’s Friends 1993
Pi 2000
Picnic at Hanging Rock 1979
Pirosmani 1984
Poetry 2013
Popeye 1992
Pretty Woman 1991
Privates on Parade 1985
Prizzi’s Honour 1987
Prospero’s Books 1993
Pulp Fiction 1996
Queen Kelly 1987
Rabbit Proof Fence 2003
Radio On 1983
Raining Stones 1994
Raise the Red Lantern 1992
Rashamon 1984
Rear Window 1985
Rebel Without a Cause 2004
Red Wedding 1980
Repo Man 1986
Reuben Reuben 1990
Revolutionary Road 2009
Richard the Third 1998
Ridicule 1998
Riff Raff 1992
Rivers & Tides 2005
Romeo & Juliet 1998
Rosetta 2009
Rue Cases Negres 1986
Rush 2014
Russian Ark 2004
Salaam Bombay 1990
Sansho Days 1997
Saraband 2008
Sarah’s Key 2012
Satyricon (Fellini) 1979
Secrets & Lies 1996
Selfish Giant 2015
Sense & Sensibility 1997
Seraphine 2011
Seven 1997
Seven Samurai 1986
Sex, Lies & Videotape 1991
Shakespeare in Love 1999
Shall We Dance 1999
Shallow Grave 1996
Shanghai Triad 1997
Shine 1998
Shirley Valentine 1991
Sideways 2005
Silence of the Lambs 1993
Sleeper 1979
Sliding Doors 2000
Smoke 1997
Solaris 1980
Son of Rambow 2009
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter & Spring 2006
Stalker 1979
Steamboat Bill Junior 1982
Still Walking 2010
Strictly Ballroom 2005
Stubby 1981
Sunday in the Country 1986
Sweetgrass 2011
Sweetie 1992
Talk to Her 2005
Ten Canoes 2008
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 1995
The Age of Innocence 1994
The Angel’s Share 2013
The Apple 2000
The Beat That My Heart Skipped 2006
The Big Store 2006
The Birds 2001
The Blue Angel 1999
The Blue Kite 1994
The Blues Brothers 1987
The Changeling 2009
The China Syndrome 1981
The Class 2009
The Class 2009
The Colour of Pomegranates 1985
The Commitments 1992
The Company of Strangers 1991
The Constant Gardener 2007
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover 1991
The Counterfeiters 2008
The Cranes Are Flying 1992
The Day of the Jackal 1978
The Debt 2012
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 1984
The Double 201512 o’ Clock High 1998
The Draughtsman’s Contract 1984
The Dresser 1985
The Dressmaker 1991
The Eagle 1994
The English Patient 1998
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser 1979
The Fabulous Baker Boys 1992
The Fantastic Planet 1980
The Field 1992
The Fireman’s Ball 1979
The Flower of my Secret 1997
The French Lieutenant’s Woman 1983
The Full Monty 1998
The General 1979
The Governess 1999
The Grifters 1992
The Grocer’s Son 2009
The Herd 1985
The Householder 1980
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) 1984
The Hunt 2014
The Kid with a Bike 2012
The Killing Fields 1986
The Lace Maker 1981
The Last Detail 1978
The Last Picture Show 2007
The Last Station 2010
The Last Wave 1982
The Lemon Tree 2009
The Life of Brian 1982
The Lives of Others 2008
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne 1989
The Long Day Closes 1993
The Long Goodbye 2011
The Lunchbox 2014
The Madness of King George 1995
The Magic Flute 2008
The Magnificent Ambersons 1998
The Maid. 2011
The Man Who Wasn’t There 2002
The Man Without a Past 2004
The Manchurian Candidate 2006
The Marriage of Maria Braun 1982
The Matrix 2000
The Misfits 2004
The Mission 1994
The Mississippi Mermaid 1999
The Motorcycle Diaries 2005
The Music Room 1982
The Night Porter 1979
The Others 2002
The Pianist 2004
The Piano 1995
The Pillow Book 1997
The Postman Always Rings Twice 1983
The Promise 1999
The Purple Rose of Cairo 1987
The Quiet American 2004
The Real Dirt on Farmer John’s 2008
The Remains of the Day 1995
The Rocket 2014
The Rose 1981
The Royal Tennenbaums 2003
The Saragossa Manuscript 1996
The Screaming Man 2012
The Secret in their Eyes 2012
The Shawshank Redemption 1996
The Shooting Party 1986
The Snows of Kilimanjaro 2014
The Spirit of the Beehive 1980
The Station Agent 2005
The Story of Qui Ju 1995
The Story of the Weeping Camel 2005
The Sweet Hereafter 1998
The Talented Mr Ripley 2000
The Tempest 1987
The Third Man 2001
The Threepenny Opera 1998
The Tin Drum 1981
The Truman Show 2000
The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1990
The Usual Suspects 1996
The Warriors 1983
The Wicker Man 2006
The World’s Fastest Indian 2006
Thelma & Louise 1992
Three Colours Blue 1995
Three Colours White 1995
Three Colurs Red 1996
Three Seasons 2000
Tickets 2007
Tilai 1994
Timbuktu 2014
Time & Winds 2009
Time Bandits 1986
Time of the Gypsies 2015
To Play & to Fight 2009
Together 2002
Tootsie 1984
Topsy Turvey 2001
Toto 1993
Touching the Void 2005
Tous les Matins du Monde 1993
Tricks 2011
Un Coeur en Hiver 1994
Under Fire 1986
Unforgiven 1994
Vanya on 42nd Street 1996
Venus 1991
Vicky Christina Barcelona 2009
Wadjda 2014
Wages of Fear 1992
Walk the Line 2006
Watermark 2013
We Are the Best 2014
Whalerider 2005
When Did You Last See Your Father? 2008
When Harry Met Sally 1990
Whiplash 2014
Whisky 2006
White Ribbon 2011
Winged Migration 2014
Wings of a Dove 1999
Wings of Desire 1992
Winstanley 1978
Withnail & I 1989 & 2005
Wives 1979
Y Tu Mama Tambien 2004
Yeleen 1989
Young Adam 2006
Young Frankenstein 1981