Lympstone Film Society
For 12 highly-successful seasons, Lympstone Film Society has been bringing cinema to the village. With an enthusiastic audience of 100 or more, we have shown recent and older films which are not usually seen in the commercial picture houses. We welcome new members from the village and beyond, and offer social and enjoyable evenings with great entertainment.
Our cinema is Lympstone village hall. With a Lottery grant we installed a large cinema screen, which fills the proscenium arch at the press of a button, a top quality projector with Blu-Ray DVD technology, and a surround–sound system.
The programme runs from September to April, normally screened on the second Friday of the month, with a bonus film at the AGM in May. There is also a programme of three classic films on Sunday afternoons. And so members can see 12 films each year for their £20 annual subscription.
A lending library of DVDs of films we have shown is free to members.
Doors open at 6.45 pm for the Friday evening showings, so that members can meet beforehand and have a drink from the bar, a friendly and popular social occasion. Screening starts at 7.30 pm. There is a short film and advertisements for Lympstone events, followed by an interval where ice creams and drinks are on sale. After the interval we show the main film.
Excellent programme notes are distributed, which this coming season can also be read in advance on this website. Each of the three Sunday afternoon classic films is preceded by an entertaining talk by Martin Fisher, former Head of Light Entertainment for BBC Radio, who selects this part of the programme.
Once a year we serve a very popular meal that precedes a film. This season it was a fish supper before the film Fisherman’s Friends is shown in February.
Everyone is welcome. Non-members can pay £5 on the door for individual films, or £3 for a matinee, but the annual subscription of £20 is such good value (only £1.66 per film if you see them all) that we would recommend joining immediately. See Tickets/Membership page for full details.
Film Choices for the 2019/20 Season
Leaping into the new season
It is fashionable at present to make films about real people and based on true stories. It is a fashion reflected in our exciting Film Society programme this year.
Rudolph Nureyev’s leap for freedom, as told in The White Crow, is followed by one great leap for mankind – as seen from a satellite dish on an Australian sheep farm, in a brilliant little comedy that we have unearthed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Real people are played by real actors. Sally Hawkins, as you’ve never seen her before, gives an extraordinary impersonation of the quirky Newfoundland folk artist Maud Lewis, and Olivia Colman won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite.
Real people are never far away. The actual would-be thieves, now out of prison, occasionally appear in American Animals, as we watch actors recreate their attempt to steal a $12 million book.
But good old-fashioned storytelling features too. Cold War tells a passionate story of star-crossed lovers in the shadow of the iron curtain, directed by a master film maker. The Constant Gardener, from a novel by John le Carré, brings together Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes, two actors who have appeared in separate films earlier in our season, in another love story that is also a political thriller.
And of course our classic film matinees tell great stories with great Hollywood actors – James Dean, Natalie Wood, Fredric March, Myrna Loy, James Mason and Robert Newton.
Real treats await you, on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.
Film dates 2020/2021
Friday evenings: September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11, January 8, February 12, March 12, April 16, May 14
Sunday matinees: October 25, November 22, February 28