Lympstone Film Society

Lympstone Film Society is pleased to announce a new season of matinees – on Monday afternoons.
Three of our members have stepped forward to organise these daytime showings – on a screen many times larger than anything your television can offer. Sue Waite, Tina Bissett and Carolyn Southard are especially keen on the introductory talks about the films by Martin Fisher, the former Head of Light Entertainment at BBC Radio, who is a devotee of classic films.They have selected the programme from Martin’s own extensive collection.Many thanks to them all!!
Their first Monday Matinee is on  in the Community Room of the Village Hall.
The Letter, a drama from 1940 directed by William Wyler, stars Bette Davis giving one of her finest performances. Based on a story by Somerset Maugham, it is a tale of repressed passions and murder in Malaya. Atmospheric photography, evocative music, and excellent support from a sinister Gale Sondergaard will make this an exotic afternoon to remember.
Entrance is free to Film Society members, but anybody else can come and pay £3 on the door.
And tea and cake will be served (£2).
Don’t be late, or you’ll miss the startling opening sequence!

So much to look forward to
Our new programme 2022/23 began on September 9th with the most recent film of West Side Story. In total there will be no fewer than nine Friday evening films and three Monday matinees.
The season will end in May with the AGM.
This season (2022/23) membership continues to be £20 for the full season, including matinees.
Entry for single films on Friday evenings will continue to be £5 and £3 for matinees.
Matinee refreshments.are charged at £2.
Membership through Helen Dimond by BACs or card reader..See Tickets/Membership page for full details.
Payment by card.for entry (unless a member), bar, ice-creams and tea/cake,

2022/23 Programme
Sep    West Side Story
Stephen Spielberg’s re-make of Leonard Bernstein’s thrilling musical makes an exciting start to our new season. “A re-telling that will leave you gasping.”

Oct 14   Parallel Mothers
Penélope Cruz won Best Actress at Venice for her dazzling performance in Pedro Almodóvar’s surprising drama. “An emotional bundle of joy.”

Nov  11   The Colour Room
A British film which tells the story of the Art Deco ceramic painter Clarice Cliff. “An entertaining feelgood period drama.”

Nov 21   Monday Matinee   The Letter
A drama from 1940 directed by William Wyler, stars Bette Davis giving one of her finest performances

Dec  9  The Duke
Jim Broadbent is a joy as the taxi driver who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in 1961. “What a lovely, rousing, finally moving film this is.”

Jan 13   The Keeper
How Bert Trautmann, a German paratrooper in the war, became an English hero in the Cup Final of 1956. “A heartfelt blend of romance and football.”

Feb  10   The Quiet Girl
Rural Ireland 1981. A quiet, neglected girl is sent to live with foster parents for the summer. “This beautiful and compassionate film is a child’s-eye look at our fallen world.”

Mar  10   The Asphalt Jungle
John Huston’s 1950 heist film is a tense well-plotted thriller, with Sam Jaffe as a criminal mastermind, supported by a bungling gang.  “A cracking good crime story perfectly told.”

April 14  Hunt for the Wilderpeople
A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. “Endearing characters and deadpan humour – and the result is quite wonderful.”

May 5 AGM and film

Since 2007 Lympstone Film Society has been bringing cinema to the village. The fist film we showed was Cinema Paradiso. 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.
   The programme runs from September to April or May, with the Friday films normally screened  the second Friday of the month, and with a number of Monday matinees. And so members can see up to 12 films each year for their £20 annual subscription.
   Doors usually 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 usually 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. The Wednesday afternoon classic films are usually preceded by an entertaining talk by Martin Fisher, former Head of Light Entertainment for BBC Radio, who selects this part of the programm.
  Once a year, usually in February,.we serve a very popular meal that precedes a film.

  A lending library of DVDs of films we have shown is free to members. Contact

Upcoming films 2022/23
Friday evenings:

Oct 8 
Nov 12 
Dec 10 
Jan 14  
Feb 11 
Mar 11 
Apr 8 
May 6 

Monday matinee:

See ARCHIVE for all our previous films

Film timings 2022/2023
Friday evenings
Doors open 6.45pm
Shorts start 7.30pm
Main film starts c. 8.00pm
Monday matinees
Doors open 2.00pm
Programme starts 2.30pm with introduction

Get in touch

Membership Secretary – Helen Dimond
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