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 coming season it will be a fish supper before the film Fisherman’s Friends is shown in February. (We are also hoping that Lympstone members of the Exmouth Shantymen will entertain us in the first half of the evening.)
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. We look forward to seeing you on Friday, 13 September for the first film in the new season, a newly-released and highly-acclaimed film by Ralph Fiennes, The White Crow, about the escape by the great Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev to the West in the early 1960s.
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. And Lympstone provides some shantymen of our own to introduce the story of the shanty-singing fishermen from Port Isaac.
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.
Full programme for this season
Friday 13 September 2019
The White Crow
Friday 11 October 2019
Sunday 20 October 2019
Rebel Without a Cause (matinee)
Friday 8 November 2019
Sunday 17 November 2019
The Best Years of Our Lives (matinee)
Friday 13 December 2019
Friday 10 January 2020
Sunday 19 January 2020
Odd Man Out (matinee)
Friday 14 February 2020
Fisherman’s Friends (limited tickets for pre-film fish supper)
Friday 13 March 2020
Friday 10 April 2020
The Constant Gardener
Friday 15 May 2020
AGM + Bonus film chosen by members