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Cinema for All SWG, previously known as the South West Group of the British Federation of Film Societies, represents and supports over 70 Film Societies and Community Cinemas in the region. It is organised by a small team of volunteers who have experience in running their own venues and have an established track record for helping new ventures get off the ground with trial screenings and technical advice.

From Sundance to the South West – Another Two-Stop Spring Viewing

This April and May, Cinema for All SW is holding its film preview day, featuring six new DVD releases, in two venues in the east and west of the region to allow organisers of film societies and community cinemas from the length and breadth of the region to attend. Once again, the selection of new titles provides a chance to see the best of recent Film Festivals from Sundance and Berlin to Venice and Edinburgh before choosing films for their coming seasons.

The first leg, on Sunday 26th April, is in the east of the region at Wadham School in the Somerset town of Crewkerne, just off the A30, home of our hosts, FilmCrew. A fortnight later, on Sunday 10th May, the same strong line-up of six recent DVD releases will be previewed at the Passmore Edwards Institute in Hayle, down the A30 into Cornwall. Our hosts there will be Hayle Film Club with great support from Carn to Cove.

For Crewkerne details click here and for Hayle ones here.

Love is Strange At each venue, the six titles will be screened in two auditoria with an emphasis on recent Festival and Awards successes, some of which are getting their first airing in the South West. Love is Strange was released last month to good reviews for the touching and believable performances of John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a gay couple who find their four-decade relationship under threat. Ira Sachs’s film was premiered last year at Sundance and later Berlin, as were two others of our selections. Difret is a stunning Ethiopean film on the issue of child marriage which was championed by its executive producer Angelina Jolie and won an Audience Award at Sundance. The US Festival also saw the premiere of a very different movie, the tragic-comedy, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, based on the true story of a Japanese woman, brilliantly played by Rinko Kikuchi, who becomes convinced that the briefcase of money buried in the snow at the end of the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece, Fargo, was real and travels to Minnesota in search of her mythical fortune. The film went on to win international awards throughout 2014.

TheGoldenDream The Golden Dream won 67 awards after its launch at Cannes in 2013 where its director, Diego Quemada-Diez, won the A Certain Talent prize. The film shows the director’s acknowledged debt to Ken Loach with its combination of a documentary lyricism with cinema vérité to follow the attempts of three teenage Guatemalan immigrants to enter the United States. More prizes for Human Capital, a successful transfer of Stephen Amodon’s novel from Connecticut to Milan with social critique shifting into a gripping thriller; amongst its many awards, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi won Best Actress at last year’s Tribeca Festival for her performance.

Still Life Finally, a chance to see an over-looked British film from Uberto Pasolini, the producer of The Full Monty. Still Life stars the ever-watchable Eddie Marsan as a shy lonely council official with a cameo performance from Downton Abbey’s Joanna Froggat. This inspirational film completes the roll-call of Festival winners receiving awards at Venice, Edinburgh and Reykjavik.

Six very diverse titles for preview including three from Cinema for All’s ever-expanding Booking Scheme bringing brand-new titles to its member groups, generally for £85 per screening with no hidden fees or VAT (end of commercial break!). Six good reasons, we hope, for rounding up a car-full or two of your Committee members and booking the date for Crewkerne or Hayle. More details on the application forms.

Film List 2015

Film List 2015 is on-line now. Please check under Resources and Film Suggestiions.


The screening of Alternative Content (AC) is gaining in popularity with Film Societies and Community Cinemas. This involves the screening of opera, ballet or theatre performances onto the screens of venues normally used for film projection. Looe Film Society have kindly produced a guide reflecting their experiences with this kind of operation. We feel sure the guide will prove useful to many organisations.
Please click on the link to view or download the PDF file.

Events Diary

We publicise events we have been told about. Let us know if you are planning something special. Please check the Events Diary.

The latest issue of the South West Group newsletter

Issue 124 April 2015 is on-line now. Please click here to view it in a new window.
Please click on the link for previous issues.


About Elly If you are looking for titles for an up-coming non-theatrical screening, take a look at our suggestions based on films screened at Cinema for All Viewings and ICO Screening Days in recent years. Click on Film Suggestions
We produce programme notes for all Cinema for All South West Viewing Sessions. Click on Programme Notes to see what is available on-line.

Cinema for All Booking Scheme

Cinema for All has a large collection of excellent recent and classic films as part of its DVD Booking Scheme. These films can be hired by Cinema for All members at very reasonable rates. Please click on the link to the national Cinema for All website for details about the scheme and the films.