Coup 53

Film earns praise after

WFS world premiere

Winchcombe Film Society was one of only 20 venues in England to participate in the world premiere of Coup 53, about the CIA and MI6 overthrowing democracy in Iran in 1953, which was later chosen by the Washington Post as one of its five best documentaries of 2020.

The film, featuring Ralph Fiennes as a British spy, was released in the UK and US on 19 August, later featured on Channel 4 and positively reviewed by The Guardian and New York Times. Click on the titles to read the articles. It has also scored a remarkable 100% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes film fans’ website.

More than 30 watched the Winchcombe premiere, eliciting WFS’s greatest-ever number of comments. These included one from Jean C, who once lunched with the editor’s wife. ‘Gripping’, ‘fascinating’, ‘shocking’, ‘sobering’, ‘significant’ and ‘poignant’ were among the descriptions. ‘We’ve managed to interfere in just about every trouble-spot on the planet,’ wrote one member.

The last film shown at Abbey Fields was Cold war (Poland, 2018) in February 2020. Shot in black-and-white, and with a range of folk, classical and jazz music, its depiction of a love affair across the Iron Curtain won a 94% audience approval. For all past film ratings, click on the menu link.

Interview with director Paweł Pawlikowski on Poland’s film industry today: click here.

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  1. Thanks Colin, that looks interesting. We are away next week, how long does the film remain available to start watching it?

    Derek Smith 3 Harvest View Evesham Road Greet Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL54 5FA 07803 600418


    1. Hi Derek,

      The film is available only for 24 hours from 6pm on Wed 19 August, then for 24 hours from the time you first log on.

      Best wishes, Colin


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