2021/22 season

We have a great selection of films for our resumed season from Friday 29 October. Many are Oscar winners or Best Films of the Year according to the movie fans’ website IMDb, but all are chosen from hundreds of possibles, because they are lkely to appeal to you, our members.

Included are social and period dramas, thrillers, comedies and an edge-of-your seat documentary that will appear breath-taking on the big screen. The aim is always to present intelligent, amusing titles that many of you are unlikely to have seen before, or that you would want to see again in the company of friends,

Click on any words in Red to see more information or trailer for each film, eg The Guardians.

Plus we have something new: A Nostalgia Night with a Golden Oldie to be chosen by you the members – with drinks that evening at 1950s prices! Watch for details soon.

All films are shown at 7.30pm, at Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane, Winchcombe GL54 5QH, usually on the last Friday of the month, with refreshments served from 7.00pm.

Membership will of course carry over from 2020. We very much look forward to welcoming you back.

Judy (UK 2019, 2hr, Cert PG), Friday 29 October

A brilliant Oscar-winning performance by Renee Zellweger as a fragile Judy Garland who arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts that she hopes may salvage her career. Click for trailer

The Guardians (France 2017, 2hr 18, Cert 15) Friday 26 November

Only orphan Francine is available to help with harvest on a French farm in 1915 since the men left to fight. Returning on leave, soldier Georges falls in love with her, with dramatic consequences. A beautifully shot story of coping with hardship and loss. Trailer.

Official secrets (UK 2019, 1hr 52, Cert 15) Friday 17 December

Keira Knightley stars in the true story of the GCHQ whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Trailer.

With a friend like Harry (France 2000, 1hr 57, Cert 15) Friday 7 January 2022

Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident, Harry inserts himself in Michel’s life… and things take a sinister turn.  “A thriller that would have made Hitchcock grind his teeth in envy,” Alexander Walker, Evening Standard. Trailer.

The death of Stalin (UK 2017, 1hr 47, Cert 15) Friday 28 January 2022

Moscow 1953: After Stalin fatally collapses, panic spreads among senior Politburo members as they scramble to weed out the competition, ie each other. No-one is safe, not even KGB chief Lavrenti Beria. A terrific black comedy scoring 88/100 among critics. See extra scenes deleted from the film here.

Green Book (USA 2018, 2hr 10, Cert PG) Friday 25 February

A white working-class bouncer with conventional prejudices drives an African-American pianist on a tour of segregated venues through the 1960s American South and confronts racial bigotry. Best Picture Oscar 2019. Trailer.

Birds of passage (Colombia 2018, 2hr 05m, Cert 15) Friday 25 March

During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous family get involved in a war to control the business that ends up destroying their lives. With striking scenes of a culture under threat. Trailer.

Free solo (USA 2018, 1hr 36, Cert 12A) Friday 29 April

You’ll gasp with astonishment as Alex Honnold tries to become the first person ever to climb El Capitan with nothing but his boots and bare hands.  ‘I try to expand my comfort zone by practicing the moves over and over again until it’s just not scary anymore,’ Alex said. Well, maybe not scary for him. 2019 Best Documentary Oscar winner. Trailer.

Calvary (Ireland 2014, 1hr 42, Cert 15) Friday 27 May

An Irish priest (Brendan Gleeson) hears a confession that includes a threat to kill him a week later. He tries to carry on norally but is confronted by his estranged daughter and parishioners as time runs toward a confrontation that challenges his faith. Trailer

Nostalgia Night: Friday 24 June.

New at WFS: A Golden Oldie to be chosen by you, the members, with drink prices appropriate to when the film was released. A chance to get into the spirit if you choose to do so, and a great film too. Details to be released in 2022.

Capernaum (Lebanon 2018, 2hr 6, Cert 15) Friday 29 July

Serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old from the slums of Beirut sues his parents for neglect. Stars Syrian refugee child actor Zain al Rafeea. Voted 2018 Best Picture runner-up on IMDb. Trailer.

Babette’s Feast (Denmark 1987, 1hr 43, Cert U) Friday 26 August

During the late 19th century, a strict religious community in a Danish village takes in a French refugee from the Franco-Prussian War as a servant to the late pastor’s daughters. Trailer.

The Guilty (Denmark 2018, 1hr 25, Cert 15) Friday 30 September

A police officer alone on emergency call room duty enters a race against time when he answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. Top audience-rated film of 2018 according to movie website IMDb. Trailer.

1917 (UK 2019, 1hr 59, Cert 15) Friday 28 October

April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.. Trailer

Apostasy (UK 2017, 1hr 35m, Cert PG) Friday 25 November.

A Jehovah’s Witness (ex-Corrie star Siobhan Finneran) is forced by the church to shun her sister because of a religious transgression. As the separation grows, she starts to question the sect’s tenets. A hard-hitting but even-handed drama directed by Daniel Kokotajlo, brought up as Jehovah’s Witness, but who later broke away. Trailer

My masterpiece (Argentina, 1hr 40, Uncert.) Friday 16 December

Arturo, an unscrupulous art dealer and Renzo, his easy-going longtime painter friend, whose work is no longer fashionable, have both hit hard times. So they fake Renzo’s death to increase the value of his latest pictures, supposedly painted in his prime. Gentle, quirky comedy. Trailer.