Film society celebrates 50 years
Horsham Film Society will celebrate 50 years this year with a program featuring movies from Germany, Finland, Italy, Ukraine, Turkey and New Zealand-samoa.
The society has included more comedies in the program than in some other years and all have attracted awards or award nominations.
The society screens 10 movies a year at Horsham Centre Cinema. Three screenings include catering. The opening film this season is The Fencer, a drama from Finland, Estonia and Germany and winner of six awards. The screening, one of the society’s catered events, is open to the public from 6.30pm on Monday.
The society started at a public meeting at Horsham Theatre on November 21, 1967.
Film enthusiasts called the meeting to gauge interest in the screening of ‘alternative’ 16-millimetre films. The films were outside mainstream films and designed as a catalyst for intellectual and social interaction between members.
The first-year films were screened at Horsham Theatre, but screenings then moved to Horsham Town Hall supper room the following year in a bid to improve sound and light quality.
Horsham Film Society moved to two other venues before a decision in the late 1980s to return to Horsham Centre Cinema at the theatre.
Films shown now are the latest releases of digital art house internationally acclaimed movies.
The society has been a platform for people new to the area to establish contacts and networks and continues to welcome anyone keen to join.