Film so­ci­ety cel­e­brates 50 years

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.

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