We are a friendly, well established film society based at Cranbrook School, showing a broad range of films from across the globe. These tend to be gems you do not see at your local multiplex: foreign and independent films that deserve the big screen treatment.

This year our programme includes Eastern masterpieces ‘Taxi Tehran’ and ‘Mustang‘ – both from cultures rarely screened. We have thrillers ‘Marshland’ and ‘Talvar’, wry humour in ‘Rams’, wartime tragedy in ‘Tangerines’ and even a musical ‘Sing Street’ to list but a few.

If you fancy a fortnightly adventure to exotic realities you would otherwise miss, we are the Wednesday destination for you. 15 films for £25.

We reserve the right to alter or cancel screenings.

Please browse our film archives. Click FILM ARCHIVES to access them. They are a fascinating resource and record the history of our club.

Diplomatie (12a)

“The performances are excellent.” – The Guardian. Late summer 1944, the Nazis decided if they could not have Paris, no one else would either. The…

Tangerines (15)

“A tremendous, old-fashioned anti war film, by turns touching, moving and suspenseful.” Peter Bradshaw – Guardian. An elderly tangerine farmer offers tense hospitality to two…

Taxi Tehran (12a)

A road trip movie with a difference. Director Jafar Panahi faced house arrest and has been banned from film-making in his homeland. He also plays…

Still Life (12a)

A compassionate council clerk in the Registry of Deaths determines to discover the relatives of a man who died alone, and apparently unloved; in doing…

Marshland (15)

“Marshland is a must-see on the big screen.” – Variety. A Spanish edge-of-your-seat detective thriller set in the 1980s as the country emerges from dictatorship…

Rams (15)

Two brothers live next to each other but have not spoken for forty years. Their response to a mutual crisis is in turn melancholic and…

Sing Street (12a)

With difficulties at home in 1980s Dublin and a new rough school to get used to, Conor decides to make his mark and impress the…

Talvar (15)

Riveting and suspenseful police investigation into an Indian double homicide. Based on an actual case, it is both an excellent mystery thriller, and a commentary…

Mustang (15)

Set in a village in present day Turkey at the start of the summer, five orphan sisters are spotted playing with boys at the beach.…

Timbuktu (12a)

“Abderrahmane Sissako’s film about religious intolerance is full of life, irony and poetry.” Tim Robey- Telegraph. Kidane and his family live in tune with their…

Love & Friendship (U)

Based on a Jane Austen novella, this deliciously sharp comedy is tale of manipulation and matchmaking centred on the beautiful but scheming Lady Susan Vernon.…

Trumbo (15)

Reds under tinsel town beds. Trumbo records the life’s work of a brilliant screen-writer blacklisted for ‘un-American activities’ in the McCarthyite witch hunts of the…

Julieta (15)

“A guilt- soaked pleasure.” Tim Robey – Telegraph. Based on three short stories by Alice Munro the film follows a middle aged Julieta as she…

Mystery Slot

Shh…secret. It’s a mystery.

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (15)

A hilarious well crafted biography following the antics of the eccentric socialite Peggy Guggenheim as she pursues her obsession with creating a “Modern Art Gallery”…

About & Venue

We are an award winning film society
showcasing the best of film to the residents of Cranbrook and its local communities.

Early in 1984, The Regal Cinema, Cranbrook closed its doors for the last time after showing (presciently) ‘Never Say Never Again’, with Sean Connery (as Bond) and Kim Basinger. For almost a year cinema-goers in Cranbrook (and district) had to make a half-hour journey to Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone or Hastings to find a screen.

But all was not lost. Dr Nick Vinall, newly appointed Head of Science at Cranbrook School, launched the Cranbrook Film Society, offering five showings each year in the Lecture Theatre, with those bottom-moulding seats and the clatter of the 35mm projector. The timing was right: an eight-film season quickly became the norm and despite the physical discomfort the society flourished and soon had more than one hundred members.

In 1995 our audience moved to the Queen’s Hall Theatre. In due course, Nick Vinall, our founding father, passed on this growing legacy to Paul Stanford, whose creative energy and ambition for the Society in turn were amply acknowledged when we scooped the Best Film Society award at the British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) awards ceremony in March 2005.

A hard act to follow? Fortunately for us we were able to inveigle Tim Edmunds into the director’s chair. As a former BAFTA winner and a serving BAFTA judge, Tim increased our productivity: ten showings per season became fifteen, and the eye-opening interviews he hosted with skilled practitioners from the film world really widened our cinematic horizons.

This season’s play-list looks varied and attractive. We hope you’ll be there with us.

All our films are shown in the Queen’s Hall Theatre, Cranbrook School, Waterloo Road, Cranbrook, Kent. TN17 3JD.
Please do look at the theatre’s own website. There you can find details of disabled access, parking, the theatre itself and forthcoming events. There is a great tradition of performing arts in the town. Do look up the Cranbrook Choral Society, the Cranbrook Operatic and Dramatic Society and Tempo; a community singing group. Cranbrook School has its own productions in the Queen’s Hall.
Screening Times
Doors open at 7.30 pm.  This gives you time to sign in, to collect your voting slip and to socialize.  The Committee members try to make themselves conspicuous and approachable and enjoy talking film with anyone.  We are fortunate in that the theatre foyer is large and has a licensed bar.  There is plenty of room in which to mingle.  Films start at 8.00 pm prompt.
There is ample parking in Barham Drive, in the staff car park at the front of the school and in the various free car parks in the town. The main entrance to the theatre is in Barham Drive.

Members & Guests

Members pay £25 for the 2016/2017 Season. We are a members’ only club and memberships are not transferable. No one under sixteen may join our club or watch films with us. Sixth formers from Cranbrook School and the High Weald Academy are very welcome and are invited free of charge.

  1. Click here to complete an online membership application form and to pay by BACS.
    If you prefer us to send your membership card to you, or wish to pay by cheque, click here.

  2. Return the Membership Application Form. You will find this in our brochure.
    You can pay by BACS transfer online or by cheque through the post. We no longer offer PayPal as a method of payment.
A limited number of seats will be available through an online booking site, WEGOTTICKETS for the guests of members to make an occasional booking. Each member may invite up to two guests per screening. Guests pay £5 plus a small booking fee in advance. Bookings must be made by 12 noon on the day of the screening. Please bring proof of booking with you on the night.

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