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.

If you fancy a fortnightly adventure to exotic realities you would otherwise miss, we are the Wednesday destination for you. 14 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.

The Other Side of Hope (12a)

Bob Dylan wrote “Pity the poor immigrant”. Kaurismäki’s sympathetic and compassionate comedy about a young Syrian asylum seeker in Finland merely demands we recognise him…

Their Finest (12a)

A wartime romance set in the dark days of the Blitz and Dunkirk. Gemma Arterton plays a talented writer seconded by the Ministry of Information…

Berlin Syndrome (15)

“…dreamlike sense of place within a nightmare scenario in this taut and strongly acted thriller.” – Roger Ebert reviews. A young Australian photojournalist exploring Berlin…

I, Daniel Blake (15)

From the creator of “Cathy Come Home” and “Kes”. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2016, this film is “a quietly fearsome piece of…

The Salesman (12a)

This is an elegant understated film, tense and unpredictable. It charts a husband’s response to his wife’s assault, against the background of their both acting…

Hidden Figures (PG)

Set in the early 1960’s when some of NASA’s best “computers” were African-American ladies in smart skirts: the maths behind the mission in the space…

La La Land (12a)

This is not really a musical but a funny and subversive exploration of the nature of success in the jungle that is Tinsel Town. Two…

The Eagle Huntress (U)

This spellbinding and beautiful docu-drama follows a 13 year old nomadic Mongolian girl and her fight to become the first female eagle-hunter in 12 generations…

My Life as a Courgette (PG)

“We’re all the same – there’s no one left to love us” – words spoken by and for the kids in the care home where…

Tanna (12a)

Inspired by real events of 30 years ago and the first feature film ever to be shot in Vanuatu, its Australian makers worked with members…

Frantz (12a)

“Beautifully made and very moving” – Geoffrey Macnab, Independent. At the end of World War I a young German lady mourns the death of her…

White God

Brace yourselves for a visceral, action packed parable of rebellion against injustice and prejudice starring two hundred disaffected mutts and a resentful Hungarian teenage girl.…

Manchester by the Sea (15)

With an outstandingly brooding performance from Casey Affleck, this film is about a cantankerous loner drawn back by bereavement to the New England community where…

A Man Called Ove (15)

Is this Sweden’s answer to Capra’s “A Wonderful Life”? Circumstance and neighbours constantly thwart an uptight widower’s attempts at self-negation until he realizes that “everything…

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 2017/2018 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.

*When paying by BACS please ensure that you quote your surname and your postcode as your bank reference so we can identify your payment.

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