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.

Boy (15)

Set in New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11 year old devoted Michael Jackson fan, gets the chance to meet his criminal absentee father who…

The Breadwinner (12a)

Parvana is young girl living in Kabul in 2001. After the unjust arrest of her father she takes on the responsibility for her family. The…

All the Wild Horses (15)

Filmed in the glorious vastness of the Mongolian steppe, the film is a dynamic portrayal of the extreme and often dramatic Mongol Derby : the…

The Florida Project (15)

‘A superbly sympathetic portrait of life on the margins of Disneyland America’. Mark Kermode, Observer With a remarkable young cast and a fine performance from…

Phantom Thread (15)

In his final film Daniel Day-Lewis delivers a masterful performance as a fastidious and cantankerous 1950’s London couturier beguiled by a young waitress. Decadent and…

The Lost City of Z (15)

Percy Fawcett, a British officer, travels to the Amazon rainforest in 1906 to survey the border between Brazil and Bolivia, and is persuaded by locals…

Baby Driver (15)

Baby, a music loving orphan, is a heist getaway driver for a rotating crew of bank robbers. Accomplished but aloof, he dreams of a different…

The Wife (15)


The Happy Prince (15)

Directed by and starring Rupert Everett, this witty and poignant dramatisation of Oscar Wilde’s final years in exile is a powerful parable of passion and…

The Rider (TBC)

After suffering a near fatal head injury, young cowboy Brady is told to give up rodeo. But Brady needs to support his family, and the…

Classic Film – Members’ Choice The Draughtsman’s Contract

You can find the official HD trailer if you search for it online. I have embedded here a most amusing alternative trailer instead. This evening’s…

The Olive Tree (15)

Writer Paul Laverty brings the same mix of social conscience and human comedy to this gloriously filmed Spanish film as he brought to ’The Angel’s…

The Children Act (12a)

Adapted by Ian McEwen from his novel, this stately, moving drama follows a High Court judge for whom professional and personal crises collide as she…

Shoplifters 15

The 2018 winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes is the gentle, thrilling tale of Tokyo’s down and outs. Kore-eda’s film contrasts the frigidity of…

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.

Helen Hawken and Angela Dunmore came next and shared the chair. Co-incidentally Helen has, like Tim, been awarded a BAFTA for her services to television. She has now moved from the area and the chair is less crowded. The committee is equally roomy at the moment. Please talk to us if you are interested in joining us. We are very keen to recruit someone with a keen eye for film and good computer literacy.

We so enjoy your feedback throughout the season and particularly appreciate members’ suggestions for future film screenings. To help guide you, here are the criteria we use to select the programme each season.

– include only films which have been seen and championed by a minimum of two committee members
– contain a balance of genres and language, and try to include at least one British film, films from at least three other continents, a comedy, a documentary and at least one film that highlights social injustice.
– comes from an overview of the last two years’ product avoiding films members are likely to have seen, but including older films where this can be justified.
– suitable for our audience
– contain films that generate laughter, with people coming out of screenings feeling good rather than “a programme which takes itself too seriously”
– feature some prize winners/nominees that “got away” ie didn’t get to local cinemas or passed through very quickly
– try to include no film longer than 2 hours.
– exclude films where sound and/or picture quality is poor.

It is increasingly difficult to predict the exposure films will have before we screen them and indeed have to contend with distributors delaying screening dates or pulling permissions to show films under our licence at the last minute. However this all adds to the interest. You never know quite what you will get when you turn up and this is the joy of our film society.

You have all been overwhelmed with privacy policies recently. We have one too. Should you wish to read it we can e-mail a copy to you. In short. we hold your details for the purposes of maintaining our membership register for the year, for e-mailing you film notes and schedule changes and to invite to invite you to rejoin for the following season. We will not share your details with any other organisation and will remove them from our database if you do not renew your membership at the start of the following season.

All our films are shown in the Queen’s Hall Theatre, Cranbrook School, Waterloo Road, Cranbrook, Kent. TN17 3JD. Our season roughly follows the academic year and membership runs from September to late Spring the following year.

Please 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 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 2018/2019 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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