TFS History

How the Topsham Film Society started

On 19 March 2004 over 180 people were invited to a free screening of Cinema Paradiso in Matthews Hall Topsham to gauge support for the formation of a film society.

The evening was a great success. A committee was formed to found the Topsham Film Society, confirmed on 4 May by a constitution following the model recommended to members of the British Institute of Film Societies. A programme for the season was selected and invitations to join followed. The first film shown was the Coen brothers' The Man Who Wasn't There on 3 September 2004 with an initial membership of 203. By the end of the season this had grown to 250.

Digital projection was chosen as the most appropriate operating format. At first equipment was kindly loaned from private sources but later this was replaced by units available under a group loan scheme operated by BFFS South West Group.

Following technical advice and research, and with the financial support of several Topsham organisations, it was decided to purchase and install permanent projection and sound equipment in Matthews Hall in September 2014. This is owned by Topsham Community Association for the benefit of hall users and made available for a variety of audio-visual purposes as well as films.

The Society now shows 12 films each year between October and March, each usually with a matinee and an evening performance.

Upcoming Films

Lion

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2016, UK/Australia/USA 118mins

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Call Me By Your Name

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2017, English/French/Italian 132 mins

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Babette's Feast

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14th December 2018

1987, Danish (subtitles) 103 mins

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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4th January 2019

1953, USA 91 mins

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Trumbo

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18th January 2019

2015, USA 124 mins

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The Olive Tree

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1st February 2019

2016, Spain (subtitles) 100 mins

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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

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15th February 2019

2017, UK 106 mins

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Members' Choice

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TFS members will choose one of the following films to be screened on 1st March 2019 ...

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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15th March 2019

2017, USA 115 mins

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