June 2020 news update

TFS has been screening films for over 15 years, during that time we have shown nearly 200 films. Recent circumstances have given us the free time to watch more films than normal. These days there are thousands of films available on DVD or at the click of a button.
What to watch? The film critics have drawn up lists of their favourite films.
BUT we thought you might appreciate a list based on the views of TFS members and guests. At the end of each screening we ask the audience to rate the films (score out of 100).
This is THE TFS TOP TWENTY selected by people like you.
1. Bridge of Spies 2015 TFS score 97.0
James B Donovan defends an alleged KGB spy, Rudolf Abel, in the US courts. He is eventually called upon to negotiate an exchange of Rudolf with a US pilot, Francis Powers, who was caught in the USSR Starring Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance
2. Philomena 2013 TFS score 96.4
Tells the true story of Philomena Lee's 50-year search for her forcibly adopted son and journalist Martin Sixsmith's efforts to help her find him. Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
3. Darkest Hour 2017 TFS score 96.3
In May 1940 within days of becoming Prime Minister Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials. Starring Oscar winner Gary Oldman
4. A United Kingdom 2016 TFS score 96.2
A biographical romance set in 1940s Britain, this film depicts King Seretse Khama of Botswana and his marriage to a white British clerk, Ruth Williams, who he meets and falls in love with whilst studying law in London. This puts his kingdom into political and diplomatic turmoil. Starring David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike
5. Hidden Figures 2017 TFS score 96.2
Award winning witty biography celebrating NASA’s neglected female African-American mathematicians who put John Glenn into orbit. Starring Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae and Kevin Costner
6. Untouchable 2011 French TFS score 95.9
A comedy drama, an unusual friendship develops when a street smart immigrant is hired to take care of a disabled French nobleman.
7. The Kite Runner 2007 TFS score 95.5
After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble. Based on the book by Khaled Hosseini.
8. Theory of Everything 2014 TFS score 95.3
A biographical romantic drama film set at the University of Cambridge, it details the life of the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones
9. Made in Dagenham 2010 TFS score 94.9
A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination. Starring Sally Hawkins and Bob Hoskins.
10. Touching the Void 2003 TFS score 94.0 Documentary
The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.
11. Mao's Last Dancer 2009 Chinese TFS score 93.8
In Maoist China, a boy is taken from his family and trained to become a dancer, but everything he knows is challenged when he is chosen to attend a ballet summer school in Houston, Texas. Based on the memoir written by Chinese-Australian author Li Cunxin.
12. Lion 2016 TFS score 93.2
Tells the extraordinary true story of a young Indian boy who gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories and Google Earth he sets out to find his lost family. Starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman
13. Manon Des Sources 1986 French TFS score 92.9
A beautiful but shy shepherdess plots vengeance on the men whose greedy conspiracy to acquire her father's land caused his death years earlier.
14. Trumbo 2015 TFS score 92.7
In 1947 Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he was blacklisted for his political beliefs. The film recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and the injustice under the blacklist. Starring Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren
15. Sully 2017 TFS score 92.3
The world witnessed a miracle on the Hudson River in January 2009 when the pilot, Captain Sullenberger, glided a passenger plane onto the freezing waters of the Hudson saving the lives of all 155 on board. However, the ensuing investigation threatened to destroy his career and reputation. Starring Tom Hanks
16. To Kill A Mockingbird 1962 TFS score 92.1
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice. Starring Gregory Peck
17. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2011 TFS score 91.9
British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than advertised, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways. Starring Judi dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith.
18. An Education 2009 TFS score 91.8
Jenny is a teenager whose life changes when she meets David, a man twice her age. He pursues her romantically but she is in for a rude shock when she discovers that David isn't what he seems to be. Starring Carey Mulligan
19. Suffragette 2015 TFS score 91.8
In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end. Starring Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helen Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.
20. Shakespeare in Love 1998 TFS score 91.8
The world's greatest ever playwright, William Shakespeare, is young, out of ideas and short of cash, but meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays Starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes

Upcoming Films

The Personal History of David Copperfield

film posterThe Personal History of David Copperfield 2019 UK 2hr

December 18th 2020 Postponed until 23rd April 2021 

The Personal History of David Copperfield is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Armando Iannucci, based on the 1850 Victorian era novel by Charles Dickens.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon

film posterThe Peanut Butter Falcon 2019 USA 1hr 37min

January 8th 2021 Postponed

A modern Mark Twain style adventure story, it tells the story of Zak (Gottsagen), a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school.

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Beautiful Boy

film posterBeautiful Boy 2018 USA 2h 1min

January 22nd 2021 Postponed

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heart breaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Starring Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Maura Tierney and Amy Ryan.

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film posterHarriet 2019 USA 2hr 6min

January 29th 2021 Postponed

HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes.

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The Farewell

film posterThe Farewell 2019 USA/China 1hr 40min

February 5th 2021

The Farewell is a funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie. Billi a headstrong Chinese-American returns to Changchun, when beloved grandmother Nai Nai has been given weeks to live, she struggles to cope with the family decision not to tell Nai Nai herself

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The Shape of Water

film posterThe Shape of Water 2017 USA 2hr 3min

February 19th 2021

From master story teller Guillermo del Toro comes an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of the Cold War era. The film received many awards, including 13 Oscar nominations, winning Best Picture and 3 other Oscars.

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film posterTransit 2018 German/French 1hr 42min

February 26th 2021

As fascism spreads, German refugee Georg (Franz Rogowski) flees to Marseille and assumes the identity of the dead writer whose transit papers he is carrying.

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Woman at War

film posterWoman at War 2018 Iceland 1hr 41min

March 5th 2021

Halla is a fifty-year-old independent woman. But, behind the scenes of a quiet routine, she leads a double life as a passionate environmental activist. Known to others only by her alias “The Woman of the Mountain.”

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Rabbit Proof Fence

film posterRabbit Proof Fence 2002 Australia 1hr 34min

March 19th 2021

Phillip Noyce's film is based on a book by Doris Pilkington, telling the story of the experiences of her mother, Molly, her aunt Daisy and their cousin Gracie. The young girls were torn from their families by government officials and transported some 1,000 miles to a training school.

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Members' Choice

film posterMembers' Choice

March 26th 2021

Each season TFS members may vote for one film to be shown at the Members' Choice screening, which this year will be on March 26th 2021.

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film posterBait 2019 UK 1hr 29min

April 2nd 2021

Modern-day Cornish fisherman Martin (Edward Rowe) is struggling to buy a boat while coping with family rivalry and the influx of London money, holiday-homes and stag parties to his harbour village.

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C'est la vie!

film posterC'est la vie! 2017 French 1hr 57min

April 16th 2021

Wedding planner/caterer Max is staging a wedding at a 17th-century chateau, when things go terribly out of control.

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