Welcome to Season 89

Welcome to our 89th Season, presenting an eclectic mix of films both classic and new for your enjoyment. Our titles include award winners from around the world.


Our aim is to share a special film experience with you.
Film notes are available for each show, together with occasional introductions by guest speakers. We also like to emphasise the social side of the society for those who enjoy friendly discussions in the cosy Little Theatre bar. Members can also provide feedback after shows, and vote for films for the next season.


Other social events include the annual dinner, the end of season party, and our optional annual film quiz.

We are a not-for-profit organisation, run entirely by dedicated volunteers who have a wide variety of interests in film. We have the longest continuous history in the film society movement in the UK, so you are in reliable hands.   We are also committed to the future and to giving you a  warm welcome and a different but special night out.


It’s easy to join us as a member or guest. We look forward to meeting you soon at our next show at the Little Theatre in Altrincham.

Carol Moores


Current Season

Black and white image of a beautiful woman about to sing into a microphone.





Pawel Pawlikowski   POL/UK   2018   88m   7.30pm

During the Cold War of the 1950s, a music director tries to persuade a beautiful singer to flee communist Poland. Filmed in black and white, this romantic epic is a passionate story of the impossibility of their love.

Cannes Film Festival Winner: Best Director 2018

Marina, a transgender woman, visibly upset, looks us directly in the eyes, at her lover's funeral.





Sebastián Lelio   CHIL/GER/SP   2017   104m   7.30pm

Marina, a transgender waitress and nightclub singer is left devastated by her boyfriends's death. Mourning her lover, she has to deal with relentless bigotry.


Introduced by Dr Carmen Herrero

Academy Award Winner: Best International Feature 2018

A boy sits alone at a dinner table staring up at his unseen, emotionally absent mother.





Andrey Zvyagintsev   RUS/FR/GER   2017   127m   7.30pm

A divorcing couple must reunite to find their missing son, who fled their bitter row. The director is utterly unforgiving in his portrait of Russia's grasping middle class and of the son's neglectful parents.


Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize Winner: 2017

Swirling portrait of Vincent Van Gogh in blues from the hand-painted film.





Daniela Kobiela, Hugh Welchman   UK/POL   2017   94m   7.30pm

Produced entirely by hand in oil paint, Loving Vincent presents Van Gogh's life and death, through his paintings and the vivid characters that inhabit them.


Followed by refreshments & optional film quiz

European Film Award Winner: Best Animated Feature 2017

A dinner party on a theatre stage is disrupted.





Luis Buňuel   FR   1972   102m   7.30pm

Buñuel's surreal plotless series of dreams concerning six middle-class people and their constantly interrupted attempts to have a meal together. The film won an Oscar in 1973.


Introduced by Dr Isabelle Vanderschelden


Old monochrome image of a couple on the run. He points a gun, while she looks on.





William A Wellman   USA   1928   100m   7.30pm

A gritty look at 1920s America, at odds with the glitz of the Jazz Age. Two vagabonds enter a brutal and volatile community of hobos.


Klaus Kinski in full conquistador armour looks sideways, before a red curtain.





Werner Herzog   GER   1972   95m   7.30pm

Herzog's astonishing first film, with Klaus Kinski as the conquistador Aguirre. A terrifying exploration of his obsessive quest for the legendary El Dorado.

National Society of Film Critics Award: Best Cinematography 1977

Image of a man at a deserted crossroads, wondering which way to go.





Ciro Guerra   COL   2015   125m

Further details to be provided nearer the event.

Oscar Nominated 2016: Best Foreign Language Film

Gerard Depardieu, playing Auguste Rodin, and Isabelle Adjani as Camille Claudel, embrace before a roaring fire.






Bruno Nuytten   FR   1988   175m   7.30pm

A stunning film that recounts the troubled life of the French sculptress and her long, intense relationship with her fellow sculptor and mentor, Auguste Rodin.

César Award Winner: Best Film, Best Actress 1989

A young Jehovah's Witness girl looks beyond her estranged sister, blurred in the background.



8pm start



Daniel Kokotajlo   UK   2017   95m   8pm

A faithful Jehovah's Witness is forced to shun her own sister because of a religious transgression.


Preceded by Annual General Meeting at 7pm. Please note the film will start at 8pm.

BAFTA Film Award Nominee: Outstanding Debut 2019

A happy, smiling Japanese family in better times.





Hirokazu Koreeda   JAP   2018   121m   7.30pm

In this beautiful, heartfelt drama, the Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda explores the chaotic lifestyle of a family on the edge of society.


Introduced by Jonathan Bunt

Cannes Film Festival, Palme d'Or Winner 2018

Film still of a boy at a table while his mother prepares their humble meal.





Ermanno Olmi   IT   1978   186m   7.30pm

An intimate study of peasant life in Lombardy at the

end of the 19th Century. Should an intelligent boy be sent to school, or work the fields like his father?

Cannes Film Festival, Palme d'Or Winner 1978

Monochrome photo of Marlene Dietrich in dramatic black feather boa and veil on a train carriage.





Josef von Sternberg  USA   1932   82m   7.30pm

Marlene Dietrich stars as a free living woman who rediscovers a former lover during a dangerous train ride to Shanghai during a civil war.


Followed by annual buffet supper

Academy Award Winner: Best Cinematography 1932

About Us

Society president Marjorie Ainsworth wins the Cinema for All 2016 Roebuck Cup for Services to the Film Society Movement.


Marjorie Ainsworth, our president, has been a member of our society for eight decades. On first joining at seventeen she comments:


'I was completely hooked from the first film I saw. I think it was being with a crowd of people. It's a communal thing'.



Marjorie (pictured above) is here interviewed by Abi and Ellie for Cinema for All. In their session they discussed a variety of film topics with Marjorie. As they noted:


'Ellie and I spent the whole journey home marvelling at her commitment, both watching and screening, and her spirited and active mind'.


View the article here


Here is an article by Matthew Turner from I Love Manchester about the fascinating 89-year long history of Manchester & Salford Film Society, and Marjorie's place in it. In this interview Marjorie gives some well-earned advice:


'If you go on watching good films it will keep you in touch with the zeitgeist, and guarantees you wont have a mouldy old age'.


View the article here


We like to think that a visit to us is much more than a trip to a soul-less multiplex. We encourage our members and guests to enjoy the whole night out with a drink in the bar and maybe discuss the film or just meet their friends.

A recent independent reviewer summed this up very well:


View the article here



Here are some comments from our audience:


'We felt so welcome as guests and really enjoyed the film and the warm atmosphere'


'To watch... in such a lovely setting and in such lovely company, was an utterly thrilling experience'


'Old timey (but well upholstered) seating, with a lovely proscenium framing the screen, a mini Cinema Paradiso all of its own'


'The society’s post-screening drinks are a must.
A complete night out'

We show a wide range of films and genres from different eras. Here is some feedback from the audience for films shown last season.


Germany Year Zero: 'Very moving and thought-provoking', 'A beautiful evocation of life after the war'


Shiraz: 'Wonderfully effective musical score – absolutely hypnotic'


La Cérémonie: 'Excellent how the air of menace built gradually throughout the film until the shocking



Throne of Blood: 'The atmosphere which Kurosawa created in every scene was wondrous', 'Superb, as Kurosawa always is – there’s nobody like him'


Manchester by the Sea: 'A wonderfully emotive and uplifting portrait of human spirit and grief, 'Wonderfully evocative music to inextricably link with the almost

Seurat-like canvas'


Jean de Florette: 'Wonderful film, all impeccable', 'Wonderful use of colour, all the shades of Provence'

The Film Society


Manchester & Salford Film Society was established in 1930 and is the longest running film society in Britain, and a founder member of the British Federation of Film Societies (now Cinema for All). The society screens the best of contemporary world cinema and classic movies, on Saturday evenings throughout the year, at the Altrincham Little Theatre.


We have excellent facilities, now updated to 21C Digital Standard with a large projection screen. But the Film Society is more than somewhere to watch movies. It's a friendly, welcoming club where members socialise and meet friends. All the films are chosen by our members.
We also welcome members to social events such as the annual dinner, annual buffet, film quiz and theatre visit.


As a not-for-profit organisation, the society is entirely run by a team of dedicated volunteers whose love for film is the life-blood of the society.




In addition to the film screenings and social events, we also run the annual Tom Ainsworth Short Film Competition, where the North-West's most talented student film-makers are invited to compete for the prizes.

Equality and Diversity


Manchester & Salford Film Society is very keen to support all aspects of equality and diversity.


Our Equality and Diversity Statement can be

viewed here.




Way back in 1930 the Film Society's manifesto stated that their purpose was...


"to cater for those who are dissatisfied with the average productions of the commercial cinema, with their shallowness and divorce from reality, and to offer in their stead films more closely in sympathy with the life and thought of this age."


Some 88 years later, we hold to their words, showing thought-provoking cinema, seldom shown at the multiplex.


To learn more about the history of Manchester & Salford Film Society, click here

*Please note that all our shows start at 7:30pm,
except Apostasy on 9 May which starts at 8pm,
at the Little Theatre, Altrincham, which has

plays and other events throughout the year.

For further details click here.


Doors for the Manchester and Salford Film Society events open 30 minutes before the screening.

The bar is open before and after the film.

Find Us

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Charlie wins the Wonka bar golden ticket.





Our annual membership fee covers entry to all 13 films shown during the season.


Our high-quality digital screenings take place in the pleasant surroundings of Altrincham Little Theatre (formerly the Club Theatre) WA14 2ED on Oxford Rd. close to the centre of Altrincham. It has a friendly lounge bar where members can meet before and after each show.


Transport Links


Metrolink & Train


Both trams and trains arrive at Altrincham Interchange station. Trains come from either Manchester, Chester or Stockport. On exiting the Interchange turn left and walk down Stamford New Rd leading to Railway Street, then Oxford Road, followed by Ashley Rd. Turn immediately left onto Oxford Rd.

Altrincham Little Theatre is the first tall building on the left, just beyond Peter Street.




There are some parking spaces on Oxford Road. Parking in Regent Road Car Park is free after 6pm, but please check the parking charges to confirm.




The 263 bus, travels from Manchester Piccadilly Gardens, via Stretford and Sale to Altrincham Interchange.



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We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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