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South West Spring Viewing Days Cancelled

Please see important message from Cinema For All South West regarding their Spring Viewing Days:

After due consideration of the change in status for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and the advice received from medical authorities and guidance from the Cinema for All central organisation, it is with great regret that we have taken the decision to cancel the viewing days due to be held at both Bath and Lostwithiel.  The next viewing day will now be the Autumn one, date and location to be confirmed.  We are hoping to bring this forward slightly from its traditional time of late November – whilst still avoiding school holidays – and to build on the hard work that had already gone into the Spring event.  However, we haven’t considered this in any great detail at this point in time.  We shall, of course, keep you updated.

For those of you that have already booked places, you will receive a full refund and this will take place over the coming days.  For those that have paid for their bookings with a cheque, please contact, for the Bath event, Andy Hastie – andyhastie@yahoo.co.uk –  and similarly for the Lostwithiel event, please contact Claire Marshall – claire@carntocove.org.uk to arrange cancellation/ re-payment.  For those who have booked online, regardless of venue, please contact Chris Baker – cfaswgtreasurer@gmx.co.uk – with your bank details and a refund will be made.

Please accept our apologies for any disruption caused but we felt that this was the correct course to take given all the circumstances.


The next Cinema for All South West Viewing Day will be held in Batcombe on Sunday 24 November. The event is to be hosted for the third time by Batcombe Film Society in the Jubilee Hall. Batcombe is in the heart of Somerset, close to Shepton Mallet, accessible via the M5 and A303.

The six recent releases on DVD and Blu-ray have just been confirmed and are to be headed by the locally ‘hand-made in Cornwall’, Bait and the much praised comedy-drama The Peanut Butter Falcon, both of which are still playing in cinemas at the moment The programme also includes Transit, the latest from Christian Petzold, the director of Barbara and Phoenix, an intriguing Swedish scifi drama, Aniara, the stunning award -winning Honeyland and The Third Wife’ a new release from the Cinema for All
Booking Scheme. The event will also include a Members’ Forum and the SW Group AGM.

Members of organising committees of community cinemas/ film societies that are currently signed up with Cinema for All are welcome to attend.

Full details of the film programme, an application form to book tickets and directions to Batcombe are available now on the SW Group’s website.


Come along to Cinema For All South West’s Autumn Viewing Session on Sunday 25 November, from 10am! The event will take place at Trowbridge Town Hall, and our On the Ground programme will provide a number of exclusive travel bursaries to assist Devon and Cornwall groups to attend.

Cinema For All South West’s Autumn Viewing Session will be packed with nine new film releases, including lesser known titles that could appeal to your audience, or help you reach out to new ones!

The programme includes: Zama, The Rider, Even When I Fall, Sicilian Ghost Story, The Breadwinner, Columbus, The Guardians, Tehran Taboo and Wajib.

Ellie from the Cinema For All team will also be on hand throughout the day to field any questions, advice and issues that you may have. As part of the On the Ground programme, Ellie will also be gathering community cinema’s top marketing tips to share during the AGM, alongside some of the knowledge we have acquired from groups over the years!

The available bursaries will cover your ticket to the Viewing Session as well as any travel costs incurred. All that we ask in return is that you write a small report (500 words or less) about your experiences of the day, which we will publicise on our website and share with other community cinemas in the region.

If you are interested in applying for a bursary please email Ellie at ellie@cinemaforall.org.uk with an outline of what your travel costs will be. We will try and send as many groups as possible but be quick, as we will operating on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that the Viewing Session is not open to the general public – only members of organising committees of community cinemas/ film societies that are currently signed up with Cinema for All or C Fylm are able to attend. Please contact us if you need further information about this.



Oscar nominees, BAFTA winners and festival favourites head the line-up for Cinema For All South West Group’s double-header Spring Viewing Sessions! New releases on DVD and Blu-ray are to be screened at two venues in the east and west of the South West region in March and April.

The selection of the five features to be screened at both venues includes a new release from the Cinema For All Booking Scheme  – the Oscar nominated and first oil-painted animated feature, Loving Vincent.  Also headlining is the much acclaimed Call Me By Your Name, which won veteran James Ivory a BAFTA for the Best Adapted Screenplay and is also nominated at the Oscars.

Other festival favourites in the line-up include the Israeli French film In Between, about three Palestinian women sharing a flat in Tel Aviv, the Indian Hotel Salvation, a subtle family comedy-drama, and the documentary, The Prince of Nothingwood, which follows the eccentric Afghan film-maker Salim Shaheen as he embarks on his 111th feature film.

Two very different films provide the sixth title at the two venues. The South Petherton audience will have the opportunity to see last year’s surprise hit and award winner, Get Out, whilst, for the Liskeard event, the local Societies have opted for yet another Oscar prospect The Florida Project, another recent addition to the Booking Scheme.

Altogether, a great line-up of previews for Cinema For All and C Fylm organisers throughout the South West.

The two venues and dates are:
Sunday 18 March – The David Hall, South Petherton, Somerset

Cinema For All South West return to the David and Blake Halls for the fourth time as guests of Petherton Picture Show in the South Somerset town close to the A303, east of Taunton.

Saturday 14 April – Liskerrett Community Centre. Liskeard, Cornwall
Almost four weeks later, our hosts are Liskerrett Community Cinema situated near the centre of Liskeard on the A38.  The centre is one of Carn to Cove’s venues and the South West Group are pleased to be collaborating once again with Claire Marshall and her team from Cornwall’s performing arts scheme who are the organisers of the C Fylm network of 32 film clubs in the county

Any member of community cinema/film society organising committee, signed up with Cinema For All, is welcome to come along to either event – or both!  Please send off the relevant application form to Andy Hastie (andyhastie@yahoo.co.uk) for South Petherton by 12  March and for Liskeard, Claire Marshall (claire@actcornwall.org.uk) by 9 April.  The application forms, directions to the venues and trailers for all the selected titles are available on the Cinema For All South West website http://cinemaforallsw.org/