Richmond Film Society

  • Description

    Richmond Film Society was formed in 1963 and has since screened well over 800 films. Our objective is to bring our community the very best in World Cinema. Our seasons run from September to June and attract an aggregate audience of over 4,500 attendees.

    Films are shown at 8.00pm sharp on alternate Tuesdays (no trailers and no ads) and are screened at The Exchange. On screening nights, the Bar is open from 7.00pm and remains open after the film. Drinks can be taken into the auditorium and coffee, tea and snacks are also available. Film notes are provided for each screening and audience feedback is obtained via response slips.

    See http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk for full details of our Season 58 programme.

    Our Venue



    We have screen all our films at The Exchange, the community facility opposite Twickenham Station at 75 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 1BE. Its facilities include a very comfortable, tiered 285-seat theatre (whose capacity can be increased to 310), lifts, disabled access, a bar and a café.

    The Exchange is directly opposite Twickenham station, which is served by trains to and from Waterloo, Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Kingston and Reading. Bus routes 110, 267 and 281 stop outside The Exchange, the 290 stops in Arragon Road and the 33, 490, H22, R68 and R70 all stop in central Twickenham, which is a 5 minute walk away.

    
There is no onsite parking at The Exchange and no public parking on the Brewery Wharf Estate. There is, however, free car parking nearby at:

    • Waitrose Arragon Road multi-storey car park from 6pm to midnight

    • Holly Road car park from 6:30pm

    • Local streets from 6:30pm

    Season 58 Membership is Closed

    Owing to renewals from the vast majority of our existing members and a number of new joiners, our membership cap of 250 has now been reached. Accordingly, we are not in a position to offer any further memberships for Season 58.

    For our 58th season, we held the price of membership at £40 (the 1998 fee), which equates to £2.11 per film. For full-time students, membership is offered at the concessionary rate of £25 for the season. 

    We hope to make non-member tickets available to purchase for individual screenings early in 2022 (see below).

    Non-Member Tickets

    Notwithstanding the gradual nationwide relaxation of COVID restrictions, we are limiting access to the first seven screenings of the season to members only, with membership capped at 250. We hope to make non-member tickets available early in the new year, depending upon how the pandemic develops but the position is uncertain at present. Further updates will follow and we very much look forward to welcoming non-members back to The Exchange. 


    When they do become available, non-member tickets will remain at £5 (full-time students £3). Subject to availability, tickets can be purchased in advance from The Exchange’s Box Office – by telephone on 020 8240 2399 or online http://exchangetwickenham.co.uk/events

    Further Information

    For further information about RFS, our current season of films and membership for Season 57, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk

    You can also follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RichmondFilmSociety/ and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Richmond_Film

    • Address:

    • The Exchange
    •  75 London Road
    • Twickenham
    • Middlesex
    • TW1 1BE

Screenings

'Harriet' (USA)
01-02-2022 At 20:00

Additional info

20:00 - 22:15
It is hoped to make non-member tickets available in early 2022, depending upon how the pandemic develops. For further information about RFS, the availability of non-member tickets and our programme of films, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk
  • Synopsis

    Based on the life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and her transformation into one of America's heroines. Haunted by memories of those she left behind, Harriet ventures back into dangerous territory on a mission to lead other slaves to freedom.

'Rashomon' (Japan)
15-02-2022 At 20:00

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20:00 - 21:30
It is hoped to make non-member tickets available in early 2022, depending upon how the pandemic develops. For further information about RFS, the availability of non-member tickets and our programme of films, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk
  • Synopsis

    Sheltering from a rainstorm in the derelict Rashomon gatehouse in 12th century Japan, a commoner wants to hear the strange story that has horrified a priest and confounded a woodcutter. They tell of the rape of a bride and the murder of her samurai husband, with the tale recalled from the perspectives of a bandit, the bride, the samurai's ghost and the woodcutter. An acknowledged classic of World Cinema.

'Persian Lessons' (Belarus/Russia)
01-03-2022 At 20:00

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20:00 - 22:15
It is hoped to make non-member tickets available in early 2022, depending upon how the pandemic develops. For further information about RFS, the availability of non-member tickets and our programme of films, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk
  • Synopsis

    The fundamental premise of the film is founded on the chance meeting in a truck, leading to the exchange of a Persian book, with Gilles (a Belgian Jew) being the recipient. Following his arrest by the SS in 1942, Gilles is sent to a concentration camp and narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. He is, however, assigned the seemingly impossible task to teach Persian to Koch, a psychotic SS officer in charge of the kitchens, who aspires to open a restaurant in Persia.

‘Rafiki’ (Kenya)
15-03-2022 At 20:00

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20:00 - 21:30
It is hoped to make non-member tickets available in early 2022, depending upon how the pandemic develops. For further information about RFS, the availability of non-member tickets and our programme of films, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk
  • Synopsis

    A tender love story between two young women in Nairobi and the pressures they face from their families and society at large. Initially banned by the country’s film classification board (homosexuality is illegal in Kenya), the film became a cinematic cause célèbre in Kenya and internationally and went on to win multiple awards. 

'The Perfect Candidate' (Saudi Arabia)
29-03-2022 At 20:00

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20:00 - 21:45
It is hoped to make non-member tickets available in early 2022, depending upon how the pandemic develops. For further information about RFS, the availability of non-member tickets and our programme of films, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk
  • Synopsis

    Our heroine, a young doctor, wants something done about potholes which are impeding access to her hospital. When she discovers that the only way to achieve this is by becoming a local councillor, she puts herself forward as a candidate. We follow her election campaign, witnessing her determination and charisma in winning over her family and the community at large, as they struggle to accept their town's first female candidate… The film is directed by Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda), the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia, who is pressing for women’s rights in a misogynistic and patriarchal culture but doing so with great humour to win over audiences and gain support worldwide.

'System Crasher' (Germany)
12-04-2022 At 20:00

Additional info

20:00 - 22:15
It is hoped to make non-member tickets available in early 2022, depending upon how the pandemic develops. For further information about RFS, the availability of non-member tickets and our programme of films, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk
  • Synopsis

    Benni, a violent, uncontrolled and near-feral problem kid, takes the German social services to breaking point and beyond. She is a sociopath in training, quite unteachable, unreformable and horrible to the people trying to help her. Multiple institutions reject her and we follow as a last exceptional attempt is made to help her overcome her trauma.

'Honeyland' (Macedonia)
26-04-2022 At 20:00

Additional info

20:00 - 21:30
It is hoped to make non-member tickets available in early 2022, depending upon how the pandemic develops. For further information about RFS, the availability of non-member tickets and our programme of films, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk
  • Synopsis

    Set in rural Macedonia, we are introduced to Hatidze Muratova, one of Europe’s last beekeepers who still use traditional methods passed down through generations to harvest wild honey; the modest amount she collects, she takes to the local market in Skopje. Hatidze lives by the simple principle that sharing with bees and with nature is the key to survival.....but....things are about to change with the arrival of new neighbours who have other ideas ! Honeyland was nominated for two Oscars at the 92nd Academy Awards - Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary - the first documentary ever to receive a nomination in both categories.

‘Thunder Road’ (USA)
10-05-2022 At 20:00

Additional info

20:00 - 21:45
It is hoped to make non-member tickets available in early 2022, depending upon how the pandemic develops. For further information about RFS, the availability of non-member tickets and our programme of films, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk
  • Synopsis

    A study of inconsolable grief.....pulled off in a tour de force performance by the maverick Jim Cummings. A Southern states cop whose work necessitates discipline and boundaries is emotionally unable to deal with his mother’s death and rejection by his daughter.

'Another Round' (Denmark)
24-05-2022 At 20:00

Additional info

20:00 - 22:00
It is hoped to make non-member tickets available in early 2022, depending upon how the pandemic develops. For further information about RFS, the availability of non-member tickets and our programme of films, please see our website at http://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk
  • Synopsis

    Four high school teachers and friends, each trapped in the creeping throes of a midlife crisis, feel that their lives have become boring and stale. Having discussed the theory of psychiatrist, Finn Skårderud - that the human body has an inbuilt alcohol deficiency - they embark upon a reckless experiment of daytime drinking in the workplace to try and improve their social and professional lives. The results are initially encouraging but, as their consumption increases, will things take a turn for the worse ? Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (Festen, The Hunt), Another Round went on to win 44 awards worldwide, including the 2021 Best International Feature Oscar.