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Croydon Film Society 2022


A Paragraph or two from the President...

What a great start to the 2022 year! What excellent films we experience as members of CFS – how lucky we are. No need to travel downtown for us! The post-film chats at Ora D’Ora have been interesting and worth coming along to for a great coffee or just to join in the friendly discussion.

Currently our membership stands at 309, however, we would really like more members so please talk about the great films you have seen in your social gatherings. Tell them that they too could see great films like that in Croydon and that the membership form is easy to find on the CFS web page. I know from experience that we do get members this way. If you have not received your membership card for 2022 please contact us as we understand that a few did not arrive in the mail. However, no one need miss any films thanks to the organization of the Committee members on the cinema doors.

Croydon Film Society has a few etiquette protocols that make the cinema experience more enjoyable for all members:

  • remain seated until film credits finish (if there is a special circumstance and you know that you need to leave early, please sit towards the back of the cinema and on the end of a row to minimise disruption to others)
  • fill seats from the centre of the row so members do not have to squeeze past those seated to get to vacant seats (if you need an aisle seat for any reason, perhaps reserve it by placing a jacket on it until you are ready to sit down)
  • ensure that phones are turned off and refrain from talking once the film starts.

If you would like to give something back to the community and gain much for yourself, please consider volunteering on the CFS Committee. There will be a few vacancies to fill at the Annual General Meeting, including backfilling Richard Bell who has been on the Committee for 50 years (see article below). You are welcome to speak to a current Committee member at film screening or email if you would like further information or to ask any questions.

Covid restrictions are changing so please keep an eye out for current Victorian requirements relating to QR code check-ins, presentation of vaccination evidence and mask wearing before attending to ensure a smooth entry to the cinema.

Jean Middleton President on behalf of the CFS Committee.

Annual General Meeting is being held on Monday 21st March 2022, prior to the film screening in cinema 1. Full details, agenda and papers will be provided to members closer to the date.

Membership queries should be addressed to: or call the Membership Secretary on
0490 663 159.

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7 Mar

The incredible Maxine Peake (Funny CowGwen) puts in another blazing performance as the titular protagonist of writer/director Thomas Clay’s visceral 17th-century religious Western. Living with her much older, cruel, puritanical husband John (Charles Dance) and their young son, Fanny is resigned to the trudging obedience of her life on their isolated farm until the arrival of young couple Thomas (Freddie Fox) and Rebecca (Tanya Reynolds) turns her world on its head. On the run from the law, the pair soon reveal that they follow a new kind of religion — one which would develop into Quakerism — which makes Fanny question everything she has held to be true. The effects of her awakening are seismic, and blisteringly cathartic. 

Authenticity is key to every aspect of Fanny Lye Deliver’d, which expertly frames the turbulent post-Civil War period through the eyes of one ordinary woman. Writer/director Thomas Clay (The Great Ecstasy Of Robert CarmichaelSoi Cowboy) has spent the best part of a decade crafting his film, and all that attention to detail is writ large on screen. The farmhouse set, which houses the entirety of the action, is built using tools and techniques of the day and, within it, cinematographer Giorgos Arvanitis shoots fluidly in the round, capturing first Fanny’s claustrophobic existence, and then — in a spectacularly choreographed explosive final sequence awash with earthy tones of mud and blood — the widening of her horizons. It’s all set to the evocative tones of Clay’s own score, which contains the familiar hooks and cues of ’60s and ’70s Westerns but is played on instruments from the era. 

Taken from a review by
Nikki Baughan - Empire

4 Apr


You won’t like her when she’s angry. Actually, you may love Cassie (Carey Mulligan), a 30-year-old barista who has made a kind of professional hobby out of unleashing her own brand of justice on men she believes should know better…

Promising Young Woman is the debut feature film from Emerald Fennell, an actress and writer who is the current showrunner of Killing Eve (she also appears as Camilla Parker-Bowles on The Crown) so it’s easy — or maybe just a little bit lazy — to see Woman as part of some extended Eve universe: Another giddy exercise in unhinged sociopathy and high-feminist style.

Taken from a review by
Leah Greenblatt - Entertainment Weekly
21 Mar


Some were bemused earlier this month when Joaquin Phoenix used his entirely expected Oscar win as a less predictable occasion for an impassioned animal-rights plea: It was certainly the first time bovine artificial insemination had been discussed amid the glitter and glistening tears of Hollywood’s biggest night. What we didn’t know, however, was how neatly the actor’s speech would dovetail into his next screen credit: as an executive producer on Victor Kossakovsky’s simple but entirely astonishing documentary “Gunda.” It’s not hard to imagine his words as the unspoken subtext to this wholly dialogue-free animal character study, in which an enormous sow on a Norwegian farmyard embarks on an emotive arc of motherhood without any need for human voiceover or twee anthropomorphism: just the still, searching power of an attentive camera.

Taken from a review by
Guy Lodge - Variety

Transitions Film Festival - running from from 18 Feb - 13 Mar, this festival screens world-changing documentaries about the existential challenges, creative innovations and heroic pioneers that can help us envision a brighter future

Mardi Gras Film Festival - highlighting LGBTIQ+ films, this festival also screens online and runs 18 Feb - 4 Mar

Jewish International Film Festival - films screen in Elsternwick 2 Mar - 4 Apr

La Mama Cinematica - a lineup of female filmmakers that gently explore notions of ‘place’ and ‘displacement’ on 20 Mar

Zoo Summer CinemaMovies on the lawn to support Melbourne Zoo’s marine wildlife rescue until 12 Mar

Moonlight Cinema - enjoy films in the great outdoors 

Classic Cinemas - screening a range of classic films year round

Australian Centre for the Moving Image - visit ACMI's website for information on current and forthcoming events. Some events are online whilst others are screened at the cinema in Federation Square, Melbourne.

RICHARD BELL - 50 years of service to CFS

I joined the CFS Committee in 1972 along with Rosemary Dearman. At that time, the management of the Society was in transition. Over the next few years most of the founding members, including long-time Secretary, Betty Jope, left to be replaced by members who were to become the backbone of a constantly evolving Committee. People such as Andrew Watkins, Howard Tankey and later David and Julie Shelton and Max Kennedy provided stability to CFS.

One of the original new additions was Richard Bell. Not long after joining the committee, Richard assumed the role of Treasurer, a position he held until recently. During those many decades, Richard performed his duties as the Society’s Treasurer to an excellent standard. His accounting knowledge and skills and his meticulous attention to detail meant CFS funds were not only well managed, but that we were able to accrue a reserve that provided stability in a changing financial and operational environment. As the Committee had to grapple with many challenges, Richard provided the financial advice and guidance that contributed to the enduring survival and presence of the Society as one of Croydon’s social institutions. As a Committee member, Richard was dedicated and reliable. His continuity of service and attendance gave him the longer-term perspective with which to make judgments that were in the best interests of the Society and its future.

When I eventually retired at the end of 2013 after 41 years of continuous service on the Committee, Richard and some of the other original ‘new blood’ were still going strong. It is a credit to his commitment and willingness to be involved that Richard is only now, in 2022, seeking to retire.

I believe I can speak on behalf of all members past and present, in thanking Richard for his service while wishing him and his wife Marguerite all the best for their post CFS Committee life.

Craig Allamby

Exclusive film screenings for members at 6:55pm/7:05pm Mondays.
See the program for details of forthcoming films.

Croydon Cinemas, 3-5 Hewish Road, Croydon VIC 3136
A chair lift provides access to Cinema 2 for 7:05pm sessions.
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