Film Listings June 2018


SUN 3RD STROUD AGAINST THE CUTS PRESENTS: DISPOSSESSION Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle explores the agenda behind the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates in the U.K. over the past thirty years. The film reveals how individuals and communities are fighting against the state and private developers, as they try to save their homes from demolition, while investigating the decisions that turned a crisis into a tragedy. Dispossession is the story of people who know that housing is not an expensive luxury, but a fundamental human right. 7pm Free (Donations welcome!)

SUN 10th LANSDOWN FILM CLUB PRESENTS: NORTH OF THE SUN Inge Wegge and Jørn Nyseth Ranum spent nine months of cold, Norwegian winter in the isolated and uninhabited bay of a remote, arctic island by the coast of Northern- Norway, facing nothing but the vast Atlantic Ocean...7:30pm £6/£5concs/£2annual membership

SAT 23RD TRANSITION STROUD AND MISSION LIFEFORCE PRESENTS: A LIFE STORY Disillusioned by a story of consumption and alienation, a newly married couple are called to action. Carrying with them their unborn child, they embark on a year-long journey around the UK in search of the seeds of a different story, and with it hope for the future. We join Pete and Lily on an intimate and life-changing journey as they confront the stark reality of our times, and discover a hidden culture of connection and belonging. A Life Story tells a tale of both deep grief and inspired hope, unearthing the structures that perpetuate ecological destruction, whilst providing a soulful exploration of our humanity and our yearning to live in relationship to one another and the natural world. The film features conversations with grassroots activists and leading figures of the UK ecological movement, including: Satish Kumar (editor ‘The Ecologist’), Polly Higgins (ecocide lawyer), Bruce Parry (explorer and filmmaker), Martin Shaw (School of Myth), Jewels Wingfield (ecofeminist), Mac Macartney (Embercombe), Simon Fairlie (editor ‘The Land’), Peter Owen Jones (clergyman and presenter), Glennie Kindred (author and artist), and the late Patrick Whitefield (permaculturist). A night of film and discussion with Mission Lifeforce, Transition Stroud, the filmmakers Lily and Pete Sequoia and author/Ecocide lawyer Polly Higgins. 7:30pm £5 (donation otd) 

SUN 24TH LANSDOWN FILM CLUB PRESENTS: LOVING VINCENT A 2017 experimental animated biographical drama film about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh, and in particular, the circumstances of his death. It is the first fully painted animated feature film directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. 7:30pm £6/£5concs/£2annual membership


FRI 1ST WICK FLIX: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN A hugely popular musical based around the life of the great circus impresario, PT Barnum, starring the talented Hugh Jackman. Some great scores support an interesting storyline in this feel-good film. Come on your own or with a group of friends and enjoy everything that Wick-Flix has to offer…7:30pm £7 (includes one drink!)


SUN 10TH EXHIBITION ON SCREEN: I, CLAUDE MONET From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this look at arguably the world’s favourite artist – through his own words.  Based on over 2500 letters, I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. However as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his Giverny garden, his humour, insight and love of life are revealed.  Shot on location throughout Europe at the very spots he painted, I, Claude Monet is a fresh and intimate cinematic exploration of some of the most loved and iconic scenes in western art. 3pm

Film Listings March 2018

Our monthly guide to independent film screenings in the Stroud District! The Stroud Film Festival also returns this month for its fourth year boasting a packed programme of film screenings, Q&A’s, exhibitions and workshops. We are happy to announce that Good On Paper is heavily involved in this year’s festival presenting a screening of Anton Corbijn’s Control at SVA’s Good Shed ft. a Q&A with Craig Parkinson (Line of Duty, Four Lions, Soul Boy) led by Joe Magee, followed by a Factory Records DJ set by Sean Roe from JunKroom Records at SVA John Street. We are also curating an exhibition with nine artists and illustrators reinterpreting iconic film posters in their own unique style…Visit for the full programme and further info.


Fri 2nd Transition Stroud and Stroud Community Seed Bank Presents: In Our Hands  Transition Stroud and Stroud Community Seed Bank are coming together on the 2nd of March to make food sovereignty a reality. The two projects will co-host an event including a seed swap and screening of the film In Our Hands which is debunking the myth of the industrial food system and show-casing the farms and farmers who are making change a reality. The screening will be accompanied by a seed swap, giving growers and gardeners the practical opportunity to improve their gardens, develop their knowledge and in a small way, retake control of food production. All change begins with a story and In Our Hands is the story of the farmers who, through hope, hard-graft and sheer bloody mindedness are refusing to be victims of history. This one hour documentary takes you on a journey across the fields of Britain, past the orchards of forgotten fruit and through the fields of ancient grains. The film reveals both the wisdom of the old and the innovations of the young, who are bringing back the worm to the soil, the ‘culture’  to ‘agriculture,’ and the flavour to the tomato! We stand on a brink, the swallows are departing, but the future of this land is still in our hands…  There will be time for discussion, sharing, seed swapping and tea drinking. 6:30pm Free (donations welcome!) Click here for the facebook event page

Sun 4th Stroud Greenpeace Presents: Two Short Films About Greenpeace A Time Comes: The Kingsnorth Six - Director Nick Broomfield tells the story of the Kingsnorth Six, a group of Greenpeace volunteers who scaled the 220m chimney at a coal fired power station in Kent in 2007 to protest against government plans to build new coal plants across Britain. In 2009 E-on where forced to shelve their plans to build a Kingsnorth coal power plant. Black Ice: The Story of the Artic 30 - When the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise set sail to protest the first ever oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, none of the people on board could have known what was coming. Seized at gunpoint by Russian special forces, the ‘Arctic 30’ were thrust into headlines all over the world, facing up to 15 years in prison and finding themselves at the centre of a bitter international dispute. 2:15pm Free (donations welcome!) Click here for the facebook event page


Thurs 22nd Stroud Film Society Presents: Embrace of the Serpent We follow the interwoven stories of 2 European explorers through the Colombian Amazon, one in the early 1900"s the other 40 years later. Karamakate (the younger - Nilbio Torres, the older Antonio Bolivar) is an Amazonian Shaman, helping first the German, Theo Von Martius (Jan Bijroet) in 1909 and an American Evan (Brianne Davis) in 1940 to discover a "sacred" plant Yakruna. Art Cinema Award Cannes Film Festival, and many other awards. 7:30pm £6


Fri 16th Nailsworth Film Club: Manchester By the Sea Best Actor Oscar winner Casey Afleck stars as Lee, working as a janitor in Boston, socially isolated by choice and burdened with a tragedy from his past. Called back to his home town in Massachusetts on the death of his brother, he finds he is guardian to his teenage nephew Joe and is forced to try and deal with his past. It’s a powerful film about life in the real world without Hollywood endings.7:30pm £6


Fri 2nd Wick Flix: Dunkirk Christopher Nolan’s new film follows soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada and France as they’re surrounded by the German army and evacuated during the eponymous World War II battle. But this is a war film like few others, one that may employ a large and expensive canvas but that conveys the whole through isolated, brilliantly realized, often private moments more than via sheer spectacle, although that is here, too. 7:30pm £7 (includes one drink!) Click here for the facebook event page


Weds 14th My Generation + Q&A This engaging and playful documentary, narrated by and starring the inimitable Michael Caine, chronicles the cultural revolution of the Swinging Sixties and the societal upheaval it cause that still resonates today. Sourced from over 1,600 hours of footage, extensive research and over 50 interviews with key players, My Generation is an insider tour of a defining era. The screening is followed by a Q&A with Michael Caine and director David Batty, broadcast live from the BFI. 6:30pm

Film Listings January 2018

Our monthly guide to film screenings in and around Stroud...


Thurs 11th Stroud Film Society: Le Concert Moscow and Paris the 1980's Andrei Filipov. (Alexei Guskov) a former world famous conductor of the Bolshoi Orchestra in Moscow was demoted in the communist era for employing Jews. 25 years later, he is the hall's caretaker.Discovering a Fax from Paris asking the Bolshoi to step in when an orchestra cancels, he decides to take over, getting his former musicians together.This fine comedy is based upon a true story, has excellent music and gained 6 Cesar Awards, a Golden Globe award for best Foreign Film, and many others. 7:30pm £6guest ticket/£40 season membership


Fri 5th Nailsworth Film Club: The Salesman A domestic drama in which an Iranian couple are forced to leave their apartment, which is on the verge of collapse, and move into another, whose former tenant had been a prostitute. This leads to a sexual attack on the wife, which dramatically changes their lives and their relationship. Winner of the 2017 Oscar for best foreign language film.7:30pm £6guest ticket/Season Membership: £27.50 single adult/£49.50 couple


Sun 21st Bolshoi Ballet: Romeo and Juliet In Verona, Romeo and Juliet fall madly in love while their respective families, the Montagues and the Capulets, are caught in a bitter rivalry ending in heart-wrenching tragedy…Times TBA

Sat 27th Met Opera: Tosca Sir David McVicar’s ravishing new production offers a splendid backdrop for two extraordinary sopranos sharing the title role of the jealous prima donna: Sonya Yoncheva (pictured above) and Anna Netrebko. Vittorio Grigolo and Marcelo Álvarez alternate in the role of Tosca’s revolutionary artist lover Cavaradossi, with Željko Lučić and Michael Volle as the depraved police chief Scarpia. Emmanuel Villaume and Bertrand de Billy share conducting duties. 5:45pm

Film Listings December 2017

Our monthly guide to independent film screenings in and around Stroud...


Sun 10th Lansdown Film Club: The Fencer A touching 1950s-set drama about love and a man who finds meaning in his life through the children who need him. Endel Nelis is a young man who leaves Leningrad to escape the secret police. Arriving in Haapsalu, Estonia, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students, teaching them his great passion – fencing. But Endel is faced with a hard choice when the children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad. 8pm £6/£5 concessions with an annual membership fee of £2


Thurs 14th Stroud Film Society: Hunt for the Wilder People New Zealand, the present. Ricky (Julian Denison) is fostered to a family in a house close to the bush. The Mother dies, leaving her husband Hec (Sam Neill). Ricky runs away, but is found by Hec in the bush, but their disappearance sets off a national man hunt. An amusing and entertaining film.7:30pm £6guest ticket/£40 season membership


Sat 16th Children’s Film Matinee: Paddington After a deadly earthquake destroys his home in Peruvian rainforest, a young bear (Ben Whishaw) makes his way to England in search of a new home. The bear, dubbed "Paddington" for the london train station, finds shelter with the family of Henry (Hugh Bonneville) and Mary Brown (Sally Hawkins). Although Paddington's amazement at urban living soon endears him to the Browns, someone else has her eye on him: Taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) has designs on the rare bear and his hide..2pm check website for tickets and further info


Fri 1st Nailsworth Film Club: Hunt for the Wilderpeople Raised on foster care, defiant city kid, Ricky, gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship him off to yet another new home, he and his cantankerous foster father, Uncle Hec, decide to go on the run. What follows creates a convincing emotional bond between two strong characters. Highly acclaimed, often quite emotional and very entertaining. 7:30pm £6guest ticket/Season Membership: £27.50 single adult/£49.50 couple (see trailer above)


Sun 3rd Bolshoi: The Nutcracker As the clock strikes midnight on Christmas Eve, Marie’s wooden nutcracker doll comes to life and transforms into a prince! Soon joined by her other toys that have also come to life, Marie and her prince embark on a dreamy unforgettable adventure. 2:45pm

Mon 4th Human Flow Live Premiere An epic documentary focusing on war, famine and climate change, as well as the plight of refugees across the globe. Ai Weiwei in conversation with Jon Snow and special guests. Time tba

Tues 5th The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew? 7pm

Thurs 7th National Theatre Live: Young Marx Broke and restless, a 32-year-old Karl Marx is hiding out in Soho, England. Step into 19th century London and discover Marx at the midway point in his life. 6:45pm

Film Listings November 2017

Our monthly guide to independent film screenings in and around Stroud...


Sat 11th Kitsch Cult Classics: Lost Boys The first in a series of cult classic films screened at the popular coffee and wine bar in Ebley starting with the Lost Boys: after moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires…7pm Free (a £5 deposit bags you a reservation on the evening which is refunded to you on the night.) Hot dogs and popcorn available on the night!


Sun 5th Stroud Book Festival: Fahrenheit 451 Truffaut’s 1966 classic adaptation of the dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury portrays an oppressive future society where all reading material is banned. Presented by Lansdown Film Club and the Stroud Film Festival as part of this year’s Stroud Book Festival. Book Festival) 8pm £7/£6concs

Sun 12th Transition Stroud Presents: Tomorrow The Transition Stroud annual get together and AGM for 2017 including a screening of Demain (Tomorrow) by Ciryl Dion and Melanie Laurent. Climate is changing. Instead of showing all the worst that can happen, this documentary focuses on the people suggesting solutions and their actions. 2pm (film starts) Free

Sun 12th Lansdown Film Club: Radiator A darkly comic examination of family life, marriage, age and love. 8pm £6/£5 concessions with an annual membership fee of £2

Sun 26th Lansdown Film Club: Harmonium Toshio hires Yasaka in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio's family life. 8pm £6/£5 concessions with an annual membership fee of £2

Fri 17th Syria’s Disappeared Amnesty International Mid-Gloucestershire group invites you to a screening of the acclaimed film, Syria’s Disappeared: the case against Assad produced by Nicola Cutcher who will be appearing to take questions and lead discussion after the 50 minute film. Proceeds to Amnesty International for the ‘I Welcome’ (refugees) campaign. 7pm £5otd


Thurs 23rd Malthouse Cinema Club: The Grinch On the outskirts of Whoville, there lives a green, revenge-seeking Grinch (played by Jim Carrey) who plans on ruining the Christmas holiday for all of the citizens of the town…7:30pm £15 (includes food! X1 mains and x1 side dish)


Thurs 2nd Stroud Film Society: Vertigo Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary film was released in the same year that the Stroud Film Society was formed (1958!) by Jack and Grace Allington of Ebley. In the recent British Film Institute survey of the 100 best films of all time, Vertigo came first. So the Society has chosen this film to help celebrate their 60th Anniversary, when, beside the film there will be wine, some nibbles and chat, so expect a longer evening than usual! 7:30pm £6guest ticket/£40 season membership

Thurs 23rd Stroud Film Society: I Am Not Your Negro This excellent documentary is based upon the writings of James Baldwin. It deals with the lives and deaths of his friends, Martin Luther King Junior, Malcolm X and Medgar Evans, It is narrated by Samuel Jackson and incorporates other media works. 7:30pm £6guest ticket/£40 season membership


Sat 25th The Balled of Shirley Collins - Screening plus Q&A A lyrical response to the life-and-times of one of folk music’s most totemic figures, The Ballad of Shirley Collins is a meditative slice of documentary portraiture, chronicling one woman’s attempts to sing again after a 37-year battle with a debilitating voice disorder. The film screening will be followed by Q&A with film makers. £6adv/£7otd/£4 under 25's


Fri 24th Film Night: My Cousin Rachel A young Englishman plots revenge against his late cousin's mysterious, beautiful wife, believing her responsible for his death. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.7:30pm check website for tickets and further info


Fri 10th Nailsworth Film Club: Room Based on Emma Donoghue’s novel, this heart-breaking yet life-afirming drama is told from the viewpoint of a 5-year-old boy. The film explores the love between him and his mother, kidnapped and imprisoned in a sound-proof shed 7 years earlier, and how she creates a whole world for him in this tiny space. Brilliantly filmed with near-perfect performances by the two main characters, ‘Room’ will bring a lump to your throat. 7:30pm £6guest ticket/Season Membership: £27.50 single adult/£49.50 couple


Thurs 16th National Theatre Live: Follies Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. 6:45pm

Tues 21st Exhibition On Screen: David Hockney At the Royal Academy of Arts Intimate, revealing never-before-seen interviews with one of the world's most popular living artists. Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity. 1pm/6:50pm

Film Listings October 2017

Our monthly guide to independent film screenings in and around Stroud...


Sun 15th Lansdown Film Club: The Other Side of Hope A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland. 8pm £6/£5 concessions with an annual membership fee of £2

Sun 22nd Lansdown Film Club: The Innocents In 1945 Poland, a young French Red Cross doctor who is sent to assist the survivors of the German camps discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent. 8pm £6/£5 concessions with an annual membership fee of £2


Fri 27th Cinema Club: The Rocky Horror Picture Show A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter…7:30pm £15 (includes food! X1 mains and x1 side dish)


Thurs 12th Stroud Film Society: A Man Called Ove Sweden - the present. Ove (Rolf Lassgard) is an angry old man, isolated, and with a short fuse. When pregnant Parvaneh (Bahar Pars) and her young family move in next door, his solitary life changes. A heart-warming film, which has gained numerous awards.7:30pm £6guest ticket/£40 season membership


Sun 29th Onibaba Driven by primal emotions, dark eroticism, a frenzied score by Hikaru Hayashi, and stunning images both lyrical and macabre, Kaneto Shindo’s chilling folktale Onibaba is a singular cinematic experience.In Japanese, with English subtitles. Dir. by Kaneto Shindo. Under 15s must be accompanied by an adult. 8pm £5otd (Goods Shed)


Fri 20th Nailsworth Film Club: Burn Burn Burn Grieving over the death of their friend Dan, Seph and Alex are shocked to receive a posthumous video message from him instructing them to take a road trip across Britain to scatter his ashes (kept in a Tupperware box in the glove compartment) . This is a very clever little film, moving at times and darkly hilarious at others, a road trip packed with surprises. Brilliant cameos from Alison Steadman and Julian Rhind-Tutt. (Cert 15) 7:30pm £6guest ticket/Season Membership: £27.50 single adult/£49.50 couple


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Stroud artist and filmmaker Joe Magee (Bill Bailey, Time Magazine, the Guardian, Good On Paper) was once sacked by The Daily Telegraph when they discovered he had been inserting subliminal anti-establishment messages into his regular illustrations using a braille font. The messages said things like ‘Thatcher f**ked us’ and ‘This publication supports body fascism’.

Stroud actor and musician Keith Allen was once sacked as a stagehand from a Max Bygraves theatre production for joining the chorus line on stage stark naked... 

Now these in-subordinates have teamed up to make a short film in Stroud based on a real-life incident that happened to Joe in Stroud when he was buying ice cream for his children from an ice cream van  - and got into 'an ugly altercation' with the man selling the ice cream - and they need your help to make it. 

In collaboration with local production company  Zebrafish Media the film will be shot in Stroud with a local film crew and local actors. Joe is currently crowdfunding the film through and has offered a multitude of tempting rewards and perks including signed limited edition posters, invites to the premiere, thank you credits and even the unique chance of a non-speaking role in the film! 

They only have a few weeks to get the funding - by 19th September 2017. People can contribute any amount from £1 upwards. To get involved visit: and for further information contact

Camera Operators and Sound Recordists Wanted!

We are currently on the look out for Stroud based camera operators and sound recordists to get involved in an exciting new project for Good On Paper TV...

GOP TV launched last year with a series of interview shorts with Stroud based artists in their studios. Filmed and edited by Katie Jane Watson the series has so far featured the likes of Dan Rawlings, Ann-Margreth Bohl, Kate Williamson, Andy Lovell, Debbie Smyth and Marcus Walters offering a unique insight into why and how they create their art whilst showcasing the vast amount of artists and work being made in the five valleys.

With the recent addition of an experienced local presenter/producer we are now looking to expand the project into a film collective starting with filming and interviewing some of the musicians and bands performing at the Good On Paper stage at this year's Stroud Fringe festival (visit and see trailer below for full line-up!).

Following the fringe GOP TV will continue to host interviews and film live performances with artists and musicians performing in Stroud's music venues and continue to document it's thriving music scene.

So if you are a budding camera operator or a sound recordist wishing to expand your portfolio or a seasoned professional who simply wishes to get involved please email for further info! 



Crew wanted for Stroud based feature film!

Local film maker Guy Davies (Sick To My Bones, Emily, Falling) is currently working on his debut feature film set in the Five Valleys! The film (titled Philophobia) is a coming of age story/dramatic comedy set in the Stroud area about a boy and his friendship group in the last few days of secondary school. It’s both funny and nostalgic and will have a cinema release in the UK as well as appearances at numerous film festivals...

...and you have a chance to be a part of it!! The production team are currently looking for the following crew members:

Transportation Captain Transportation Manager or 'Captain'. Must hold a UK driving licence, ideally over the age of 25, and be comfortable managing a group of five drivers.  (From 28th of July - 26th of August/6 days a week.)

Transportation Drivers Looking for five drivers who are local to the Stroud area, organised, with a full UK driving licence etc.  (From 28th of July - 26th of August/6 days a week.)

Art Assistant A local art assistant to help the Production design team. Doesn't need experience on set, but would be a bonus. An artist or enthusiast would be perfect. (From 24th of July - 26th of August/6 days a week.)

Wardrobe Assistant A very important position! Needs to be able to monitor the continuity of costume on set, has to know the script and what everyone is wearing for each scene. Set experience no essential, but has to be highly organised and switched on as well as local to the Stroud area...(From 28th of July - 26th of August/6 days a week.)

Videographers Looking for a behind the scenes videographer to capture all set activity. 

For further information and to apply email:



Film Listings July 2017

A monthly guide to independent film screenings...

EGYPT MILL Nailsworth

Fri 7th Slumdog Millionaire As 18-year-old Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) answers questions on the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," flashbacks show how he got there. Part of a stable of young thieves after their mother dies, Jamal and his brother, Salim, survive on the streets of Mumbai. Salim finds the life of crime agreeable, but Jamal scrapes by with small jobs until landing a spot on the game show..If you’re hungry and thirsty you can drift up to the Barbecue and enjoy Egypt Mill’s great food.  Of course a full bar is always available for a drink, alfresco style. Okay, not exactly ‘Saturday night at the Movies’ but the very next best thing! £8 (booking required) Food avail from 7:30pm screening starts at 9pm


Sun 2nd Unacknowledged A showing on a large screen of Dr. Steven Greer’s important new documentary. “Unacknowledged” focuses on the historic files of the Disclosure Project and how UFO secrecy has been ruthlessly enforced-and why. The best evidence for extraterrestrial contact, dating back decades, is presented with direct top-secret witness testimony, documents and UFO footage, 80% of which has never been revealed anywhere else. The behind-the-scenes research and high-level meetings convened by Dr. Steven Greer will expose the degree of illegal, covert operations at the core of UFO secrecy. From briefings with the CIA Director, top Pentagon Generals and Admirals, to the briefing of President Obama via senior adviser John Podesta, chairman of the Hillary Clinton Campaign, we take the viewer behind the veil of secrecy and into the corridors of real power where the UFO secrets reside. The viewer will learn that a silent coup d’état has occurred dating back to the 1950s and that the Congress, the President and other world leaders have been sidelined by criminal elements within the military-industrial-financial complex. There will be an opportunity to join a local mailing list and a local CE5 contact group.7pm £7adv from Eventbrite/£8.50otd


Fri 7th Wick Flix: La La Land The musical that was the talk of Hollywood earlier this year, not least because of that wrong envelope – it still won 6 Oscars. Mia (Emma Stone) and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) struggle to make their respective dreams come true in Los Angeles; she, as an actress; he, as a jazz musician. They see in each other a passion for the traditional, but what will win as fame and fortune beckon – their love or their success? (Cert 12A). 7:45pm £6 (includes one free drink!)

SEED FESTIVAL Hawkwood College

Fri 7th Demain Showing solutions, telling a feel-good story… this may be the best way to solve the ecological, economical and social crises that our countries are going through. After a special briefing for the journal Nature announced the possible extinction of a part of mankind before the end of the 21st century, Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent, together with a team of four people, carried out an investigation in ten different countries to figure out what may lead to this disaster and above all how to avoid it. During their journey, they met the pioneers who are re-inventing agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. Joining those concrete and positive actions which are already working, they began to figure out what could be tomorrow's world…7pm

Fri 7th Seed: The Untold Story Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.9pm

Sat 8th Plastic Ocean An epic global adventure following a documentary filmmaker and a world record free-diver as they travel the earth discovering the shocking impact plastic is having on our oceans and the marine animals that live there. The film investigates how our addiction to plastic is impacting the food chain and how that is effecting every one of us through new and developing human health problems. The expedition leads the two adventurers to unusual scientific discoveries, heart-breaking truths and important solutions to one of the biggest problems confronting mankind. 11pm

Sat 8th Tawai BBC Tribe's Bruce Parry introduces his new film Tawai - a voice from the forest is the word the nomadic hunter-gatherers of Borneo use to describe their inner feeling of connection to nature. In this dreamy, philosophical and sociological look at life, explorer Bruce Parry travels the world to learn from peoples living lives very differently to our own. From the jungles of Malaysia to the the tributaries of the Amazon, Tawai is a 4 year exploration to find a deeper understanding of indigenous peoples and how their way of life can benefit those in the industrialized world - providing a powerful voice that must be heard before it is completely lost." 7pm 

Film Listings June 2017

Monthly guide to independent film screenings...


Sun 11th Lansdown Film Club: Anomalisa A 2015 American adult stop motion animated comedy-drama film directed and produced by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, based on Kaufman's 2005 play Anomalisa. The film follows a lonely customer service expert (voiced by David Thewlis) who perceives everyone (Tom Noonan) as identical until he meets a unique woman (Jennifer Jason Leigh) in a Cincinnati hotel. 8pm £6/£5concs/£2annual membership

Sun 25th Lansdown Film Club: The Embrace of the Serpent In the early 1900s, a young shaman (Nilbio Torres) in the Colombian Amazon helps a sick German explorer (Jan Bijvoet) and his local guide (Miguel Dionisio Ramos) search for a rare healing plant. 8pm £6/£5concs/£2annual membership


Fri 2nd Wick Flix: Lion Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman star in this true story about a 5 year old Indian boy, who gets lost on India’s immense railway system, finding himself as a street kid, alone in Calcutta facing absolute poverty and exploitation. Fortune shines and he is adopted by an Australian couple and grows up in Tasmania. However the urge to trace his roots back to his home and family in India take over his life, but he has nothing to go on, apart from a vague memory of a water tower.  This is an amazing true story that will have you reaching for the tissues! (Cert PG). 7:45pm £6 (includes one free drink!)

Review: Prevenge at the Goods Shed by Nikki Owen

First up, Prevenge is not a film for the faint-hearted. This movie about a pregnant killer – which screened to a packed and eager audience at the Goods Shed on the evening of April 29th - was no fluffy baby-shower affair. Oh no. Think more a murder-fest with knives, blood and guts. And not in a cesarean way (although, heads up: watch out for that, too…)

Directed by the very talented Alice Lowe (who many might recognise from Garth Marenghi's Dark Place, the Mighty Boosh, Little Britain, Hot Fuzz and Sightseers), Prevenge is a dark thriller with subtle wit and lashings of deep, multi-layered black humour. Lowe plays expectant mother, Ruth, who, after her partner dies in a climbing accident, decides to go on a killing spree of those involved. But there’s a twist: the killings are led by the baby she’s expecting. The baby who’s voice she can hear.

There’s no doubt about it, Prevenge is a thought-provoking, visually intriguing film and showing the feature at the Goods Shed, with its tall, wrought ceiling, leather sofas and red heating lights, meant the whole evening had an eerie feel, a suspenseful atmosphere of what was inevitably to come. And when it did come, boy, it was with a shock. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say that, during the opening scene, the whole audience made an audible, collective gasp. You have been warned.

The reason for such a definable audience reaction – something which many films only aspire to create – is that Prevenge, in truth, is a daring film. It tackles cosy pregnancy and turns it on its head – and it does this very well. In many ways, this is down to the quick, often improv-inspired acting of actor/director Alice Lowe and her stellar cast. Lowe, while shooting the film, was actually six months pregnant with her first child. Indeed, in the Q&A held straight after the showing (conducted by Stroud based award winning illustrator and film make Joe Magee), Lowe revealed that she wrote the screenplay in two weeks, and due to her pregnancy, shot the entire movie in just eleven days (normally, shooting can take up to at least six weeks.) The good news is that, in so many ways, this shorter filming time was actually a beneficial thing in terms of creative screen results. 

What Lowe has created in this, her directorial debut, is a fast-moving, edgy, dark and, dare I say it, distinctly British film that takes itself up and doesn’t shy away from having a probe at how we really are and what, perhaps, we are really thinking. And, most importantly, it tackles the often undiscussed issue of how expectant mothers are treated, both in society and by medical professionals, and with this Lowe and her cast do a frankly superb job at getting the subtle nuances of this often frustrating issue for women absolutely bang on. 

There’s no doubt that what Lowe’s challenged, often uncertain character Ruth does is shocking. I mean, she’s a killer. But, as with other films of the same genre, such as Tarantino’s bride-killer movie series, Kill Bill, Prevenge showcases its protagonist in often subtle yet thought provoking ways. However, at the end of the film, I did come away thinking we could have done with knowing just a little more about the main character to give it a full three dimensional result. Interestingly, in the Q&A, Lowe said that she deliberately held back on telling too much about the characters’ past, for fear that it would come across as contrived or, indeed, create a different film altogether than the one she wanted. As a writer myself, I can understand this, yet, just a tad more on the character psyche or background, for me, would have really been the icing on the viewing cake.

But that’s picky, and, to be honest, Prevenge is a hit with so many amazing national and international reviews – including The New York Times - that it’s a real pleasure to see the reception such a ground-breaking film has achieved.

 If I had to change one thing in the film, it would be the baby voice. For me, it didn’t work, but like I said – picky. Prevenge, bottom line, is dark and witty and at times deliciously funny. Often like pregnancy, in truth, but with Prevenge? Its pregnancy, but with an unexpected twist...

Nikki Owen is an author and writer. Her third (and final) book in the Project Trilogy – the Girl Who Ran (Harper Collins), is out on the 15th June. Visit her blog and website

Film Listings May 2017


Fri 12th The Great Film Club: Royal Opera House – Giselle The greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death. 8pm £6


Fri 5th Wick Flix: A United Kingdom A powerful story of love an politics, set against the era of apartheid, starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. In 1947, Seretse Khama, the future King of Botswana, met Ruth Williams, a London office worker. They were deeply in love, yet their proposed marriage was challenged not only by their families but by the British and South African governments. The latter had recently introduced the policy of apartheid and found the notion of a biracial couple ruling a neighbouring country intolerable. South Africa threatened the British: either thwart the couple or be denied access to South African uranium and gold and face the risk of South Africa invading Botswana. (Cert 12A). 7:45pm £6 (includes one free drink!)

THE LOST CINEMA Open Air Cinema, Tetbury Westonbirt House

Fri 26th The Lost Boys Brothers Michael and Sam move to their grandfather’s house in a town nicknamed “The Murder Capital of the World.” Michael gets involved with a hell-raising motorcycle gang of vampires. But when Sam becomes involved with undercover Vampire hunters, he realizes they must save Michael and the rest of the town from the vampire gang. (Cert 15) 9:30pm See website for tickets and further info.

Sun 28th Top Gun Cruise plays Maverick, a hotshot young flyer who is sent to the Navys prestigious Top Gun program. In order to become 'The Best' he'll need the help of his wingman 'Goose' (Anthony Edwards) and new found love 'Charlie' (Kelly McGillis). (Cert 12) 9:30pm See website for tickets and further info.

Mon 29th Dirty Dancing 2017 sees the the 30 year anniversary of this classic film. Set in 1963, Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Baby has grown up in privileged surroundings and all expect her to go on to college, join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, just like her father. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle, a man whose background is vastly different from her own. (Cert 12) 9:30pm See website for tickets and further info.

Film Listings April 2017


Sun 23rd Situation Sounds Presents: Northern Disco Lights A film screening about the history of Norwegian dance music followed by an evening of Norwegian dance music with Situation Sounds playing the tunes. Northern Disco Lights tells the untold story of a group of teenagers in the arctic city of Tromsø, who set off a chain of events that would go on to transform their country. To escape the boredom of growing up in a remote outpost they created their own music scene, setting up radio stations, parties, building synthesizers and making tunes. Word spread as like-minded souls recognised the call to arms and inspired a generation of kids who would go on to change dance music and Norway forever. 7:30pm £5otd Click here for facebook event page (Goods Shed)

Sat 29th Prevenge plus Q&A w/ director Alice Lowe Alice Lowe, co-writer of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, has made her directorial debut with Prevenge, a darkly satirical slasher film in which she plays a pregnant woman who is convinced her foetus is ordering her to kill. A pitch black, wryly British comedy, Prevenge follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that's as funny as it is vicious. It's her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth's actions, holding society responsible for the absence of a father. Struggling with her conscience, loneliness, and a strange strain of prepartum madness, Ruth must ultimately choose between redemption and destruction at the moment of motherhood. There will be a Q&A after the screening with Alice Lowe and Joe Magee, an award winning UK illustrator, artist and film maker. 7:30pm £6.50adv/£8otd Click here for facebook event page (Goods Shed)


Sun 23rd The Great Film Club: 1984 Winston Smith, a bureaucratic flunky living in a totalitarian state, breaks the law by falling in love. The lovers are tracked down by the Thought Police and ‘re-educated’ into loving the State. Starring John Hurt and Richard Burton. 8pm £6


Weds 5th The Good Grief Project: A Love That Never Dies How do we grieve? Why do we grieve? And why are we afraid of those that do grieve? A Love That Never Dies is a personal journey by two bereaved parents Jane Harris and Jimmy Edmonds. Their son died in a road accident in Vietnam five years ago and they now honour him with their own road trip across the USA and Mexico. On the way they meet with other families who have also lost a child. Plus Q&A with directors Jimmy Edmonds and Jane Harris. 7pm £10.79 from


Fri 7th Nailsworth Film Club: What We Do In the Shadows A mockumentary from New Zealand (the film makers obtained a special dispensation not to be eaten!), which lives up to the description ‘Best Comedy of 2014’. In present day Wellington a group of vampires share a house, squabbling about house-work and washing up and squaring up to a rival gang of reformed werewolves. Not sophisticated, not intellectual just a plain funny film to end the season! (Cert 15) Bar opens at 7:30pm/film starts at 8pm See website for membership details.


Fri 14th Wick Flix: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Easter Special screening with Eddie Redmayne starring in JK Rowling’s latest foray into the parallel world of wizardry. However, a Harry Potter film it is not! Set in 1926, a young wizard, Newt Scamander, arrives in New York with a suitcase full of extraordinary magical creatures. Unfortunately the suitcase is misplaced and their subsequent escape spells trouble.  Children aged 12 and older only with an adult please! (Cert 12A). 7:45pm £6 (includes one free drink!)

Film Listings March 2017


Sun 12th The Death of Klinghoffer (Stroud Film Festival) Penny Woolcock’s powerful film adaptation of John Adams’ critically acclaimed and controversial opera The Death of Klinghoffer. Based on a 1985 hijacking of a Mediterranean cruise ship by Palestinian terrorists, culminating in the murder of passenger Leon Klinghoffer. Introduced by composer Emily Hall and sound designer David Sheppard. 3pm £6


Thurs 9th Halas and Batchelor (Stroud Film Festival) For 50 years John Halas and Joy Batchelor ran the UK's prime and most prolific animation studio in Stroud. Stroud Film Festival welcomes Vivien Halas to present their local involvement and introduce Animal Farm based on George Orwell's brilliant satire, and shorts The Symphony Orchestra, Birds, Bees & Storks, and Automania 2000. 8pm £6.50/£5.50concs


Weds 15th The Lunchbox The first of a series of fabulous films inspiring fabulous food at The Malthouse Bar and Kitchen. Alongside a local, Indian cook, the Malthouse Chef will deliver a wonderful Indian meal after the film. Award-winning The Lunchbox is a gentle romance flowering after one man’s lunchbox is delivered to the wrong desk in Mumbai. (Cert PG) 7pm £20 (includes film and Indian meal)


Sat 11th Lansdown Film Club: The Red Turtle (Stroud Film Festival) Animation for all the family from Studio Ghibli, Japan, this film won’t be officially released in the UK until May. Michael Dudok de Wit’s hypnotizing and entrancing fable of a boy and a turtle.2:30pm £5/£4concs/£3children

Sun 12th Lansdown Film Club: All Sorts of Shorts (Stroud Film Festival) An evening of screenings of a superb variety of short films, from 10 to 20 minutes each, to include drama, horror, romance, comedy and the bizarre. A stimulating feast of contemporary cinematography. 7:30pm £6/£5concs

Sun 19th Lansdown Film Club: Versus – the Life and Films of Ken Loach (Stroud Film Festival) A sharp-witted documentary about the work of film director Ken Loach. The making of I, Daniel Blake, which brought the 79-year-old Loach out of retirement to rail against punitive Tory austerity policies and their ramifications, forms a central component of this film, but also there are well chosen clips from his incendiary early work for the BBC. 7:30pm £6/£5concs

Sun 26th Lansdown Film Club: Under the Shadow After Shideh's building is hit by a missile during the Iran-Iraq War, a superstitious neighbor suggests that the missile was cursed and might be carrying malevolent Middle-Eastern spirits. She becomes convinced a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess her daughter Dorsa, and she has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself. 8pm £6/£5concs/£2members


Thurs 9th Stroud Film Society: Phoenix Nelly (Nina Hoss) is a concentration camp survivor, who has had her shattered face reconstructed. She returns to Berlin seeking her husband Johnny (Ronald Zerfeld). He was the pianist, she the singer, in nightclubs before the war. She finds him, he does not recognise her but asks her to pose as his dead wife. She does so but is warned that he was the one who betrayed her to the Nazis. (Cert 12A). 7:30pm £40 for full year membership/£22 from Jan 2017. Contact Beth Cheyne on 01453 823551 for membership details and guest tickets, which cost £6 and must be booked in advance.

Thurs 30th Stroud Film Society: The Pearl Button Beautiful, haunting and tinged with melancholy, this film is a fascinating journey through Chiles troubled past. Tracing back 3000 years, with archival images and gorgeous new footage, Guzman tells a deeply affecting history of Chile's lost tribes and political prisoners.(Cert 12A) 7:30pm see booking details above.


Weds 29th I, Daniel Blake Highly acclaimed by critics and festival audiences across the globe, director Ken Loach  (Cathy, Come Home) took home his second Palme d'Or from Cannes Film Festival for this unapologetic criticism of a flawed system that seems to hurt the people it's designed to help...(Cert 15) 7pm Free


Fri 17th Nailsworth Film Club: Mustang A tale of five sisters who are subjected to the norms and values of their rural society in northern Turkey with sometimes hilarious, sometimes sombre results. Conflict is always there and despite its languid human style, it bristles with tension. A Turkish Delight of a film. (Cert 15) Bar opens at 7:30pm/film starts at 8pm See website for membership details.


Fri 3rd Wick Flix: Sully Tom Hanks stars in this thrilling portrait of Chesley Sullenberger, the US Airways pilot who, in 2009, brilliantly landed his damaged Airbus on the Hudson River saving the lives of all his passengers and crew. (Cert 12A). 7:45pm £6 (includes one free drink!)

Stroud Community TV Awards 2017 by Philip Booth

On Saturday 18th March at Lansdown Hall we invite you all to join us for the Stroud Community TV Awards 2017! Local filmmaker Jimmy Edmonds perhaps best sums it up when he writes of a previous Awards evening: “There was no red carpet and no tuxedos, no massed ranks of photographers and no star spotters - neither was there a big name celebrity to clutch a golden statue to her breast before revealing the winner. But what there was, was pure Stroud……The audience fed on…small but intense delicacies with enthusiasm and true appreciation of the ability of film and video to reach the parts that bigger movies might not - a community recorded and represented in its own way, unmediated by any need to make a profit or sell an idea.”

'Autos' by Callum Bonner winner of Best Local Film, Stroud Community TV Awards 2016

The Awards evening is indeed a wonderful celebration of local talent, beauty, quirkiness and more - all produced in the Five Valleys. The evening, which is part of the third Stroud Film Festival, will include winning short films and local filmmakers sharing thoughts, including the film team at Slimbridge Wildlife Wetlands Trust. The event is free, doors open 7pm with the proceedings starting at 7:30pm and the bar will be open with cafe-style tables. All welcome - so get the date in your diary now!

'Tilly's Song' by Hattie Briggs winner of Best Music Film, Stroud Community TV Awards 2016

Still time for your film nominations!
As in previous years, we are asking the public to nominate their favourite Stroud films of 2016. To qualify the films have to be among the 480 or so local films that have been uploaded to Stroud Community TV during the year. The categories are Best Local film, Best Campaign film, Best Stroud Music film, Best Community Event Film, Best Local Business Film, Best Community Project Film and Best ‘Green’ Film. Nominations close on Saturday 14th January and then a team of prestigious local judges will view and vote on the films. Winners will be announced on 18th March.

We’d love to hear your thoughts or if you have ideas for the Award evening please do get in touch. More information, how to nominate films and how to contact us, are all our website at

Philip Booth is the co-founder of Stroud Community TV and an organiser of the Awards

Film Listings January 2017


Thurs 5th ROOM 5-year-old Jack (Jacob Tremblay) and his mother Ma (Brie Larson) are trapped in a windowless room. This is all the child has ever known. Ma tries to create a safe universe for him. At last, they escape to the bewilderment of the real world. A brilliant film of a well-read novel by Emma Donohue. (Cert 15) 7:30pm £40 for full year membership/£22 from Jan 2017. Contact Beth Cheyne on 01453 823551 for membership details and guest tickets, which cost £6 and must be booked in advance.

Thurs 26th DHEEPAN Sri Lanka and Paris, the recent past. Dheepan (Jesuthasan Anthonythasan) is a Tamil Tiger engaged in the Civil War. As the Tamil's face defeat, he flees to France, taking a woman Yalini (Kalieasawri Srinivasan) and a little girl to pose as a family and seek asylum. (Cert 15) 7:30pm (see ticket details and contact info in listing above).


Fri 6th MACBETH This searing retelling of the Scottish play is powerfully cinematic, shot on location in winter on the Isle of Skye, with stunning and bloody battlefield scenes, it is not a tale for the squeamish. Fassbender and Cotillard both give powerful performances in the lead roles and we are invited to consider that their actions are driven by grief at the loss of their child rather than simple lust for power. (Cert 15) Bar opens at 7:30pm/film starts at 8pm See website for membership details.

Fri 27th LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP Kate Beckinsale turns in perhaps the best performance of her career in a film based on the novel Lady Susan by Jane Austen, in which the beautiful, amoral and penniless widow causes mayhem in the lives of all around her. (Cert U) Bar opens at 7:30pm/film starts at 8pm See website for membership details.


Fri 6th FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS A comedy/drama set in the 20’s and 30’s and based on the incredibly true story of Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep), a New York heiress and socialite who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having the most terrible singing voice! Her husband (Hugh Grant) supports her in her journey to stardom at New York’s Carnegie Hall – an achievement that eventually allowed her to count Cole Porter and Sir Thomas Beecham among her many fans. (Cert PG) 7:45pm £6 (includes one free drink!)

Film Listings December 2016


Thurs 15th JULIETA Three stories about Julieta, starring Emma Suarez and Andriana Ugarte as the younger and older Julieta. In her youth, she had a daughter in a relationship that ended tragically. She has lied to her father, and her daughter, from whom she has been estranged for many years. She writes a long letter to her daughter to explain the secrets kept from her for 30 years. Another excellent film from this director. Directed By: Pedro Almodovar. Cert 15 7:30pm £40 for full year membership/£22 from Jan 2017. Contact Beth Cheyne on 01453 823551 for membership details and guest tickets, which cost £6 and must be booked in advance.


Fri 2nd THE REVENANT The winner of three Oscars in 2016 – Best Actor, Best Director, Best Cinematography – the Revenant, inspired by true events, is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition to the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption..Cert 15 7pm £6


Fri 9th RED DOG Set in 1970s Western Australia, Red Dog is based on the legendary true story of a red dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master. This is a delightfully heart-warming, moving and often very funny film, which will put you in just the right mood for Christmas.Cert PG. Bar opens at 7:30pm/film starts at 8pm See website for membership details.