About Keswick Film Club
Our club began life in 1998 with the simple intention of trying to bring a different range of films to Keswick on Sunday nights; the idea of a film festival started the following year. The popularity of the films made the programmers more adventurous, expanding their choices to the best of World Cinema: by 2004, Whale Rider (from New Zealand) brought in an audience of 241. The festival, meanwhile, had become an annual event, showing films at both the Alhambra and Theatre by the Lake, where March of the Penguins (from France) showed to 256 people in 2006.
We have continued showing the best of World Cinema to this day, regularly getting well over 100 people to our most popular films (but happy to show more obscure films to small audiences on occasion!) and recently still equalling those early numbers: 241 people crammed themselves into the Alhambra to see Edie earlier this year and 255 were at the Theatre by the Lake to see The Raven on the Jetty in 2014.
And it isn't just our audience that like the Club! Along the way we have won many awards from the British Federation of Film Societies (now Cinema for All) including Best Programme four times, Best Website and even Film Society of the Year.
Where are these films shown?
We are very lucky to be able to show both the Club and the Festival films in The Alhambra Cinema. Walk from the Market Square at the south end (by The Royal Oak) and keep going up St. John's Street for 200 metres until you see the Alhambra on your right. Now over a century old, the Alhambra is a must-see in its own right!
When are these films shown?
Most Club films are screened on Sundays at 5pm, but check the programme for start times. There are two Club 'seasons', each with its own brochure, available in and around Keswick (e.g. Library & Booths). The 21st Keswick Film Festival is from 27 February 2019 to 1 March 2020.
How much will it cost?
Not only do we bring you these great films from around the world, but they won’t cost you the Earth either! Even if you do not want to join, it will only cost you £6.50 to see a film - or only £3.00 for students, under 16s and benefit claimants.
...and what if I join the Film Club?
Then the real savings start! For £10 per year, you get:-
- A reduction of £1.50 on all Club screenings (to £5.00)
- £1 off Film Festival screenings and
- £1 off Alhambra's own 'Friends' scheme
- The option to buy Season passes: the autumn pass this year will get you in to all 15 films for £50 (It does not include the festival.)
- To attend Caldbeck Area Film Society and Brampton Film Club at members' rates and vice versa
- A copy of the brochure posted to you each season
- A copy of "Talking Pictures", our members' newsletter
Or by downloading the application form and returning it with payment.
Non-members are very welcome.
Autum 2019 - Spring 2020 Prices
|Concessions||£3.00||Full Time Students/Benefit Claimants/Under 16s|
|Season Pass||£50.00||Members only (15 Autumn 2019 Films) - Application form|
|Annual Membership||£10.00||Renewed in September|
Keswick Film Club is a voluntarily-run, not-for-profit organisation. For more details on the committee, including reports from the Annual General Meetings, please see the committee page.
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Keswick Film Club won the Best New Film Society at the British Federation Of Film Societies awards in 2000.
Since then, the club has won Film Society Of The Year and awards for Best Programme four times and Best Website twice.
We have also received numerous Distinctions and Commendations in categories including marketing, programming and website.
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