Welcome to our new programme. Cinema is perhaps one of the most accessible forms of art and entertainment. Indeed, it is often difficult to separate the two. Alas, a great deal of it is normally hidden from common view by the dominating Hollywood studios, big-name film distributors and multiplex screens.

We are proud to present to you the very finest of recent and classic cinema from the world over: from Africa to Japan and from Europe to Chile. Much of it is award-winning. As always, we have some new and, in various ways, challenging cinema to offer. As ever, the quality of story, humanity of characterisation, cinematic skill and critical acclaim are our criteria. After the success last year of our Festival of British ‘New Wave’ films of the 1960s, we offer you a second batch, again made by some of our most important and celebrated filmmakers. Now you can catch up on even more films from this influential period.

Once again, we hope that you will want to see these marvelous films as they were intended – on the cinema screen, where they can be seen with all their magic and atmosphere. All the films selected have been seen by at least one member of the committee, sometimes by more than one. We regularly attend weekend screenings of films before their general release, so we can book the very latest material. As always, there has been passionate debate between us on some of the films but we heartily commend to you the whole programme.

As ever, we also thank the management and staff of the Playhouse Cinema, Louth. We are one of Britain’s luckiest film societies to have such an amenable and friendly venue.

Committee members:
Pete Hickman, Paul Hill, Heather Jenkins, Alan John, Richard Keeble and Mark Merrifield

January 1 2018