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Following its long enforced COVID absence and a very successful screening of ‘Wild Rose’ at The Exchange on 20 July, Richmond Film Society’s 58th Season of World Cinema commenced on 14 September 2021 with 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' 

Season 58 will run from 14th September 2021 to 14th June 2022, with screenings on alternate Tuesdays at The Exchange at 8:00pm. The programme comprises the following 19 films:

Date         Title    
Sep-14    Can You Ever Forgive Me? (USA)    
Sep-28    Transit (Germany)    
Oct-12    Woman at War (Iceland)   
Oct-26    Elena (Russia)    
Nov-09    Bait (UK) plus AGM
Nov-23    Portrait of a Lady on Fire (France) 
Dec-07    The Truffle Hunters (Italy ) and Christmas Party
Jan-04    Parasite (South Korea) 
Jan-18    The Breadwinner (Ireland)
Feb-01    Harriet (USA) 
Feb-15    Rashomon (Japan)
Mar-01    Persischstunden 
(Persian Lessons) (Belarus)   
Mar-15    Rafiki (Kenya)   
Mar-29    The Perfect Candidate (Saudi Arabia )   
Apr-12    System Crasher (Germany)
Apr-26    Honeyland (Macedonia)  
May-10    Thunder Road (USA)
May-24    Another Round (Denmark)
Jun-14    TBA  our June Summer Film            

Season 58 Membership is Closed

Owing to renewals from the vast majority of our existing members and a 1number 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 the new year (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

Richmond Film Society

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) at The Exchange. Subject always to any COVID restrictions, 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.

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Our Venue

Since January 2018, we have screened 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 expanded 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
• Holly Road car park from 6:30pm 
• Local streets from 6:30pm

Our Best Historic Screenings

With screenings suspended between mid-March 2020 and July 2021, the Committee has been making weekly recommendations of films to watch, whether through streaming services or on discs available from Amazon, eBay or other retailers. The recommendations are drawn from those films screened by RFS during the last 20 years which were particularly well received and highly scored by members and guests.

Our recommendations from March 2020 to the end of June 2021: Monsieur Lazhar, North Face, A Hijacking, Wadjda, Wild Tales, Royal Affair, The Hunt, Salt of the Earth, Angel's Share, Ida, Good Vibrations, The Lives of Others, Lantana, I've Loved You so Long, Broken Embraces, Untouchable, Les Choristes, Man on Wire, The Source, Volver, The Wave, Days of Glory, Little Miss Sunshine, An Education, Not Here To Be Loved, Pan's Labyrinth, The Counterfeiters, Flame and Citroen, Tehran Taxi, My Best Friend, The Secret in their Eyes, The Sea Inside, Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis, The Patience Stone, Mystery Road, The Edge Of Heaven, The Visitor, The Commune, A Very Long Engagement, Still Life, Slow West, A Man Called Ove, The Other Side of Hope, The Fencer, Mother, Persepolis, Truman, Julieta, I Got Life (Aurore) !, Tangerines, Eight Days A Week, A Second Chance, Jar City, Anything For Her, Nosferatu, Hidden Figures, Faces Places, Like Father Like Son, Letters From Baghdad, Marshland, Out In The Dark, Broken Circle Breakdown, The Past, I Wish, A Separation and Outside The Law.

Further Information
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