Welcome to the Canterbury Film Society!

We have an amazing 30-film season to look forward to. This year we have several groups of films linked by people and places including Italian, German and Classic films, a selection of British female directors, two films by the Taiwanese New Wave master Hou Hsiao-Hsien and a collection of culinary-based films!

Download a printable copy of the 2016 programme here.

SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT: Tuesday 5 July, 7pm, Christchurch Art Gallery. Debut screening of Afghanistan: The SCapture33333oldiers’ Story $15/ticket. Door sales available from 6.30pm. Drinks/snacks available. Cash only.

The Canterbury Film Society is pleased to support South Coast Productions with its debut screening of Afghanistan: The Soldiers’ Story, a sensitive and moving eye-witness account of New Zealand troops in Afghanistan and experiences of their families back home. Several years in the making, this film was created without funding and uses footage captured by one of the soldiers who survived the 2012 bomb blast that killed three of his colleagues, including Christchurch army medic Jacinda Baker. Corporal Baker was the first female New Zealand soldier to be killed in action. An introduction to the film will be cameraman Corporal Aaron Horrell, and there will be time for questions and answers at the end. This special event will be held at our usual venue, the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna a Waiwhetu, 49 Worcester Boulevard, on Tuesday 5 July at an (earlier-than-usual) time of 7pm. Mulled wine, drinks and food will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 and are not covered by CFS membership. This is a fundraising opportunity and we encourage you to come and bring a friend. " 

 

In association with the New Zealand Federation of Film Societies, we present a top-quality season of films that screen at 7:30pm every Monday from late February to early October at the Christchurch Art Gallery's auditorium in central Christchurch.

The thirty-week season covers a wide variety of cinematic experiences: cinema classics, arthouse rarities, international cinema and documentaries as well as local cinema and shorts.

We have a fantastic mix of films this year and are also showcasing some groups of films linked by people, places or style.

For a one-year membership you get thirty festival-quality films on the big screen in a film club atmosphere - works out at less than $5 per film! With a full membership you can also bring a friend along to any one screening free-of-charge.

A one-year membership rolls over into next year's season if you join mid-year. We also offer a 3-film membership so you can try it out and upgrade later. Join today!

 

Where we are

This is the location of the Christchurch Art Gallery, which is where we showcase our films throughout the year.

 
Upcoming events
4
July
Every Blessed Day
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Paolo Virzì, Italy 2012 (M sex scenes, offensive language, nudity) “Hidden away in the intimate corners of Italy, young couple…
11
July
Medium Cool
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Haskell Wexler, USA 1969 (R16 cert) The ideas coursing through Wexler’s film may scan as academic, but they’re grounded by…
18
July
A Time to Live and a Time to Die
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan 1985 (PG cert) Hou’s masterful memoir to his own youth in the 1950s. “A film of dazzling…
25
July
Stations of the Cross
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Dietrich Brüggemann, Germany 2014 (PG adult themes) Fourteen-year-old Maria resolves on a life of self-denial in a provocatively ambiguous drama,…
15
August
The Grandmaster
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong/China 2013 (M violence, offensive language) A moody and spectacular epic five years in the making. “An…
29
August
The Chair of Happiness
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Carlo Mazzacurati, Italy 2013 (M offensive language) This smart and bittersweet romantic comedy sees a tattoo artist and a beautician…
5
September
Timbuktu
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Abderrahmane Sissako, France/Mauritania 2014 (M violence) 96mins Set in the early days of the jihadist takeover of northern Mali, this…
12
September
Divided Heaven
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Konrad Wolf, East Germany 1964 (censors rating tbc) Adapted from a novel by Christa Wolf (no relation), this intimate drama…
19
September
Goya or The Hard Road of Knowledge
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Konrad Wolf, East Germany/USSR 1971 (PG cert) This provocative and stylish biopic of the controversial Spanish painter, coproduced by East…
26
September
9×10 Novanta
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Marco Bonfanti, Sara Fgaier, Claudio Giovanessi, Italy 2014 A spectacular, diverse vision of Italy created by nine rising Italian filmmakers,…
3
October
The Human Factor
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Bruno Oliviero, Italy 2013 (censors rating tbc) Silvio Orlando stars as a police inspector tasked with solving the complex murder…
10
October
Blancanieves
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Pablo Berger, Spain 2012 (M adult themes) This acclaimed and fabulously stylish Spanish film transplants a classic fairy tale to…