Reminder! The next screening is this Sunday 8th May (instead of Monday 9th) due to an event at the art gallery.

Back to normal the following week.

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.

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
8
May
Night of the Demon
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Jacques Tourneur, UK 1957 (R16 cert) “One of the finest thrillers made in England during the 50s… MR James’s short…
16
May
Dreams of a Life
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Carol Morley, UK 2011 (M offensive language, sexual references, drug use) Haunting behind-the-headlines portrait of the life of vivacious London…
23
May
The Arbor
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Clio Barnard, UK 2010 (M offensive language, sexual references) Revelatory, complex and moving documentary about the legacy of British playwright…
30
May
Until When + short film Lemonade
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Dahna Abourahme, (Palestinian) 2004 Set during the current Intifada, this documentary follows four Palestinian families living in Dheisheh Refugee Camp…
6
June
The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Robert Wiene, Germany 1920 PG This masterpiece of German Expressionism crafts a sinister tale of psychosis and murder against a…
13
June
Two Little Boys
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Robert Sarkies, New Zealand 2012 (R15 offensive language, some scenes may disturb) This eccentric and increasingly black comedy pushes the…
20
June
Ever the Land
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Sarah Grohnert, New Zealand 2015 Observing the planning and construction of New Zealand’s first ‘living building’, Te Wharehou o Tūhoe,…
27
June
Dust in the Wind
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Taiwan 1987 (PG cert) A poignantly fatalistic story of first love between a young couple who leave their…
4
July
Every Blessed Day
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Paolo Virzì, Italy 2012 (M sex scenes, offensive language, nudity) Bookish Guido works as a night porter; Antonia works days…
11
July
Medium Cool
Where
Christchurch Art Gallery Auditorium
Haskell Wexler, USA 1969 (R16 cert) Famed cinematographer Wexler audaciously set his documentary-style fiction against the tumultuous 1968 Democratic Convention…
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,…