Welcome to the Canterbury Film Society!

In association with the New Zealand Federation of Film Societies, we present a top-quality season of films that screen every Monday from late February to early October at the Academy Gold Cinema 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.

This year's season will begin on the 23rd February! 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. Just tell us on the door when you arrive with your friend and we will click your membership card.

A one year membership rolls over into next year's season if you join throughout the 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 Academy Gold Cinema, which is where we showcase our films throughout the whole year.

Upcoming events
30
March
Charulata
Where
Academy Gold Cinema
(Satyajit Ray, India 1964) G cert, 117mins, in Bengali with English subtitles, B&W “The great Bengali director Satyajit Ray launched…
6
April
Puzzle of a downfall child
Where
Academy Gold Cinema
(Jerry Schatzberg, USA 1970) R16, 103mins “Schatzberg drew inspiration from his background as a fashion photographer by using conversations with…
13
April
The 10th victim
Where
Academy Gold Cinema
(Elio Petri, Italy 1965) R16, 92mins, in Italian with English subtitles “In a distant 21st century where the world lusts…
20
April
Purple Noon
Where
Academy Gold Cinema
7:45pm PURPLE NOON (Rene Clément, France 1959) PG low level violence, 115mins, In French with English subtitles “This iconic French…
27
April
How to make a book with Steidl
Where
Academy Gold Cinema
(Jörg Adolph and Gereon Wetzel, Germany 2010), E (exempt) 88mins, in German and English, with English subtitles “The title of…
4
May
The Elephant God
Where
Academy Gold Cinema
(Satyajit Ray, India 1977) PG violence, 120mins, in Bengali with English subtitles A further example of the great director’s entertaining…
11
May
All that heaven allows
Where
Academy Gold Cinema
(Douglas Sirk, USA 1955) G, 85mins “Jane Wyman plays a widow in a small New England town who needs her…
18
May
All quiet on the western front
Where
Academy Gold Cinema
(Lewis Milestone, USA 1930) PG violence, 143mins, B&W “Lacking any gestures toward patriotism or glory, any exploitation of spectacle, Milestone’s…
25
May
Tabu
Where
Academy Gold Cinema
(Miguel Gomes, Portugal/Germany 2012) M sex scenes, 113mins, in Portuguese and English, with English subtitles. “A great love affair and…
8
June
Candyman
Where
Academy Gold Cinema
(Costa Botes USA, 2010), Exempt, 75mins Candyman tells the strange yet true story of David Klein, an eccentric candy inventor…
15
June
Like Father, Like Son
Where
Academy Gold Cinema
(Kore-Eda Hirokazu, Japan 2013) PG cert, 121mins, in Japanese with English subtitles “The protagonist of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s beautifully observed Like…
22
June
I’m not Harry Jenson
Where
Academy Gold Cinema
(James Napier Robertson, New Zealand 2009) R16 violence, offensive language, 103mins “Carrying off its low budget with polish and actorly…