/60 years of cfs

/share your memories with us

In 2016, CFS turned 60!  It's a long time since 1956 and we doubt if anyone remembers the beginning personally. However, many of you have been with us for a very long time, so we invite you to share your memories with us.

Send us an email with your story or even a picture, or write it down on paper and give it to a committee member on the door.  We'll publish it here so that we can all share.

And just because you might be a new member does not mean that you  don't have a story to share too.  

We look forward to hearing from you.

How come no-one has responded? What a lot of lazy sods we are.

There are so many memories about CFS - how cold was the old hall when we had to bring rugs and hot water bottles in the winter, those dreadful but joyful Xmas suppers of salami, cheese & Lions fruit cake - all washed down with more than ample champers!!

Probably the most memorable event was when half of us left the hall to march on Council to protest something or other about our lease (or was it about the seats?) Who can remember at this distance?


There was also the fun of joining up our kids when they reached teenage - one after another - five of them. And two of them went on to become serious players in the industry - so Croydon Film Society has had a real impact on our family life over many, many years. I still labour mightily for a day or two each September working out what to pick for the next years program.


Above all else I would have to say that the Executive of this group has provided us all with an astonishing level of service and care. Over the years I have served on too many committees to remember. I know only too well how much effort and dedication it takes to make something like this group actually function. This is the only group I have ever belonged to that has not needed me to do a thing - just sit back and enjoy the ride. For this immense pleasure I say - thank you , thank you, thank you. You have been real troupers and you all deserve medals or at the very least, a big hug!


I hope some younger ones will start taking up the slack as we old codgers gradually run out of steam.

Thanks everyone!

Lyn & Leo Kennedy

When my wife and I returned to live in Melbourne at the end of 1971 one of our resolutions was to join a film society. We began with the Melbourne Film Society in 1972, an experience we much enjoyed - the Palais Theatre, the programme notes and the choice of films. However, the travel to St Kilda was a negative and when we heard of the Croydon Film Society it was an easy choice to switch. I have been a member since the beginning of 1973 with Barbara starting in 1974.

We have never regretted the decision and have introduced friends, I would calculate about 20, over the years some of whom are still members.

I did offer Frank my collection of newsletters from 1973 until now, only to be embarrassed to find that I could not locate those of the first 6 years. I cannot believe that I have thrown them out but they, and all but 1 of the MFS notes from 1972, seem to have disappeared.

One thing that has survived is the programme for 1978. It was an impressive offering: 22 films, including the Australian 'Don's Party' and 'The Devil's Playground' together with a range of foreign creations including 'Annie Hall' and 'The Lost Honour of Katherina Blum'. In addition there was a short each screening, the quality and appropriateness to the main feature of which never ceased to impress. There were also 3 'Monday Special Screenings' to which members could invite friends - or was that to the earlier Sunday Specials? I understand but regret the loss of the short supporting films.

The thing that amazes me most is the cost of membership: Adult $8.00; Pensioner, Junior, and Student Concession $3! Even allowing for the passage of years and inflation that seems incredible.


Congratulations to the present committee for continuing a fine tradition.


Regards, Alistair Hopkins.

29 years ago we arrived in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne with a 7 year old girl and the next one in the pot. We had migrated from Ireland. We had been members of the Irish Film Society for many years, where we were able to watch films, which did not pass the strict Irish censorship.


Settling into a new life with a new baby without family support was not easy, but soon we made friends and life became easier. However, going out at night was not possible. We heard about the Croydon Film Society and counted the years till we felt we could leave the kids at home for a couple of hours in the evening. As soon as our older one turned 14 we joined. In the beginning we were always the last ones to arrive sitting in the front rows taking in the movie with our eyes and ears, feeling like we were in the movie ourselves.


I used to make fun and call it the Cardigan Club, everybody was so much older than us. Now I am the one wearing the cardigan and the grey hair.


Thank you to the committee for making it possible for all of us to enjoy more and more wonderful, varied and controversial movies year after year.


Jasminka and David

I joined the film society when my first child was young and had to wait till my husband arrived home before I left.  The Croydon Hall did not live up to the standard we expect today, with heating.  Had been there for about three years when we then moved to the Mooroolbark hall when demands to fireproof the bio box was given for Croydon. We then either sat  on the bleachers at the side or moved your chair, when in the middle, if you couldn't see.   After awhile we then moved to Croydon before moving again to Chirnside Park which allowed either a cup of coffee after or a meal prior.  This was where we had two cinemas to cater for the member's interest.  Now  back to Croydon with a lot of the committee familiar faces all through that.  It is a well organized group and I must say that some of the films at Croydon Hall made your hair stand on end. It makes you realize  how the standard of films have improved.  Looking forward to the next decade.  Togram.

In 1968 I was a member of the Croydon Film Society.

This particular year was the only time I was living in Mooroolbark as I had spent the previous years and later years teaching in the country.

I recall going to the Hall in Main St Croydon.

One of the highlights of 1968 was attending the Melbourne Film Festival at the Palais.

I ushered at the Palais and received tickets to attend other films.

It was a busy time and I hardly spent a night at home while the Festival was on.

On my return to the Yarra Valley, several years later I rejoined the Croydon Film Society.

I haven't been to any films at the Melbourne Festival since.

Lesley Cooper