Croydon Film Society Inc. is a not-for-profit incorporated association run by a volunteer committee of management in Victoria, Australia.

Aims

About CFS

  • To encourage interest in film as an art form and as a medium of information and education by means of the exhibition of films of interest to members of the society.

  • To promote the study and appreciation of films by means of publications, discussions, lectures, exhibitions and screening.

  • Since 2012, Croydon Film Society has regularly presented an award to a promising film student. The 2021 recipient was Logan Davey, a second year Deakin University student showing significant talent.

Committee

The experienced and well-organised committee contribute to the smooth running of the society by participating in monthly meetings and assisting at the cinema door on a roster, whilst most also have some specific duties. A number of new committee members are sought each year at the Annual General Meeting, whilst other vacancies may occur from time-to-time. If you would like to assist CFS, please chat to one of the friendly committee members at the cinema, call 0490 663 156 or email enquiries@croydonfilms.org.au.

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Jean joined the committee in 2014. Films that have stayed with her include: Of Gods and Men, Mary Poppins and, she shudders when she remembers The Wind that Shakes the Barley. 

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John has been associated with film societies since 1954 and joined Croydon Film Society in 1973. He is also Vice-President of the Federation of Victorian Film Societies and Treasurer of the Australian Council of Film Societies. 

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Christine has been a CFS member for many years and is in her 4th year on the committee. Favourite films: “Hero” (directed by Zhang Yimou) “The Last Samurai” (directed by Edward Zwick) and “Chocolat” (Directed by Lasse Hallström).

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Treasurer

Kevin is a relatively new member of CFS. Growing up, the favourite film of his family was The Sound of Music. When his children were younger, The Shawshank Redemption was very popular. He is now waiting to find his next favourite film via CFS!

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Richard has been on the CFS committee for many years, during most of which he has been the Treasurer. He says there are too many excellent films in different genres to choose only three!

Secretary

Assistant Treasurer

President

Vice-President, and Chair of Film Selection
Sub-Committee

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Julie has been in this role for many years and says it was a good decision as it has been lovely to have met and interacted with so many members, past and present. She says she has had so much fun being part of the Committee!

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Howard became interested in international film in the 1960s and has learned much more about other cultures through film than if he had done the normal tourist visit.

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Trudi is new to CFS and reached out to the committee to offer assistance. She has taken on management of our website, Facebook page and also helps to produce our regular eNews, keeping our members informed.

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Juliet is a valuable new member of the committee and was instrumental in selecting our films for 2022.

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Film Booking Officer

Leanne joined CFS in 2007 and has enjoyed fabulous films ever since, including Persepolis, a film she had previously never heard of which is now among her favourites, along with American Beauty and Donnie Darko. In 2021 she responded to the call for new committee members and is really glad she did.

Membership Secretary

Film Bookings

Film Selection Sub-Committee

Website, Facebook
and eNews

History

Croydon Film Society has been operating successfully for almost sixty years, bringing quality cinema to the outer eastern fringes of Melbourne. Screenings began in the Croydon Hall when a dedicated group thought that people should be given the opportunity to see films they would not be able to catch in their local cinema and the society was born founded in 1956. They began with 16mm film, but had the foresight to buy two 35mm projectors from an old cinema which enabled them to access an expanded range of films. Over the years, the membership built to a high of ~700 in the 1980s.

 

When our screening venue suddenly closed we had to find new accommodation and the Mooroolbark Community Centre became our new home. As the facilities were not ideal for screening to such a large audience, our membership numbers decreased and we approached Croydon Twin Cinemas moving our screenings to their facilities. This independent cinema was sold to Hoyts, and unfortunately after some time we were required to find another venue but made a smooth transition to Reading Cinemas in Chirnside Park. The venue change was so successful that we soon found that we needed to screen in two cinemas to accommodate our increasing numbers and in 2008, annual membership closed prior to the first film screening to ensure we could accommodate all members. Increasing screening costs meant that we were on the lookout for a new home once again, and in 2016 we returned to the newly independent Croydon Cinemas.

 

Today film has been replaced by high quality digital projection, which has also again enabled us to broaden the scope of films screened. The society is run by a team of volunteers, who strive to emulate the expertise of those foundation members such as Betty Jope who virtually ran the society (and the Federation of Victorian Film Societies) single-handedly for many years. We commemorate her efforts in a tribute screening of a classic film each year.

 

Anecdotes

Member stories are welcome anytime and add to our rich history. Email yours to enquiries@croydonfilms.org.au

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 year's 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 and Leo Kennedy

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 where we had been members of the Irish Film Society for many years and were able to watch films, which did not pass the strict Irish censorship.

 

Settling into our new life with a new baby without family support was not easy, but we soon 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' as 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

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 about 20 friends over the years, some of whom are still members.

I did offer Frank my collection of newsletters from 1973, 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'. The quality and appropriateness of the main feature never ceased to impress. In addition there was a short each screening - I understand but regret the loss of the short supporting films. There were also 3 'Monday Special Screenings' to which members could invite friends - or was that to the earlier Sunday Specials? The thing that amazes me most is the cost of membership: Adult $8; 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

I joined the Croydon Film Society when my first child was young and had to wait till my husband arrived home before I could leave.

 

The Croydon Hall did not live up to the standard we expect today in relation to heating. We had been there for about three years when we then moved to the Mooroolbark Hall where we either sat on the bleachers at the side or had to move our chairs if we couldn't see. After awhile we then moved to Croydon before moving to Chirnside Park which allowed either a cup of coffee after or a meal prior to chat with other members. Our increase in membership then required two cinemas. Now back to Croydon with a lot of the familiar committee faces through all those moves.  It is a well organized group. 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 has improved.

 

Looking forward to the next decade.

Togram

In 1968 I was a member of the Croydon Film Society and recall going to the Hall in Main St Croydon. 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.

One of the highlights of 1968 was attending the Melbourne Film Festival at the Palais where I ushered and also 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