/yesterday today tomorrow
Croydon Film Society has now been in existence for over 60 years, and so it is fitting that when we had selected our 2020 program we noticed that many of the films reflected yesterday - either because the films themselves were old, they were set in the past, whether distant or recent, or reflected on the past.
Cinema itself, of course, has existed for over 100 years now and we hope that that rich history is reflected in the very wide range of techniques and styles reflected in the films in our 2020 program.
But the past is why we are here today - in so many ways. Not one of the contemporary films on offer here, is unaffected by the past, whether it be traditions that have to be maintained, episodes in personal pasts, historical events, or simply remembrance of things past.
As to the future - as yet unknown, but that too is the result of the past, and of what we do today. There is just one 'future' film in our 2020 selection - Damian Gameau's 2040, but every single film in the program can be connected to the future in some way.
And here's one of those strange coincidences. Our last film of 2019 was about a wedding. As are our first and last of 2020. A wedding encompasses yesterday - the traditions of the whole event, and the histories of the players. The event itself is an occasion for all manner of plot devices from comedy to tragedy and at the end we are left wondering what will happen to the young couple at the centre in the future.
We know that many of you have been members of Croydon Film Society for much of its history. We hope that you will continue with us for just a bit longer, and that a new generation of members will expand our horizons. Just like our committee which now has just four 'oldies' left - three at least of whom may well be leaving us next year.
If you want to know more about the film, just click on the title and you will be taken to the IMDB page for the title. Or click on the Program button in the site menu and then go to the page you want.
Feb 1 Official Secrets (USA/UK)
Feb 15 By the Grace of God (France)
Mar 1 Sorry We Missed You (UK)
Mar 15 Les Miserables (USA/UK)
May 3 Working Woman (Israel)
May 17 Pavarotti (USA)
May 31 Capharnaum (Lebanon)
June 7 Yesterday (UK)
June 21 Ága (Bulgaria)
July 12 400 Blows (France)
(Betty Jope Tribute Screening)
July 26 Portrait of a Lady on Fire (France)
Aug 2 Rosie (Ireland)
Aug 16 Pain and Glory (Spain)
Aug 30 The Farewell (USA)
Sep 13 The Heiresses (Paraguay)
Oct 11 2040 (Australia)
Oct 25 The Third Wife (Vietnam)
Nov 8 The Favourite (UK/USA)
Nov 22 For Sama (Syria/UK)
Dec 6 Top End Wedding (Australia)