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15th December 2019

A big thank you to our generous audience on Friday. We were able to raise just over £100 for the Cheddar Food Bank, which has been gratefully received by them.

The donation will go a long way to helping the food bank to restock after the devastating break-in they experienced last week.

15th September 2019
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1st September 2019
Our new programme of films is now available for 2019-2020! The first film to be shown this season will be the brilliant Stan & Ollie on 13th September. We hope to see many members and new faces

14th October 2019
A lot happened in 1969, most memorably the first moon landing and Concorde’s maiden flight.  On Friday August 15th 1969 another event started that was to achieve world fame only after it had almost finished.  The band Sweetwater were held up in a 10 mile traffic jam on their way to Bethel,  Sullivan County in New York State, and a relatively unknown New Yorker named Richie Havens stepped in to fill the gap.  His performance kicked off the 3 day Woodstock Music & Arts Fair.  It also propelled Richie from being well known in Greenwich Village to being well known across most of the planet.  After playing an impromptu set that is said to have lasted 3 hours Sweetwater finally arrived to play the second set.  You are left to wonder what impact that traffic jam had on their career.

To mark the 50th anniversary there will be a free screening of the Woodstock Director’s Cut film at Shipham Village Hall this Saturday 17th August, exactly 50 years since Jimi Hendrix played the final set. The whole movie lasts nearly 4 hours but you are invited to call in and watch as much or as little of the movie as you wish.

Some refreshments will be available but please feel free to bring your own along.  In keeping with the original event, we expect it to rain for most of the weekend.

Doors open at 6.45pm, the movie starts at 7pm.

Here is the running order:

10th December 2018

Saturday 8th December brought the biggest audience of the year to watch our screening of the Aardman Animations feature ‘Early Man’.

The film was introduced by Tom Barnes from Aardman and he brought a number of models with him allowing the audience members to have their pictures taken alongside the models.

As usual, our thanks go to Tom for his hard work and, of course, to Aardman for yet another brilliant movie.

1st September 2018

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19th April 2018

Special Show:  A Plastic Ocean

We are supporting the local environment group by hosting a showing of the film 'A Plastic Ocean' on Thursday 19th April.

Entry is free and this is a film you must see.  Refreshments available and there will be a raffle to raise funds to cover the cost of showing this film.

Please come along and join us. Doors open 7.15pm, show starts at 7.45pm.

22nd April 2016

Film tribute: Remembrance Sunday - Battle of the Somme at the Curzon

A fitting film tribute marking the 100th anniversary of The Battle of The Somme will take place at the Curzon, Clevedon on Remembrance Sunday, 13 November at 2pm.

This was the first British offensive to which cameramen were given access, recording front line action as it took place. The resulting film, The Battle of the Somme, was released throughout the UK in August 1916, while the battle was still being fought.

The head of the War Propaganda Bureau at that time argued that cinema could encourage countries to join the war on Britain’s side.

The Curzon will screen the extraordinary footage of the ‘Big Push’, the joint offensive which began in July 1916 where British and French armies hoped to break through the German lines and achieve victory on the Western Front. It shows scenes of the build-up to the infantry offensive including the massive preliminary bombardment, coverage of the first day of the battle (the bloodiest single day in Britain’s military history) with depictions of small gains and massive costs of the attack.

On a local level it had significant appeal because it featured and named particular regiments on screen. The close-ups and panning shots employed by camera men, Malins and McDowell, meant the audience could pick out people they knew.

The public flocked to see the realities of trench warfare, with 20 million viewers, almost half the population, in the first 6 weeks. Audiences were greatly impressed by the film's realism but also shocked by the candid and unprecedented images of British wounded and dead.

To a contemporary audience the film continues to have a huge emotional impact. It remains one of the most watched in British cinema history, bigger than Star Wars and Bond films.

The screening will be accompanied, live, by internationally acclaimed pianist Stephen Horne, long considered one of the leading silent film accompanists.

He will be joined by composer and percussionist Martin Pyne.                                                                       

For tickets visit www. or ring 01275  871000

22nd April 2016

Batman Versus Superman At The Helicopter Museum

Batman and Superman will be squaring off at The Helicopter Museum this May when the Aviation Museum hosts its Annual Charity Fund-raising Film and Comic Convention. As well as getting the opportunity to meet 'The Caped Crusader' and 'The Man Of Steel', visitors will be able to view Batman's iconic 'Tumbler' Batmobile and Iron Man's Suit Pods which will be on display in the aviation attraction’s main display hangar.

31st March 2016

The films selected for the Cinema for All South West Spring Viewings in April have been confirmed.  As in previous years, the event will be in two parts with the first on Sunday 17th April hosted by Lost in Film in Lostwithiel, followed a week later on Sunday 24th April by the second part at Shipham Village Hall

One difference this year, is that whilst four of the titles will be screened at both Viewings, two different titles, specially selected, make up the line-up of six new releases at each venue.  Details of the Lostwithiel event can be found on the Lost in Film website  The SW Group website is being revamped at the moment so thanks to the Shipham for giving us this page!  Both events are open to all Cinema for All SW members.


Headlining the Shipham line-up is the Oscar®-winning Room, Lenny Abrahamson’s gripping drama; Brie Larson won ‘Best Actress’ for her heart-breaking portrayal of the mother imprisoned with her son.  Over-looked by the Oscar® nominations, in favour of the flashier The Big Short, was the gripping 99 Homes set against the background of the 2008 housing crisis in Florida with strong performances from Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon.


We always try and include one documentary in the previews and have chosen The Pearl Button, Patricio Guzman’s haunting follow-up to Nostalgia for the Light shown at our Autumn Viewing at Thornbury a few years ago.  The other three titles have all been causing a stir at Festivals across the globe.  Winner of Un Certain Regard at last year’s Cannes Festival,  Rams has some hints of Nordic noir but its story of two sheep-farming brothers has been best described as a ‘moving comedy’.   The Crow’s Egg (Kaaka Muttai), has won awards from its native India to Los Angeles and gives the lie to the myth that award-winning sub-titled films are generally dull and worthy with its feel-good energy and its two boy stars.  Finally, the Mexican film Güeros won Best First Feature at the Berlin Festival:: described as a coming of age comedy, it pays homage to the French new wave and was filmed in black-and-white and in 4:3 ratio.

The six titles will be screened in two rooms within the well-appointed Shipham Village Hall with Shipham, our hosts Shipham Community Cinema and SW Group’s Paul Schilling joining forces in the presentation department.  For a better idea of the films to be screened, click on these links to the trailers;


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 « 99 HOMES


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The day is not just about the films but also provides a chance to meet other community cinema organisers in your area, not to mention the catering.... Shipham Community Cinema are well-known for their cakes and are also organising lunch – it is important that you fill in the form with the numbers of your party requiring the various main course options: vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian. 

Tickets are £16 each (CforA Members and Associates) or £20 (Affiliate Members).
Full-time students £14.00. Ticket includes Coffee, Lunch & Tea and Reviews Brochure.

by cheque or on-line, direct to the BFFS South West bank account. Note the account is now with HSBC: Sort Code: 40 09 19, Account No: 82664402.

Download and fill out the application form here!

29th March 2016

Shipham Community Cinema Spring Bonus!

This Friday, April 1st, the Shipham Community Cinema has a unique, live-music event planned for your entertainment. Talented singer, Michael Sadiq will be performing a selection of hits from the movies at Shipham Village Hall from 7.15pm, ahead of our screening of the ground-breaking National Theatre production of London Road (cert 15), a musical drama starring Olivia Coleman, Tom Hardy and Anita Dobson.   Entrance is £2 for members and under 18s, and £4 for non-members. 

20th December 2015
We currently have a long list of movie posters which are in need of a good home (free of charge other than postage, if required!) Please take a look and if you are interested in any of the posters, email us at

15th December 2015

We showed our family Christmas film on the 13th December and it was attended by our biggest ever Sunday audience! We were very lucky to welcome Tom Barnes from Aardman Animation who gave a brilliant presentation and he bought along actual models from the film to show us:

Kids and grown-ups were spellbound for the entire film!

19th August 2015

Newsletter - Summer 2015
Shipham Community Cinema is now entering its seventh season of film shows. From humble beginnings back in January 2009 when we showed Mike Leigh’s ‘Happy Go Lucky’ film on borrowed equipment we have now shown a total of 119 main feature films, a large number of short films and paid more than £8,000 in licence fees that have gone back into directly supporting the film industry.

We have been visited by directing legend Ken Loach, had personalized messages from director Roger Michell as well as presentations from Tom Barnes of Aardman Animation. We also ran a fascinating film festival weekend with a variety of workshops and film shows.

Much has changed over those seven years.... (click here to read the full newsletter!)

18th August 2015
Programmes for the 2015-16 season have now been printed and will be posted shortly, along with a copy of our latest newsletter.

15th August 2015
Our 2015-16 season kicks off on 11th September with the brilliant film The Imitation Game. Check out our programme page to see all of the films that have been announced so far for the new season.

20th July 2015
The Watershed in Bristol has been supplying us with publicity materials for some years now, saving us considerable sums on the cost of posters.  The Committee decided to respond to a funding appeal from The Watershed by making a donation of £50 and today we have received a reply thanking us for our support.

28th June 2015
The programme for the new season is being prepared and will be delivered soon! Also, the website will be updated shortly with all of the upcoming films you can look forward to from September.

4th March 2015
This year's Film Feast on 27th February was a great success! The committee did a fantastic job decorating the hall for the evening:

The food, provided by Sally Hansford was superb and the movie The Lunchbox was brilliantly entertaining. In total, over 90 people enjoyed the Indian-themed evening. We look forward to seeing you all at next year's Film Feast!

28th January 2015
Tickets are available for this year's Film Feast, make sure to book your tickets by calling Jane Sanders on 01934 842940!

10th October 2014
Don't miss the Bath Film Festival, which runs from 13th - 23rd November 2014!

12th September  2014
The 2014/2015 season kicks off tonight with Nebraska! For the first time at Shipham Community Cinema we will be selling some popcorn too. See you there!