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ABCD Film Society

c/o Abingdon Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, ABINGDON, OXFORDSHIRE, OX14 3GD

BFI ID: BFINC000720

About us

We don't believe in films for the braindead. We do believe in entertaining films – films which stimulate, prompt thought, make you laugh, make you emote – but perhaps not all at once. You will probably like many of them, but not all. See some and you will know what we mean. Cinema for All commended us for our film programme in September 2014 and we have been outright winners of the Best Programme of Films award a number of times. We go for a mix of recent (over half) and older titles, films in English and films with sub-titles – movies from sixteen different countries this season. We have several special events every year including expert speakers, wine and cheese parties, and a silent classic with accompaniment by a National Film Theatre pianist.


Latest Screenings

Thursday 5 October 2017

ArrivalThis showing has a 12A cerificate

A science fiction scenario without the gung-ho sometimes seen in the genre. When 12 UFOs are reported around the world, language expert Dr Louise Banks (Amy Adams) is brought in to work with the scientific and military teams to communicate with the aliens and establish a dialogue.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:15

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 12 October 2017

MustangThis showing has a 15 cerificate

Set in a village where traditional values are the norm, five young orphaned sisters live under the guardianship of their uncle and grandmother. Following some high spirits at the end of school term, the girls are confined to their home while their future is determined by their uncle.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 19 October 2017

A United KingdomThis showing has a 12A cerificate

An historical investigation of racial attitudes in this remarkable true story about King Seretse Khama’s marriage to white, English-born Ruth Williams, after the couple meet at a dance in London, where Seretse is studying to become a lawyer before he becomes King of Bechuanalaland (Botswana).

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 2 November 2017

I, Daniel BlakeThis showing has a 15 cerificate

50 years on from the seminal "Cathy Come Home", director Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty return with another investigation into the current nature of the welfare state. Daniel struggles with the almost Kafka-esque bureaucracy of modern Britain’s Department for Work and Pensions.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:15

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 9 November 2017

The House on TrubnayaThis showing has a U cerificate

A rarely seen early Soviet satirical comedy. Parasha Pitunova moves from the country to Moscow where we see her misadventures at the hands of unscrupulous employers. Later, when she stands to be elected to Moscow City Council, Parasha finally receives the respect she deserves.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00
Introduced by Ian Christie, Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College, who curated the film elements at the Royal Academy exhibition marking the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution.

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 16 November 2017

A Short Film About LoveThis showing has a 18 cerificate

A Short Film About Love takes us into the world of 19-year-old postal clerk Tomek who becomes fascinated to the point of obsession with an older female neighbour. He sets his telescope to spy on her apartment.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00
Preceded by ABCD FS AGM at 7:30pm.

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 23 November 2017

A Farewell to ArmsThis showing has a PG cerificate

Ernest Hemingway reportedly detested the reproduction of his works on celluloid. At the centre of the story is a tragic love affair between American Lieutenant Henry (Gary Cooper) and English nurse Catherine Berkley (Helen Hayes).

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 30 November 2017

ChinatownThis showing has a 15 cerificate

Polanski's Chinatown still remains a masterpiece of storytelling, whilst evoking the gritty films noir of the 1940s. Private investigator JJ Gittes (Jack Nicholson) gets caught up in corporate corruption as he investigates an adultery case for a woman whose real identity is at first concealed.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 7 December 2017

Late SpringThis showing has a U cerificate

Late Spring tells of the contented relationship between a widowed professor and his late 20s spinster daughter Noriko. When his sister intervenes, insisting that Noriko must find a husband to safeguard her future, he knows that in order to win Noriko’s agreement he must also plan to marry.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 14 December 2017

Inside OutThis showing has a U cerificate

This Pixar animation is in a class of its own. The protagonist, 11-year-old Riley, is devastated when her family uproot from Minneapolis, where her love is ice hockey, to the sunny climes of San Francisco.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 4 January 2018

Dr Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love The BombThis showing has a PG cerificate

Kubrick’s satirical masterpiece, made at the height of the Cold War, still resonates. His casting of Peter Sellers in a trio of roles showcased the comedy actor’s abilities at home and in America. Sterling Hayden gives brilliant support as conspiracy-obsessed Brigadier General Jack D Ripper.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 11 January 2018

Force MajeureThis showing has a 15 cerificate

On holiday with their beautiful children, Vera and Harry, handsome parents Tomas and Ebba are enjoying all that the luxurious resort offers. Under this shiny veneer lie delicate fault lines like those hidden below the snow, when a sudden avalanche exposes all, irrevocably.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 18 January 2018

Les Quatre Cent CoupsThis showing has a PG cerificate

A magnificent early example of what came to be known as the nouvelle vague. Jean-Pierre Léaud plays the 12-year-old Antoine Doinel struggling through pre-pubescent angst at home in his tenement apartment with his detached mother and step-father.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00
Dr Ann Miller, formerly of the Department of Modern Languages at Leicester University will introduce and discuss a French language film with us for the 21st year in succession.

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 25 January 2018

Taxi TehranThis showing has a 12 cerificate

In 2010 Jafar Panahi, banned from filmmaking in Iran, defied this ban by posing as a taxi driver, filming in his car and capturing the ensuing conversations with his passengers. The candid exchanges reveal attitudes and opinions held among those enjoying the privacy that a taxi provides.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 1 February 2018

Manchester by the SeaThis showing has a 15 cerificate

When solitary janitor Lee is called back to his home town of Manchester, we become aware of the ghosts that haunt him. As the story is revealed, we are taken to the depths of Lee’s despair and grief. But the hilariousness of family life is also displayed with a peppering of left-of-field laughs.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 8 February 2018

The LunchboxThis showing has a PG cerificate

Set in the bustling city of Mumbai, this debut film from Ritesh Batra tells the parallel stories of soon-to-retire clerk Mr Saajan Fernandes and housewife Ila. Their stories collide when the daily lunchbox Ila prepares for her errant husband is delivered by mistake to Mr Fernandes.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 22 February 2018

The View From Our HouseThis showing has a PG cerificate

This documentary tells the story of photographer Erika Koch (1915-2010), who lived in Berlin Tempelhof from 1928 to 1936. The View From Our House presents the everyday sights she will have seen there, while the narrator reads selections from her recorded memories, letters and diaries.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00
A rare opportunity to hear the directors, Anthea Kennedy and Ian Wiblin, present and discuss their film.

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 1 March 2018

Closely Observed TrainsThis showing has a 15 cerificate

This story is based on a Bohumil Hrabal novel of a young railwayman with an unmanageable love life. One of the most fondly remembered Czech comedies of the 1960s, it is set during WW2 in occupied Czechslovakia.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 8 March 2018

Shooting StarsThis showing has a U cerificate

Starlet Mae Feather is climbing the slippery pole to stardom duping her handsome actor husband Julian by conducting an affair with comedy actor Andy Wilks.

Screening time

19:30 - 22:00
Accompanied on piano by Andrew Youdell of the National Film Theatre.

Screening location

St Nicolas Church Market Place, ABINGDON, Oxfordshire, OX14 3HF

Thursday 15 March 2018

In the Heat of the NightThis showing has a 12A cerificate

Tibbs, a detective from a northern state, is wrongly suspected of the murder of a white man and arrested while travelling in the South. When the Mississippi police realise their error, Tibbs is called upon to assist them in their investigation, which he reluctantly agrees to do.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD

Thursday 22 March 2018

FrantzThis showing has a 12A cerificate

In post-WW1 Germany, Anna is mourning the death of her fiancé Frantz while living with his parents. During one of her frequent visits to Frantz’s grave, she encounters a Frenchman who explains that the men had been friends. Against a background of anti-French feeling, a friendship develops.

Screening time

19:45 - 22:00
Doors open at 7pm for this joint event with Abingdon and District Twin Towns Society. It is in the main programme and is covered by your membership (food and drink extra). Film starts at 7:45pm approx.

Screening location

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 3GD


Where to buy tickets or memberships

  • At the door
  • Applications for membership at our normal venue or by email to info@abfilms.org.uk or by telephone to 01235 521976 Memberships available for 1 week (1 film) £6, full season £64 and half season £35

Pictures

  • Our opening film for the season on 1st October
  • Frank Screening on 26 Nov
  • Fruitvale 25 Feb
  • Spring in a Small Town 4 Feb

Organisations we work with

  • Cinema For All
  • Film Hub South East
  • ICO