In a world where public discourse is being increasingly squeezed into binary opposites - yes, no, for, against- the need to see- beneath the surface, around the corner- is becoming ever more important. One of the great joys of cinema is that it helps us do exactly that whilst at the same time entertaining and enthralling us.
Harrogate Film Society is proud to be a longstanding part of the cinema landscape in Harrogate, working together with the other providers in the town to offer a wide range of cinematic experiences to the local community.
Our main programme of films provides a sample of the very best in world cinema each year. This season, our programme has included films from Canada, Poland, Japan, South Korea, France, USA, Israel, Germany and Iceland. In addition, we work with local community groups and individuals to offer additional screenings in 'pop-up' locations- taking cinema further into the local community.
The idea for pop-up events first emerged as part of initial discussions with Harrogate Film Festival, some four years ago, and we are pleased once again to be offering screenings for this year's Festival in collaboration with the North Bar. If you are looking for something with some real grit then the screenings of American Psycho (7 March) and The House that Jack Built (14th March) are not to be missed.
For a more sedate and contemplative film you could come along to our screening of Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel's Zama which will screen at our usual venue at Ashville College on Monday 9th March.
We are also thrilled to be working with the Harrogate Advertiser's Graham Chalmers in helping bring celebrated music documentary filmmaker Tony Palmer to Harrogate. He will appear at the Red House Gallery on 12 March and the Q&A will be followed by a rare screening of his Beatles documentary - Mighty Good.
So - all this, plus the short film competition, Ken Loach, the escape room, animation workshops, home cinema experience, Brian Blessed and a cinema quiz- what's not to like!