Controversial film kicks off Uckfield Film Society season

THE POPULAR Uckfield Film Society’s thirteenth season opens on Sunday, September 9 with a programme of films from all genres; a mix of classic and modern works.

The society’s members come from miles around to enjoy world class films in air conditioned comfort at the Uckfield Picture House, rather than the village hall settings of many film societies.

Season thirteen’s programme includes films from Iran, USA, France, Germany, Turkey, Italy and Japan.

Demonstrating the diverse range the first film is The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp from the directing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, a film Churchill wanted banned, about the life and exploits of a British army officer during three wars. This was arguably the finest film made during World War Two and is followed in October by Asghar Farhadi’s 2011 Iranian Film, A Separation, a powerful, complex drama which centres on a conflict that cuts across boundaries of gender and class. A portrait of a fractured relationship, A Separation won the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.

In the year 2000, encouraged by the strong demand sensed in the wake of the first Uckfield Festival, owner Kevin Markwick and Leslie Hardcastle, director of the National Film Theatre and former director of the Museum of the Moving Image together with a small group of people with long-established connections in the film industry, founded the Uckfield Film Society.  Membership is still at the original rate of only £30 a year and this entitles members to see nine monthly programmes.

Films are shown from September until May on a Sunday evening. Possibly one of the most rewarding aspects is that occasionally specialist speakers are present, and screenings are always followed by audience discussion.

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is on at the Picture House on Sunday, September 9. Programmes can be picked up from the Picture House and information about membership of the Uckfield Film Society can be obtained from the Picture House box office on: 01825 764909 or by emailing:

Details about the cinema’s current film programme are available on