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Leaflet coverOur programme of 31 films from around below is now over. We joined with our venue partners Union Films in a joint presentation of Selma. The audience gave it 96%, which is in the top four films we've shown in the last 10 years and equal to our classic Lawrence of Arabia that we showed as part of the University's 'Great War: Unknown War' programme. We're now working hard on the new programme for 2015/16 which will be announced in September. Our first film of the new Season will be on Wednesday, 30 September.

If you would like to become a member you can join at any time. You can come for just one film, but we hope you'll come for more! We think seeing over 30 films for the Full Membership cost of around £70 is a really good deal! You can apply for Full Membership now or on the night you visit us. There is an 'Early Bird' deal available until 28 September!

Students' admission is at Union Films' box office rates. Even cheaper is to become a Student Phoenix Season Member for just £30!

Our films are shown in Union Films Cinema in Southampton University Students Union. This is a fully-raked 320-seat cinema with 35mm and digital projection with surround sound. We show the films in the best format available, with their original soundtrack plus English subtitles, when appropriate. A handout containing credits and further details is provided and we ask everyone to score the film and comment on it afterwards.

Films are shown on Wednesdays and start promptly at 7.30pm except where stated: we do not show trailers or advertisements. Food is available from the Union facilities - notably The Bridge bar and restaurant, which has a freshly-cooked to order menu. Nibbles and drinks are available from Union Films snack counter. The Bars are often open afterwards so you can discuss the films' impact with fellow members.

We look forward to you coming and enjoying what we believe to be the best contemporary films from around the world.


2014/15 Programme

Our film diary is below with the audience reaction scores as we collect them. More details about the films are in our leaflet (6M pdf). Our periodic Newsletters are available for download after they are published.

Details of our previous Seasons can be found in the Films section.

Autumn 2014
Thursday 25 September Calvary (87%) Newsletter 1
1 October Locke (89%)
8 October Blue Jasmine (83%)
15 October Secret Sharer (67%)
22 October Ilo Ilo (80%) Newsletter 2
29 October The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared (88%) Newsletter 3

SOUTHAMPTON FILM WEEK 1 - 9 November
Monday, 3 November The Act of Killing (77%)
Wednesday, 5 November To Say Goodbye (81%)

12 November Jimmy's Hall (88%)
19 November A Farewell to Arms WW1 (70%)
26 November The Selfish Giant (85%)
3 December Joyeux Noel WW1 (84%) Newsletter 4
10 December The Rocket (84%) Christmas Quiz

Spring 2015
7 January Avant l'Hiver (77%)
14 January The Golden Dream (83%) Newsletter 5
21 January The Lunchbox (87%)
28 January Wakolda (87%) Silence (81%) Newsletter 6
4 February Of Horses and Men (74%)
11 February The Past (85%) Newsletter 7
Saturday 14 February 2pm Lawrence of Arabia WW1 (96%)
18 February In Bloom (68%)
25 February Omar (88%)
4 March Cycling with Moliere (82%)
11 March Lilting (80%)
18 March Ida (85%)
25 March Blue is the Warmest Colour (84%) Newsletter 8

Summer 2015
22 April Mr Turner (84%) Newsletter 9
29 April Two Days, One Night (77%)
Tuesday 5 May 7pm with Union Films Selma (96%)
13 May Like Father, Like Son (87%)
20 May The Great Beauty (78%) Newsletter 10
27 May Audience Choice Suite Francaise (81%) Newsletter 10a


Our average audience was 143 (147, 13/14)
That's 4480 admissions (4250, 13/14)
The average rating was 83% (83%, 13/14)
Over the 32 films shown (29 in 13/14)


JAP 1 June 2015