Film group

It is not known when film screenings will resume. Any new programme will be subject to government & cinema guidelines of which you will be advised. Information will be publicised via the weekly emailed Bulletin and the termly Newsletters.

Organiser: Jeremy Buncombe
When: Tuesday 13.00–15.00 during term time
Where: Arts Picturehouse, 38–39 St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AR
Contact: the Office on 01223 321587 or

Information about tickets

Established in October 1999 by David Jakes, and with the much valued contribution of the Arts Picturehouse Cambridge management, the U3AC Film group shows a wide range of the best in both historic and contemporary cinema from all countries, generations and genres. Our programmes take a robust and adventurous approach to the history of cinema.

The screenings take place at the Arts Picturehouse, every Tuesday during term time, in Screen 2 or Screen 3 (no allocated seating). There are no ads or trailers; all our films start promptly at 1.00 pm (other than when an exceptionally lengthy film is shown).

Please make sure you are seated by the start time (1 pm) as a dark cinema can be hazardous. Members are most welcome to attend our post screen discussions and to make suggestions for future showings.

Please ensure that all electronic devices are switched off or in the case of mobile phones switched to silent mode. Under no circumstances should photography/filming take place in the cinema.


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Scheduled films

U3AC Film group – Old Jerry’s Personal Selection No 2 to keep you going !

 Since the onset of the lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic I have received requests from some Film group members and the Office for some film suggestions to keep you going. As many of you will have gathered from recent news, Cineworld has just announced the temporary closure of all its Cineworld and Picturehouse cinemas from Friday 9th October with no indication of when their venues will re-open. The twice postponed new James Bond movie is now scheduled for April 21. So with the long evenings of autumn and winter looming I have selected some more titles that are well worth seeking out.

Of course there are countless films available via the BBC & ITV i-players and at any given time there are many fine films to see that way. However, here is another small selection of films available on NETFLIX, and on Curzon Cinema.


The Social Network – how Mark Zuckerberg unleashed Facebook.

Mean Streets – tough, violent and uncompromising early Scorsese.

I, Tonya – the competitive world of figure skating.

Lost Girls – a mother’s search for her missing daughter and the world of sex workers.

Gone Girl – masterful psychological thriller.

Spotlight – Boston Globe investigative reporters uncover systematic child abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Big Short – brilliant film about the financial crash of 2008.

Birdman– darkly comic tale of a man haunted by his past and facing an existential crisis.

Nightcrawler – taut clever thriller exploring the world of ‘stringers’, freelance videographers who scour late night LA for violent events to film and then sell to local news TV stations.

Netflix’s mini series “Unorthodox”(4 episodes) about a Hassidic Jewish woman in Brooklyn who flees to Berlin to escape an arranged marriage is well worth seeng.



After the Storm – a film by the Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda which follows a young father trying to rekindle his relationship with his family.

The Bostonians – based on the Henry James novel, James Ivory’s film explores subtle power struggles between sex, class and the Women’s Movement.

Breaking the Waves– A moving, uplifting but brutal assessment of love, faith, social pressure and human dignity.

What Masie Knew – another film based on a short Henry James novel about life shown through the eyes of a young girl who witnesses the implosion of her parents’ marriage.

Vincere – the Italian director, Marco Bellocchio’s powerful drama about the early history of Benito Mussolini’s early life.

Scandal – Classic film about the Profumo Affair from the Sixties.

Stalker – Tarkovsky at his most challenging. This mysterious film is ranked at one of the greatest science fiction films ever.

A Royal Affair – Danish film set in the 18th century about brave idealists who risk everything in their pursuit of freedom of the people.

The Perfect Candidate – The struggle of a young woman in the restrictive and highly conservative Saudi culture as she runs for election in her local city elections.

My Rembrandt – Dutch film set in a world of old masters , and one which offers a mosaic of gripping stories about an unrestrained passion for Rembrandt’ s paintings.


Tickets for Film group screenings

Tickets for single shows are available on the door for the standard cinema ticket price.

U3AC members can get a reduced-price ticket by first purchasing a U3AC 10-week Term Card (or adding this to your existing Picturehouse Membership), and then obtaining a paper ticket (at no additional cost) on the day.

  1. Buy a 10-week film Term Card for the discounted price of £35. This allows you entry to each of the 10 films screened at 1 pm each Tuesday of the term, at no extra cost.
    • To get set up, register at any till at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse near the beginning of a term. Bring your U3AC membership card as proof of eligibility for this scheme.
    • The Picturehouse staff will issue you with a Picturehouse Membership card, which stores your 10 U3AC screening ticket credits on it, lasting the whole of the 10-week term. Note: If you already have a Picturehouse Membership card, either one for which you’ve paid an annual fee or a prior U3AC Term Card, Picturehouse staff will add the current U3AC term to your existing card.
    • Please keep this card and renew it at any Arts Picturehouse till before each term (you cannot do this over the phone or on the U3AC or Picturehouse websites).
  2. You will need a paper ticket to gain entry to each week’s U3AC film.
    • Present your Picturehouse Membership card at any till in the cinema to get your ‘free’ ticket to the current week’s U3AC film.
    • Show this to the usher at the door to gain entry to the film.