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The Phoenix continues into 2022 — our 90th year!

Leaflet coverWe are continuing to screen the Best of World Cinema through to Summer 2022. We have 17 films for the Spring and Summer. We will, of course, be continuing to take appropriate measures to respect the ongoing health and well-being of our Members and volunteers. But it is possible that circumstances mean we have to make changes. This website will be kept up to date with any alterations.

Our programme for the 2021/22 Season is shown in our Diary below. Our past membership have been wonderful in supporting our 2021/22 restart and we look forward to welcoming further new members.

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! The standard offering of about 30 films for the Full Membership cost of around £80 is a really good deal.

  • Just now until the last film on 1 June we are offering a special Early 'Early Bird' membership for our next Season 2022/23. At last, a full Season of film for just £70! The application forms for you and your friends are available at our last few showings. The full membership costs will be higher in September.

Students' admission is at Union Films' box office rates or by holding a Union Films Premier Pass. Or become a Phoenix Student Member for the rest of the Season for £15.

Films are shown at on Wednesdays at Union Films Cinema and start promptly at 8pm. We do not show trailers or advertisements. Southampton University Students Union cinema has 225 comfy, fully-raked seats, cinema-standard digital projection with surround sound. During the current pandemic there will be some socially-distanced seating available. We show the films in the best format available, with their original soundtrack plus English subtitles, when appropriate. We provide film notes and ask everyone to score the film and comment on it afterwards.

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


2021/22 Programme

Our film diary so far is below together with audience scores, once shown. More details about the films in 2022 are in our flyer.

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

Remember that the films start promptly at 8pm unless otherwise stated.

Autumn 2021
13 Oct Nomadland (87%)
20 Oct La Belle Epoque (84%)
27 Oct The Father (93%)
3 Nov Sorry We Missed You (90%)
10 Nov Portrait of a Lady on Fire (89%)
17 Nov Rocks (77%)
24 Nov Ammonite (75%)
1 Dec Mr Jones (91%) Newsletter 1
8 Dec The Farewell (80%) Quiz Answers

Spring 2022
12 Jan Les Misérables (92%)
19 Jan Balloon (79%)
26 Jan Limbo (81%)
2 Feb Martin Eden (74%)
9 Feb After Love (87%)
16 Feb I'm Your Man (86%)
23 Feb Gagarine (77%)
2 Mar The Perfect Candidate (84%)
9 Mar The County (81%)
16 Mar First Cow (75%)
23 Mar Summer of '85 (79%)

Summer 2022
27 Apr Azor (63%)
4 May Ninjababy (85%)
11 May Petite Maman (84%)
18 May Mothering Sunday (Members' Choice)
25 May Homeward (Change)
1 June Nowhere Special (Change)


JAP 12 May 2022