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The Phoenix completes its 90th year!

Leaflet coverIn Summer 2022 we finished screening what we believed to be the Best of World Cinema in our 2021/22 full year of programming. We are now working on our 2022/23 programme and we will let you know as soon as we can what we are planning to show. So please keep an eye on this website.

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. Once again, most of you have committed to 2022/23 memberships in advance!

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.

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.

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 (75%)
25 May Homeward (83%)
1 June Nowhere Special (89%)

  • Average audience 101
  • That's 2620 admissions to 26 films
  • Average rating 82%

JAP 2 June 2022