Welcome to the
Pelican Film Society

Film Board and Popcorn Close Up WEBSITE SIZE  We hold film screenings once a month,
  from September to July, in the Squire
  Theatre at The Ark in Basingstoke.
  It's a great way to spend a relaxing 
  evening with friends. 

Started in 2003, the Pelican Film Society shows films which either never made it to Basingstoke, or which came and went too quickly for most of us to see. It’s a great opportunity to see recent, art-house and classic films on the huge screen at The Ark Conference Centre.

Even better, it is all in support of a great cause, as all profits from the screenings go to Pelican Cancer Foundation to fight below-the-belt cancers. The charity is dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for bowel, bladder, prostate and secondary liver cancer patients. Since its inauguration, the Film Society has raised over £18,000 for the charity to help improve treatment for below-the-belt cancers through research and education for cancer specialists.


Programme 2017
(Where available, film titles link to IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, for movie descriptions and trailers.)


Eddie the Eagle |  Feb 6th  |  7.30pm

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Directed by Dexter Fletcher.

The Lunchbox |  Mar 6th  |  7.30pm

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. Starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur, Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Directed by Ritesh Batra.

A United Kingdom  Apr 3rd  |  7.30pm

In this inspiring true story, Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) is a Prince of Bechuanaland (now Botswana) who, in 1948, meets and falls in love with London-based office worker Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike). But their interracial relationship is not approved of by their loved ones or the British and South governments. Together, Seretse and Ruth must defy family, apartheid and the might of the British Empire. Directed by Amma Asante.

The Man Who Knew Infinity May 8th  |  7.30pm

The true story of friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, travelled to Trinity College , Cambridge, where over the course of five years, forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G. H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world. Written and directed by Matthew Brown.

Queen of Katwe Jun 5th  |  7.30pm

Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player under Katende's guidance. Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape a life of poverty. Directed by Mira Nair.

tbc  |  Jul 3rd  |  7.30pm

No screening in August.

tbc  |  Sept 4th  |  7.30pm

tbc  |  Oct 2nd  |  7.30pm

tbc  |  Nov 6th |  7.30pm

tbc  |  Dec 4th |  7.30pm


Past Films

Films are subject to availability. Our films are hand-picked every quarter to ensure we can include recent films alongside older classics as soon as they become available for film clubs. Last year’s screenings included: Brooklyn (2015), Suffragette (2015), The Dressmaker (2015), The Lady in the Van (2015), The Woman in Gold (2015), Birdman (2014), Still Alice (2014), Pride (2014), The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (2013), The Grand Seduction (2013), Rust and Bone (2012).


Join Now

Annual Membership for the Film Season 2016/17 is £44 for 11 films. Pro rata membership rates are also available. This can be paid by cheque to the Pelican Film Society. Please download the Membership Form.

Guest Tickets are £6 per person per film and can be paid in cash or by cheque on the night of the screening.


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Getting there & ParkingG-Squire_room_in_Pelican_Ark_venue

The Squire Theatre
The Ark
Dinwoodie Drive
RG24 9NN

Free parking in The Ark's car park (opposite The Ark Conference Centre).


Fancy some food before the film?

Why not come early and have a light supper before the film? From 6pm, The Ark's licensed Blue Café can serve a hot meal + dessert for £14.50 per person. Booking is required! To book, please phone The Ark on 01256 360 400 by the Thursday morning before the screening. 



Pelican Film Society
c/o Pelican Cancer Foundation
The Ark
Dinwoodie Drive
RG24 9NN

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