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.)


Sully |  Sept 4th  |  7.30pm

On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain Chesley Sullenberger, nicknamed "Sully", glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. Directed by Clint Eastwood.

The Eagle Hunters  |  Oct 2nd  |  7.30pm

This spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family. Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity.

Lion  |  Nov 6th |  7.30pm

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of miles away from home and his family. Too young to identify himself or his home to the authorities, Saroo struggles to survive as a street child until he is sent to an orphanage. He is soon adopted by an Australian couple however he is still plagued by the memories of his lost family. 25 years later, he sets out to find them. Starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman and adapted from the book "A Long Way Home".

tbc  |  Dec 4th |  7.30pm


Join Now

Annual Membership for the Film Season 2017/18 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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