New Year is an appropriate moment to look in the rear-view mirror at the many brilliant artistic achievements in Twickenham in 2020. One of the most iridescent flashes of light was the inventive efforts by the Richmond Film Society during lockdown. Since March, the screenings at the Exchange in Twickenham have been suspended, but this hasn’t deterred the Committee from making weekly recommendations for superb films to watch, December was especially jim-dandy: screenings of The Commune, Still Life and Slow West. Other personal favourites in 2020 were Good Vibrations, Little Miss Sunshine and Tehran Taxi. The Richmond Film Society showed its first film on Tuesday 2nd April 1963 at the Richmond Community Centre (then in Sheen Road where Waitrose now stands). The film was Ballad of a Soldier (Grigori Chukhrai, 1959) and since then it has screened over 780 films. January can be the cruellest month, we are sworn of the grog and the Christmas credit card crows are at the window, but the thought of the future cinematic treats the Richmond Film Society has in store in 2021 is enough to shoo away those raucous birds! For further details of the 2021 Programme contact https://www.richmondfilmsoc.org.uk/club-information
Dr Richard Mills is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Popular Culture at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.