Brantford Film Group

The Brantford Film Group

The Brantford FilmGroup is a member of the Toronto Film Festival’s (TIFF’s) Film Circuit.  It is a non-profit organization, operating since the year 2000 with two aims: to provide high quality cinema that might otherwise be inaccessible to audiences in the Brantford area, and to raise funds for local community arts and cultural projects, including film study (most recently by supporting the work of the Brantford Arts Block.)

All of its films screen at the Galaxy Cineplex Theatres on King George Road at 7pm on the first and third Thursdays of the month (unless otherwise advertised.) There is only one screening and no guaranteed seating. Come early for best seat selection. All films are open to everyone. There is no membership requirement, although a membership card does entitle its bearer to a reduced admission price. A one year membership costs $10 and can be purchased up to the end of the fall season.
Tickets and memberships are available only at the box office on the night of the screening. The box office is usually open by 6:30 pm. The price for members of the Film Group is $8.00 and for non-members is $10.00 each.


January 24

A Royal Affair

In the 18th century world of English Princess Caroline Mathilda, George III’s sister, (Alicia Vikander) and the Danish King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Folsgaard), dynasty is destiny. Although strangers, they are forced to wed. The enlightened German physician, Dr. Johann Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen) soon compromises their “ordained” union. He acts first as companion and doctor to the violent and delusional king, and then later, all but officially, usurps the king, in both his bed and his throne. With its anticipated prize nominations, its sumptuous backdrops and its historically accurate operatic plot, this film is truly A Royal Affair.
Denmark/ Sweden/ Germany (subtitled)
2 hours 13 minutes
rated R

February 7


French Canadian Chloe (Evelyn Brochu) experiences firsthand, the harsh and unpredictable ironies of the bizarrely bisected world of Palestine’s West Bank that is divided physically by a wall and psychologically by violently opposed loyalties.  Inch’allah (“God willing” in Arabic), as a Doctor Without Borders, she submits every day to rigorous border control while commuting from Jerusalem to work in a refugee camp in Ramallah. There as an obstetrician, she brings life to those who are daily life-threatened.


Canada (subtitled)
101 minutes
rated 18A

February 21

Anna Karenina

Consistent with his view that much of 19th century life was lived as a well-rehearsed performance by Russia’s high society, director Joe Wright sets most of the action in this daring adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel, in and around an 1870’s theatrical stage.  This location amplifies the operatic and fantastic aspects of Tolstoy’s famous love triangle, contrasting the destructive romantic passion of Anna (Kiera Knightley) and Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) with the cold possessive detachment of Anna’s husband, Karenin (Jude Law), while also exposing for public scrutiny, the double standard implicit in the social norms of Tsarist Russia’s beau monde.

March 7

Hyde Park on Hudson

Make Hyde Park on Hudson (where you will find Springwood, the Roosevelts’ country home) your cinematic destination. Join the Roosevelts’ guest list in June 1939 to be on hand during the first-ever visit of a British monarch to America. Who better than the English king to pitch a new deal to America’s New Deal president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Bill Murray)? Threatened by impending European war, King George VI (Samuel West) is desperate for a pledge of US military support, despite America’s avowed isolationist policy. To placate America’s former mother country, FDR must draw on all the legendary charm and wiliness that he has used to survive the conflicting demands and loyalties of his own mother, and the other women (his wife and mistresses) who coexist under Springwood’s roof. For Daisy (Laura Linney), FDR’s distant cousin, most recent paramour and the film’s narrator, Hyde Park on Hudson represents far more than a royal weekend getaway or a presidential rural retreat. Owing to FDR’s talented diplomacy, it is the birthplace of America’s resolve to march into WWII toward allied victory.

Upcoming Movies

Please mark your calendars for the following Thursday nights in 2013: March 21, April 11, Apr 25, May 16. Movies for these dates are yet to be