ILKLEY Film Society will open its 51st season on Sunday, September 8 (Ilkley Playhouse, 8pm) with the captivating Spanish feature Summer 1993, which provides a rare chance to see a film in the Catalan language. This film topped the annual members’ poll of films they would like to see in the new season.

The new programme includes 25 films (an increase from previous seasons) from four continents and 12 countries, with award-winning offerings from Iceland, Japan, Denmark, South Korea, Poland and Kenya. Oscar winners Green Book and BlacKkKlansman will be shown, and the British contingent includes the popular hit Funny Cow, the much-talked-about Apostasy, and the unforgettable Scottish documentary Nae Pasaran.

There will be, as always, a Christmas double bill as well as two special events in November and February: the exraordinary rock climbing documentary The Dawn Wall, and a silent film evening which will almost certainly be the first time a Japanese silent has been shown in Ilkley !

Whenever possible films will be screened in Blu-ray format for the best possible image quality. The auditorium has an induction loop for those who use hearing aids.

The thriving Society has been able to keep its membership fee unchanged for the fifth successive year. Membership is limited to 200 but places are still available (£40 for the full season, with nothing more to pay) and brochures with application forms can be found in Ilkley at the Library, Visitor Information Centre, Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley Cinema and Manor House. Enquiries can also be made via the the website at .

Non-members are welcome as guests (£4 per film) but their admission cannot be guaranteed unless they phone Dave Howell on 01943 430097 to reserve a seat.