RFT – Reading’s Independent Cinema

More Online Films available 

We are pleased to make another excellent film available from Peccadillo Pictures following their previous online film A White, White Day

In this film by from Director Mounia Meddour set in 1990s Algeria, Papicha is a thrilling drama about a group of young women’s fight to be heard in a society trying to silence them. Papicha is an Algerian word that refers to a funny, attractive, liberated young woman.  These young Algerian girls are rebels with a cause and they are willing to sacrifice everything for their voices to be heard.

Our chair Juliet Hanfling says:

"A fashion show in a society where women are expected to be covered up? I thought this sounded like an unlikely subject for a film. This is a fascinating insight into the lives of women in Algeria. It is really about the power of women and the bond between them and it made me feel lucky to live in a society where women are allowed to be free to choose to wear what they want. " 

When you order the film for £9.49 RFT will receive 25% of the ticket price. And the first 50 RFT customers who use the discount code RFT-PAPICHA will get a further 10% discount.


We hope you were able to enjoy our first online screening of the Icelandic film  A White, White Day  which is still available to view.

We are delighted to make another excellent film available to view from the comfort of your home. Alice is an award winning French film starring Emilie Piponnier as  a wife and mother who, after discovering that her husband’s addiction to escorts has left their family penniless, finds herself drawn into the world of high-end prostitution as a means of caring for herself and her child.

Our chair Juliet Hanfling has previewed the film and says:

"What would you do if you found out that your husband has spent everything (including your inheritance), leaving you and your son threatened with homelessness? Don't miss this great revenge movie which exposes the high-end market of prostitution: at times it made me laugh and at times it had me on the edge of my seat. You will be mesmerised by the stellar performance of Jules Milo Levy Mackerras who plays the small boy at the centre of the story."

And don't forget when you order the film for £9.99 RFT will receive 30% of the ticket price. And the first 50 RFT customers who use the discount code readingft will get a further 10% discount.

Important Message - RFT and Coronavirus

In line with guidance from the Government RFT remains closed. This means that unfortunately we have had to cancel our summer season of films.

If you would like to continue to support RFT at this time please do so by buying a ticket for the Reading Community Lottery  Congratulations to the supporters of RFT who have already won prizes in the Lottery!

Please continue to check our website for news of when we are able to re-open. We hope to show the three winning films from the RFT archives once we re-open.

We thank you all for your continuing support of RFT and wish you all the best at this time. 

George’s Film Blog

Due to Covid-19 we’ve missed some great films on our summer programme. Instead George Marshall, RFT’s guest reviewer, shares his insight into what we missed starting with Parasite (Please note George’s views are his own.)

RFT is 50 – help us to celebrate!

Reading Film Theatre is working with the Museum of Reading to produce an exhibition to celebrate Fifty Years of bringing independent cinema to Reading. We are looking for anecdotes, memorable films and moments to put in the 'show and tell' display. We can use voice recording or videos. So please dig deep and tell us your stories!!  

Please send a message to glenys.hart@gmail.com

RFT features on the March What’s On Reading podcast

RFT Chair, Juliet Hanfling celebrates our big birthday alongside two other local ‘institutions’, the Purple Turtle and Basildon Park! Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user-908256809/whats-on-reading-podcast-march/s-drTsh Juliet (2nd right) at the Purple Turtle

Support RFT through the Reading Community Lottery

You can now support RFT and win up to £25,000 in the new Reading Community Lottery which is an initiative to support local good causes in Reading. Tickets cost only £1 per week and 50p of every ticket goes to your chosen good cause i.e. RFT. Every ticket has a