Reading Film Theatre was established over 40 years ago as an independent cinema with a policy to show the best films from around the world. RFT receives no grants and hires the largest auditorium from the University on a regular basis, using its own equipment and employing RFT staff, most of whom are volunteers.
Chris Wagstaff - RFT Director
We are very sad to learn of the death, on Friday January 19th, of Chris Wagstaff, one of RFT’s former directors.
Chris was a member of the University of Reading's department of Modern Language and European Studies where he lectured in Italian Studies. He was involved with RFT for many years and always promoted the showing of European foreign language films.
He remained a critical but passionate advocate of cinema, and his recent work in archiving Italian films in digital format for Notre Dame University, Chicago was rewarded by the creation of the Christopher G. Wagstaff Film Collection, in 2017.
Since his retirement, Chris revived and continued to develop his considerable musicianship as a jazz trumpet player, particularly in performing with, and so elegantly and eloquently presenting the Gli Avanzi quintet. He also played and performed with other thriving local ensembles, where his advice, energy and the gentle offering of sound advice will be most sadly missed.
We have now reduced our membership for the rest of the year: £20 for members and £10 for students. New members will be able to benefit from our popular loyalty card scheme. Last term 42% of our members gained a free film entry after seeing four films during the term. Don't miss out, join today!