MALVERN Cinema is following the huge success of its festival film week by staging regular Wednesday night showings of less mainstream films.

Polly Dolman, assistant manager of Malvern Theatres, who is organising the new programme, said the film week, on August 11 to 17, had proved wildly popular with cinemagoers.

It consisted of seven movies from different countries, including A Clockwork Orange, L'Ennui and Onegin.

She said: "A couple of the showings were sell-outs, we were turning people away, which is why we brought back Snow Falling On Cedars for a couple of nights the following week.

"Now what we want to do is see if there is an audience for regular showings of foreign and art movies.

The programme kicks off on Wednesday, September 6, at 7.30pm with Time Regained (18), starring Emmanuel Beart, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovitch and Marcello Mazzarella.

The film is an ambitious adaptation of the final volume of Marcel Proust's monumental A La Recherche du Temps Perdu.

With a story stretching from the 1890s to the 1920s, the film has won plaudits from the critics for its scope and technique.

The following Wednesday, it's Boys Don't Cry (18), which won an Oscar for its star, Hilary Swank.

The mainstream movie this week is X Men (12), an ambitious adaptation of a Marvel comic book. It stars Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen.

X Men is on from tonight (Friday, September 1) until Tuesday at 3pm and 7.30pm, Wednesday at 3pm only and Thursday at 7.30pm only.