The nice thing about mini-seasons is that we don't feel the same obligation to give members (who pay for a whole season) films that they want to see. If we put on something they don't want to see outside of the main season, then we haven't diluted the main season's package.
When we planned the programme for this mini-season, there was no underlying theme for the chosen films, just 5 great films. The main driver was actually the (financial) success of our main season. As we were in the black (even after taking a small hit on the Conflicts season), we could afford to show films on the big screen on merit rather than with a view to attendances.
A good example was Volver. You'd expect most members to have some Almodovar in their DVD collection at home, so may feel a bit cheated if they paid for this as part of the main season. However, those who forked out the £5 for a ticket were treated to some magnificent shots on the big screen, that just wouldn't be the same at home (viz. the opening scene and Penelope Cruz doing the washing up!). Volver was also memorable as it was the first film that was introduced by a member via video link.