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Saturday 3 June, 4pm

A Dog’s Purpose (PG)

A film for animal lovers of all ages, A Dog’s Purpose, from acclaimed director Lasse Hallström (The Hundred Foot Journey, The Cider House Rules), shares the heart-warming story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.
Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch (Josh Gad) develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.
Uplifting, insightful and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s life, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bond between man and man’s best friend.



Saturday 10 June, 7pm

Snatched (MA 15+)

Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in the new comedy adventure Snatched. After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter – in unpredictable, hilarious fashion – is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into.



Monday 12 June, 1pm

Their Finest (M)

Based on Lissa Evans’ novel, ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’, Their Finest is a new World War II drama sparkling with wit, grace, and humour.
1940, London, the Blitz; with the country’s morale at stake, Catrin (Gemma Arterton), an untried screenwriter, and a makeshift cast and crew, work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s flagging spirits; and inspire America to join the war. Partnered alongside fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin) and eccentric actor Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy), the trio set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the United Kingdom, and capture the imagination of the American population. Carried along by a winning performance from Gemma Arterton, Their Finest is a witty, romantic and moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war… and the movies!



Sunday 18 June, 7pm

The Country Doctor (M)

French box-office star François Cluzet (The Intouchables) headlines this heart-warming and engaging medical drama from popular doctor-turned-director Thomas Lilti.
Jean-Pierre Werner (Cluzet) is a kind, no-nonsense, firmly established country doctor, who works gruelling hours and whose role in the community often extends beyond simply overseeing the physical wellbeing of his patients. When he is diagnosed with an illness which demands he stop work, he is forced to take on a replacement who, to his dismay, is the inexperienced Nathalie (Isabelle Sadoyan). Jean-Pierre struggles to accept his reality and let go of his work, entirely unconvinced that Nathalie has what it takes to replace him. This only serves to make the handover more challenging, but little does Jean-Pierre know that beyond Nathalie’s often humorous beginner faux-pas lies a strong and resourceful woman who is determined to meet the demands of the role, and break the ice with his loyal – albeit quirky – patients.
Superbly cast and emotionally complex, The Country Doctor is a moving and funny character drama, which will undoubtedly leave you with a joie de vivre.
In French with English subtitles


under-the-sea-125 Saturday 24 June, 6.30pm

Dungog Masked Ball 2017: Under the Sea (& On the Beach)

Get your crew together for some fancy dress seaside frolics at this year’s Dungog Masked Ball, the annual fun(d)raiser for Dungog Community College. Coral cays, manta rays, balmy days and sunrays. Towels, sunscream, surfies, shipwrecks, treasure chests, mermaid tails. Neck-to-knees & burqinis. Gills. Giant clams. Deep sea divers. Also squid. So get in the swim and gather your school! Tickets $89 from www.dungogcommunitycollege.org.au



Down Memory Lane – War/Drama
Sunday 25 June, 1.30 for 2pm

Zulu (1964)

Recognised as one of the greatest British war films, and for a long time the biggest UK box-office hit, Zulu details the epic Battle of Rorke’s Drift in 1879 between outnumbered British soldiers and Zulus in Natal Province, South Africa. Filmed on location in the spectacular Drakensberg Mountains, tales of Zulu’s filming are as dramatic as what is on the screen. The role of the young lieutenant was Michael Caine’s first big movie break, and propelled him to international stardom, and Richard Burton provides the narration. Considered to be largely historically accurate, Zulu is epic war drama at its cinematic best.



Saturday 1 July, 4pm

The Sense of an Ending (M)

Adapted from a brief but emotionally potent 2011 novel by Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending is a new British drama directed by Ritesh Batra and written by Nick Payne about a man who becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life. Tony Webster (Jim Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Charlotte Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.



Saturday 1 July, 7pm

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (PG)

Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way, when deadly ghost sailors led by his old nemesis, the evil Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea -including him. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, which bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas. But to find it, he must forge an uneasy alliance with a brilliant and beautiful astronomer and a headstrong young sailor in the British Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, and save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.
Starring Jonny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, and Javier Bardem, this fifth and final instalment of the Pirates series also features Keira Knightley, Orlando Bloom, David Wenham and Paul McCartney. Dead Men Tell No Tales was filmed at the Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.



Saturday 8 July, 7pm

Viceroy’s House

The End of an Empire. The Birth of Two Nations. Viceroy’s House tells the true story of the final months of British rule in India.
Viceroy’s House was the home of the British rulers of India in Delhi. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. The story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite – Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi – converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted. A decision was taken to divide the country and create a new Muslim homeland: Pakistan. It was a decision whose consequences reverberate to this day.
Viceroy’s House is a story that is deeply personal to the film’s director Gurinder Chadha, whose own family was caught up in the tragic events that unfolded as the Raj came to an end. Starring Gillian Anderson, and Hugh Bonneville as the Mountbattens, and also features Michael Gambon and Simon Callow.


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  • 3 Sat 4pm
    'A Dog’s Purpose' (PG)
  • 10 Sat 7pm
    'Snatched' (MA 15+)
  • 12 Mon 1pm
    'Their Finest' (M)
  • 18 Sun 7pm
    'The Country Doctor' (M)
  • 24 Sat 6.30pm
    Dungog Masked Ball
    'Under The Sea (& On The Beach)'
  • 25 Sun 1.30 for 2pm
    'Zulu' (1964)


  • 1 Sat 4pm
    'The Sense of an Ending' (M)
  • 1 Sat 7pm
    'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' (PG)
  • 8 Sat 7pm
    'Viceroy’s House' (PG)
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