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Down Memory Lane
Thursday, 5 May, 10.30am & 7 pm

Vertigo (1958)

Hitchcock’s classic psychological thriller, starring James Stewart and Kim Novak, is a tense story of obsession, manipulation, fear and romance. The camera work was innovative for the time, portraying the sense of the main character’s fear of heights, and coining a phrase, “the Vertigo effect” referring to the odd zooming in of the camera mounted on a ‘dolly’. Set in San Francisco, Vertigo follows a failed detective whose mental health is also faltering, possibly due to the complicated plot. Screened to mixed reviews on release, Vertigo has since been voted the Best movie of all time in British polls.

 

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Weekend movie
Saturday, 14 May, 7 pm

Broke (MA 15+)

When rugby league players are at the top of their game, they’re heroes, placed on a pedestal whether they like it or not. But what happens when the siren stops, the newsprint has faded, and the roar of the crowd is a distant memory? Most players go on to live happy, productive, low profile lives, but others sink into depression and addiction, lost and hopeless when their main reason for living has been pulled from their hands.

The tough, gutsy, and moving Australian drama, Broke, tells the story of a fictional rugby league superstar, Ben Kelly, a Queensland representative and hometown hero, whose life spirals out of control in retirement at the hands of alcohol and a gambling addiction. Seasoned Aussie actor Steve Le Marquand (Underbelly, Two Hands, Kokoda, Beneath Hill 60) plays ‘BK’ and says that recent off-field controversies highlight the themes found within the film. Broke also stars Max Cullen, Brendan Cowell, Claire Van Der Boom and Steve Bastoni.

The movie has been winning awards and getting invited into festivals across the world since its launch at Melbourne Film Festival. Broke has got the backing of the NRL, Men of League and Country rugby league. The James Theatre has been specially invited as one of the few venues for screening of this much anticipated Aussie feature. Heath Davis, the director and screenwriter, will be in attendance at the screening, and will take part in a Q and A session after the screening, along with Keith Onslow, the inspirational and popular Newcastle & Central Coast Regional Rugby League Manager for the Country Rugby League of New South Wales. For information visit the official Broke site or check out their Facebook page.

 

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Film Society
Sunday, 15 May, 7 pm

Sherpa (M)

Sherpa is a feature documentary follows a 2014 Everest expedition entirely from the Sherpas’ point of view. In 2013, the world’s media reported on a shocking mountain-high brawl as European climbers fled a mob of angry sherpas. Australian director Jennifer Peedom and her team set out to uncover the cause of this altercation, intending to film the 2014 climbing season from the Sherpas’ point of view. Instead, they captured Everest’s greatest tragedy, when a huge block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route killing 16 Sherpas. For the Himalayan workers repeatedly traversing the mountain carrying supplies, the risk of this hazardous endeavour is multiplied.

This stunning documentary, shot by high-altitude cinematographer Renan Ozturk, explores the uneasy relationship between the wealthy foreigners who choose to climb Everest and the Sherpa guides who are the only way they’ll ever get there. It is also a story of family and tradition, as exemplified by Phurba Tashi Sherpa, an experienced climber at the heart of this commanding film.

 

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Childrens movie
Saturday, 21 May, 3 pm

The Jungle Book (PG)

The Jungle Book is an all-new live-action epic adventure from Disney Pictures, bringing to life Rudyard Kipling’s timeless fable. Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli (Neel Sethi) must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) unleashes his mighty roar. Guided by a no-nonsense panther (Ben Kingsley) and a free-spirited bear (Bill Murray), the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python (Scarlett Johansson) and a smooth-talking ape. Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.

 

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Weekend movie
Saturday, 21 May, 7 pm

The Boss (MA 15+)

Saturday 21 May, 7 pm
One of the best comediennes of her generation, Academy Award-nominated star Melissa McCarthy, is a Martha Stuart-esque mogul in The Boss (MA 15+). She plays one of the richest women in America, whose empire collapses when she’s convicted of insider trading. When she emerges from a stint in jail, ready to rebrand herself as America’s latest sweetheart, not everyone she screwed over is so quick to forgive and forget.

 

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Family movie
Saturday, 4 June, 3 pm & 7 pm

Eddie the Eagle (PG)

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.

 

Newcastle Conservatorium Showcase
Sunday, 5 June, 2 pm

Brass Quintet – Great American Songbook

Peformers from the Newcastle Conservatorium are coming to Dungog for four concerts of fine music at the James Theatre.

The Friends of the James Theatre will be hosting “Showcase Sundays at the James” at 2pm, on each of 1 May, 5 June, 3 July and 7 August. The Newcastle Conservatorium will present a different concert each month, with brass, piano, choral works and strings. As part of each concert, some young local Dungog musicians will also be given the opportunity to perform, as the “Stars of the Future”. See below for more details.

 

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Queens Birthday long weekend movie
Sunday, 12 June, 3 pm

Florence Foster Jenkins (PG)

Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena), this British-French biographical comedy-drama is the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins (played by Meryl Streep), the legendary New York heiress and socialite who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great opera singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. In a hilarious turn, Hugh Grant plays her “husband” and manager, St Clair Bayfield, an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944, St Clair faced his greatest challenge.

 

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Film Society
Sunday, 19 June, 7 pm

The Man Who Knew Infinity (PG)

The Man Who Knew Infinity is the improbable true story of a unique genius whose pivotal theories propelled him from obscurity into a world in the midst of war, and how he fought tirelessly to show the world the magic of his mind.

Dev Patel stars in this biopic of one of the world’s pioneering mathematicians. In colonial India, 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) is a 25-year-old shipping clerk and self-taught genius, who failed university due to his obsessive, solitary study of mathematics. Determined to pursue his passion despite the rejection of his peers, Ramanujan writes to G. H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), a renowned British mathematics professor at Trinity College, Cambridge. Hardy recognises the brilliance of Ramanujan’s raw talent and despite the skepticism of his colleagues, undertakes bringing him to Cambridge so that his theories can be explored. Together, they make history.

 

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Down Memory Lane
Thursday, 30 June, 10.30 am & 7 pm

High Noon 1952

Spanning close to real time, this film is an unusual classic of the Western genre. High Noon won awards for acting, cinematography and the score, which enhances the ‘hot, stark’ look of the Californian desert landscape, but the film is really the story of a man’s conflict of conscience. Gary Cooper plays a retiring sheriff looking for the quiet life, who learns on his last day in the job that bad-guy Frank Miller will be returning to town, bent on vengeance, on the noon train. Supported only by his Quaker bride, Amy, played by 21 year old Grace Kelly in her second feature film, the tense climax of High Noon set the standard for thoughtful Westerns that set humanity above violent action.

 

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Sundays at the James

Newcastle Conservatorium Showcase

Peformers from the Newcastle Conservatorium are coming to Dungog for four concerts of fine music at the James Theatre.

The Friends of the James Theatre will be hosting “Showcase Sundays at the James” at 2pm, on each of 1 May, 5 June, 3 July and 7 August. The Newcastle Conservatorium will present a different concert each month, with brass, piano, choral works and strings. As part of each concert, some young local Dungog musicians will also be given the opportunity to perform, as the “Stars of the Future”.

The Showcase concert series includes:
1st May – Choral Favourites
5th June – Brass Quintet – Great American Songbook
3rd July – Keyboard classics
7th August – String Showcase

Each concert will start at 2.00pm, and comprise two 40 minute sets with a 20 minute intermission. Prices for each concert are $15 for adults, $10 children under 16, and $40 for a family pass of two adults and two children.

Tickets can be booked online by clicking here. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

 

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James CALENDAR

MAY

  • 5 Thur 10.30am & 7pm
    Down Memory Lane
    'Vertigo (1958)'
  • 14 Sat 7pm
    Weekend Movie
    'Broke' (MA 15+)
  • 15 Sun 7pm
    Film Society
    'Sherpa' (M)
  • 21 Sat 3pm
    Childrens Movie
    'The Jungle Book' (PG)
  • 21 Sat 7pm
    Weekend Movie
    'The Boss' (MA 15+)

JUNE

  • 4 Sat 3pm & 7pm
    Family Movie
    'Eddie the Eagle' (PG)
  • 5 Sun 2pm
    Newcastle Conservatorium Showcase
    'Brass Quintet – Great American Songbook'
  • 12 Sun 3pm
    Queens Birthday Weekend Movie
    'Florence Foster Jenkins' (PG)
  • 19 Sun 7pm
    Film Society
    'The Man Who Knew Infinity ' (PG)
  • 30 Thur 10.30am & 7pm
    Down Memory Lane
    'High Noon (1952)'

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