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Live Music
Sunday 28 July, 1–3 pm

Maitland City Brass Band in Concert

The Big Bold Sound of Brass. Get excited about trumpets, tubas and trombones with an afternoon of music from the 1930’s through to ABBA, with favourite tunes from movies, the stage and screen.
The award-winning Maitland City Brass Band performs at Dungog’s James Theatre, fresh from the Australian National Band Championships. $20 adults, $10 children

Saturday 17 August, 3 pm

The Lion King (PG)

Disney’s The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon.

Utilising pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, The Lion King roars into the James Theatre this August.

Saturday 17 August, 7 pm

Mystify Michael Hutchence is a powerfully intimate and insightful portrait of the internationally renowned frontman of INXS, Michael Hutchence. Deftly woven from an extraordinary archive of rich imagery, Michael’s private home movies and those of his lovers, friends, and family, the film delves beneath the public persona of the charismatic ‘Rock God’ and transports us through the looking glass to reveal a multifaceted, intensely sensitive and complex man. For an all too brief time, we revel in Michael’s Dionysian beauty and sensuality on stage and off. We listen to the range of his extraordinary voice and witness the charmed way he travels through life as he is propelled to world acclaim.

But Michael struggled with the idea of success, the creative limits of pop stardom and how to express his integrity; a longing that shaped his life and music and gave birth to a desire to go far beyond the constraints of pop.
A violent event strikes Michael and changes his life dramatically, fracturing his sense of self and robbing him of his connection to life. Made vulnerable, he is unable to navigate the complex challenges he faces, and has little defence against the onslaught of the tabloid press that descend on his world. Amidst the darkness, Michael’s newborn daughter, Tiger, becomes his one bright light.
“An intimate snapshot… essential viewing” THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
**** “A phenomenal piece of documentary filmmaking… An absolute must-see doco” WEEKEND SUNRISE

Drama/ Bio
Sunday 18 August, 7 pm

The White Crow (M)

Co-starring and directed by Ralph Fiennes, The White Crow charts the iconic dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him
A young man of just 22, dressed in a black beret and a dark narrow suit, is on an aeroplane flying from St Petersburg to Paris for the first time. It is 1961 and Rudolf Nureyev does not know he will never return. From Nureyev’s poverty-stricken childhood in the Soviet city of Ufa, to his blossoming as a student dancer in Leningrad, to his arrival at the epicentre of western culture in Paris in the early 1960s and a nail-biting stand-off at Le Bourget airport, The White Crow is the true story of an incredible journey by a unique artist who transformed the world of ballet forever.
Written by David Hare (The Hours), starring Oleg Ivenko as the ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, and directed by and co-starring Ralph Fiennes, this “elegant, impressive biopic” looks like one of the top movies of the year.

2019 Dungog Festival

Friends of the James Theatre Inc presents three films across the 2019 Dungog Festival weekend. Enjoy a movie with comfort and old-style hospitality in Australia’s oldest still operating cinema. You can pre-purchase tickets online here. Tickets are also available at the door, but for our Saturday evening film “Yesterday” pre-purchase is recommended.
For further information on the Dungog Festival, go to www.dungogfestival.com.au

2019 Dungog Festival
Comedy, Fantasy, Music
Saturday 5 October, 5.30 pm

Yesterday (M)

From Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and writer Richard Curtis (Love Actually), comes a magical mystery tour of a world without the Beatles. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling musician with a single fan, his manager and childhood friend Ellie (Lily James). After a dismal gig at a local festival, Jack decides to hang up his guitar. But a mysterious global blackout hits while he’s biking home, and he’s knocked unconscious in the chaos. He wakes up in a world with a few missing pieces. Pepsi exists, but not Coca-Cola. Saturday Night Live is now taped on Thursdays. And to Jack’s increasing bafflement, nobody has heard of The Beatles. When Jack realises he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles, he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.
NOTE: This film will start promptly, plan to arrive 5.15pm. Tickets will be available at the door but pre-purchase is recommended – here.

2019 Dungog Festival
Drama, Romance
Sunday 6 October, 2 pm

Cinema Paradiso (M)

Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Cinema Paradiso is the beautiful, enchanting story of a young boy’s lifelong love affair with the movies. Set in a small Italian town, Salvatore finds himself enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso, his village’s small theatre, and yearns for the secret of the cinema’s magic. When the projectionist, Alfredo, agrees to reveal the mysteries of moviemaking, a deep friendship is born. The day comes for Salvatore to leave the village and pursue his dream of making movies of his own. Thirty years later he receives a message that beckons him back home to a secret, beautiful discovery that awaits him.
From acclaimed film director Giuseppe Tornatore and with an exquisite score by Ennio Morriconi, we think this is simply one of the best movies ever made! Cinema Paradiso has not been seen on a theatre screen in Australia for many years, so if you’ve never seen this masterpiece before, or haven’t had the pleasure of watching it in a small country cinema, there is no better place to see it than the James Theatre during the Dungog Festival.
Tickets to all three films can be purchased here 

2019 Dungog Festival
Sunday 6 October, 7.30 pm

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (MA15+)

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing. Faded TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his long time stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry, but they find it hard to make their way around an industry they hardly recognise anymore.
The ninth film from the legendary writer-director features a stellar ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final years of Hollywood’s golden age.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood also features Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry, Al Pacino, Damian Lewis and Kurt Russel.
Tickets to all three films can be purchased here

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  • 18 Thurs 11 am
    Animation/ Adventure
    Toy Story 4 (PG)
  • 20 Sat 3 pm
    Animation/ Adventure
    The Secret Life of Pets 2 (PG)
  • 20 Sat 7 pm
    Rocketman (M)
  • 28 Sun 1 pm
    Live Music
    Maitland City Brass Band


  • 17 Sat 3 pm
    The Lion King (PG)
  • 17 Sat 7 pm
    Mystify Michael Hutchence (M)
  • 18 Sun 7 pm
    The White Crow (M)
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