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OutofthisWorld-125Dungog Masked Ball
Saturday 23 June, 6.30 pm

Out Of This World

Pack your ray gun and blast off into an alien galactic wormhole of zero-gravity partying. Inspiration: science, steampunk, androids, Martian nobility, Apollo 11, Barbarella, aliens, galaxies and, well, come on, you can come up with something, you’re a mad evil genius! Prizes for Best Mask, Best Costume, Best Team.

Tickets $85 each, booking essential from dungogcommunitycollege.org.au.
Early Bird Tickets – $69 from noon Thursday 26 April (40 only, offer ends 20 May).

All funds raised go to Dungog Community College and the Dungog Shire Community Centre.

If you’ve never been to a Dungog Masked Ball, you haven’t survived the bitter cold of outer space with just a hundred close friends, wonderful music, amazing survival instincts, and and hot dancing with critters that ain’t from round here!


Saturday 7 July, 7 pm

The Bookshop (PG)

Based on Penelope Fitzgerald’s novel of the same name; The Bookshop is set in 1959, as Florence Green (Emily Mortimer), a free spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop – the first such shop in the sleepy English seaside town of Hardborough. Fighting damp, cold and local apathy she struggles to establish herself but soon her fortunes change for the better. By exposing the townsfolk to the best literature of the day, she opens their eyes, causing a cultural awakening in a town which has not changed for centuries. Her activities bring her a kindred spirit and ally in the figure of Mr Brundish (Bill Nighy), but this mini social revolution soon brings her fierce enemies.
A town that lacks a bookshop isn’t always a town that wants one.


Thursday 12 July, 11am
Saturday 14 July, 4pm

Incredibles 2 (PG)

Everyone’s favourite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again–which is easier said than done, even when they’re all incredible.
Written and directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille), Pixar’s Incredibles 2 busts into the James this July school holidays.


Saturday 14 July, 7 pm

Ocean’s 8 (M)

Upon her release from prison, Debbie, the estranged sister of legendary conman Danny Ocean, puts together a team of unstoppable crooks to pull of the heist of the century. Their goal is New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala, and a necklace worth in excess of 150 million dollars.
Directed by Gary Ross and starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Katie Holmes and Matt Damon.


Saturday 28 July, 3 pm

Tea With the Dames (PG)

From time to time four old friends, all extraordinary actresses, meet up in the English countryside to gossip, to remember and to laugh. For once they let the cameras in…
Tea With the Dames is a unique celebration of the lives and careers of four of our most iconic actresses; Dame Eileen Atkins, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Joan Plowright and Dame Maggie Smith. All four have gone from being fledgling actresses in the 1950s to acting royalty. They’ve watched each other’s careers grow and bloom and have celebrated life’s ups and downs together. Tea With the Dames invites you to spend time with these acting legends as they talk about their lives and their professional experiences across theatre, television and film. Directed by Roger Michell (My Cousin Rachel, Notting Hill), the film also includes a range of astonishing archival material. Candid, funny, caustic, irreverent, poignant and utterly engrossing, this unmissable release is proof that there is truly nothing like a Dame.
And to celebrate, please join us for a complimentary glass of sherry before the film!


Thursday 2 August, 11 am

A Night at the Opera (1935)

Stars Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx. The Marx brothers invade the world of opera with devastating results. Their finest film, combining priceless slapstick with good music and an appealing romance, has so many uproarious scenes it has become a comedy classic. Impeccable black and white ‘gold’ on the big screen.


Saturday 4 August, 3 pm

Edie (M)

Edith Moore (Edie) is a bitter, gruff woman in her eighties. In the months following her husband George’s death, Edie’s strained relationship with her daughter Nancy begins to worsen. The question over Edie’s future looms large; while Edie tries hard to convince Nancy she can manage fine by herself, Nancy is making plans for her mother to move to a retirement home. Edie feels like it is the beginning of the end. It seems she will die with all the regrets of her past intact and one regret haunts her most of all. When Edie was married, her father planned a climbing trip for them in the Scottish Highlands. Edie yearned to go, but her husband George, a difficult and controlling man, made her stay at home. Nearly thirty years later, Edie decides to make the trip herself alone.
Edie believes that it is never too late – packing an old camping bag, leaving her life behind and embarking on an adventure she never got to have – climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland.
”Wholly uplifting.”-The Wee Review
Directed by Simon Hunter, and starring Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie and Paul Brannigan.


Saturday 4 August, 7 pm

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (M)

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favourite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
It’s been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.
When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. However their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.
“You can’t put it back in the box.”



Agog! A Feast of Foreign Films, returns to the James Theatre Dungog on 17 and 18 August 2018.

Starting at 7pm on Friday 17 August with hit French film Aurore, Agog continues with four films on Saturday 18 August, commencing at 11am. Our famous Supper behind the Screen also returns, prior to the final film on Saturday night.

Tickets are now available to purchase online here, and get in fast for the early bird special. Ticket prices are:
Early bird until July 17 – 10% discount on bookings
All five films – $75
Four Saturday Films – $60
Single films – $16
Supper behind the Screen $35
(A small booking fee is also charged at the time of purchase.)
Early bird until 17 July – 10% discount on bookings

The full program is:
7pm, Friday 17 August – Aurore (M), France
11am, Saturday 18 August – The Salesman (M), Iran
1.30pm, Saturday 18 August – Two is a Family (M), France
4pm, Saturday 18 August – Under the Tree (MA15+), Iceland
6.00pm, Saturday 18 August – Supper behind the Screen
7.30pm, Saturday 18 August – Truman (MA15+), Spain

See full program details here.


festival-2018Dungog Festival 2018

October Long Weekend 28/30 September, 1 October
Authentic Country Town – Classic Musical Cinema

A rare chance to enjoy nine classic musical films on the big screen.
Spend the long weekend in Dungog, the authentic cattle and timber town which has Australia’s oldest continually operating cinema, the James Theatre. Spend two or three nights in the friendly Dungog Shire, with a wide range of accommodation, and try genuine country life. Come by train from Newcastle or Sydney with your Opal card; or catch the XPT; or drive yourself, three hours from Sydney, just over an hour from Newcastle.
And see 9 classic musical films on the big screen!

Tickets on sale in July

2018 Program
• Fri September 28 – Moulin Rouge 7.30pm
• Sat September 29 – Amadeus 2pm, Mama Mia: Here we go again! 6pm, Rocky Horror Picture Show 10.30pm
• Sun September 30 – Buena Vista Social Club: Adios 10.30am, Umbrellas of Cherbourg 1pm, Blues Brothers 4pm, Barber of Seville 7.00pm
• Mon October 1 – The Mikado 10.30am

See full program details here.


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  • 23 Sat 6.30pm
    Dungog Masked Ball
    Out Of This World


  • 7 Sat 7pm
    The Bookshop (PG)
  • 12 Thur 11am
    Incredibles 2 (PG)
  • 14 Sat 4pm
    Incredibles 2 (PG)
  • 14 Sat 7pm
    Ocean’s 8 (M)
  • 28 Sat 3pm
    Tea With the Dames (PG)


  • 2 Thur 11pm
    A Night at the Opera
  • 4 Sat 3pm
    Edie (M)
  • 4 Sat 7pm
    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (M)
Entertaining Dungog, a history of the James Theatre, available now.