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Saturday 28 July, 3 pm

Tea With the Dames (M)

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.”


coreFREE event for National Science Week
Saturday 11 August, 3–5pm

C.O.R.E! Community Owned Renewable Energy
Expert panel discussion with Q&A

While the Australian Government has been unable to come to an agreement on energy policy many communities around Australia are taking the lead and realising the opportunities of localised power generation and distribution to benefit their communities. CORE is a way for communities to come together to initiate, develop, operate, own and benefit from their own renewable energy projects.

Hear a panel of experts explain how it’s being done in regional communities across Australia and why now. Ask questions and discuss ideas for what could be an exciting local opportunity.

Expert speakers include: Jarra Hicks, Community Power Agency; Sandi Middleton, Enova Community Energy; David Marston, Energise Gloucester; Christopher Saunders, GM Renew Newcastle.

Presented by the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub and Sustaining the Williams Valley inc. This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.



FREE event for National Science Week
Saturday 11 August, 7 pm

The BEST of SCINEMA: International Science Film Festival 2018 (M)

The film program is recommended for film and science lovers – featuring 9 International Award Winning films presented by the Science Channel and BBC Earth. Special guests at Scinema in Dungog: Meet Frank Oly and Tegan Nock who produced the Grassroots documentary, & Agronomist Guy Webb

Virtual humans (Spain) 6:00 mins This film is a technically stunning example of the power and versatility of supercomputers, helping us to see our body in ways we never have before.

The Secret To Making Better Decisions – Catalyst (Australia) 1:30 mins (excerpt only) To make the most abstract of mathematical concepts and logical reasoning both accessible and informative while still remaining humorous and relatable is an extraordinary effort.

Grassroots (Australia) 19:10 mins This story of farmers turned accidental activists is one you want to share with everyone
you know.

Astroturf (UK) 1:00 min This clever film takes the old adage ‘in space no one can hear you scream’ and turns it on its head.

Timelapse (Spain) 11:00 mins The Director has crafted a compelling, yet harrowing world in this imaginative portrayal of the future of work, a discussion we need to have now as a society… before the future arrives.

KCLOC (USA) 2:30 mins With exquisite animation this film manages to take something common to all of us that we don’t stop to think about into something fun, witty and nuanced.

iRONY (Australia) 8:00 mins An incredibly confronting and powerful discussion of technology, showing how emotive a science documentary can be. This film contains adult themes.

Planet Earth II – Grasslands (UK) 1:30 mins (excerpt only) Visually stunning, with writing to aspire to, BBC Earth and the stories they tell are truly one of the jewels of documentary making in the world. This wonderful effort is no exception.

The Kingdom – How Fungi Made Our World (Australia) 52:00 mins This film takes us on a wonderfully creative journey from the beginning of time to the present, revealing the hidden world of fungi with beautiful cinematography.

Presented by the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub and Australia’s Science Channel. This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.



FREE event for National Science Week
and Dungog Boomerang Bags 2nd Birthday

Sunday 12 August, 3 pm

BLUE the Film (PG)

“BLUE is a cinematic song for our oceans; beautiful, intimate and grand. Fearlessly truth-telling, yet passionately hopeful. See this film and
you will want to rise up with the waves.” Greenpeace Australia

Our ocean has been the guardian of life on earth but half of all marine life has been lost in the last 40 years. The tide has come for change. Now it is our turn to be guardians for the ocean. BLUE is a provocative journey into the ocean realm, witnessing this critical moment in time when the marine world is on a precipice.

There will be a Q&A panel with scientists/conservationists following the screening with drinks and nibblies provided. We invite all in the community to this free event as we celebrate working together for Reduce ReUse Recycle.

Presented by the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub and Dungog Boomerang Bags. This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.



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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  • 28 Sat 3pm
    Tea With the Dames (M)


  • 2 Thur 11pm
    A Night at the Opera
  • 4 Sat 3pm
    Edie (M)
  • 4 Sat 7pm
    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (M)
  • 11 Sat 3-5pm
    National Science Week event
    Community Owned Renewable Energy Forum (M)
  • 11 Sat 7pm
    National Science Week event
    The BEST of SCINEMA: International Science Film Festival 2018 (M)
  • 12 Sun 3pm
    National Science Week event
    BLUE the Film (PG)
  • 17 Fri 7pm
    AGOG film Festival
    Aurore (M)
  • 18 Sat 11am
    AGOG film festival
    The Salesman (M)
  • 18 Sat 1.30pm
    AGOG film festival
    Two is a Family (M)
  • 18 Sat 4pm
    AGOG film festival
    Under the Tree (MA15+)
  • 18 Sat 6pm
    AGOG film festival
    Supper behind the Screen
  • 18 Sat 7.30pm
    AGOG film festival
    Truman (MA15+)
Entertaining Dungog, a history of the James Theatre, available now.