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International Short Film Festival
Friday 24 Feb 7.30 pm,
Saturday 25 Feb, from 1.30 pm

2017 Flickerfest

Flickerfest returns to Dungog as part of its 2017 national tour, over two days: Friday night on 24 February, and Saturday afternoon and evening on 25 February. Flickerfest showcases the most entertaining and innovative short films from Australia and around the world. We are pleased to be part of the 2017 national tour, and to provide a great excuse to spend a weekend in Dungog.

2017 Program

The program starts on Friday 24 February at 7.30pm, with the Best of Australian Shorts.
Then on Saturday 25 February, you have the morning free, followed by:
1.30pm Best of International Shorts 1
4.00pm Short Laughs Comedy
6.00pm Flickerfeast – our special dinner, in our new outdoor entertainment area
7.30pm Best of International Shorts 2

Session Prices

All four sessions  $55
Any three sessions  $45
Any two sessions  $34
Single session  $17
Dinner add $25 to any of the above prices

Information & Booking

Tickets are all available now through our online booking system, by clicking here.



Down Memory Lane
Sunday 5 March, 1.30 pm

There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954)

The Donahue family are a tight-knit and talented vaudeville act whose success is beginning to wane. Pulled apart by religion, war and love, they sing and dance their way through this boisterous film adapted from the  Irving Berlin musical, with cheerful camaraderie. An ensemble cast including Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Mitzi Gaynor and Johnny Ray bring to the screen a peek into the evolution from vaudeville to individual stardom. And it’s a lot of fun!



Saturday 11 March, 7.30 pm

Lion (PG)

Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and the revolutionary technology of Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
Lion is directed by Garth Davis (in his feature debut) and written by Luke Davies, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose. The film stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham, and Nicole Kidman. The move that critics are calling ‘magical’ has been nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Kidman) and Best Supporting Actor (Patel).



Sunday 12 March, 1.30pm

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

The Mustang Owners Club of Australia are returning to the James in 2017, with a great street display of classic cars, and the Mustang movie to beat them all. You’ve seen all the chase films – now see the one that started it all. A runaway theatrical hit in 1974, Gone in 60 Seconds is a classic action film written, directed, produced by, and starring car nut and aspiring B movie maverick H.B. “Toby” Halicki. It defined the genre of the car chase film and became an instant classic, Insurance investigator Maindrian Pace and his team lead double-lives as unstoppable car thieves. When a South American drug lord pays Pace to steal 48 cars for him, all but one, a 1973 Ford Mustang, are in the bag. As Pace prepares to rip-off the fastback, codenamed “Eleanor”, in Long Beach, he is unaware that his boss has tipped off the police after a business dispute. Detectives are waiting and pursue Pace through five cities as he desperately tries to get away, in one of the greatest car chases of all time: a 40-minute finale that tears through Los Angeles and destroys 93 cars in the process. Outlaw auto cinema at its purest! Mustangs will be on display in front of the Theatre from 11am. Please come along to watch the movie and if you have a classic car, bring that along to join the cars from the Mustang Owners Club.



Stand-Up comedy
Sunday 19 March, 3pm

Uncle Nath –  ‘Dads Have Feelings Too’

Newcastle-based stand-up comedian Uncle Nath heads to the James, with an advanced showing of his 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival show ‘Dads Have Feelings Too‘.
This is a warm tale of a well-intentioned dad hanging by a thread. Uncle Nath is an endearing suburban dad who enjoys football, BBQs and sobbing into his pillow at night. Sure, Nath was not successful at school, business or life, but he is still a nice person. Enjoy the pain as Uncle Nath stumbles through confusing times! Original and witty, it weaves a series of strange mid-life-crisis cures, with some moving moments and plenty of laughs.
The show is an explosive ride – but even as Uncle Nath endures defeat, you’ll never hear him swear. Nath delivers sharp stand up without the profanities, so the show can be enjoyed by the whole family. “Yep, all these years later and the swear-jar is still empty,” he says. “When I first started doing stand-up I was advised to keep it clean and clever. So I have been able to perform in all kinds of places, including churches!”
Tickets are just $15, and are available online here or from the theatre.



Sunday 19 March, 7pm

I, Daniel Blake (MA 15+)

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, the latest from legendary director Ken Loach is a gripping, human tale about the impact one man can make. Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake (Dave Johns) is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who’s never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother (Hayley Squires) and her two children. With equal amounts of humour, warmth and despair, the journey of Daniel Blake is heartfelt and emotional until the end.



Silence (M)  Drama/History
Sunday 16 April, 7pm

Silence (M)

Martin Scorsese’s Silence tells the story of two 17th century Jesuit missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel from Portugal to Nagasaki in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Catholicism was outlawed in Japan, and their presence forbidden. Silence ends Martin Scorsese’s 28-year journey to bring Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life, with a monumental, thoughtful, emotionally resonant look at spirituality and human nature that stands among the director’s finest works.


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  • 24 Fri 7.30pm
    Short Film Festival
    'Flickerfest' (TBA)
  • 25 Sat from 1.30pm
    Short Film Festival
    'Flickerfest' (TBA)


  • 5 Sun 1.30pm
    Down Memory Lane
    'There’s No Business Like Show Business' (1954)
  • 11 Sat 7.30pm
    'Lion' (PG)
  • 12 Sun 1.30pm
    'Gone in 60 Seconds' (1974)
  • 19 Sun 3.00pm
    Stand-Up comedy
    Uncle Nath – Dads Have Feelings Too
  • 19 Sun 7.00pm
    'I, Daniel Blake' (MA 15+)


  • 16 Sun 7.00pm
    'Silence' (M)
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