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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.

 

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Drama
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.

 

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Drama
Saturday 1 April, 7.30pm

Manchester by the Sea (M)

Set in the North Shore of Massachusetts, Manchester by the Sea is written and directed by Kenneth Lonergatells, and was awarded this year’s Oscar for Best original screenplay. It tells the story of the Chandler family. Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck, winner of the 2017 Academy Award for Best Actor) is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) has suddenly died, and Lee’s been named legal guardian to his 16-year-old nephew (Lucas Hedges). Lee is forced to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren’t enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy.

 

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Drama/Comedy
Saturday 8 April, 7pm

Trainspotting 2 (R18+)

After 21 years of anticipation, Danny Boyle is back with the “class A” sequel to Trainspotting, reuniting the entire cast from the first film to show us where Renton and his merry band of misfits have ended up.
First there was an opportunity…then there was a betrayal. Twenty years have gone by. Much has changed but just as much remains the same. Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home.
They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Other old friends are waiting too: sorrow, loss, joy, vengeance, hatred, friendship, love, longing, fear, regret, diamorphine, self-destruction and mortal danger, they are all lined up to welcome him, ready to join the dance.
Please note that entry to this movie is restricted to adults.

 

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Family/Animation
Thursday 13 April, 11am

Sing (G)

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey), a dapper Koala who presides over a once-grand theatre that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal optimist who loves his theatre above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now facing the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.
Five lead contestants emerge: A mouse (Seth MacFarlane) who croons as smoothly as he cons, a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly) with an enormous case of stage fright, an overtaxed mother (Reese Witherspoon) run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets, a young gangster gorilla (Taron Egerton) looking to break free of his family’s felonies, and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo. Each animal arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life.

 

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Drama/Mystery/Thriller
Saturday 15 April, 7pm

Jasper Jones (PG)

Adapted from Craig Silvey’s bestselling Australian novel and featuring a stellar cast including Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Dan Wyllie and Aaron McGrath, Jasper Jones is a coming of age story of Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14 living in a small town in Western Australia.
In the dead of night during the scorching summer of 1969, Charlie is startled when he is woken by local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones outside his window. Jasper leads him deep into the forest and shows him something that will change his life forever, setting them both on a dangerous journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community. In his isolated town where secrecy, gossip and tragedy overwhelm the landscape, Charlie faces family breakdown, finds his first love, and discovers what it means be truly courageous.

 

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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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Fantasy/Musical
Thursday 20 April, 11am
Tuesday 25 April, 3 pm

Beauty and the Beast (PG)

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music of Alan Menken, with new songs written by Menken and Tim Rice.
Beauty and the Beast is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realise the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.
Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon from a screenplay, the film stars Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.

 

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JAMES CALENDAR

March

  • 19 Sun 3.00pm
    Stand-Up comedy
    Uncle Nath – Dads Have Feelings Too
  • 19 Sun 7.00pm
    Drama
    'I, Daniel Blake' (MA 15+)

April

  • 1 Sat 7.30pm
    Drama
    'Manchester by the Sea' (M)
  • 8 Sat 7.00pm
    Drama/Comedy
    'Trainspotting 2' (R18+)
  • 13 Thur 11am
    Family/Animation
    'Sing' (G)
  • 15 Sat 7.00pm
    Drama/Mystery/Thriller
    'Jasper Jones' (PG)
  • 16 Sun 7.00pm
    Drama/History
    'Silence' (M)
  • 20 Thur 11am
    Fantasy/Musical
    'Beauty and the Beast' (PG)
  • 25 Tue 3pm
    Fantasy/Musical
    'Beauty and the Beast' (PG)
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