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Saturday 10 March, 7.30 pm

The Shape of Water (MA 15+)

From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes The Shape of Water, an otherworldly fable set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Doug Jones.


Sunday 11 March, 1.30 pm

Vanishing Point (1971)

The Mustang Owners Club of Australia is returning to the James in 2018, with a great street display of classic cars, and the Mustang movie to beat them all.
Vanishing Point is a 1971 American action road movie directed by Richard C. Sarafian that promises thrills, spills and a handful of pills. It all adds up to one of the most spectacular car chases in motion picture history! Barry Newman stars as Kowalski, the last American hero, who set out to prove that he can drive from Denver to San Francisco in just fifteen hours. Along the way, he meets an old prospector (Dean Jagger), a snake worshipper, a nude woman on a motorcycle, and a blind D.J. (Cleavon Little) who “sees” danger ahead in this super-charged, action-packed adventure!
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.


Saturday 17 March, 7.30 pm

Lady Bird (M)

From writer/director Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, and Timothée Chalamet, Lady Bird is a coming-of-age comedy that has received universal critical praise, and has now become the best-rated movie ever on Rotten Tomatoes.
Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is a high school senior from the wrong side of the tracks who longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. She has a turbulent bond with her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mother (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird’s father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, Lady Bird follows the title character’s senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and her plans to escape her family and small town by going to college in New York. It is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.


Sunday 18 March, 7 pm

Sweet Country (MA 15+)

Justice seen to be done . . . just isn’t enough.
Inspired by true events, director Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country is an Outback neo-western set in 1929, starring Sam Neill and Bryan Brown. Sam (Hamilton Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works for a preacher in the Northern Territory. When Harry, a bitter war veteran, moves into a neighbouring outpost, the preacher sends Sam and his family to help Harry renovate his cattle yards. But Sam’s relationship with the cruel and ill-tempered Harry deteriorates, culminating in a violent shootout in which Sam kills Harry in self-defence. Sam becomes a wanted criminal for the murder of a white man, and is forced to flee with his wife across the outback, through glorious but harsh desert country. A hunting party led by the local lawman Sergeant Fletcher is formed to track Sam down. But as the true details of the killing start to surface, the community begins to question whether justice is really being served.
Sweet Country won the Special Jury Prize award in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival and won the Platform Prize at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.


Saturday 24 March, 4 pm

Earth: One Amazing Day

Discover the joy, the beauty, the adventure of a single amazing day on earth.
From BBC Earth Films, the studio that brought you Earth, comes the sequel – Earth: One Amazing Day, an astonishing journey revealing the awesome power of the natural world. Over the course of one single day, we track the sun from the highest mountains to the remotest islands to exotic jungles. Breakthroughs in filmmaking technology bring you up close with a cast of unforgettable characters. Told with humour, intimacy and a jaw-dropping sense of cinematic splendour, and featuring Robert Redford and Jackie Chan, Earth: One Amazing Day highlights how every day is filled with more wonders than you can possibly imagine- until now


Easter Monday 2 April, 2 pm

Finding Your Feet (M)

When ‘Lady’ Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her estranged, bohemian, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). Sandra couldn’t be more different to her outspoken, serial dating, free spirited sibling.
But it turns out different is just what Sandra needs and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet… and romance.
Featuring a star studded cast including Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley and David Hayman, Finding Your Feet is a hilarious and heart-warming modern comedy proving that it’s never too late to start again.


Easter Monday 2 April, 5 pm

The Mercy (M)

Following his Academy Award nominated film The Theory of Everything, James Marsh directs the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Colin Firth), an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare (Rachel Weisz) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron.
Co-starring David Thewlis and Ken Stott, and produced by Blueprint Pictures, the story of Crowhurst’s dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on the epic journey while his wife Clare and their family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.


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  • 10 Sat 7.30 pm
    The Shape of Water (MA 15+)
  • 11 Sun 1.30pm
    Vanishing Point (1971)
  • 17 Sat 7.30pm
    Lady Bird (M)
  • 18 Sun 7pm
    Sweet Country (MA 15+)
  • 24 Sat 4pm
    Earth: One Amazing Day


  • 2 Mon 2pm
    Finding Your Feet (M)
  • 2 Mon 5pm
    The Mercy (M)
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