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Screenings are in line with our COVID Safety Plan, which means reduced numbers, only using certain seats, on-line bookings and reduced cash handling. To ensure that you get a ticket, please book online here.

Documentary – Australian Cinema Premiere
Saturday 27 March, 7.30 pm

Sacred Cow (PG)

At our grocery stores and dinner tables, even the most thoughtful consumers are overwhelmed
 by the number of considerations to weigh when choosing what to eat—especially when it comes to meat. Guided by the noble principle of least harm, many responsible citizens resolve the ethical, environmental and nutritional conundrum by quitting meat entirely. But can a healthy, resilient and conscientious food system exist wicathout animals?
Sacred Cow probes the fundamental moral, environmental and nutritional quandaries we face in raising and eating animals. The Sacred Cow project has brought together a diverse range of farmers, film makers, nutritionists, scientists and others, to explore our relationship with the food we eat, and offers a different view on the future of food production. They publish a blog, produce podcasts featuring food producers and health experts, run insightful social media posts, have produced an incredible book and now an amazing documentary film, which focuses our lens on the largest and perhaps most maligned of farmed animals, the cow. The Project aims to create a dialogue examining our cultural bias against cattle, pointing out the importance of red meat to our food system and how well managed grazing animals are one of our best solutions to repair the damages of our industrial agricultural system.
We’re thrilled to be hosting the very first cinematic screening of Sacred Cow in Australia, here at the James. But where else than in our region, the historical heart of the cattle industry. Check out the trailer here.

To ensure that you get a ticket, please book online here.

Action/Comedy/Sport
Sunday 28 March, 1.30 pm

The Cannonball Run 1981 (PG)

The Mustang Owners Club of Australia is returning to the James in 2021, with a great street display of classic cars, and our annual motorhead movie, the eighties comic classic Cannonball Run.
This comedy brings Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett, Dom DeLuise, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and an all-star cast to the starting line of the ultimate auto race, a madcap cross-country scramble that roars full-speed ahead. This action-comedy was inspired by an actual event: the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, an anything goes, all-stops-out, and very much illegal, competition that has grown to legendary proportions over the years.
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.

Documentary
Italy/US
Sunday 28 March, 5 pm

The Truffle Hunters (M)

Our weekend of films about agriculture and the old ways continues with The Truffle Hunters, a sublime and spirit-lifting documentary set deep in the forests of Piedmont in Italy. Here, a handful of old men hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation. They’re guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. They’re untethered to mobile phone screens or the Internet, opting instead to make their food and drink by hand and prioritising in-person connections and community.
The demand for white truffles increases year after year, even as the supply decreases. As a result of deforestation, and the lack of young people taking up the craft, the truffle hunters’ secrets are more coveted than ever. However, these ageing men may just hold something much more valuable than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.
Critics and audiences have fallen in love with The Truffle Eaters, which has been described as a charming, euphoric account of owning your vigour and celebrating the bond between man and animal in the truest sense. The trailer is an absolute treat. Watch it here.
Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival.

JAMES CALENDAR

March 2021

  • 27 Sat 7.30 pm
    Documentary
    Sacred Cow (PG)
  • 28 Sun 1:30 pm
    Family/ Drama
    The Cannonball Run 1981 (PG)
  • 28 Sun 5 pm
    Documentary
    The Truffle Hunters (M)
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