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Down Memory Lane
Thursday, 30 June, 10.30 am
pre-movie entertainment from 10am

High Noon 1952

Spanning close to real time, this film is an unusual classic of the Western genre. High Noon won awards for acting, cinematography and the score, which enhances the ‘hot, stark’ look of the Californian desert landscape, but the film is really the story of a man’s conflict of conscience. Gary Cooper plays a retiring sheriff looking for the quiet life, who learns on his last day in the job that bad-guy Frank Miller will be returning to town, bent on vengeance, on the noon train. Supported only by his Quaker bride, Amy, played by 21 year old Grace Kelly in her second feature film, the tense climax of High Noon set the standard for thoughtful Westerns that set humanity above violent action.



Weekend Movie
Saturday, 2 July, 7 pm

Money Monster (M)

Starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and directed by Jodie Foster, Money Monsters is a gripping thriller that examines modern life and the unexpected connections that appear in extreme circumstances. Lee Gates,(Clooney) a bombastic cable TV financial guru who investigates conspiracies, is about to conduct a soft interview on a leading player in an overnight monetary collapse which has left investors stranded. When the studio is invaded by a grief-stricken bankrupt viewer, Gates, who gave the tip that evaporated the angry viewer’s savings, is the one who is forcefully interrogated. What follows is a tense, clever thriller as Gates, connected via earpiece to his longterm director, (Julia Roberts in a stand out role) tries to negotiate with his captor.
Money Monster is a fine thriller that has ample complexity, emotion and surprise supported by a strong cast.


Newcastle Conservatorium Showcase
Sunday, 3 July, 2 pm

Keyboard classics

Peformers from the Newcastle Conservatorium are coming to Dungog for four concerts of fine music at the James Theatre.

On the first Sunday of the Month, May to August, showcasing performers from the Newcastle Conservatorium, with special local guest performers as well.
Tickets: https://trybooking.com/KUIE or the box office will be open 1 hour prior to the concert. Adult $15.00 Child $10.00 Family (2 adults and 2 children) $40.00



Thursday, 7 July, 11am
Saturday, 9 July, 3pm

Hunt for the Wilderpeople (PG)

Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison), a defiant young city kid, is sent by child welfare services to live in the country with foster aunt Bella and cantankerous foster uncle Hec (Sam Neill). When Bella suddenly passes away and child services decide to take Ricky back to a care home, Ricky runs away into the bush with uncle Hec in pursuit. Child services arrive to find the house empty, and come to the conclusion a bereaved and mentally unstable Hec has abducted Ricky. A national manhunt ensues, and the two have to get over their differences to survive.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople , written and directed by Taika Waititi (Boy, What we do in the Shadows) is based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump. The film premiered as the ‘feel-good’ film of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival 2016 and set box office records in New Zealand for highest grossing opening weekend and highest-grossing first week for a New Zealand film. Hunt for the Wilderpeople is a heartwarming, entertaining story that will have wide appeal.



Weekend Movie
Saturday, 9 July, 7pm

Me Before You (PG)

Louisa “Lou” lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative young woman (Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones) jumps from job to job in order to support her close knit family. Her normally cheery outlook is put to the test, however, when she takes a job at the ‘local castle’ as a caregiver and companion to wealthy young former businessman Will Traynor whose life changed dramatically in an accident two years earlier. No longer the adventurous soul he was, Will has become cynical and has all but given up on life. With Lou determined to prove to him that life is worth living, the two embark on a series of adventures that challenge Will’s outlook and change both their lives and open their hearts in ways neither could have imagined.

Based on the critically acclaimed and best-selling novel by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You takes the characters to places they never expected to go, finding love where they’d least expect it.



Film Society
Sunday, 17 July, 7 pm

An (M)

This sweet Japanese drama, also known as Sweet Red Bean Paste, is directed by Naomi Kawase, and was the opening film for Un Certain Regard, at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Sentaro, the manager of a small pastry stall finds himself confronted with Tokue, an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. He reluctantly accepts her offer to help in the kitchen, but a taste of her homemade sweet red bean bean paste convinces him to hire her. Tokue proves to have magic in her hands and thanks to her secret recipe, the little business soon flourishes. So starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food. And with time, Sentaro and Tokue will open their hearts to reveal old wounds.


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Sundays at the James

Newcastle Conservatorium Showcase

Peformers from the Newcastle Conservatorium are coming to Dungog for four concerts of fine music at the James Theatre.

The Friends of the James Theatre will be hosting “Showcase Sundays at the James” at 2pm, on each of 1 May, 5 June, 3 July and 7 August. The Newcastle Conservatorium will present a different concert each month, with brass, piano, choral works and strings. As part of each concert, some young local Dungog musicians will also be given the opportunity to perform, as the “Stars of the Future”.

The Showcase concert series includes:
1st May – Choral Favourites
5th June – Brass Quintet – Great American Songbook
3rd July – Keyboard classics
7th August – String Showcase

Each concert will start at 2.00pm, and comprise two 40 minute sets with a 20 minute intermission. Prices for each concert are $15 for adults, $10 children under 16, and $40 for a family pass of two adults and two children.

Tickets can be booked online by clicking here. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.


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Buy Tickets



  • 30 Thur 10.30 am
    Down Memory Lane
    'High Noon (1952)'


  • 2 Sat 7 pm
    Weekend Movie
    'Money Monster ' (M)
  • 3 Sun 2 pm
    Newcastle Conservatorium Showcase
    'Keyboard classics'
  • 7 Thur 11 am, 9 Sat 3 pm,
    Family Movie
    'Hunt for the Wilderpeople ' (PG)
  • 9 Sat 7 pm
    Weekend Movie
    'Me Before You ' (PG)
  • 17 Sun 7 pm
    Film Society
    'An ' (M)

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