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rampage125Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Saturday 12 May, 7 pm

Rampage (M)

Primatologist Davis Okoye (Dwayne Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
The Rock and monster movies go together like a hand in a glove. Lots of fun.

 

sherlock-gnomes125Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Saturday 19 May, 4 pm

Sherlock Gnomes (PG)

The voices of Emily Blunt and James McAvoy return for this follow-up to the 2011 family animated film Gnomeo & Juliet.
When Gnomeo and Juliet first arrive in the city, their biggest concern is getting their new garden ready for spring. However, they soon discover that someone is kidnapping garden gnomes all over London. When Gnomeo and Juliet return home to find that everyone in their garden is missing there’s only one gnome to call – Sherlock Gnomes. The famous detective and sworn protector of London’s garden gnomes arrives with his sidekick Watson to investigate the case. The mystery leads our gnomes on a rollicking adventure where they will meet all new ornaments and explore an undiscovered side of the city.

 

potato_peel_pie_society125Drama, History, Romance
Saturday 19 May, 7 pm

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (M)

Based on the internationally best-selling novel of the same name, and inspired by the five-year German Occupation of the Channel island of Guernsey during WWII, this heart-warming tale focuses on a group of people who turned to books – and each other – during difficult times.
London, 1946. Juliet (Lily James, Cinderella), a charismatic and free-spirited writer receives a letter from a member of a mysterious literary club started in occupied Guernsey. Her curiosity piqued, Juliet decides to visit the island. There she meets the delightfully eccentric members of the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, including Dawsey (Michiel Huisman, Game of Thrones), the rugged and intriguing famer who wrote her the letter. As the secrets from their wartime past unfold, Juliet’s growing attachment to the island, the book club and her affection for Dawsey change the course of her life forever.
A beautiful story of love, friendship and the sadness of friends lost.

 

death-of-stalin125Comedy, Drama
Sunday 20 May, 7 pm

The Death of Stalin (MA15+)

The Death of Stalin is a blistering satire written and directed by Veep creator Armando Iannucci, chronicling the aftermath of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s death. In early-1953 Moscow, under the Great Terror’s heavy cloak of state paranoia, the ever-watchful Stalin collapses of a brain haemorrhage. Inevitably, when his body is discovered in the following morning, a frenetic surge of raw panic spreads like a virus in the senior members of the Council of Ministers, as they scramble to maintain order, weed out the competition, and, ultimately, take power. But in the middle of a gut-wrenching roller-coaster of incessant plotting, tireless machinations, and frail allegiances, absolutely no one is safe; not even the feared chief of the secret police, Lavrenti Beria. In the end, who will prevail after the death of Stalin? Starring Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor.
Iannucci is in riotous form, bringing his scabrous political humour to bear on a chapter in history with painfully timely parallels. You’ll laugh or else….

 

Breath125Drama/ Sport
Saturday 2 June, 7 pm

Breath (M)

Based on Tim Winton’s award-winning and international bestselling novel set in mid-70s coastal Australia, and the directorial debut of Simon Baker, Breath is the story of two teenage boys, hungry for discovery, who form an unlikely friendship with a mysterious older adventurer who pushes them to take risks that will have a lasting and profound impact on their lives.  Starring Elizabeth Debicki, Simon Baker and  Richard Roxburgh, this is one of the top Australian movies of the year.

 

isle_of_dogs-movie-poster125Animation/Comedy/Adventure
Sunday 10 June, 2 pm

Isle of Dogs (PG)

In this stop-motion-animated film from writer/director Wes Anderson, an outbreak of canine flu in Japan leads all dogs to be quarantined on an island. A boy (voice of Koyu Rankin) journeys there to rescue his dog Spots (Liev Schreiber), and gets help from a pack of misfit canines who have also been exiled. His quest inspires a group of dog lovers to expose a government conspiracy. The voice cast also includes Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Bob Balaban, Greta Gerwig, and Yoko Ono. Critics and audiences have fallen for this beautifully animated feature, which finds Wes Anderson at his detail-oriented best while telling one of the director’s most winsomely charming stories.

 

avengers-infinity-war125Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Saturday 16 June, 7 pm

Avengers: Infinity War (M)

An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Anthony and Joe Russo direct the film, with screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

 

song-keepers125Documentary/ Music
Sunday 17 June, 7 pm

The Song Keepers (PG)

Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the inspiring story of an Aboriginal women’s choir and their first tour of Germany.
In the churches of remote Central Australia, a 140-year musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages, German sacred hymns and baroque music is being preserved by four generations of women that make up the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir. With their charismatic musical director Morris Stuart, the choir embarks on an historical tour of Germany, singing the baroque Lutheran hymns brought to their great grandparents by German missionaries in their own Western Arrarnta and Pitjantjatjara languages. Together these remarkable women take their music and stories of cultural survival, identity and cross-cultural collaboration to the world.
“The Song Keepers is a remarkable and enormously enjoyable documentary” – The Age
“A tale of history and healing, The Song Keepers is perfectly pitched” – The Sunday Telegraph

 

OutofthisWorld-125Dungog Masked Ball
Saturday 23 June, 6.30 pm

Out Of This World

Pack your ray gun and blast off into an alien galactic wormhole of zero-gravity partying. Inspiration: science, steampunk, androids, Martian nobility, Apollo 11, Barbarella, aliens, galaxies and, well, come on, you can come up with something, you’re a mad evil genius! Prizes for Best Mask, Best Costume, Best Team.

Tickets $85 each, booking essential from dungogcommunitycollege.org.au.
Early Bird Tickets – $69 from noon Thursday 26 April (40 only, offer ends 20 May).

All funds raised go to Dungog Community College and the Dungog Shire Community Centre.

If you’ve never been to a Dungog Masked Ball, you haven’t survived the bitter cold of outer space with just a hundred close friends, wonderful music, amazing survival instincts, and and hot dancing with critters that ain’t from round here!

 

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JAMES CALENDAR

May

  • 12 Sat 7pm
    Action, Adventure, Fantasy
    Rampage (M)
  • 19 Sat 4pm
    Animation, Adventure, Comedy
    Sherlock Gnomes (PG)
  • 19 Sat 7pm
    Drama, History, Romance
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (M)
  • 20 Sun 7pm
    Comedy, Drama
    The Death of Stalin (MA15+)

June

  • 2 Sat 7pm
    Drama, Sport
    Breath (M)
  • 10 Sun 2pm
    Animation, Adventure, Comedy
    Isle of Dogs (PG)
  • 16 Sat 7pm
    Action, Adventure, Fantasy
    Avengers: Infinity War (M)
  • 17 Sun 7pm
    Documentary, Music
    The Song Keepers (PG)
  • 23 Sat 6.30pm
    Dungog Masked Ball
    Out Of This World
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