AGOG will not be held in 2015. We hope to bring you AGOG again in 2016. The details of Agog 2014 are below, so that for those who have not been Agog, the 2014 program will give you some guidance as to the sort of program we will run in 2016. With changes of course … we are always looking for variety and improvement…

Saturday 5 July 2014 – LAST YEAR’S PROGRAM

This year’s Agog will screen on Saturday 5 July only, with five great films for your enjoyment:  Blancanieves (M) (Spain), The Highjacking (M) (Denmark), The Rocket  (M) (Laos), The Gilded Cage (M) (France), and Wadjda (PG) (Saudi Arabia). For brief details of the films see below.

Instead of the sit-down dinner ‘Behind the Screen’ of previous years, we are offering an informal social supper ‘Behind the Screen’ in country style including soup, finger food, a complementary glass of wine and ‘something sweet’ with your tea or coffee. Cost $20.

The morning films start at 9am and 11.15am, and afternoon films at 2.30pm and 4.45pm, after which we hope you will join us for our ‘social supper Behind the Screen’ at about 6.25, immediately after the last afternoon film. The evening film starts at 7.30pm. For catering purposes, bookings for the social supper must be made by 5pm on Wednesday 2 July.

Between films on Saturday there will be time for a brief coffee break or to stroll the town for lunch, with a number of options available to you. The Theatre kiosk will be open all day for morning and afternoon teas, sandwiches and snacks, including our home cooked slices and mini choc tops. So if you want to stay at the Theatre all day, not to miss a moment of these wonderful films, you can.

Ticket Prices 2014

Category A5:  All 5 films $75 (Early Bird $70 if paid by 16 June)
Category A4:  Any 4 films $60
Category B:     Any 3 films $47
Category C:     Any single film $17
Category D:    Add $20 to include  the supper ‘Behind the Screen’ (which must be in combination with a film ticket before or after the meal)

Decide how many films you wish to see, add the supper if desired, and get your ticket now.

Buying your Tickets

All tickets are available for purchase in advance and, apart from the meal ticket, and subject to availability, at the door on the day.

To buy tickets first decide which category of tickets you want and how many. Tickets can then be purchased by either:

  • clicking here and then following the directions on the ‘Buy Tickets’ page, remembering to insert the category of tickets you want and how many
  • buying your tickets in person at the Dungog Visitor Information Centre in Dowling Street Dungog from 19 May onwards.
  • posting a cheque made out to ‘The Friends of the James Theatre Inc’ together with the category of tickets you want and how many to Lisa Connors, 797 Sugarloaf Road, Dungog 2420
  • calling Lisa Connors on 02 4992 2294 to reserve tickets

All tickets will be confirmed and held at the Box Office for collection on the day of AGOG.

Your support for the 2014 Agog ‘Feast of Foreign Films’ will go into efforts to maintain the historic James Theatre and keep films screening and community events happening at the Theatre.

Films and Screening Times – Saturday 5 July

9.00am     Blancanieves (M) (Spain)
This silent film is a spin on the legend of Snow White (Blancanieves). She’s Carmen, the daughter of a famous bullfighter, who loses his wife in childbirth. The wounded wheelchair-bound father finds himself infatuated with his scheming nurse, Encarna, who exiles the child to the servants’ quarters. As Blancanieves matures, she gains skills from her father and when she survives her murder at the hands of Encarna she’s enveloped into the arms of six dwarves. This is a bizarrely fabulous film, totally riveting from the moment it begins. [104 mins]

11.15am      The Hijacking (M) (Denmark)
Involving the hijacking of a Danish ship en route to Mumbai by Somali pirates, this film is a tense study of threat, deprivation and negotiation. The central character on the ship is the cook Mikkel, who has a wife and child back in Denmark. The story alternates between the situation on board with conditions deteriorating over months as the heat and dwindling supplies take their toll and the head office of the shipping company in Copenhagen where the CEO  has decided to take on the role of negotiator himself. [110 mins]

2.30pm      The Rocket  (M) (Laos)
In a small village in Laos, a woman gives birth to twins, which locals believe to be unlucky; one dies and, despite the protests of her mother-in-law, the survivor is allowed to live. Ten years later Ahl0 is a bright, lively, resourceful child who adores his mother. The government orders the family to move from their lakeside village because a huge dam is to be constructed. They’re promised a new paradise with power and running water. On the journey there’s a terrible accident, and the ‘paradise’ proves to be a wretched slum. This is a feel-good film that succeeds in telling a quietly compelling story that has its share of surprises. [100 mins]

4.45pm      The Gilded Cage (M) (France)
A delightful French/Portuguese comedy. For thirty years now Maria and José Ribeiro have been living on the ground floor of a Haussmannian building in one of the most exclusive districts of Paris. Everybody loves this nice couple of Portuguese immigrants, Maria for being a top-notch caretaker, José, a construction site supervisor by trade, for helping to do all kinds of jobs in the house. So, the day Maria and José announce their wish to return to Portugal, everybody is crushed. No, they just can’t let them do a thing like that… [90 mins]

6.25pm    Social supper ‘Behind the Screen’ with complementary glass of wine

7.30pm      Wadjda (PG) (Saudi Arabia)
Wadjda is a 10-year-old girl living in a suburb of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Although she lives in a conservative world, Wadjda is fun-loving, entrepreneurial and always pushing the boundaries of what she can get away with. After a fight with her friend Abdullah, a neighborhood boy she shouldn’t be playing with, Wadjda sees a beautiful green bicycle for sale. She wants the bicycle desperately so that she can beat Abdullah in a race. But Wadjda’s mother won’t allow it, fearing repercussions from a society that sees bicycles as dangerous to a girl’s virtue. So Wadjda decides to try to raise the money herself. At first, Wadjda’s mother is too preoccupied with convincing her husband not to take a second wife to realize what’s going on. [98 mins]

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  • 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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