Dungog Film Society 2014 Program
The film society program for the first five screenings of 2014 is below. Later screenings are decided as the year progresses.
Unless otherwise advised films are at 7pm, usually on the third Sunday of each month.
23 Feb, 7pm – The Railway Man (M) A wonderful film for the first film society screening of 2014. The Railway Man is a true story of horrific wartime experiences and their aftermath. Eric Lomax – Colin Firth – is a retired railway signals engineer, still obsessed with trains and timetables when he meets Patti – Nicole Kidman. It’s only after their marriage that George’s demons manifest themselves. We learn through friend and former comrade, Finlay – Stellen Starskard – of both men’s experiences at the hands of the Japanese during the building of the Burma-Bangkok railway during World War II.
16 Mar, 7pm – Philomena (M) is a 2013 British comedy-drama film. It was nominated for four Academy Awards, including for best picture and Judi Dench (who plays Philomena) for best actress. The film is based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith, which tells the true story of Philomena Lee’s 50-year-long search for her son, a boy conceived out of wedlock – something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of – and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith, a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.
27 Apr, 7pm – Stories We Tell (M) This documentary unpeels the complex life of Diane, an aspiring actress and mother, and the shockwaves that a series of impulsive actions unleash on her children, husband and community.With this groundbreaking new feature that seamlessly blends past and present, the real and the imagined, Polley’s characteristically unflinching yet compassionate gaze delivers a level of depth and emotion only hinted at by her acclaimed earlier directorial works, Away From Her and Take This Waltz. Making this film all the more memorable is the revelation that the mother depicted and family in question is Polley’s own.
18 May, 7pm - American Hustle (M) This film tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
15 June 7pm - The Great Beauty (MA) Journalist Jep Gambardella has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city’s literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (142 mins)
20 July 7pm - Red Obsession (PG) Narrated by Oscar-winner Russell Crowe, this stunningly shot and wildly entertaining documentary chronicles the history and changing nature of the French wine industry. For centuries Bordeaux has commanded a mythical status in the world of fine wines as a symbol of wealth, power and influence. Prices for its prestigious red wines have been breaking records with the emergence of an ever-growing Chinese market that is changing the nature of wine in the 21st century. Featuring interviews with collectors, connoisseurs, and winemakers, the film presents an eye-opening exploration of the complexities and unpredictability of the global market and the economic effects and influence of the voracious wine-obsessed collectors of China. For better or worse, Bordeaux is hitching itself to this new, infinitely wealthy client. (79 mins)
17 August 7pm - Omar (M) Omar is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets to cross the separation wall to visit his secret love Nadia. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. On the other side of the wall, the sensitive young baker Omar becomes a freedom fighter who must face painful choices about life and manhood. When Omar is captured after a deadly act of resistance, he falls into a cat-and-mouse game with the military police. Suspicion and betrayal jeopardize his longtime trust with accomplices and childhood friends Amjad and Tarek, Nadia’s militant brother. Omar’s feelings quickly become as torn apart as the Palestinian landscape. But it’s soon evident that everything he does is for his love of Nadia. (98 mins)
21 September 7pm - Tracks (M) In April 1977 Robyn Davidson began a 3,200 km trek from Alice Springs to the West Australian coast accompanied by three adult camels, one baby camel and a dog named Diggity. An adventurous outsider who rejected city life, Robyn, played in the film by the tremendously versatile young actor, Mia Wasikowska, reluctantly accepts sponsorship from National Geographic magazine which means she has to put up with the occasional presence on her trek of American photographer, Rick. But mostly she’s alone in the outback with the animals, including the wonderfully cranky and unpredictable camels. (113 mins)
19 October 7pm - My Sweet Pepper Land (M) After the downfall of Saddam Hussein, an independent Kurdistan is established. Former resistance fighter, Baran, is unimpressed by the new regime’s bumbling efforts at establishing law and order, but life at home with his mother, who keeps trying to find him a wife, is no solution. He volunteers for the job of policeman at an isolated village near the Turkish border where the local boss, Aziz Aga, and his heavily-armed men control just about everything and engage in a bit of smuggling on the side. Matters are complicated by the presence in the village of a young woman teacher, the fiercely independent Govend. This very enjoyable film is a cross between a middle-east western and a morality tale that explores the out-dated misogyny of these tribal people. (90 mins)
16 November 7pm - Healing (M) This is a prison film set in a transitional centre where long term prisoners are expected to be eased into the outside world. Among the new intakes are Viktor Khadem, who has spent 18 years in prison for murder. He’s a tough nut who’s learned to handle himself and his religion on the inside, a taciturn loner. And there’s Paul, a young kid with family issues. They’re allotted accommodation with Shane, a confused kid who acts as a go-between. They’re assigned to Officer Matt Perry, played by Hugo Weaving, who believes that something can be gained from working with the local Wildlife Sanctuary. The relationship with birds has a profound effect on some of the inmates. The performances are fabulous, particularly from Hugo Weaving and Andrew Payne, who was the bird handler on the film. He’s a star and so are the birds. (119)
*NOTE This year AGOG, our festival of foreign films with supper on Saturday night, is now scheduled for Saturday 5 July. This is earlier than other years, to prevent a clash with a new Dungog Festival scheduled for 28-31 August.
About Dungog Film Society
The Dungog Film Society, now part of the Friends of the James Theatre Inc, has over 60 members, and brings quality films to be seen on the big screen in Dungog. Apart from the monthly film society program, the Friends organise other special screenings such as AGOG – a Feast of Foriegn Films and Flickerfest. So why not join us and get your friends involved too?
Even if you do not wish to take out a subscription, we encourage you to check our program and come to any film that appeals to you – we are sure that some of them will! Tickets can be purchased for $12 at the door.
Join the Film Society/Tickets
When you join the Dungog Film Society you join the Friends of the James Theatre and you get a season ticket for $80, which provides entry to all ten of the monthly films we show this year (expected to be ten films). The ticket is transferable and can be used for entry by other people, so if you do not like one film you may bring 2 people on your ticket to the next film, or 7 people to one film !!
Tickets are also available at the door for $12.
If you would like to become a member fill out the form below and click the submit button. We will send you details for making the payment and picking up the season ticket.
For more information you can phone Lisa Connors on 02 4992 2294.