Dungog Film Society 2015 Program
The film society program for the first two screenings of 2015 is below. Later screenings are decided as the year progresses. Anyone can come to these films: you do not need to be a member of the film society, but the significantly discounted tickets are only available to members. And for a subscription price of only $80 for 10 films, why not be part of this exciting film program and see films that many people never get a chance to see!
Unless otherwise advised films are at 7pm, usually on the third Sunday of each month.
15 Feb, 7pm – My Old Lady (M) Mathias Gold, a recovering alcoholic played by Kevin Kline, is a down-on-his-luck New Yorker who inherits a Parisian apartment from his estranged father. But when he arrives in France to sell the vast domicile, he’s shocked to discover a live-in tenant who is not prepared to budge. His apartment is a viager – an ancient French real estate system with complex rules pertaining to its resale – and the feisty Englishwoman Mathilde Girard, played by the indomitable Maggie Smith, who has lived in the apartment with her daughter Chloé for many years, can by contract collect monthly payments from Mathias until her death. Mathilde regards Mathias with polite, queenly tolerance, though her daughter Chloé is more disdainful. It is perhaps not too hard to guess the narrative direction of this ménage à trois, but there are ingenious twists along the way. (107 mins)
15 Mar, 7pm – Charlie’s Country (M) stars David Gulpilil as a shambolic old Charlie, down on his luck in an Arnhemland community. His family takes most of his welfare cheque and they’ve crowded him out of his government house. He now lives in a tin humpy, so he can get some peace. He asks the white manager if he can have a new house. The answer is no, because he already has one. “But Errol, you’ve got a house and a job, on my land,” says Charlie, with implacable logic. The film gives an eloquent portrait of contemporary Aboriginal life in the north, without quarter. An extraordinary performance by Gulpilil and a powerful window on Aboriginal culture. (109 mins)
19 Apr, 7pm – Locke (MA 15+) Ivan Locke has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, Locke is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.
17 May, 7pm – The Babadook (M) A storybook demon terrorises an ungovernable child and his mother in Jennifer Kent’s gripping and brilliantly idiosyncratic frightener. Conjuring all the dread and nocturnal scares from her haunted house scenario that any horror fan might require, writer-director Kent etches the visceral terrors of her two protagonists with a psychological acuity and emotional resonance that make her film unmistakably and thrillingly the work of an artist with a vision. What starts off as a seemingly standard evil-child outing gradually transforms into something else entirely. By the end, the supremely grating and peculiar seven-year-old Samuel is the most sympathetic thing in the film. The Babadook is a bogeyman-like figure pictured in a super-creepy handmade children’s pop-up book that mysteriously appears and cannot be disposed of no matter how hard Samuel’s mother tries… Starring Essie Davis and Noah Wiseman, another great Australian film. (93 mins)
21 June 7pm -
19 July 7pm -
16 August 7pm –
20 September 7pm –
18 October 7pm –
15 November 7pm –
*NOTE Decisions on AGOG, festival of foreign films, is pending.
About Dungog Film Society
The Dungog Film Society, now part of the Friends of the James Theatre Inc, has over 45 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 Foreign Films and Flickerfest. So why not join us and get your friends involved too?
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO JOIN THE FILM SOCIETY TO COME TO THESE FILMS. 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.