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Dungog Film Society 2015 Program

The film society program for the first four 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, 7pmCharlie’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 – Clouds of Sils Maria (MA 15+) At the peak of her international career, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) is asked to perform in a revival of the play that made her famous twenty years ago. But back then she played the role of Sigrid, an alluring young girl who disarms and eventually drives her boss Helena to suicide. Now she is being asked to step into the other role, that of the older Helena. she departs with her assistant (Kristen Stewart) to rehearse in Sils Maria; a remote region of the Alps. A young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Chloe Grace Moretz) is to take on the role of Sigrid, and Maria finds herself on the other side of the mirror, face to face with an ambiguously charming woman who is, in essence, an unsettling reflection of herself. (124 mins)

19 July 7pm – Of Horses and Men (UC) Kolbeinn is courting Solveig, a widow, who lives a short horse-ride away with her elderly mother and small son. Kolbeinn is a tense, fastidious character who lavishes a great deal of unwholesome and possessive emotion on his dainty little white mare. Solveig is the owner of a black stallion that takes a very great shine to Kolbeinn’s mare. The result is farce, violence and tragedy. This is a world of roiling emotions that are natural and dignified in horses, but clenched and unhappy for their human masters. The horses, of course, are candid about what they feel: so honest, so calm, so unaffected, so unencumbered with any need to pretend, that they don’t appear to be feeling anything at all. The humans are quite different. This is a hugely enjoyable film from the wild side of the wild side. It is a love story about horses and with horses. “Flabbergasting images and a delightfully dry sense of humour make Of Horses and Men a debut worthy of celebration.” – Variety (81 mins)

16 August 7pm – Women He’s Undressed (PG) Orry-Kelly, the boy from the small NSW coastal fishing village of Kiama, ran from the sheltered shores of Australia to chance his luck in the anything goes world of New York. He would soon find himself seduced by the bright lights and big dreams of Hollywood, where his unbounded wit and talent would lead him to design gowns that lit up the golden age of cinema, his journey finally brought to life in Gillian Armstrong’s film. Women He’s Undressed takes us behind the scenes of Hollywood, with a little help from some of Orry’s long time friends and colleagues, to reveal one of tinsel town’s best kept secrets and bring home the story of the boy from Kiama – friend and confidante to the screen greats of Hollywood’s golden age and a designer whose costumes created some of the most magical moments in cinema history. This classy documentary, packed with clips and interviews, traces the life and work of this under-appreciated Aussie genius.

20 September 7pm – The Lunch Box (PG) A charming romantic comedy from India about how a mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. Lonely housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur) decides to try adding some spice to her stale marriage by preparing a special lunch for her neglectful husband. Unfortunately, the delivery goes astray and winds up in the hands of Saajan (Irrfan Khan), an irritable widower. Curious about her husband’s lack of response, Ila adds a note to the next day’s lunchbox, and thus begins an unusual friendship in which Saajan and Ila can talk about their joys and sorrows without ever meeting in person. Can you fall in love with someone you have never met?

18 October 7pm – Wild Tales (MA 15+) An Argentine-Spanish black comedy, written and directed by Damian Szifron. It tells six dark stories, each involving savage situations full of revenge, which change the lives of people who are involved in them. Wild Tales is said to be wickedly hilarious and delightfully deranged.

15 November 7pm – The Nightingale (G) A French and Chinese co-production with English subtitles. It follows the story of a young girl left in the care of her previously estranged grandfather living in a small and modest apartment in Beijing. The two set out to visit the grandfather’s hometown in the country which becomes a journey of understanding and friendship.


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.






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