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. Note: the first film of the year will be on the fourth Sunday: 23 February 2014 (also the third film on 27 April 2014)
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 - Film to be advised
17 August 7pm - Film to be advised
21 September 7pm - Film to be advised
19 October 7pm - Film to be advised
16 November 7pm - Film to be advised
*NOTE This year AGOG, our festival of foreign films with suppers on both Friday and Saturday nights, is now scheduled for Friday 4 and Saturday 5 July. This is earlier than other years, to prevent a clash with a new Film Festival in Dungog scheduled for 29 August – 1 September.
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 Robert Pollock on 02 4995 9399.