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YOU ASKED FOR IT !
Thanks for your help selecting the May/June movies

The Friends of the James Theatre has been finding new ways to open up the movie program to the community. The May and June program is showing the movies you have told us you want to see so grab some friends and come along to some great viewing. Because of the good response so far we will continue to ask for your help over the next few months – stay tuned.


Tuesday 28 May, 6–7pm

EXPERIMENTAL MOVEMENT – Reconciliation

free form dance intergenerationalmental wellness

Shake out that dance party in your head. This week we will be celebrating RECONCILIATION WEEK with a BLAK OUT playlist of indigenous artists and we will have a cash tin for donations to the INDIGENOUS LITERACY FOUNDATION.

Join us each week when the lights go out and the beats take over at our unique experimental uninhibited dance party in the dark. Unleash your inner Dancing Queen at James Theatre for just one hour 6-7 PM on Tuesdays ($5).

Presented by Paterson Allyn Williams Science and Ideas Hub – Tuesday nights during school term.


Saturday 1 June, 5pm

THE NEW BOY (M)

Fantasy/Drama ‧ 1h 56m

This powerful and poetic film, written and directed by Warwick Thornton, is a stunning cinematic achievement exploring colonialism, religion, identity, and resilience.

Set in 1940s, a nine-year-old Aboriginal orphan boy (Aswan Reid) is taken to a remote monastery run by a renegade nun (Cate Blanchett). The boy seems to have supernatural abilities which draw Sister Eileen to form a special bond.
Thornton captures the beauty and harshness of the Australian landscape using natural light and minimal dialogue to create a realistic and immersive atmosphere. The score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is haunting and evocative, enhancing the mood and tension.

The New Boy is slow-paced, subtle, and ambiguous. It may challenge the viewer to question and empathise as the film exposes brutality and injustice through an intense and spiritual relationship.

This film is brought to you by Dungog Reconciliation and supported by Friends of the James Theatre
Tickets available at the door: Adult $15

Sunday 2 June, 3:30pm – FREE EVENT

LISTENING TO INDIGENOUS VOICES SPECIAL

Recording of the live event held on the 27 May in the
Great Hall at UTS Sydney as part of Reconciliation Week 2024.

How Non-Indigenous people can stand and act with First Nations people.
Explore the differences between a tokenist, ally and accomplice with Dr Summer May Finlay, followed by a panel session with Prof. Lindon Coombes, Prof. Chris Cunneen, Dr Elaine Laforteza and Prof. Robynne Quiggin who will discuss how to meaningfully engage and be actively involved with First Nations issues. This event was jointly hosted by the UTS Centre for Social Justice & Inclusion and Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research.

FOLLOWING THE LECTURE YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US FOR SOUP & CHATS: $5.00

Listening to Indigenous Voices Series is a collaboration between Reconciliation Dungog and Paterson Allyn Williams Science & Ideas Hub

Tuesdays in June – 4, 11, 18, 25 • 6–7pm

EXPERIMENTAL MOVEMENT

free form dance ‧ intergenerational ‧ mental wellness

Shake out that dance party in your head. Join us each week when the lights go out and the beats take over at our unique experimental uninhibited dance party in the dark. Unleash your inner Dancing Queen at James Theatre for just one hour 6-7 PM on Tuesdays ($5).

Presented by Paterson Allyn Williams Science and Ideas Hub – Tuesday nights during school term.

Saturday 8 June, 3pm

IF (PG)

Family/Comedy ‧ 1h 48m

From writer and director John Krasinski, IF is about a girl who discovers that she can see everyone’s imaginary friends — and what she does with that superpower — as she embarks on a magical adventure to reconnect forgotten IFs with their kids. IF stars Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Cailey Fleming, Fiona Shaw, and the voices of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr. and Steve Carell alongside many more as the wonderfully unique characters that reflect the incredible power of a child’s imagination.

This film is brought to you by Friends of the James Theatre Inc.

Tickets available at the door: Adult $15 Children $10 Family $40 (2A + 2C)

Saturday 15 June, 4pm + 7pm

FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA (CTC)

Action/Adventure ‧ 2h 28m

Anya Taylor-Joy leads this ensemble cast in the origin story of renegade warrior Furiosa before she teamed up with Mad Max in Fury Road.

This film is brought to you by Friends of the James Theatre Inc.

Tickets available at the door: Adult $15 Children $10 Family $40 (2A + 2C)

Saturday 29 June, 4pm + 7pm

MAD ABOUT THE BOY: THE NOEL COWARD STORY (PG)

Documentary ‧ 1h 31m

An exploration of Coward’s expansive career which features credits across the stage and screen, including Brief Encounter, Blithe Spirit, and Private Lives.

Sir Noël Coward grew up in poverty and left school when he was only nine years old and yet by the age of 30, he was the highest paid writer in the world, and a star on the Broadway stage.

And if that wasn’t enough, he was also a spy during the Second World War! Against all odds, Sir Noël Coward became the most successful multi-talented artist of the Twentieth Century. He defined an era and led an extraordinary life. This is his inspirational story told in his own words and music, and unique home movies.

The film features Sir Laurence Olivier, Dame Maggie Smith, Harold Pinter, Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Sir Michael Caine and Lucille Ball. It is narrated by Alan Cumming, with Rupert Everett as the voice of Sir Noël Coward.

This film is brought to you by Friends of the James Theatre Inc.

Tickets available at the door: Adult $15 Children $10 Family $40 (2A + 2C)

HIRE THE ICONIC JAMES THEATRE

The James Theatre is available for hire for film, music or dramatic events or for weddings, parties, dances, educational uses or meetings. The auditorium of the James Theatre is large and can be divided up for more intimate performances or to provide a separate refreshment area.

For enquiries and inspections of the Theatre, please use the form on the Contact Us page

May

  • EXPERIMENTAL MOVEMENT
    Dance/Movement ‧ 1hr
    28 Tue, 6pm

June

  • THE NEW BOY (M)
    Fantasy/Drama ‧ 1h 56m
    2 Sun, 3:30pm
  • LISTENING TO INDIGENOUS VOICES SPECIAL
    Recording of live event
    1 Sat, 5pm
  • EXPERIMENTAL MOVEMENT
    Dance/Movement ‧ 1hr
    21 Tue, 6pm
  • IF (PG)
    Family/Comedy ‧ 1h 48m
    8 Sat, 3pm
  • FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA (CTC)
    Action/Adventure ‧ 2h 28m
    15 Sat, 4pm
  • FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA (CTC)
    Action/Adventure ‧ 2h 28m
    15 Sat, 7pm
  • MAD ABOUT THE BOY: THE NOEL COWARD STORY (PG)
    Documentary ‧ 1h 31m
    29 Sat, 4pm
  • MAD ABOUT THE BOY: THE NOEL COWARD STORY (PG)
    Documentary ‧ 1h 31m
    29 Sat, 7pm