Dungog Festival Films

Dungog Festival 2019
October Long Weekend 5–7 October

Friends of the James Theatre Inc presents three films across the 2019 Dungog Festival weekend. Enjoy a movie with comfort and old-style hospitality in Australia’s oldest still operating cinema. You can pre-purchase tickets online here .  Tickets are also available at the door, but for our Saturday evening film “Yesterday” pre-purchase is recommended.
For further information on the Dungog Festival, go to www.dungogfestival.com.au

2019 Program 

Comedy, Fantasy, Music
Saturday 5 October, 5.30 pm

Yesterday (M)

From Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and writer Richard Curtis (Love Actually), comes a magical mystery tour of a world without the Beatles. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling musician with a single fan, his manager and childhood friend Ellie (Lily James). After a dismal gig at a local festival, Jack decides to hang up his guitar. But a mysterious global blackout hits while he’s biking home, and he’s knocked unconscious in the chaos. He wakes up in a world with a few missing pieces. Pepsi exists, but not Coca-Cola. Saturday Night Live is now taped on Thursdays. And to Jack’s increasing bafflement, nobody has heard of The Beatles. When Jack realises he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles, he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.
NOTE: This film will start promptly, plan to arrive 5.15pm. Tickets will be available at the door but pre-purchase is recommended – here.

Drama, Romance
Sunday 6 October, 2 pm

Cinema Paradiso (M)

Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film, Cinema Paradiso is the beautiful, enchanting story of a young boy’s lifelong love affair with the movies. Set in a small Italian town, Salvatore finds himself enchanted by the flickering images at the Cinema Paradiso, his village’s small theatre, and yearns for the secret of the cinema’s magic. When the projectionist, Alfredo, agrees to reveal the mysteries of moviemaking, a deep friendship is born. The day comes for Salvatore to leave the village and pursue his dream of making movies of his own. Thirty years later he receives a message that beckons him back home to a secret, beautiful discovery that awaits him.
From acclaimed film director Giuseppe Tornatore and with an exquisite score by Ennio Morriconi, we think this is simply one of the best movies ever made! Cinema Paradiso has not been seen on a theatre screen in Australia for many years, so if you’ve never seen this masterpiece before, or haven’t had the pleasure of watching it in a small country cinema, there is no better place to see it than the James Theatre during the Dungog Festival.
Tickets to all three films can be purchased here 

Sunday 6 October, 7.30 pm

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (MA15+)

Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing. Faded TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his long time stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry, but they find it hard to make their way around an industry they hardly recognise anymore.
The ninth film from the legendary writer-director features a stellar ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final years of Hollywood’s golden age.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood also features Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry, Al Pacino, Damian Lewis and Kurt Russel.
Tickets to all three films can be purchased here


July 2021

  • 25 Sun 3pm
    Live performance
    Chris Pidcock - Cello - Immersed in Bach

August 2021

  • 27 Fri 7pm
    The Mole Agent (PG)
  • 28 Sat 10.30am
    Heroic Losers
  • 28 Sat 2pm
    Antoinette in the Cévennes (M)
  • 28 Sat 4pm
    From the Vine (M)
  • 28 Sat 7.30pm
    The Godmother (M)
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