The 2019 Film Club program was announced at the club’s annual Christmas party and mystery movie screening at the Roxy recently. Next year’s line-up compares favourably with each of the preceding years since North West Theatre Company first launched the club in 2011.
The member’s mystery movie for this year was the Dustin Hoffman/Jessica Lange/Bill Murray classic comedy “Tootsie” – Columbia Studio’s biggest ever earner when it was made in 1982.
To underline the quality of the 2019 program, four of the films – “The English Patient”, “On the Waterfront”, “The Apartment” and “Amadeus” collectively received no less than 45 Academy Award nominations between them.
A highlight of 2019 will be a special screening of the award winning documentary “Salute” – the story of athlete Peter Norman’s famous silver medal in the 200 metres sprint at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, his stand in support of the civil rights movement in the United States at the medal ceremony, the subsequent fallout from officialdom, and his eventual – and quite recent – elevation to hero status for his courageous actions. This brilliant film will be introduced via Skype by the film’s writer and director – Peter Norman’s nephew Matt. This will be one to cherish.
Why not give a membership gift voucher for Christmas?
There is no better Christmas present than a year’s membership subscription to the Film Club. For only $60 members see 11 films, each one carefully chosen to screen on the last Sunday of each month between February and December. An added benefit is having access to the Film Club library – members can borrow for free any of the club’s film library of nearly 100 DVD’s – many of them having been screened at Film Club over the years.
Joining the club is easy – pop into the Bingara Visitor Information Centre and see Jen Mead, or talk to any of the three committee members Ros Moulton, Robyn Phillips or John Wearne. Next year’s program opens on February 24th with the 1996 epic “The English Patient”, winner of nine Oscars including Best Picture. Memberships will be taken on this day, but it would be much easier if people took out the membership before this to avoid an inevitable log jam. Emails will be sent out to all members and supporters early in 2019 .
- SUN FEB 24TH – “THE ENGLISH PATIENT” – 1996. Drama/Romance. 2hrs 35 mins. Rated M.
Nominated for 12 Academy Awards, winning 9 including Best Picture. Complex, powerful and moving.
- SUN MARCH 31ST – “THE APARTMENT” – 1960. Comedy. B&W. 2hrs 5 mins. Rated PG.
Famous Billy Wilder comedy nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning 5 including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Stars Jack Lemon and a very young Shirley Maclaine.
- SUN APRIL 28TH – “THE EAGLE HUNTRESS” – 2016. Foreign with subtitles. 1hr 41 mins. Rated G.
Set in Mongolia, this is the true story of Aisholpan, a 13 year old girl, as she trains to become the first female in 12 generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. Opened Tamworth International Film Festival last year.
- SUN MAY 26TH – “ON THE WATERFRONT” – 1954. Drama. B&W. 1hr 48 mins. Rated PG.
Marlon Brando classic which received 12 Academy Award nominations, winning 8 including Best Picture, Best Actor (Brando) and Best Director ( Elia Kazan).
- SUN JUNE 30TH – “HIDDEN FIGURES” – 2016. Drama. 2hrs 7 mins. Rated M.
How American women influenced the NASA space program. Worldwide gross of 235 million.
- SUN JULY 28th – “BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID” – 1969. 1hr 45 mins. Rated M.
Redford and Newman star in one of the all time great westerns.
- SUN AUGUST 25TH – “HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE” – 2016. Comedy/adventure. 1 hr 41 mins. Rated PG.
Another New Zealand film. Defiant young city kid Ricky (Julian Dennison), is on the run with cantankerous foster uncle ( Sam Neill) in the New Zealand wilds. Hilarious.
- SUN SEPTEMBER 29TH – “ALI’S WEDDING” – 2017. Romantic comedy. 1hr 50 mins. Rated M.
Australian film about a Muslim wedding. Huge hit at film festivals and commercial cinema. Co-written by Andrew Knight (Rake).
- SUN OCTOBER 27TH – “MISS SLOANE” – 2016. 2hrs 12 mins. Rated M.
Jessica Chastain is a Washington DC lobbyist who becomes involved in taking on the gun lobby.
- SUN NOVEMBER 24TH – “AMADEUS” – 1984. Drama/ comedy. 3 hrs. Rated PG.
One of the all-time great movies. Nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning 8 including Best Picture. The story of Mozart, and his rivalry with the infamous Italian composer Antonio Salieri at the court of Emperor Joseph 11.
- SUN DECEMBER 8TH
Member’s Christmas Party and mystery movie.
- SPECIAL SCREENING ( DATE TO BE DECIDED) – “SALUTE”
The story of Peter Norman. To be introduced by the documentary’s Director Matt Norman though Skype.